Dear DUMC Family,
The world is a different place today than it was three weeks ago. We are all trying to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, many families are having to deal with it up close and personal as they, or loved ones, have tested positive. We want to continue to keep in our prayers all who are infected and affected. We also want to continue to pray for all public health and hospital personnel, all researchers and all leaders who are responsible for securing the health of the public. May they be extensions of the healing hand of Christ.
Two weeks ago, I made the decision to cancel public worship at the church; and a few days later made the decision to close the church office. At the time, I suggested we would take a second look at this in a couple of weeks. I had hoped the situation would be good enough for us to resume our normal activities. Not being together with you was hard to imagine for any longer than just a short time.
Needless to say, the situation has not gotten better, but has actually worsened, and for that reason, I am extending my decisions regarding worship and the church office until further notice. I know you join me in praying that this situation will be resolved sooner rather than later.
I am so proud of you as a congregation and of our staff. During this period of social distancing, the staff has worked very hard to continue making worship online as meaningful as possible; and literally hundreds and even thousands of you have joined us for worship. They have also provided activities for children and youth. Sunday School Classes and Bible Studies are still meeting over the internet through zoom. Church meetings continue to happen by way of conference calls. And, ministry to both members of our church and those beyond the walls of the church is continuing to take place. These things would not happen were it not for all of your efforts and financial support. So, thank you for all you are doing for the ministry of Christ and the work of the church.
During my devotional this morning, I read these words of God to the prophet Isaiah:
Don’t fear, because I am with you,
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.
What God said to Isaiah, I believe God says to us. May we all find encouragement in that fact.