Pastor’s Pen – March 10, 2021

As we move through March, there is some much needed good news to share. Each day, more and more people are getting the COVID vaccine. This Sunday we are celebrating an infant baptism at our outdoor worship service on the East Campus, and at the end of the month a couple in our church is getting married! The best news is that we are preparing to celebrate our biggest Sunday, Easter. On April 4th we will be having an outdoor sunrise service at 7:00am on our West Campus, an outdoor 9:30am service on our East Campus, and an online Easter celebration at 10:30am. As Easter people, we are reminded that God is bigger than any of our circumstances! Please invite your family and friends to join us online or in person on Easter Sunday.

As we continue through 2021, we are in need of a few additional people to serve on our church leadership council. We are in need of an additional trustee, an additional finance team member, and a recording secretary. The trustees are responsible for our facilities and work closely with our Business Administrator to make sure our facilities are safe and secure. This will be extremely important as we begin to do more and more inside in May and June. The finance team creates and oversees our annual church budget. This team reviews our monthly financial picture and makes recommendations to our leadership council. Finally, our recording secretary takes minutes of our leadership council meetings and is a non voting member of our leadership council. These are three opportunities to serve at FUMC in 2021. Please prayerfully consider these leadership positions and contact me if interested.

Finally, thank you for your continued support of FUMC. Your tithes, offering, time and talents are appreciated and valued on a daily basis. May God continue to guide us as we share God’s love and grace in the greater Boca community.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

Pastor’s Pen – January 27, 2021

Happy Wednesday! I hope each of you is having a good week and continues to stay safe during the pandemic. Today I would like to begin to examine our initiatives for 2021. In case you missed this a few weeks ago:

“Last month, a team met to discuss the opportunities and challenges before us in 2021. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine, we feel called to move forward in some specific areas.

Our five areas of focus for 2021 are:

  • Digital worship and engagement
  • Fresh Expressions of faith (Dinner Church)
  • Growing daily in Christ’s love
  • Children in our community
  • Opportunities to worship at home with neighbors”

Today I would like to focus on growing daily in Christ’s love. As followers of Jesus, we are reminded over and over in the Gospels that loving God and people is not optional or a nice goal. It is what we are called to do every day of our lives as we seek to become the persons God created us to be.

In pre-COVID times, we would gather in small groups or Sunday school classes. In today’s world, and most likely moving forward, there needs to be a digital component to everything we do as the church of Jesus Christ. We have been in conversation with a company that provides access to online, video based Christian studies, devotions, and other digital resources. Please take a look at this website:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org

We hope to get everything set up for our church next month. Individuals can access Bible studies and devotions, small groups can access topical studies and book studies, and there is even content for children, youth, and families. We will be able to share these resources with our MECE Preschool and Fresh Expressions, like Dinner Church!

In the past, a pastor would lead a weekly study at church or a teacher would lead a Sunday school class on Sunday morning. These digital resources will allow us the flexibility to gather online via Zoom, Go To Meeting, and Facebook, as well as grant us access to digital content with our smart phones and tablets when meeting in person.

The whole purpose of this technology is for us to have new resources to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ in a daily basis. Sometimes our growth is individual and sometimes our growth is through a small group.

One of the greatest blessings in my life is a small group of men that I gather with in-person and online. I have been part of this group for over 25 years, and I can’t imagine doing life without the support of this group. Maybe you feel alone during the pandemic or desire to connect with a group? Our hope is that we become a church of small groups. Not simply a church that has a few small groups, but a church where people connect and grow in their relationship with God and people through small groups. If you would like to find a group, please email me and we will create a list of interested persons.

More information about this new digital offering will be available in February. I am excited that this will provide more individuals and small groups with digital resources to grow in the love of Jesus Christ.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Marcus

Pastor’s Pen – October 28, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone that participated in the called church conference on Monday night. At the meeting the church approved the sale of the west campus property. Though we grieve this decision to sell some of our property, it is with hope and anticipation that we move forward with a desire to reach new people in new spaces.

