Beloved members of Hinton Avenue’s extended community:
Much is changing quite rapidly and I know that you are doing everything you can to remain informed. First and foremost, let us keep our prayers focused on those suffering this virus, those who have lost lives and loved ones, those working tirelessly to provide medical aid and support, and all those others battling illnesses whose needs for care and levels of anxiety must not be lost to our attention.
Following federal and state recommendations limiting public gatherings, Bishop Sharma Lewis has reiterated her request that we cancel public worship services on March 22 & 29. In addition, it is important that we each stay home and stay well, not only for ourselves but for the sake of the most vulnerable among us. ALL gatherings and activities at church should be considered cancelled until further notice.
That said, it is important that we remain gathered in spirit and we are blessed with any number of technologies that allow this as never before.
Please DO plan to join online broadcasts of our service each Sunday at 11 am here at www.hintonavenueumc.org or on Facebook
Please DO post to this page and to one another’s pages to let us know how you are doing and how you are coping with this time of separation.
Please DO contact me IMMEDIATELY if you begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus in any way.
Please DO call and text one another to check in and let me know of any urgent pastoral needs.
Please DO remember your church’s financial needs continue and give accordingly. You can set up automatic payments from your bank, mail your check to the church office, or give online using PayPal.
Please DO prioritize your own spiritual and emotional health that we may be a source of encouragement and support for others during this extended period of uncertainty.
With God’s help, we will get through this, and we will know that in time of trouble we were blessed to be a blessing to others in our lives and our community.
I give thanks to God for each and every one of you.
In Christ’s Peace,