Community in Christ,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB)
I, like probably every composer of written communication you’re receiving, have been both monitoring the Covid19 epidemic and consulting with leadership about our life together. While I encourage reading this whole letter, the bolded portions will keep you informed.
After recommendations from Columbus Public Health and our resident Bishop in West Ohio, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and in consultation with Cheryn Houston, Chair of Administrative Council, effective Saturday, March 14th, Linworth United Methodist Church will be suspending any church events, meetings, studies, and services held within the building through Saturday, March 28th. Cheryn Houston and I will be in conversation with church staff and leaders in regular intervals and will assess what actions steps need to be taken beyond March 28th.
We will continue to offer our worship services via our livestream service on Facebook and YouTube. If you have never tuned in via livestream, I encourage you to “like” Linworth UMC on Facebook and see if you can view a previous service. That should give you a good sense if you are mastering the technology. I know you can! I really encourage you to tune in. The community may be different than you’ve experienced before, but we will still have the Word proclaimed, spectacular music, and challenging preaching.
The church office will remain open. Staff will continue with their regular schedules and responsibilities to steward our life together. Please call us if we can serve you, your family, or a neighbor in this unprecedented season. Dr. Roberts from Columbus Public Health shared with me that clergy are not exempt from the limitations/bans on nursing home visits. Pastoral and community care may look different in this season, but your pastors and staff are committed to keeping our spirit of love and care at the forefront.
Linworth Children’s Center will remain open. Anna Lambert, Director of LCC, and I have talked at length with her staff, the LCC Board Chair, and health officials. LCC is and always has been a mission of the church, and a missional need of many families in this season will be childcare. LCC families will be receiving detailed communication about policy changes and associated risks. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
All activities of Linworth United Methodist Church (outside of regular office hours/operations) are cancelled/postponed. Because of the missional need of LCC, we want to keep our at risk community safe, well, and cared for (at risk is defined as any one or more of the following: over age 60, has a chronic health condition, or has a compromised immune system), we want to encourage all church members to stay home and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html)
Needs within our congregation and community still need to be met, and so I encourage you to continue in your regular giving practices at LUMC. Visit https://linworthumc.org/giving/ to give online, or you can drop your check in the mail. As always, setting automatic withdrawal is a great way to ensure that whatever life brings our way, our support of God’s work through LUMC stays steady. Contact Amy Haas (email@example.com) to set up your ACH giving. The ongoing missions of the church will continue as best we can, and as community needs increase, we will try to support whatever needs emerge. If you or someone you know is in need during this season, please contact the church office.
The best way to stay informed of what is happening at Linworth UMC is to check our website (www.linworthumc.org), follow our Facebook page, or call the office.
Draw the Circle Wide (and Wash Your Hands),
Rev. Anna Guillozet