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The Missouri Methodists May 2020

The Missouri Methodists May 2020

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The Church & COVID-19 Q&A with Bishop Farr

 

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

Families First Act CARES Act EY Webinars Offering Guidance on Market Volatility Families First Act On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here. This act does apply to churches in ...

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Due to the strong restrictions related to public gatherings issued by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am strongly encouraging all our churches – of any size – to temporarily suspend worship and most of their ...

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Like you, I have watched the growing anxiety as we learn more and more about the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Let us be in prayer for those affected by the virus, especially those who have died and their families, those caring for the affected, ...

A Statement of Care and Compassion Concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak (updated 3/9/20)

A Statement of Care and Compassion Concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak (updated 3/9/20)

The emergence of a global health crisis, arising from the emergence last month of a novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is causing increased worry in an already anxious world. The Church is called to be in prayer for those affected by the virus, those caring for the affected, including...

News and Updates

Zooming to Church

Zooming to Church

As things were developing in March relating to the pandemic, Rev. David Wentz took Eminence UMC online on March 15, a week before many churches. But he didn’t make the decision lightly. He had concerns about just doing a worship service on YouTube or Facebook Live: He didn’t want it to ...

Sharing Space

Sharing Space

Sure, some people can work from home. But if your house is on fire, you don’t want the local fire chief to schedule a conference call with you on Zoom. On the other hand, if you’re trying to keep a team of firefighters and ambulance crew healthy, do you really want them living in very ...

Drive-Up Church

Sometimes it’s the folks down at the local racetrack who can get it done so you can have church.   Mary Lou Toft With in-person worship cancelled, Rev. Mary Lou Toft of Memphis (Missouri) UMC quickly setup to have their service on Facebook live, but she knew that wasn’t for everybody. ...

When you Can't Stay at Home

When you Can't Stay at Home

A stay-at-home order creates its own set of challenges within a population that has no home.   Rev. Brad Bryan, pastor of Wilkes Boulevard UMC (www.wilkesblvdumc.org), said that homeless people have additional pressures during this time of crisis. Wilkes is home to Turning Point, a drop-in...

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Church

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text. The bill takes effect on April 1, 2020, and it will sunset on Dec. 31, 2020. ...

Helping Out at Home

Fred Koenig
Some United Methodists have found ways to help in isolation. The United Methodist churches in Buffalo have 15 members and 20 volunteers from the community working to make masks for staff at the local nursing home. Rev. Vicki Coons, associate pastor of First UMC and Grace Community UMC in ...

Ways to be the Church in the Time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ideas on how to be the Church in the midst of the unfolding health crisis. See also; Coronavirus (COVID-19): United Methodist updates and resources   HOLY WEEK/EASTER IDEAS (adapted from the National Council of Churches) Put a branch on your door or window to celebrate Palm Sunday. Share ...