Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! God is good, He is with us and He will get us through these times. We are faithful servants of a mighty God, and will continue to serve and follow Him through the flood and the fire in all the ways that we can. Governor Brian Kemp mandated Monday that there be no gatherings over 10 persons until April 6th. This means we will have to continue our Sunday morning worship online through Palm Sunday and limit our onsite gatherings accordingly. We are opening the Sanctuary for prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and noon; with Holy Communion offered just before noon. When we do not have worship service on Sunday, the Sanctuary is still open from 8:00 – noon for prayer and the Pastors are there to pray with you. We ask you to pray that the Lord will make it possible for us to worship together on Easter Sunday!
We need to make you aware that the Church and staff are still doing ministry in the community every day, and we encourage you to continue to give your tithes and offerings to the Church so we can continue to do so. We have gone from being ahead of our expected budget to being $20,000 behind in just two weeks. We need you to give to the Lord and His Church especially at this crucial time in our world. We will be sending out texts, email links, website information and toll free number information about the various ways you can support the Church at this time.
Our Staff at the Church are compassionately and creatively seeking to find new ways to create community, blessing and worship at this time. They are busier than ever – reaching out to you in this time of fear and isolation with the love and power of God through videos, zoom conferencing, and small gatherings with appropriate “social distancing.” For example, this past Sunday morning we fed over 60 persons in our drive by “Pancakes and Prayers” for families with children and had over 25 persons come to the Sanctuary for prayer and communion from 8 until noon. Our office has been open every day for regular hours and will continue to be open starting next week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for those who are need of counseling. We have had to postpone some events, but we have many things planned for the upcoming few weeks:
From our Ministry Staff –
- Palm Sunday “Parade of Cars” Worship Event at 10am! Decorate your car for Palm Sunday and drive in the parade past the Church as the Pastors pray with you!
- Morning Message of Hope! – Each morning Pastor Steve or a member of the Ministry Staff will bring a brief video devotion of hope to help you in this time. The videos will be on the Church website at dahlonegaumc.org, on the Church Facebook page and the Church Instagram page.
- Wednesday Teaching Session – Pastor Robin will place a teaching video each Wednesday on our One Book Study “Celebration of Discipline” about how the means of Grace can help you access the Holy Spirit in your daily life. The videos will be on the Church website at dahlonegaumc.org, on the Church Facebook page and the Church Instagram page.
- Sunday mornings – Kidz Church Live via FB at 9:30 am
- Tuesday mornings – Breakfast with Jesus devotions via Zoom & Facebook Live
- Thursday nights – Book Readings via FB Live
- This week we are having a spirit week! Fruit of the Spirit Week is a fun spirit week at home where kids dress in color of the day and spend time learning 2 Fruits of the Spirit, a Bible story, a 2 Bible verses each day. They are journaling and writing down things that relate to the color and Fruit of the Spirit for each day. And they are also sending me photos of themselves each day to post on FB.
Children’s Future Events
- You’ve Been Egged – week of March 30 – we are egging families’ homes with Easter eggs!
- Holy Week Family Kits – We are delivering kits to families for them to use during Holy Week. Devotions, crafts, and games for them to do each day of Holy Week.
- Teachers are emailing fun learning activities to the student’s parents: bible stories, artwork and AB patterns. Parents are sending us precious pics of their little ones after they’ve created whatever activity was sent out. They are being posted on Facebook so we can all be connected.
- As a director, I’m communicating with parents to keep them in the loop with what is going on with covid-9 and how it affects MMO.
- Proofs have been mailed out from the recent photo shoot for spring pics and cap and gown pics. Emails will be going out concerning their scholastic book order.
- One extra treat, some stuffed Easter eggs were donated to MMO to hide in students yards.
- Zoom meetings with youth
- Daily texts with Scripture and questions for meditation
- Instagram videos of encouragement
Support Staff –
- Praying for our volunteers and their families (counting teams, receptionists, finance committee members).
- Creating opportunities for our congregation to give (donate, contribute) without their being physically present in the building (“give remotely”).
- Ramping up the use of technology for communication with our congregation.
- Monitoring our expenses to provide for the future.
Our church is seeking to be salt and light to the community during this time of restriction. We hope you are well and can find ways to connect to God and each other during this time. As Scripture declares, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3). Selah.