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Dear Church,

I write to assure you that the leadership of FUMC is monitoring public health communication and advice regarding the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Based on recommendations from public health authorities, we do not believe there is a need to make any significant adjustments to our ministries at this time. Small adjustments in all of our habits can go a long way to preventing the spread of any disease, and to that end we are implementing a few minor changes.

  • We are making hand sanitizer readily available for all entering our building.
  • We will ask all in worship to greet one another through an “elbow bump,” a wave, or a “namaste-style” greeting, rather than a handshake or a hug.
  • Our communion servers will fully wash their hands (20 seconds!) just prior to serving.
  • Because the practice of intinction (dipping the bread into the juice) involves potential contact with congregants’ fingers, we will shift from our usual practice to the use of small cups.

If further measures are needed, we will enact those based on recommendations from public health authorities. Trusted physicians in our congregation have urged us not to “reinvent the wheel,” but rather to remain attentive to the recommendations from those tasked with helping the community stay healthy. We’ll take that good advice!

In the meantime, we invite you to join us in keeping a level head, making sensible preparations, and practicing those good health and hygiene habits. Here’s a great article about getting yourself and your home ready.

At the end of every day, a new day begins, and we trust that God’s grace will continue to flow steadily into our lives, even as the world around us feels more unpredictable. As John Wesley is famously quoted, “The best of all is, God is with us.”

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Peace to you in these days!

Pastor Taylor