Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 07, 2020
Reaching people with the love and teachings of Jesus Christ

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Hello Friends!
 
The Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church shared guidelines and questions for churches to consider when reopening. Some key factors to consider include the number of COVID-19 cases in our county, the demographics of our congregation, safety and sanitation procedures, and modifying worship practices. Our Administrative Council met earlier in May to discuss these protocols and procedures in preparation for in-person gatherings.  We haven’t discussed when we will reopen, which will be determined by the state government and recommendations from the Bishop of the Michigan Conference. The Sunday worship experience will return in mediated steps, while ensuring safety will be a primary concern. Entering and exiting the building will require special care and the worship experience will be modified to maintain safe social distancing and careful practices. 
 
We are mindful that some will feel more comfortable to return than others. So after opening the church building we will continue to offer worship services online. The online worship has facilitated living into our mission to reach people both inside and outside the church. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated! In June we’ll be starting a video discussion series “Animate: Practices.” Each week we’ll share a video which will blend live action with animations—to introduce a question, provide a thought provoking perspective, and beckon discussions. Then we will join together for discussion via Zoom video conferencing. The topics covered will be prayer, food, worship, sacraments, money, service, and community. Zoom discussions will happen on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM, from June 4 to July 16. You can join the discussion group with the following information:
 
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81247768404 Meeting ID: 812 4776 8404 Mobile Phone device 1 (301) 715 - 8592 or 1 (312) 626- 6799
 
If you have any questions about using Zoom, feel free to reach out for assistance. Continue to pray for people as they proceed to return to work, those affected by COVID-19, our church, community, and leaders.
 
If you have prayer requests you can email them to graceumcprayers@gmail.com and/or join us for Facebook Live prayer and devotions on Wednesday nights at 6:30 at www.facebook.com/groups/graceumcgroup/
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul