March 20th, 2020
What a week it has been! On Wednesday of last week, a Chapel Hill COVID-19 Task Force met for the first time. Within a few days, the world shifted and we’re all living in this new reality of social distancing and sheltering-in-place. Keeping up can be exhausting and concerning.
Please know, first, that we are praying for you all and missing your presence in our lives. Your church Pastors and staff are working hard to determine the best ways to be the church in the weeks ahead. Things are changing constantly, but the God of eternity is faithful and steadfast!
Here are some things that we know today:
May you be safe, healthy and remember God’s blessings in every moment! Pastor Chad and Pastor Janet
March 13th, 2020
Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
As the previous notice stated we would, we are bringing an updated status based on the latest available information. Bishop Bard has recommended that all United Methodist Churches in Michigan suspend public meetings through the end of March. This means Chapel Hill will not meet for worship on March 15, 22, or 29, unless the status of the situation changes. Notices for this weekend have been posted on WMMT and WBCK as per our normal cancellation process. We are also suspending all group gatherings at the church including but not limited to, Bible Studies, crafting groups, and support groups for the same time period.
Church exists for community. The Chapel Hill staff and volunteers will be formulating plans to communicate with one another in an effort to maintain community. We plan to make phone contact with those among us who are not connected via the internet. We are also working on ways to bring devotions, prayer and messages via the internet. We need to continue to be in prayer for and with each other as a community and within our community.
I am directly asking you to make extra effort to reach out to those who you would have normal contact with on Sunday morning. Just check in, say Hello, and share life together. While public gatherings are discouraged, some of you may choose to gather with friends and family. When this happens, please mimic the early church by sharing prayer, and times of devotion for where two or more are gathered, Jesus has promised to be with us.
Pastor Janet and I would like to maintain pastoral contact, as well. As always, if there is a pastoral care emergency please feel free to reach out any time. If you would like prayer or need support in any other way, please call Pastor Chad at (517) 281-0362 or Pastor Janet at (269) 317-5591. We would appreciate limiting nonemergency calls to between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
Please be in prayer as often as you can. We will get to the other side of this health emergency with God’s help. Faith is where we turn when there is fear. Continue to lean on God and each other in the weeks ahead.
Updates will come as the situation develops. The Michigan United Methodist Church web site contains updates directly from Bishop Bard.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. Be blessed and be a blessing,