Weekly Briefing from Pastor Paul
March 12, 2020
I write today to inform our faith community and its partners of steps being taken to provide for the health and safety of Hunt UMC, its members and partners, and outside groups using facilities.
For worship services, we are continuing the gathering and worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am on Sunday morning. This will be a week to week decision. We are taking steps to provide extra cleaning of surfaces this week and going forward. Doors will be propped open for entry. We are suspending Passing of the Peace and Sharing of the Bread and Cup (at 8:30) for this week. We may find alternatives for weeks to come.
Our guidance on handling of food by Hunt UMC (or outside groups using Hunt UMC Fellowship Hall) is to limit meal sharing to "served food only." This will impact our Coffee Bar this Sunday. Patrick Fitzgerald is organizing servers to handle coffee and goodies at the fellowship time. This will impact our end of month brunch buffet. We will either change the way we serve or suspend that event. More to come on that. Outside groups using our facilities are advised to follow CDC protocols and to have gloved servers handle food service.
We are providing a means by which you can participate in worship gatherings from home. Bill Booker, Hunt UMC Communications, is sending out instructions today on what to do to connect.
If you feel sick, please stay home. If you choose to stay at home for your protection, we understand. We will be increasing our email traffic with opportunities to build community.
Scripture readings for this week March 15:
Much love and many blessings!
Author: Paul E Harris
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