So what are the next steps? A strategic planning team will be meeting over the next few months to work on initiatives and goals for the next 3-5 years. They’ll also he working on a time frame to transition west campus worship and ministries in the late spring or early summer of 2021. If you are interested in being part of this team, please email me.

We also will be working with our real estate company on creating a contract and navigating the due diligence period. The estimated time frame for the transaction to close is in May-June of 2021.

Please continue to pray for the church leadership, strategic planning team, staff, and pastors as we work through our church’s next steps and continue in a year that has been difficult in so many ways for so many people.

In times like this I like to remember one of my favorite gospel texts, a powerful reminder of the peace that is possible through Jesus Christ.

Mark 4:35-41 NIV: 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

I can’t believe this is the last week of October. We were just blessed by the MECE costume parade.  During a very challenging year this beautiful parade gives me great joy and hope for the future!!

Finally, I would like to invite you to join us for online worship on Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Sunday and Holy Communion.

As we are reminded by the great cloud of witnesses, may we remain in the faith and live for Jesus.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

Congregational Letter

Dear friends:

As you know, we are preparing for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 12th. This will be followed by a virtual Congregational Meeting on October 26th at 7:00 pm, at which time we’ll vote on the offer we have received from MetroGroup Development to purchase our West Campus property.

If the congregation votes to sell the West Campus, I also want to acknowledge that I know that it will be hard on some of our members. Our church buildings are special to us. We celebrate births, grieve the loss of loved ones, laugh and cry and grow together within their walls. I hope we can all be sensitive to this fact in the weeks and months to come. Let’s be kind to each other.

We have tried to anticipate as many questions as possible in order to have an efficient meeting in a few weeks. In this message I want to share the details and decision-making that got us here.

Who is making this recommendation?

In February 2020, our church voted to convene a special task force to receive purchase offers for the West Campus on behalf of the church. Task force members include Leadership Council Chairman Chuck Reeder, Trustee Bruce Wetmore, Trustee George Liebel, and Lay Leader Danny Davis. Sharon Saige and I served on the task force as ex-officio members.

The task force was given the following mandate:

To receive offers for the West Campus church property for market value (at least), with preference given to buyers open to a partnership allowing FUMC to continue its presence on the property.

What is the appraised value of the West Campus property?

The appraised value as of 6/20/19 was $3,555,000. The appraisal report is available to view here.

What are the terms of the offer being presented?

A letter of intent from the potential buyer, MetroGroup Development, is available by calling the church office.

What process did the task force use?

The task force decided to use the firm of Avison Young to assist with marketing to, and vetting of, potential buyers. Avison Young is a global commercial real estate firm with an office in Boca Raton at Lynn Financial Center. Additionally, we received legal advice from John Cappeller of Cappeller Law in Boca Raton.

Click here for a detailed timeline on the task force’s activities outlining actions, offers received, and the committee’s final recommendation.

How did the task force decide to move ahead with the offer before us now, and what offers were rejected?

In total we received 10 offers: 3 from churches and 7 from real estate investors and businesses.

We decided to reject offers with unfavorable or undesirable terms. We also felt it important to find a buyer able to work quickly through the due diligence period. (Due diligence in this context means a standard period in a real estate transaction allowing the buyer to check out all assets and requirements of the property in order to understand repairs, environmental concerns, zoning laws, insurance requirements, and other matters before the transaction is completed. If substantial concerns arise during the due diligence period, the potential buyer has the right to terminate their offer.) Finally, we decided to reject offers below market value.

Seven (7) offers received were below market value. Unfortunately, all offers that could have allowed a continuing partnership with FUMC were significantly under market value and included unworkable requests. One church, for example, wanted to require those that attend the West Campus to merge with their church. Another church requested a 10-year, interest-free balloon payment without any details as to security or source of fund for the original deposit, which we don’t have the means to support.

Three (3) offers were above market value (including the one we selected).

The highest offer we received was not selected because the buyer requested a due diligence period of 18-24 months without significant at-risk deposits.

We decided to accept MetroGroup’s offer for several reasons. They are an established developer with a good reputation. They submitted an above-market offer noncontingent on full governmental approvals, and they requested a 120-day due diligence period that indicates a willingness to work quickly. The due diligence period starts after the approval of the sale by both FUMC and our district, and a fully executed purchase and sale agreement.

