Dear Cozad United Methodist Church members and friends,
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are suspending all in person activities until further notice. This includes worship, choir rehearsals, youth group, Kids of the Kingdom, Little Disciples Preschool, funerals and use of the building by outside groups.
“For social distancing to be effective, it must begin early—so early that it may feel unneeded and silly. If we wait until its need is obvious, it is too late. The faith community has an important role to play in slowing the speed of disease transmission. Large gatherings of people are a petri dish for spreading the infection. For a period of time, I strongly urge our religious communities to suspend traditional services and gatherings and find other ways to practice and sustain our faith. Our witness and our example may save many lives, especially the lives of those at risk in our own congregations.”—Dr. Wes Wallace.
As I mentioned in church last Sunday, we must put our focus on two things during this unique time. First, we must continue to be the church to those in need around us. If you see a need, jump in and take care of it if you can. If you need help, tell the church office and we will do our best to line up resources to meet the needs within our church family and our community. Secondly, we will continue to worship through this storm. “Though we may be physically distant, we are connected to one another through God’s power, the gifts of technology and our care for each other that surpasses any limitations.”–Rev. Wendy Hudson
I will be providing a weekly sermon posted on Facebook and our website. We will continue our Lenten Bible study Tuesday evenings at 7pm using Zoom on our computers. The Little Disciple Preschool is delivering packets of teaching materials so parents can continue to provide learning experiences for our children. I will offer graveside services for immediate family members who have lost a loved one and follow up with a memorial service at a later date. I will do my best to provide materials to support your worship at home.
Church leaders encourage everyone who has financial resources and/or steady income to sign up for on-line giving on our website or to work with your bank to send bank drafts to the church on a regular basis. We operate from one Sunday offering to the next. We need your help to support the mission of the church, especially at this time when our church family and community needs us the most.
May you find comfort, hope, and encouragement through the following prayer by Cameron Bellm:
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between their health and making the rent.
May we who have flexibility to care for our children when schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the turmoil of the economic market,
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our Neighbor. Amen