We are entering the second week of the Coronavirus outbreak and several things have changed in the last week. We have received a communication from Bishop Palmer requesting that all UM churches be closed through Easter to protect our congregations and the communities around us. While we will not be able to worship in person for several weeks, we will continue to offer an online worship experience to keep some sense of connection with the NormandyChurch Family. It can be found on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qp3z5R-XyY&feature=emb_logo) or the Normandywebsite at http://normandyumc.org/ by scrolling down to the Sermon page and selecting this mornings message. You can also find it on our Normandy Facebook page.
Another change that has occured in the last week is that we have had to stop receiving phone calls in the church office. Erica, our Administrative Assistance’s, husband was exposed to the Coronavirus in his work as an EMT. Please keep Erica and her family in your prayers during their two week quarantine period.
We are exploring new ways to reach out to the Normandy Church family and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are doing our best to provide you with opportunities at home to help you draw closer to God. The Normandy staff is working to support our church family through this difficult time. Please feel free to email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com). If you have an emergency you are welcome to call me on my personal cell phone (740) 777-7458 and I will do my best to find a way to help.
If you are in the high risk group and cannot go out to purchase needed supplies, there are individuals in the church who are willing to help with your need. Simply email me and I will put you in connection with those who can assist you.
I would like to close with these words from Romans 8:37-39,”in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Let us remember that we have a God who is loving, merciful, and all-powerful. So let us gather together in prayer asking for God’s protection and to be filled with the peace of Jesus Christ.
Your Servant in Christ,