If the sale goes through, what does MetroGroup plan do with the property?

This has not yet been announced, though we do know it will likely be a retail project. Whatever the property becomes, it must conform to the existing zoning and preserve the existing wetlands. MetroGroup’s past and present clients include national and regional retailers such as Tractor Supply Co, Cumberland Farms, Chase, CVS, WaWa and others.

If we vote to sell the property, then how long will we be able to continue church operations on the property?

If all goes as planned, we predict the deal will close in March/April of next year. We would need to transition away from the property by approximately June 2021.

After the property is sold, what will happen to those that attend the West Campus who aren’t able to come east?

Five years ago we created a vision statement for our church that has been our North Star in terms of direction. That document expires at the end of 2020, so we recently convened a strategic planning task force to work with our pastors to pray, strategize, and discern goals for our next five years.

Members of the task force come from both the east and west campuses. The survey we distributed a few weeks ago is part of that process, and we’ll continue to seek the input of church members in the months to come.

One aspect of the task force’s mandate is also to provide direction about how FUMC looks after our anticipated transition from two physical campuses to one. We are considering several options, including the possibility of renting a space on Sunday mornings to allow worship out west to continue. Though we have yet to formulate specifics, we are committed to maintaining a presence in West Boca.

Our mission as the church of Jesus Christ is certainly to take care of each other in our own congregation during this transition. Our overall mission is to continue to share God’s love with our entire Boca Raton community.

Note that our financial realities are still very much a concern. FUMC has spent more than we have taken in for more than a decade now, and our reserves are lower than they should be. All planning for the future assumes that we will operate within budget, which should be more manageable with one campus. (Note that according to the Book of Discipline, we cannot use the money from the sale of property for our operating budget. We will, however, be able to use the interest accrued from that money to fund operations.)

Since our current vision statement runs out at the end of this year, the task force will be working quickly to provide recommendations, which will be shared with leadership for approval, by December 2020.

Still have questions?

In order for us to hear from as many people as possible, we will be taking questions before the meeting. Not everyone is comfortable raising a hand and speaking up in front of a crowd: this method gives everyone a chance to be heard.

Please email questions by October 24th to Questions@FUMCBocaRaton.org.

Conclusion

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the task force team for the many hours of meetings and emails, especially with COVID precautions, as it was even more work than anticipated. Also, I would like to thank Claire, Sharon, Becky, and Michele for sharing their time and talents.

So why do I believe this is the best decision for the future of FUMC? In short, the last six months have made it clearer than ever to me what is truly important as the church of Jesus Christ: the future of the church is within people, not within walls.

Since we went into quarantine in March, we’ve operated as a church with NO physical campus! And yet we have loved and prayed for each other from a distance. We’ve been meeting online and in small groups for worship, study, connection and community.

We join many other congregations, from a variety of denominations, who are realizing that the future of the American church is in finding ways to connect to and interact with people in our local communities, not in maintaining physical structures. The future of the church is in seeking opportunities to engage new people in new places, not in convincing people to come to our property on Sunday mornings. By supporting this recommendation that has been approved unanimously by our Leadership Council, we will be moving into a future that can be more focused on reaching new people.

This is an exciting time to be the church of Jesus Christ!

Please be in prayer about our upcoming church meeting on Monday, October 26th. Pray specifically that God challenges us to not simply maintain the status quo but instead for FUMC to thrive at sharing the love of Jesus Christ in new spaces.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus, Senior Pastor

 

Pastor’s Pen – September 16, 2020

Hello Church family,

Happy Wednesday! We just finished our first in-person opportunity for Wednesday prayer time in the East Campus sanctuary. Thank you to all who participated for wearing masks and social distancing. We are excited about additional opportunities in the upcoming weeks! Next Wednesday we will have a time of prayer in the West Campus chapel. Please RSVP by clicking here.

I have some important updates to share with you today. First, as you know, our congregation voted in February to create a task force to consider offers for partnership or sale of our West Campus property. Since that time, after vetting several offers, spending countless hours in meetings, and with a great deal of prayerful consideration, the task force agreed on a recommendation, which they brought to Leadership Council on Monday night.

