We have been talking and praying a lot about our response as LLUMC to the coronavirus. In light of Governor Hogan’s announcements and Bishop Easterling’s direction, along with other plans we have been developing, here are some things we can share now. We will keep you informed as we know more.
- All activities in our building, including Sunday worship, are suspended for at least 2 weeks based on Governor Hogan’s State of Emergency in Maryland and Bishop Easterling’s direction for United Methodists in the Baltimore Washington Conference. During this time when we do not gather for worship in our building, we will be making LLUMC worship available through live-streaming. Please check this website and watch your email over the next couple of days for instructions on how to tune in.
- Life-giving ministries that involve small numbers of people will continue on a case by case basis, for example, Cold Weather Shelter and AA.
- We have gathered a Virus Awareness Team (VAT), including medical professionals and congregational leaders who will meet at least twice a week by conference call as this situation unfolds. Please reach out to Pastor Gayle with items that should be considered in those conversations.
- We are preparing brief daily devotionals to send to you in these days. We hope they will be a blessing to you (if you do not get our newsletter, you can sign up by clicking here.
- If you have a need: transportation, food, conversation, medicine, prayer, reassurance, or whatever it might be, PLEASE reach out to Pastor Gayle email@example.com, Dave Foley firstname.lastname@example.org, Kendra Knoke email@example.com, or Carolyn Brown firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you during this time and will try to address any need you have.
- If you have a question about the virus itself, or wonder about something regarding your personal situation, several physicians in our church family have agreed to take your phone calls. If you would like one of them to call you to talk something over, please contact Pastor Gayle and she will ask one of them to call you.
- Please also consider electronic giving to our church to ensure our ability to be in ministry, touching lives with God’s good news in a troubling time. Please click on the “Give” button on the menu above.
Above all, please pray. Pray for each other. Pray for our staff and lay leaders that they will lead with wisdom and compassion. Pray for all who might be isolated in this time. And do those old fashioned things that mean so much. Pick up the phone and call someone to let them know they are cared for. Write a note to someone and send it. This is a way to stay connected, to be the church, even when it doesn’t make sense for us to gather in person.