From the Pastor’s Pen-April 28

Dear Friends,
It has been many weeks since I’ve seen you. I’ve missed greeting you and hearing your stories. I’ve missed worshiping with you. I pray for you and for the church every day. My hope is that this greeting finds you well.

Even though our church buildings are closed, we continue to be the Body of Christ. Many groups and classes are meeting online. The United Methodist Women have sewn and donated over 1,000 masks to hospitals and nursing home. Our church members are donating food to local food banks and volunteering. Last week we sent many boxes of food to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit.

Through the remarkable gifts of technology, we are worshiping every Sunday. We have had to learn very quickly how to lead worship in a new way. We’re making it happen by God’s grace!

While this has been a financially challenging time for the church, we are committed to paying our church staff and other financial obligations. I am thankful for our generous congregation. We have received offerings by mail and online. In addition, we have applied for and received a payroll loan through the CARES Act. It is a forgivable loan that will help with church employee costs in April and May.

We are also actively planning for the reopening of our church buildings and a “new normal” for ministry. I can assure you that before we open our church campuses and resume in-person worship that we will have plans in place to keep our congregation members safe to the best of our ability. We will also continue to host worship online and record it so that people who need to stay home can worship with us.

In the coming days and weeks, find the latest news through our emailed news, website and Facebook pages. Also, please feel free to call the church office at 810-229-8561. You can call me at 810-360-9995 or Pastor Bob at 810-571-0185.

I’ll admit that I don’t like living with uncertainty. I am finding comfort knowing that our Savior has risen and offers us peace, even in the most difficult times. I am reminded of the words to the hymn “Because He Lives” by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

My prayer is that in these uncertain days we have courage to face the future. Our fear is gone because Jesus lives.
Pastor Sherry

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