May 26, 2020
Greetings to All in the Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior
I last wrote to you on April 3rd, 2020. At that time, we were upholding our connections in our faith families with letters, emails, cards, phone calls, Facebook and much more. Since that time, we have added Zoom, Facebook live and drive in worship services. Today, I want to encourage you to continue in this same path as we work together to glorify God’s name and presence among us with all faith and hope that this letter finds you well.
Each one of us has endured the strains and pains of Covid-19 in different ways, yet we all remain united in our belief as Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and we have found new and creative ways to recreate the way in which we see the world and how we live by example as a follower of Christ Jesus in the world.
During this time, I have remained in contact with our leadership in all of our three faith communities, Turk Lake, Belding and Easton. One of the great celebrations is that our faith communities have come to know one another’s stories and how they see their mission as church.
After much discussion with our leadership teams, studying our State’s executive orders and considering the advice of Bishop Bard the time has come for us to gather once again in the church building worshiping together. I shared this information at our drive-in worship on May 24th, and I would like to offer a bit more information now.
Beginning Sunday, May 31st Turk Lake will resume in person gatherings at 8:30 am, Belding at 9:45 am and Easton at 11:00 am. In addition, Easton Saturday Night worship will resume on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 pm. Before gathering, each church building has or will be cleaned, areas such as tables, pews, handles, doors, knobs etc. have been disinfected and will continue to be cleaned between services. In addition, we will follow all the health guidelines needed for meeting together. We ask that you use hand sanitizer at the door, we ask that you remain six feet from anyone who is not in your immediate household. We also have both disposable and washable face masks for your use, if able. When choosing a seat, in addition to sitting six feet apart, make sure to leave at least one row between you and the next person unless you are members of the same immediate household. We will resume after church coffee hours as it determined advisable.
We also understand that some of us may not feel comfortable coming out to worship in the church building right now. We want everyone to feel safe and secure knowing we care for you and we have your health as a priority. To this end, in addition to meeting together in person, we will continue a Facebook live streaming of our worship service at Belding at 9:45 am and Easton at 11:00 am on Sunday mornings. You can find us on either Belding UMC’s or Easton UMC’s Facebook page to join in. However, there will not be a Zoom or drive in worship service. If able, please consider continuing to mail your support in stewardship to the church office if you are not able to attend one of the worship services as it is much needed and appreciated.
We thank you for your patience, understanding, compassion and kindness during this process. We are also grateful to all of our dedicated servant leaders who made this possible and who are helping us to continue our journey together. We look forward to hearing from as well as seeing you soon, and we are praying with you for guidance, peace, strength and encouragement.
Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.