The only viable offer to emerge is the proposal for full sale of the property to a commercial real estate developer for $4,150,000. No offers were presented that would allow for a partnership providing FUMC the ability to continue activities on the property. After discussion, Leadership Council voted unanimously to approve the recommendation and call a special church conference in October for a congregational vote. (As you know, only the congregation can decide to sell church property—not the task force, pastors, or Leadership Council.)

We know you all will have questions and are planning a series of virtual town hall meetings to share more details. We’ll publish more next week about the dates and times of those meetings.

I know this is not easy news for everyone to hear. We are like many American churches who discovered over the last six months that our future is less about our buildings and more about finding new ways to share the love of Jesus Christ in our community. At the moment, our Strategic Planning Team is also dreaming of new ways to reach and connect with people in West Boca. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for this important work.

Second, Leadership Council also voted a few weeks ago to suspend the Pumpkin Patch for this year due to COVID-19. In the best of times, setting up and manning the Pumpkin Patch is a-hands-on, shoulder-to-shoulder project. This year we just can’t imagine a scenario that would allow for us to protect ourselves or the public. We look forward to resuming this popular activity next year, God willing.

Lastly, Rebecca and I are excited to share that we will be officially adopting Marilyn and Marissa on Tuesday afternoon. We are so happy about them joining our forever family. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support through this journey. This experience has opened my eyes to the needs for foster children in Palm Beach County. A future dream is to partner intentionally with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home to love and protect the modern-day orphans in our community. You will be hearing more about future dreams in the months to come.

As always, feel free to call or email me. My email address is mzillman@fumcbocaraton.org.

May God continue to give us big dreams for the future. I am excited about finding new ways to share the love to Jesus in tangible ways. I strongly believe our best days are yet to come through Jesus Christ.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

Pastor’s Pen – June 24, 2020

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Dear Friends:

Though we haven’t been together in worship for months, in today’s update I want to tell you how encouraged I am about the wonderful ways God is continuing to move us forward during this time of pandemic.

On Sunday we celebrated 4 years of fruitful ministry of Rachel and Ryan DeLaune and said fond farewells to them in a socially distanced, afternoon reception. This week our Trustees are already hard at work cleaning and preparing the parsonage for Associate Pastor Madeline Baum and her family, whom we expect to arrive this coming weekend. We are excited and look forward to welcoming Pastor Madeline, Lou, and Sara!

I continue to be humbled by the amazing generosity of the people at FUMC and the ways we are continuing to be a church in unusual times. Every day, tithes and offerings continue to be dropped by the church office and/or given online. Our leadership teams continue to meet online to move our vision forward. The staff continues to prayerfully plan and implement worship, connections, and financial responsibilities. Small groups and Bible study groups continue to meet on a weekly basis. An online prayer team is praying for pastors, staff, our community, and any request that is shared throughout the week. Outreach, service, and fellowship continue as we find new ways to interact with our world.

I know many of you have questions about the short-term and long-term future of our church. Here are some additional updates:

Reopening “Healthy Church” task force:

This team continues to meet and discuss online and in-person worship and facility use in the future.

The Florida Conference continues to actively lead on the subject of “healthy” church reopening. They have posted the following video with comprehensive information here:

https://www.flumc.org/reopening-churches-webinar-video

As for our church specifically, we are not yet in a position to give a time frame for resuming in-person worship until the city of Boca and Palm Beach County move to Phase Two of reopening. Once in Phase Two, we will intentionally begin preparing for an in-person worship experience. Even then, some of you have expressed that you will not feel safe gathering, even during Phase Two reopening. We understand this decision and affirm your desire to continue to worship online. Rest assured that we are planning to continue online worship into 2021 and perhaps beyond.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share more details about how we will proceed when a date is selected for in-person worship. Please continue to pray for the reopening team and the leadership of our church. Our number-one priority is to praise and worship God in a safe environment.

