Worship services, activities, and gatherings at the church have been cancelled through Sunday, April 29. 
This includes all Holy Week events as well as our annual Easter Sunrise service at Mitchell Village Park.

We will be posting online services on YouTube, and posting the links each week.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no worship services on Sunday, March 29, and no church activities through Saturday, April.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all worship services and other activities at the church are cancelled through the end of next week (April 4).  This includes our fifth Sunday fellowship meal (May 29) and our Easter Egg Hunt (April 4).  Following the governor’s lead on closing the schools until May 15, the bishop has recommended churches remain closed for the next two months.  Whether it will be that long before we gather here again, I do not know.  We will continue to monitor the situation on a week-to week basis.

Because the Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled, those who signed up to provide food or other items do not need to do so at this time. 

The Blood Drive scheduled for April 23 at St. Peter’s will take place as scheduled.  There is an urgent need for blood donations at this time.  To sign up online, please go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, type in our zip code (28557) and scroll down to find our church.  The Red Cross is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all donors.  You may also call the church office to sign up.

If you are the parent of a child who is home from school, and you are unable to print out online assignments provided by their teachers, contact the church and we may be able to print those for you.

Continue to reach out to one another by phone, and help make sure nobody feels alone or forgotten during this time of isolation. 
These are challenging times, folks.  But, as a family of believers, under the Lordship of Christ, we WILL get through, and we will be a stronger church when this challenge has passed. 

Please continue to pray for our government leaders, health care professionals, and each other.  I am praying for each and every one of you!

Blessings,
Pastor Karl

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Previous Announcement:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no worship services on Sunday, March 22, and no church activities through Saturday, March 28.

In response to the Coronavirus, public health officials have recommended that people avoid crowds of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. In light of these recommendations, and for the safety of both our people and community, I have made the decision to cancel all worship services and other gatherings at the church through the end of next week (3/28/20). We don’t know how long the current situation will last, so I will continue to review our need to cancel on a week-by-week basis.

Any time a pastor makes the decision to cancel worship it is an extremely difficult decision. Again, I had to choose what is in the best interest for our church family and the surrounding community. As we did last Sunday, the church will make this Sunday’s sermon available online.

During these uncertain times, we need to remember the words God spoke in Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Pray for our health and government leaders, pray for one another, and reach out via phone to someone in the church who may need a word of encouragement this day.

I am praying for each and every one of you!

Blessings,

Pastor Karl

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Previous Announcement:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no worship services on Sunday, March 15, and no church activities through Saturday, March 21.

On Thursday, March 12, in response to the growing Coronavirus outbreak, Bishop Hope Ward urged all UMC churches in our conference to “cease public worship and other gatherings in your church through the next two weeks in order to protect your church family and the community in which you live and serve.” Several other Conferences have sent similar directives to their churches. In response to her request, I spent much time in prayer and in consultation with leaders from our church and others.

For the safety of our congregation, especially those who are older or have compromised immune systems, I have made the decision to cancel all worship services and other gatherings at the church through the end of next week (3/21/20). This includes worship, music rehearsals, youth, Starbursts, UMM, Women of the Church, Sisters in Christ, and any other church activities including the scheduled Eric Horner concert. We will address any future needs for cancellations on a week by week basis. We will be sending out later information on how you can view this week’s sermon online.

Please remember that while we may not be gathering this week, the work of the church continues; your tithes and offerings facilitate that work. We ask you to consider mailing in your giving, or dropping it by the church office.

This cancellation was an extremely difficult decision for me to make. However, as the shepherd of this flock, it is my duty to care for the sheep, and I feel this decision is in the best interest of our congregation and our community. Gatherings of people are how diseases like this coronavirus are spread. If we are proactive in our attempts to curb the spread, hopefully we will not have to be reactive to its infecting one of our own.

If you know of someone who does not get email, please call them and let them know about this information. Above all, pray for one another, for those who are sick, and for our health leaders as they address this growing pandemic, remembering that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b).

Please feel free to call the church if there is anything we can do for you as we face this health situation together.

Blessings,
Pastor Karl

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