I’m so grateful for all of our church leaders who have been working to make difficult decisions in these uncertain and quickly changing times.
Our worship team went from canceling coffee hour to having to suspend all in-person worship in just a matter of days. We’re currently figuring out how to provide a Sunday service that can be viewed online and are hoping by next week to offer the opportunity for parishioners to phone in to hear the service in case they don’t have access to computers. (A separate email will go out before Sunday to let you know how to watch the service through Facebook and YouTube)
Our Bright Beginnings Board has made the difficult decision to close and are working on a financial plan for our preschool families and teachers.
Our Backpack Bites ministry is able to continue operations thanks to the cooperation of the Principals at Paradise Knoll and Maple Road Elementary schools. We are still providing nutritious meals for children over the weekends so that no child is hungry.
Our Thrift Shop closed on Thursday evening but we are hopeful that our Rummage Sale will still be held in May.
We’ve had to cancel Fish and Chips, Rise Against Hunger, and Book Club, but church is not canceled. We’re reminded now more than ever that “the church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.” Your church continues to serve God and others. I’ve been offering an online Bible Study of the Book of Job through Facebook Live, I still have funerals to provide, and I’ve asked our church leaders to help me keep in touch with each of you through prayer, phone calls, cards, and/or emails. Let us lift each other up, and remember one another in our prayers.
Please pray for our Finance Team and remember to send in your donation. The pastor and the church are still working for you, and there are still expenses to be covered.
You can mail your contribution to PO Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435. We will continue to pick up the mail and pay our bills.
Psalm 46 begins with these words: “God is our refuge and strength, a hope always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart”. As our world seems to fall apart around us I want you to remember the words of this Psalm, and consider the closing verse: “’Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!’ The Lord of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety.” Truly I tell you, God is loving us, even now; and God is providing for us, even now; and God is with us, especially now.
If there’s anything you need, or any way I can help, please call my cell phone at 201-314-8442.
Blessings in Christ,
UMC @ Newfoundland
P.O. Box 288
65 La Rue Road
Newfoundland, NJ 07435