Covid-19 UpDate

Dear PUMC Church Family,


Last week we held our first outdoor service at 8:30 am. It was wonderful seeing so many faces!  The Covid Response Team, Vision Team, and Church Staff met Monday evening to discuss how things went on Sunday and what needed to be improved.

In order to keep all our members and guests safe, we have decided that masks MUST be worn by all in attendance, including staff.  We will have new masks available if you do not have your own.  We will also have hand sanitizing stations available.

It is imperative that PROPER social distancing is maintained during all parts of the service. We did a great job before and during worship, however, afterward there was a lot of congregating together to catch up.  We understand how much we miss each other but we must make sure we keep ourselves and our families 6 feet apart from other members/families.

We ask that you refrain from coming if you have had a fever or chills, cough or congestion (other than allergies), sore throat, shortness of breath, or any other Covid-19 Symptom, or if you have been exposed to someone with Covid in the last 14 days.

Please remember, if you choose to come to the service, there is always a possibility of Covid-19 exposure. We want to do everything we can to minimize the chances, but this virus can easily go undetected in some people.

Know that we are doing the best we can, and we care deeply for all our church family! Please let us know how we can serve you.

  Please bring a lawn chair or you may stay and listen from your car. This will be a service of hymns, prayer, and sermon. 

From, Your Covid Response Team, Vision Team, & Church Staff

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After we reopen:

Our plan when we reopen is to have both the 8:30 and 10:30 services in-person. (10:30 service will continue to be streamed online) Services will look a little different at first.

  • We will not pass the mic around, so if you have an announcement or prayer request, please be sure to submit it before Sunday morning.
  • We will not pass offering plates, but ask that offering be placed in the baskets on your way in.
  • We will have instrumental music to lead us in prayer, but will not have congregational singing.
  • We will not have traditional ‘children’s time,’ but we will provide families with take-home activities. We ask that children stay seated with their parents to avoid contact with others.
  • We will not hold Sunday School classes or have the Nursery available through the month of July.

Please know that these have been very tough decisions to make, but we have made them out of our Wesleyan commitment to ‘do no harm.’ We look forward to singing and having Sunday School classes and filling our nursery up in the coming months! We look forward to breaking the bread and communing together. We look forward to CONTINUING the ministry of the church!  We just need to do so in the most responsible way possible.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Your gifts, prayers, online presence, service, and witness have never been more appreciated and needed.

My prayer is that the church will flourish, and we will grow God’s kingdom by whatever means possible. Thank you for being the church!

Wendy Minshall, pastor