Middlesex United Methodist Church
Friday, November 27, 2020
Making Disciples - Transforming the World

Message from Pastor Rachel

November 21, 2020

MUMC Family,

    As you know, COVID numbers in our area have skyrocketed in recent weeks, and new cases are increasing each day. After prayers, discernment, and discussion among our leaders, we have made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to suspend worship in our sanctuary for the foreseeable future. Our number one priority, as it has been from the beginning, is to keep our community safe. We have a few positive or suspected positive cases among our church family, and we want to prevent an outbreak from happening among us because of gathering indoors for worship. At this time, there are thankfully no confirmed positive cases of anyone who has worshiped in our sanctuary in the past two weeks. 

     This is heartbreaking because we have only been worshiping indoors together for 3 weeks. We looked forward with great anticipation being in our sanctuary among our traditional decorations as we celebrate Advent and Christmas together. However, we have learned over the past several months that God's presence is not confined to a building! We are working hard to make Advent and Christmas meaningful across our community. This includes making advent at home kits for children and adults, connecting through special messages and videos on social media, and gathering virtually through zoom.  We're still continuing weekly mailings for those without internet connection and will look for more ways to connect to those without internet access. We will continue to bundle up and worship outdoors at 9am and we will stream our services live from our sanctuary at 10:30am.

     God is still with us, and you are not alone!  Holding each of you close in prayer.

Peace,

Rachel