Pastor's Note

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Oct 22, 2020

I called someone from our church recently and the subject shifted away from our original topic to how our church has been impacted by Covid-19. He was generally really pleased with how we’ve adapted, but then made a comment that made me pause. “It’s really a shame that this pandemic has killed the momentum you were building.”
And I can completely understand why he’d say that! For all intents and purposes, churches are just as reliant on crowds as... movie theaters. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been back to theaters yet. 
So you might be surprised by this, but I honestly haven’t felt like we’ve lost momentum! In fact, for the last 6 months I’ve been working with our leadership council and staff and dreaming about 2021 and what God will do through our church in this next year. We’ve come up with some ambitious and God-sized goals through 2025, and I can’t wait for us to talk about it! But we’re not just waiting for a new year for God to do something at First UMC. Andrew Nelson has come on staff as the first full-time associate pastor we’ve had since Choong-Ho Kwon left in 2015. We just hired a Next-Gen director, Mona Candea, to lead our kids and youth ministries. We’ve updated our A/V equipment to share church online for years to come. And there have been countless ways we’ve still been able to adapt and serve in this time. 
If anything, this season has felt like an opportunity to prepare for where God is bringing us—Which is why I’m so excited as we begin to gather together again for worship! It’s not that being in the sanctuary is somehow more special than watching church from the couch, it’s just been a reminder that our church family is still here and still cares. And I am beginning to like these elbow-bumps...
That being said, I want to make sure you know what to expected moving forward now that we’ve resumed in-person worship!
Here are the details:
  1. Beginning THIS SUNDAY, We’ll be offering live online and in-person services at 9:00am (contemporary) and 11:00am (traditional) every Sunday, with First Kids being offered at the 9am service. Masks are required and seating has been moved to provide social distancing. 
  2. If you’re part of a Sunday school class, talk to your class leader about whether or not your class will be meeting in-person with social distancing, or online through zoom. 
  3. We’re asking people to let us know you’ll physically be coming to church by registering your attendance ahead of time at 
I am SO excited for our momentum as a church and can’t wait to see where God brings us. “See” you Sunday as we continue our series on faith and politics! 
P.S. we’ve still got some spots lined up for you and/or your family to serve our community during Serve Day! Help us make a difference in just 4 hours this Saturday. Claim your spot at (“Uplift” still has 10 spots and is kid-friendly!)
Posted by Chris Abel