AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO SUPPORT YOU THROUGH PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL SUPPORT. PRAYER OR NEEDS?
March 25, 2020
Good afternoon Mt. Horeb family,
While we are still not able to gather in a building as the church, we are increasing ways to create and keep connected as a community. In keeping with the CDC guidelines, we will not meet on our campus for worship or programming or any event until we are given the green light.
I know the uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s faithfulness. Please continue praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. Pray for our schoolteachers who are doing an amazing job of keeping our kids engaged in online learning.
While you’ve been adjusting to your new normal at home, we’ve made a few adjustments as well. Here are some ways we can stay connected during the week:
I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 NIV
In the strong name of Jesus be full of health and hope,
Reverend Jeff Kersey
March 16, 2020
In light of the recent announcement from our governor about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which requests limiting gatherings and encourages social distancing, we are making the following changes.
All church related meetings and events are cancelled until March 31.
We will not be gathering for weekend services: Sunday, March 22 or Sunday, March 29.
We thank you for your grace and flexibility, as we comply with these measures to ensure the safety and health of the most vulnerable among us. We will be in contact with our most vulnerable adults to offer them any needed assistance and support. Pastors will be available to pray or talk with members who need pastoral care. As the church, please be in touch with your small group members, class members, neighbors and friends. This is a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
However, just because we can’t gather together doesn’t mean we still can’t have church! You’ll be able to access the live stream of our weekend services from home. Watch from your mobile device, computer, or smart TV, right where you are. We encourage you to join us online as we make it a priority to worship God together over these next two weeks. Last Sunday, we had over 2,000 people worship with us through Livestream.com, Facebook and our website. Continue to follow us on social media for online content delivered throughout the week.
As always, we want to support you through prayer and spiritual support. If you would like a pastor or staff member to reach out to you, please visit mthorebumc.com/care at any time. While our office hours will be limited, you can always reach us through email or the website. Our plans may change to reflect the advisement of our national, state and health officials during this on-going situation to better ensure public health and safety. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, let’s remember to be followers of Christ, abounding in God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control at all times.
March 11, 2020
Mt. Horeb family,
As you are well aware, we are in the midst of a new virus, COVID-19 or Coronavirus, that has created concern across our community and country. Experts tell us this virus is primarily spread through contact, so we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship. For many world-wide, this virus is a source of fear and anxiety. As followers of Jesus, we’re clear that God has given us a spirit of love and not fear (For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. –2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you will continue to sense God’s peace in the midst of these circumstances. And while we won’t be operating from a position of fear, we intend to take the necessary precautions so that we can best serve our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God.
As our staff monitors updates from the CDC, and partners with local officials and medical professionals, we wanted to share our preparedness measures with you, to explain what we’re already doing to limit the spread of germs. This is our current plan of action, as of today, 3/11/2020. As updates from our local officials and the CDC shift and new information is made known, our plans may have to shift as well.
We will not pass the registration pads in the service but our first time guests can still stop by the Guest Services desk to answer any questions you have and give you something special for being with us.
We will not pass offering plates/baskets during the service but will have them available on the way out of the Sanctuary/Auditorium for you to give your offering . This would be a great time to take advantage of our online giving platform.
When we observe the sacraments on April 5 th , we will provide prepacked, individually wrapped Communion elements that can be picked up from servers.
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our Guest Services teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
During our worship services when we welcome each other to church, let’s do so with a hearty “Good morning” or “Welcome” but forgo the handshake for now.
We will continue to sanitize and sterilize all spaces and remain diligent in wiping down counters, door knobs, mats, phones, and toys as they are used.
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here .
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, if you or your children are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! As always, if you have any medical condition, please consult with your healthcare provider before attending church. If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, you can go to our Facebook page or click here .We will keep you updated via email, social media and at at mthorebumc.com as events unfold.
Join me in praying for our world, our state & national leaders and our community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.
In the Peace and Power of Christ ,
Reverend Jeff Kersey