March 18, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are in scary and uncharted times. We definitely need to remain calm and remember God is in charge and I know at times that is not an easy thing to do. On the request of Bishop Beard that UM Churches close until March 30, Alpha UMC will be closed immediately until March 30. At that time, on the guidance of Bishop Beard and the Church Council, we will reevaluate the situation. During this COVID-19 virus, above anything else, the health and safety of our members, supporters and community is upmost on our minds. If anyone is in need of anything during this time or you know of some one in need, let the Church office or Pastor Karna know and we will do our best to help.
As you are aware, even though we will not be worshiping together, the bills will still need to be paid. If you would like to remain supporting Alpha UMC with your pledges, you can go to the website and use Vanco, or you can mail a check, or on Mondays the Church office will be open from 10am to noon and you can drop off your offering then. An offering plate will be in the fellowship hall. If none of these ways work for you, give us a call and someone will be happy to come and pick it up!
The prayer group will be praying from their homes on Thursdays starting at 6:30 pm. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone joined them and we were all in prayer at the same time? If you have a prayer concern, text or call Pastor Karna or Lindi Kernan or the church office and we will make sure the prayer group has those names.
This Sunday Bishop Beard will have a sermon, and we will send a link by email so you will be able to read or hear it. I am also hoping to get it on Facebook.
My hope and prayer are that we will all be back together on Palm Sunday to worship together! If that does not happen, we are working on how to worship online. I know some of you do not have the ability to do online worship and we are working on how to get that to you also. Since we are unsure as to when we will be able to have church services together, we will not be ordering Easter flowers as a group. Therefore, we encourage you to bring in your own flowers for Easter morning. If you let Desirae know prior to April 9 who they are in memory of or in honor of, she can insert that into the bulletin.
Please join me in prayer for all those who have the virus and their families. Let us remember those who do not have the option to work from home such as the grocery store workers, nurses, doctors, truck drivers, etc. Let us also remember those who are suffering from other illnesses, school children and teachers, and those who are anxious about financial worries. Show kindness to everyone and remember GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL AND PRAYER IS POWERFUL!
Stay well and safe!
Blessings to you all!
Pastor Karna (309-337-2700) email@example.com