Pastoral transitions:

With the arrival of Pastor Madeline, and the end of Pastor Kernie’s contract as preaching pastor on our West Campus, we are in the process of evaluating pastoral responsibilities. I’m pleased to announce that Pastor Kernie has accepted the role of part-time Pastor of Congregational Care for the coming year. In this role he will continue to connect with people on both campuses. We are so grateful to Pastor Kernie for his year of service on the West Campus and are delighted that he is willing to continue as one of our pastors.

When new pastors arrive and begin interacting with our staff, leadership and members, it’s typical to allow time for that transition. Part of what I plan to do in the coming weeks is work with Pastor Madeline to determine the best way to use her gifts and graces in accordance with our church’s needs. Many of you have asked about the future of Dinner Church, for example, which we do intend to continue. I’ll share more details with you in the future about pastoral roles and responsibilities as decisions are made.

Wednesday race conversations in July:

Starting Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 PM we will meet online for a time of learning and sharing conversations about race. The plan is to share a conversation video on Facebook and YouTube on Tuesday and then gather online Wednesday to discuss in small groups led by facilitators. The first video will be the conversation between my colleague and friend, Rev. William Chaney, Jr.,  that was shared in worship on June 14. More details will be shared next week in the weekly Constant Contact email.

West Campus task force:

The task force has continued to meet regularly online since our Church Conference in February, exploring options for partnership and/or sale of the west campus. The Leadership Council approved listing the property with Avison Young, a commercial real estate company, to assist with locating potential partners and/or interested buyers. A full update will be shared at the next Leadership Council meeting on Monday, July 20. Please remember that any eventual partnership or sale offer that is recommended by the task force will be brought before the entire church membership for a vote.

Online prayer ministry:

The pandemic has made it clear that prayer is essential as the body of Christ. Think of a car without an engine. Prayer is the engine that allows the church to reflect Christ and expand the kingdom of God. I’m happy to announce that Min Pusey has volunteered to coordinate this important ministry. Min will be sharing more details about our online prayer ministry in the month of July.

Finally, a BIG thank you to the volunteers, staff, and pastors that have allowed us to continue during this season of pandemic. May God continue to bless this amazing team and allow us find new ways to share the love and good news of Jesus Christ.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

 

 

 

Pastor’s Pen – June 3, 2020

Schedule and Guidelines

from the Reopening Task Force

 Office Reopening Week of June 8th

  • Staff training on Thursday, June 4th
  • Open to the public on Wednesday, June 10th
  • Masks will be required for everyone entering the office space but not required in individual offices.
  • To control access to office space all office door codes will be reset.

PMO soft reopening week of June 21st

  • Masks required for all adults
  • Limited class size
  • Deep cleaning will happen on daily basis by PMO staff
  • Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays schedule for first few weeks

Public Worship soft reopening July 5th

  • Required masks, social distancing, and reservations
  • GP will be site of first worship gathering with limit of 50-75 inclusive of praise team, pastors, staff, ushers, and greeters (number depends on how Palm Beach county is successfully reopening)
  • Additional in-person worship services will be added through the summer as needed.
  • Online worship will continue for those not ready to attend in person. We see our online campus continuing in the future.

Outside groups

  • Up to date insurance information is required
  • A plan of use/cleaning needs to be submitted before restarting
  • Masks and social distancing are required

Team will be working on video and social media communication for the entire church about reopening process. Our desire is to re-open the buildings in the safest was possible.

Pastor’s Pen – April 29, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! Does anyone else have trouble keeping track of days during this time of disruption? I hope you and your family are safe and doing okay.

On Sunday it was announced that Pastors Rachel and Ryan will be moving to new appointments in central Florida at the beginning of July. It is hard to believe they have been with us for the last four years. We will miss Ryan, Rachel, Emmaline, and Charlie. The Staff Parish team will be working on ways for us to celebrate and thank Rachel and Ryan for their service over the last four years. Please keep the DeLaunes in your prayers as they begin to make this transition. Our hope is for Sunday, June 21st to be a celebration of their ministry in Boca.

