From the Pastor

March 26, 2020


For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
says the Lord.
Jeremiah 30:17a

It's a 5th Sunday and we are not together for our regular healing service, BUT a friend reminded me that Martin Luther is sometimes said to have crossed himself on his own forehead whenever temptation or depression prompted him to remind himself: "I am Baptized!" 

This week's prayer practice is a moment of healing prayer. You may use olive oil, anointing oil, or a dry finger to make the sign of the cross on your own forehead while you pray:

I am anointed in the name of the Father,
and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.
May the power of God’s indwelling presence
heal me of all illness—
of body, mind, spirit, and relationships—
that I may serve God with a loving heart. Amen.

By our baptism, we are together in Christ, even when we are apart! 

Until further notice, worship will be live streamed at 9:00am on our Facebook page: 

You can even share greetings, joys and concerns through the comments. The Facebook Live video is automatically posted as a permanent video on our Facebook page. It will be also on the church website later in the day.

Worship orders will be available Friday morning. A pdf will be sent by email and print copies will be in an envelope on the office door. These worship orders can be used at home on your own, with the live stream, or with the video.


Communion: Until further notice, we will celebrate a love feast in the tradition of the early church meals and early Methodism. The Love Feast is not communion but is a meal to share together as a church family. Bring your favorite breakfast food and your coffee to the live stream. Read more about the love feast  

Regular hours for Sojourner’s Café is suspended until further notice.


Community Pantry is suspended until further notice. BUT please help us share with the community that we will meet any needs by drive thru pick up or delivery. Just call the church office to make arrangements.


All support groups, meetings, and ministries are now canceled until further notice. We will do all we can to provide support and/or technology. Again, contact the office if you need anything.


Online Meeting Option: We now have a Zoom account that allows us to have online meetings with the option to call in by phone like a conference call. Some meetings are already being scheduled via Zoom including worship and a leadership meeting to discuss our COVID-19 response. Administrative groups may also want to meet this way if closures continue beyond the initial 2 weeks.


Together while apart: We are also working to create small groups to stay in contact with each other and I’m working on a phone system where I can record a devotion and/or announcement to send out to all of you by autodial.


EMAILS: If you do not already get our Thursday emails please contact the church office ASAP so we can get you added to the list.


Offering: Online giving is available on the church website. You can also mail your gifts to the church office

(315 church St) Please continue to give your offerings so we can continue to serve the community in this difficult time.


If you need anything at all, please call the church office. We are here to support each other with deliveries, a phone call, and prayers.

Palm Sunday
9am Live Stream Worship

10:30am Drive-by Palm Parade!
Meet in the church parking lot at 10:15am to join the parade! Enter the parking lot from Maple St. Someone with gloved hands will hand palms to you through your window. The parade will leave at 10:30am out the back of the parking lot to make a loop around town. Wave those palms out your windows while we follow the parade route. ***Those in high risk categories, please stay home and stay healthy. Please email or call the church office if you would like to have palms delivered to your door step after the parade! ***   

Holy Thursday April 9th
6pm Live Stream “Patterns at the Table”
Set up a computer, phone, or other device at your dinner table and join us for a meal and worship in the style of the early Christians. (Take a picture of dinner to share in the comments!) What are the patterns Jesus practiced at dinner with the disciples? We will include a ritual of hand washing and blessings for the meal.

Good Friday
April 10th 7pm Tenebrae Service. Each home will need one candle and a match or lighter for this candle. Before we begin the service, turn on seven lights in your home. Any lights: Wall switch, lamp, flashlight, etc. Join us as we tell the story of Jesus' death.

Easter Vigil
Click here to sign up for a half-hour slot and pray intentionally during this night before Easter dawns either at home, or the church will be open for you from 7pm Saturday to 7am Easter morning.

Easter Sunday
6:15am Sunrise Live Stream from the parsonage deck! Join Pastor Michelle for a brief service of prayer and praise.

9am Live Stream Worship Details TBA

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