5-2-20 FUMC Update

PLEASE SEND or DROP OFF A PICTURE WITH or OF  YOUR MOTHER ~ Before I share the exciting news, I want to share I DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS this important announcement about Mother’s Day next Sunday. We will still be worshipping on Facebook then, BUT I want to create a video of all of you with your MOTHER’S or a picture of your mother! You can email it or text it, or if you need us to scan it and give it back to you, you can mail it or drop it at the church. I NEED THEM NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 8 PLEASE, so don’t delay! Tell me your Mother’s name when you send the picture please, and we’ll play the video in worship on May 10!
THANK YOU CHURCH LEADERS! What a TRUE blessing to work with so many of your AMAZING church leaders who have been remarkable during this very unusual time! You can really see how a team works together when there is a crisis, and I am so very honored to work with this CHURCH COUNCIL! Please thank them for all the extra work they’re doing to help us stay safe. And now, as we begin plans to open slowly:
Joanna Horton, Chair
Danny Moss, Trustee Chair
Mary Tom McLemore, Finance Co-Chair
JaneAnne Newton, Finance Co-Chair
Cyndie Ewert, Staff Parish Relations Chair
Ken Ragsdale
Brad Scharf
Sandra Strickland
Our neighborhood PEW CAPTAINS are awesome too! And you’ll be hearing from them a bit more as we ramp up our plans to move SLOWLY and SAFELY toward re-opening. (If you haven’t received a call from anyone, I may have inadvertently missed your name on someone’s list so please reply and let me know!)  
SLOWLY AND SAFELY . . . A RE-OPENING PLAN . . . After meeting Thursday night, the Church Council has approved a slowly but SAFELY first-steps plan to start coming back together. I want EVERYONE to know that we will respect your decisions to participate or not, come to some things and not others. AT-RISK PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY SAFE AT HOME. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies vulnerable adults as those 65 years and older and/or with underlying conditions. CLICK HERE for CDC details.  Again – there will be nothing but SUPPORT for each other during this time!
Also, I will continue our Wednesday morning, 10 am ZOOM Bible study (stay tuned for details next week on getting back into our Study of Revelation in Wesley Hall!). AND even after we start back to church, the Facebook LIVE will continue!  
For those who ARE ready to start back SLOWLY and SAFELY,  here’s the message in a “nutshell” and you can read the details attached
Effective immediately, FUMC small groups (Sunday schools) and leadership teams may meet in the buildings observing STRICT social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting space before they leave.
Early Sunday Morning, May 31, IT’S A NEW DAY ~ While the exact time is to be determined, we will worship outdoors, weather permitting, as the sun rises at the Ragsdale’s home! We’ll celebrate the kickoff to summer, we’ll recognize our graduating seniors, and we’ll be able to be physically PRESENT with each other! Those who want to stay in their cars and listen can. Those who want to bring a folding chair and sit outside their cars can too! We will maintain strict physical distancing! See attached for details. We’ll announce the time this week.
Sunday, June 7, WE’LL START COMING BACK HOME! Our tentative re-opening date is June 7. The sanctuary has been measured, and we will be able to seat 48-50 people on the main floor and perhaps four families in the balcony assuming 6′ distancing remains the safe protocol. There will also be strict safety procedures in place. We will be watching the data and release DETAILED PLANS after the Governor’s next big announcements on May 18. We expect to have a final plan by MAY 22!
Sunday, May 3, 10:50 am ~ Facebook LIVE Worship, followed by our FLASH MOB PRAYERS at BROOKSHIRE’S, just after 11:30.  Remember, this business will be open so do not park near the store. Park close to Coke Road. We’ll then drive through Alexander’s Meat Market and Triangle Fertilizer (Ken Ragsdale’s business keeping all the East Texas chicken far,s going!).  LET US PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
Monday, May 4, ONE HOUR DRIVE THROUGH, 1 – 2 p.m. ~ Come by and pick up the NEW Community Chronicle and a PRAYER GUIDE for National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer is May 7, and while activities have been canceled PRAYER HAS NOT! (You can pick up a paper and a prayer guide in the plastic tub by the office door anytime this week.) 
Tuesday, May 5, before NOON, Facebook devotional  (audio will be posted on our website too) ~ I read a great article on isolation coping skills from astronauts who were in space for months at a time. I’m finding some GREAT scriptural advice!!
Wednesday, May 6, 10 am zoom Bible Study ~ If you haven’t TRIED yet, come try this week! We’ll be looking at scriptures and the BIBLICAL application of OPTIMISM versus HOPE?  
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