As one chapter ends, another begins. It is with joy and excitement that we welcome Madeline Baum as our new associate pastor at the beginning of July. Here is the release shared by our District Superintendent:

Madeline Baum

Beginning July 1, 2020, Madeline Baum will be a commissioned provisional elder in the Florida Conference and will begin serving as the new Associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton. She is currently serving as Director of Family Ministries at Ocala West UMC. Madeline will graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary in December, 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Indian River State College in 2015.

In Madeline’s own words she wrote the following when asked about her personal faith and the mission of the church, “My personal faith journey began in the Catholic Church where I spent my early years. There, I knew of God, but I did not know God personally. After many years of searching for something, I was ultimately led to the UMC about 12 years ago. Here I found a home -a community of faith grounded in Christ and covenantally committed to one another. It was at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach that I answered my call to ministry. I have spent the last ten years cultivating this gift that God has given me and I am certain that I am ready to share what I have learned with a congregation as we work together to discern God’s path in or shared ministry. As we work together as the Body of Christ, we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

 Madeline’s spiritual gifts are leadership and compassion/mercy. She includes preaching/teaching as one of her strengths.

Madeline and her husband, Luciano (Lou) have a daughter, Sara, who will be attending FAU beginning summer 2020.

We will have many opportunities to welcome the Baum family in July. Please keep Madeline, Lou, and Sara in your prayers as they say goodbyes and transition to Boca.

I hope you are able to go outside and enjoy some of the cool air today. Remember we are Easter people and nothing is greater than God!

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Pen – April 8, 2020

Happy Holy Week! We have made it to Wednesday, April 8th. In this new normal, I find myself not taking as many things for granted! Jesus’ sermon on the mount and his statement about “not worrying about tomorrow” has a new and more profound meaning.

I hope each of you is safe and secure. Our caring callers, staff, and pastors continue to call and text people on a daily basis. If you are thinking about or missing someone, I encourage you to call or text them. During this time of social distancing, I am making an effort to connect with at least 10 people daily. Maybe this can be your goal each day for the remainder of April!

A few updates for this week:

Wyatt Robinson, our Director of Family Ministries, along with Pastors Rachel and Kernie, will be leading an online Maundy (Holy) Thursday family experience. More information is available on our website and Facebook page.

I am planning to share some scripture and/or reflection on our Facebook page this Thursday – Saturday. Even though Easter will be celebrated in a different way this year, the message of Easter is the same. Easter reminds us that God loves us so much He entered the world as Jesus and died for our sins. Three days after this sacrifice, death was defeated and the tomb was empty. We celebrate Jesus is ALIVE! Easter would not make any sense if there was not a death and a bodily resurrection. We are Easter people!

I would like to invite you to join us online this Easter Sunday. You will hear amazing music and hear words of hope as Easter people. As always, feel free to invite your family and friends.

Finally, I encourage you to listen to one of my favorite songs about Jesus’ death from the perspective of the thief:

 

 

I look forward to walking though Holy Week and Easter with you.

God bless,

Pastor Marcus

Pastor’s Pen – April 1, 2020

Hello Everyone,
I pray this email finds you well. The month of March 2020 is one that we will never forget! I hope you are taking the advice of local, state, and federal officials seriously and doing your part to help slow the spread of this terrible virus.

Our caring callers, staff and pastors have been reaching out to people through email, text messages and phone calls. Just yesterday I had an amazing phone call with one of our 90+ year old members. He told me how he has been in contact with family and many people from FUMC. I am thankful for everyone reaching out during this time of social distancing. If you would like to be on our call list, please email us.
Our online worship continues on Facebook each week at 10:00 AM and is also posted to our YouTube Channel. We are meeting online each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM for our weekly Lenten study and at noon on Thursday for our weekly prayer time. Anyone is invited to join us online!
This Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion together during our worship time. Please gather some bread and juice/drink before the live worship at 10:00 AM.
Please continue to reach out to family, neighbors and friends during the next 30-45 days. We will get through this time, but it is important for us not to be totally isolated from all people.
Finally, I wanted to share an article from an author and theologian named NT Wright. I enjoy his readings and his love of Jesus Christ. This article is a good reminder of the Biblical tradition of lament and its importance to Christians.
May God bless you and help you to find new ways to love the people around you.
In God’s Amazing Grace,
Pastor Marcus