November 19, 2020
Wiley UMC Brothers and Sisters:
This past week numerous reports have shared the rapid and continuing spread of the Covid-19 virus. Many activities have been postponed or canceled, along with planned gatherings and celebrations of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This is a challenging time. Our faith in the everlasting hope and life of Christ is needed for all people, not only ourselves, now more than ever. I’m thankful that our faith communities continue to be a light of Christ’s hope in our part of the world.
However, it is with a heavy heart that due to the continuing spread of the Covid-19 virus, all indoor worship and activities will be suspended until further notice. This decision comes from data from public health in regard to the spread of the virus and advisories from our annual conference leadership and Bishop. I recognize there can be a whole range of emotions and thoughts with this statement. This is not an easy thing to do for any of us. We value each other, which is why we gather together to worship and serve.
This time I fully recognize that our time suspending in-building worship is only for a season. It is not forever. I am hopeful of a possible vaccine and advancements in treating the Covid-19 disease. The sooner a vaccine comes or a reduction in the spread of the virus, the sooner we will return to in-person worship.
Sermons will continue to be posted online, and I’ll hold a time for prayer each Sunday morning via Facebook at 9:30am at the McClave UMC Page, 10:00am on my personal account, and 11:00am in the Wiley UMC Group. Other material will be posted online as it comes. Also, be on the lookout for information in regards to celebrating Christ’s birth. I’ll post updates for worship as I have them.
In this time, I ask that we continue to pray for each other. Pray for our medical professionals who are working on the behalf of many. Pray for those who are struggling with the coronavirus disease, that they may be healed. I hold this verse from the book of Isaiah in my heart and prayer life:
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10