FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
310 N. Main Street | Mocksville, NC 27028 336.751.2503 School 336.753.1900
 
                     
Regular Sunday Schedule 
8:45 AM   Early Light - Family Life Center
9:50 AM    Sunday School
10:55 AM   Traditional Worship - Sanctuary 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To all our Church Family and Friends,  ( May 29, 2020 )

We have established a committee that is meeting to discuss ways to resume our Church activities.  This group represents many of the committees that are represented on the Council of Ministries and the Administrative Board.  As the Chair of Trustees, I am serving as the Chair of this group.

I want to assure you that FUMC is taking all the precautions we can during these times to ensure that our Church Family is kept as safe as possible and that we are constantly thinking about and looking into ways to resume as much of our “normal” Church life as possible as soon as possible.  With that in mind, the Buildings of FUMC are typically closed to all non-essential persons.  This isn’t because we want to keep you out, it’s to get you back as soon as we can.  The more people who enter the campus potentially increases the risk of exposure of this illness to other members and our dedicated staff.  As it is currently medically unclear as to all the methods of transmission of the virus, we have opted to take the most conservative approach so as not to become part of the problem and more a part of the cure.

The date of August 31, 2020 has been used frequently lately, and I want to assure everyone that there is no definitive date to resume activities.  We are working on a plan now to provide one “live” service once the Governor has made allowances for assemblies greater than 10.  We have most of the parts in place, but I would like to forward the idea that it won’t be what our Congregation is used to.  Just because we get the OK to go back, doesn’t mean we should restart without some measure of protection so that we don’t become the hotbed of disease or the “ground zero” of the next potential breakout.  We will be working diligently on a plan to resume other parts of our Ministry such as Sunday School, UMM, UMW, Prayers & Squares, MYF, Wednesday Meals, and all the other really great parts of our Church that makes us who we are just as quickly as possible.  We want to be sure that we are taking all the precautions possible while balancing the need to Worship our God AND the need to protect our members and staff before we jubilantly return and meet as a family again.  I feel that I am speaking for everyone when I say that the last thing any of us wants is to be the cause of ANYONE catching this terrible disease that is so apparently easily transmitted.

I would like to remind everyone to read Romans 13:1-2.  In my New International Version, this section is titled “Submission to Governing Authorities”.  (1)Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.  (2)Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.

There are those who say that we (the Church) are exempted from following State laws, but I would like to remind everyone that we in fact do.  We strictly follow Federal, State and Municipal laws and ordinances in regard to many things including (but not limited to) building occupancy, ratio of children to counselors in pre and after school, operation of our bus fleet, our Charter as a Non-Profit organization, and Fire Codes.  As you will all agree, we follow these not just because they are the law, but we recognize that these laws are in place to protect us and give each of us and our children safe ways to meet, worship and, just as importantly, minister to the needs of others.  We also follow the guidelines of our Annual Conference, the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  We should consider ourselves blessed that we live in a place where we are free to Worship and live like we are able to and that our Governing Authorities are doing the best they can to provide for our safety and security.  I have lived for several years in a country that was ruled by a Dictator and I can assure you, we’ve really got it made here.

I would also like remind everyone to take a moment to read and think about the Mission Statement of our Congregation.  The mission of First United Methodist Church is to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and to respond to the needs of others with the Love of God the Father.  I think that sums it up nicely.

Kevin Neal

 
CHURCH OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
 
WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE 
ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE AND AUDIO RECORDINS ARE ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE
You may reach a staff person by texting or calling the  following cell phone numbers:
 

Pastor    Glenn Myers  336.870.0314

Associate Pastor    Natalie Gray  704.213.3143

Communications   Tommy Dunn  336.287.0174 

Music Director     Lou Ann Wilson   336.692.8531 

Finance      Teresa Lakey   336.751.3476 ( home )

Preschool/Afterschool     Allison Gupton  336.462.5686

 

FUMC CANNOT accept clothing or shoe donations at this time.


FUMC offers a weekly worship serevice each week on Facebook and YouTube. 

   The mission of First United Methodist Church is 
to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as Lord, 
to RECEIVE the power of the Holy Spirit,  
and to RESPOND to the needs of others with the love of God the Father.  

 

 Please contact  Kristen Paterson or Lillian Sharpe with prayer concerns.

Lillian Sharpe  336.936.9014  bs2005@aol.com


Kristen Paterson  336.624.0501   klk5279@gmail.com