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A Word from Rev. Kent Ingram

Dear Beloved Community of First United Methodist Church,

Life is still so uncertain in these days, and we are all praying for an end to our isolation and chance to be together in community again.  It will happen, but we still don’t know when.

After conversations with colleagues across the city, I am announcing that we will not be holding live, in person worship throughout the month of April.  It grieves me to announce this, because it means that we will be not be holding our Holy Week or Easter services together as a church.  We will, of course, be providing worship on TV and online during all of these weeks, but we will not be all together in one place.  For Easter we will run a service from a previous year, complete with choir, brass, timpani and all the lovely lilies!  I will record a new welcome and announcement and will identify this as an “encore performance” of First UMC.  We still want Easter to be a grand celebration!

In order to meet the requests of the governor, we will be closing the church building and opening it only to staff who need to be here.  Many will be working from home.  I will be in and out during the weeks, but here to record worship and Bible study each week.  You can connect to us by email or by phone.

Several of us are calling our older and more vulnerable members of the church to check in on them.  We want them to know we are thinking about them and praying for them in these difficult days.

There are a variety of places where you can connect to your church online.  Please keep looking here for updates and links. 

You are not alone.  Your community surrounds you and is praying for you.  Your pastoral staff is available to talk and to help you.  Above all, God is with us each breath, and God’s love will never fail us.  Feel God’s peace in these days.

See you online!