by: Denise Robinson
Dear Irvington UMC,
In response to the recommendation from our Bishop and in keeping with directives from our government officials, we are suspending all services, gatherings, meetings and activities at Irvington UMC. This will be our policy through at least April 4th, with the understanding that the current recommendation of the United Methodist Church is through April 13. This decision does not mean that the ministry of Irvington UMC will stop. The church office will be open, and I encourage you to stay in contact through our Facebook page, our website, or by calling or emailing us at the church.
We are working to provide online worship on the Sundays that we are not meeting in person, and are preparing other online worship opportunities as well such as a daily devotional or Scripture lesson for the day to be posted on our Facebook page and website, and perhaps to be sent via a “blast” email.
During this time, our church will also be on call for shut-in emergencies. If you are in a high-risk group and you need anything from the store, please don’t risk going out. We have several persons not in the high-risk category who have volunteered to run errands for those in need. Allow them to be part of the ministry of our church. Call Kim and she will facilitate the arrangements. We have also set up a call-system and will be checking on one another throughout the week. As part of this process, I want you to know that we will be working hard to stay in contact and provide for needs, spiritual or otherwise. As we become more aware of needs, we will respond to them. If you would like to volunteer or if we missed you on our call list and you would like to be called, please call or email the church office. Your concerns and needs are important to us; we are a church family, and as a family we care for one another.
As you know, the financial demands of the church will continue during these weeks and I encourage you to continue to support the church financially. You can mail or drop off your donations during office hours. We also have on-line giving options, including through Paypal. Call Kim for details.
I want say that I am so appreciative of the love and support that I have seen in our church family, and I am confident that you will support the ministries of the church as we learn new ways to minister during this troubling time. One way we can support each other during this time is through prayer. In times of distress, we have the opportunity to be light for the world. Let your light shine!
May the grace of the Lord be upon you all,