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Focus Prayer For Week Of April 5
Pray for all the caregivers. Medical, family, friends, and others who are providing care, shopping, delivering, and looking out for our needs. Pray for our world community during this pandemic.
DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS, WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE A BIT DIFFERENT, PLEASE READ OUR WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE PASTORS
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I know the last two weeks have been a difficult adjustment, as we have had to move everything, from the worship service to committee meetings, online. I know it's not ideal, and as I expressed in the sermon Sunday, I grieve not being present with you. That being said, this is our current reality, and within the context of what is, I want to thank the entirety of the Fishers UMC family. First, I want to thank you for how quickly you've adjusted/ transitioned to online formats for worship, Bible studies, meetings and other gatherings. I know it has been a steep learning curve for many, including myself, but you've done it with grace (If any are still struggling to make the transition please contact me at ). Second, I want to thank you for your patience. As the church has moved to a completely online format, I recognize that there have been some periodic struggles. I can assure you that those struggles have not come about from a lack of planning or pre-testing the streaming services. When those struggles/ glitches have arisen, your patience and kind words have been an immeasurable encouragement to the staff.
In extending thanks to entirety of the Fishers UMC family, I also want to thank the staff. In the last two weeks, the staff have worked tirelessly to adapt ministry to the current environment. They have increased their online presence, adapted to utilizing video conferencing tools, made countless calls to congregants, and several staff have creatively reached out to congregational members through the mail. Throughout the adjustment of the last few weeks, the staff have been incredibly supportive of one another, and we have been blessed by the clarity and calm of Pastor Kevin's leadership.
Now, as we head toward Holy Week, there are a couple of things I want to share. First, we will have online expressions for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Second, as many of you have seen, Pastor Kevin is looking for us to respond to a couple of questions as he prepares his Easter message. The two questions are:
- How does Easter fit into this whole COVID-19 and self-quarantining and social distancing thing? Does it have any impact on what we are going through right now? And if so, in what ways?
- What makes you anxious or downright scares you right now?
Please, send your answers to , all answers will be kept confidential.
And finally, this Sunday begins Holy Week; this Sunday begins the final leg of Jesus' journey to the cross and empty tomb. Join us Sunday morning at 10AM on the church's Facebook page or on our website for Palm Sunday worship. See you Sunday! Figuratively speaking, obviously, I won't literally see you, I don't have that capability :).
Love to you all,