COVID19 and Our Services

During this time Pastor Jim is completing a series of devotions for you and your families for this time that we are going through together. Please see these devotions in our Blog Post listing (same location as our weekly worship services). The first one is listed here. https://ferncreekumc.org/2020/03/25/casting-nets-a-devotion-during-the-time-of-the-covid-19-crisis/

Update, at the called meeting of the Church Council on March 18, 2020, it was agreed that, due to COVID19 concerns, all in-person worship services, meetings and other activities at FCUMC are now SUSPENDED through (and including) Palm Sunday, 05 April, 2020. We will continue to provide a video service on Sunday mornings, available on the church home page and through our YouTube channel. We are happy to help small groups implement videoconferencing or web meeting capabilities. This is obviously a fluid situation, and we expect to continue to reevaluate on a regular basis. Watch this page, as well as our social media and broadcast e-mail communications for updates.

Be safe and while at home during this time, take time to read the Bible, devotionals and other uplifting materials. Being in the Word as Christians, we know God has a plan for all of this and we are covered by Him. When going out, take precautions from the CDC and follow the safety measures to help prevent exposure. Please check out the following for safety measures: So as we practice social distancing, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends

At this time, Parents’ Day Out (PDO), Open Table, and are Scouting Programs are canceled. All of these programs follow the JCPS Closing Schedule. We will update as necessary any changes.

March 19, 2020 Dear FCUMC Family,

Greetings in the name of Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Last night, March 18, a called Church Council meeting was held by videoconference to discuss needed adaptations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Twenty-three members of the Council were present on-line with several spouses also taking part.

There was a great spirit of unity among all present as the church continues to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit in facing this current crisis. The following decisions were made by the Church Council.  We are suspending all in-person worship services and activities through Sunday, April 5.  As we did this past Sunday, March 15, we will continue to provide a video service on Sunday mornings.  These will be available on our church home page and on our YouTube channel.  A broadcast email will be sent to you to access the service no later than 8:00am on Sunday.  We will also be posting these services to our Face Book page.  

In addition, we will be suspending any in-person ministry activities through this time period as well.  We are thankful that our Communications Team is ready to assist any small group or team by use of videoconferencing or web meeting capabilities.  Contact Tim Totten at tim@timtotten.com for this assistance.

Concerning this matter of having an online meeting, our youth leaders are currently in the process of putting together a Google Hangout so the Youth Group can continue to have online meetings and Bible studies!  We also give thanks for your faithful giving to God during this time.  In lieu of not being able to physically place your offering in the plates at church, we encourage you to go to our church web-site and click on “giving,” or mail in your offerings to the church.  Thank you for your faithfulness! Wes Lennan and several others have just completed the design of the FCUMC phone app.  Wes will be sharing the information about this new app with us on Friday, March 20.  This is another wonderful means of communication for our church and staying connected.

During this these days, we encourage our FCUMC family to take time to pray more fervently, to study His Word, and to reach out to one another and your neighbors through phone calls, sending cards, texts, and other means like these.  Let us “Be the Church” for such a time as this. Once again, we encourage anyone who has a need for supplies, food, or any other necessities to please call us at the church at 502-239-8405 or Jim Kingry at 270-585-2289.

We want to thank the Fern Creek UMC Family for your wonderful spirit of cooperation in this time.  We thank you for all the phone calls and texts offering your help. Continue to stay tuned for other announcements as the situation remains very fluid and changing.  All glory and praise to God!

In Christ,

Jim Birch, Church Council Chair and Members of the Church Council

Pastor Jim Kingry

Personal Reflections from Pastor Jim

As your pastor, I want you to know that my heart breaks over the entire situation—this very aggressive and deadly virus, the loss of life and health, of not having services, the concern for the most vulnerable, and also the concern for those who don’t know Jesus.  I have struggled to sleep in grappling and praying over this situation (which Shelia can attest to).  As the Bishop says, we are the church regardless if we are in a building or not.  May this be a time that we can share the Gospel and the love of Christ in new and different ways.  Personally, I have already made many more phone calls than usual checking on our shut-ins, the sick, and offering various ways that we might help. 

One other constant thought that I have had over these past few days, is that with the shut-down of all major sports (the NCAA tournament, the High School Sweet 16)–which I dearly love to watch and follow and spend hours doing so has freed up a good chunk of time for me–time that can be spent diving deeper into the Word and interceding in prayer.  What if all of us used this extra time in the evening/day to spend more time with God–to not only pray for others but to pray for revival and awakening in our community?  Perhaps sometimes God just has to make us “be still and know that He is God.”  I for one, want to use these troublesome, crazy times to draw closer to Him.  I encourage you to take advantage of this time and seek Him more deeply as well.  I love each of you dearly!  Let us love Him and serve Him like we have never before!

3 Comments:

  1. Susan Miles Zimlich

    I am so happy to see the website. The Sunday service was also great. Due to illness and surgeries, we have not made it to church in a while. I miss my friends and church family. Thank you Wes, Tim and pastor Jim for all your work.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Susan! In these times of “social distancing,” we’re all missing that direct human interaction with our church family. I’m glad the web site and the video services are helping fill that void in the meantime. By the way, Tom is really doing a lot of terrific work behind the scenes to edit and produce the videos.

  2. Thanks for making this difficult, but necessary decision. I certainly miss the personal interaction, but the video service was amazing!

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