The United Methodist Church has three general rules: Do no harm, Do good, and Stay in love with God. These three rules are a guide for our decision-making and welfare for the congregation. We endured many weeks of limited attendance because of the COVID19 Pandemic. The weekly positivity rate was greater than 15% for weeks and finally dropped below 12% in early May. We increased our seating capacity and relaxed our precautions. This week the positivity rate is 13.4% with 20 hospitalizations of positive cases. If you have not been vaccinated please consider this medical precaution. We have had families quarantined and church members hospitalized due to severe reactions to the virus. I am asking those attending worship to please wear your mask into and out of the facility. While seated you may remove your mask. We will socially distance our seating to five feet and maintain airflow with open doors to the CLC. The Café will remain open for visiting with refreshments available. Stay safe and be of good health.
This Saturday, July 24th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will have fun and fellowship for our young families with a cookout for lunch. Games, conversation, and food is the focus so bring your little ones and come for a summer morning at our pavilion and playground.
Our youth will be on mission this coming week. We are leaving Sunday, July 25th at 9 a.m. traveling to Louisville, KY, and returning Friday, July 30th. There are seven of us, Justin Bennett, Tyler and Lilly Erdman, Aidan and Annika Storm, Kathy Bennett, and myself. The camp is called Youth Works and our time will be spent serving community agencies like the Boys and Girls Club, Community VBS, Homeless Shelters, and Food Banks. Keep us in your prayers and we’ll see you on Sunday, August 1st.
Our guest preacher this week is Rev. Chris Dumas, Chaplin at SSM Lake St. Louis. She is continuing our sermon series: “I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…” with the emphasis this week, “What Do You Need?” The scripture is Job 2:11-13 so please take a look before and after our focused scripture to appreciate what was happening with Job and his situation. I believe it will be a moving message with questions to help focus our attention to what we really need and what our concerns are.
God bless us every one. Pastor Mark