Fall is coming . . . . .
Thank You for the many blessings we receive from You and for the many ways we have been able to live our lives with family and friends. Continue to keep our loved ones safe as they go about their daily tasks. Bless the little ones as they go to school and protect them from the many dangers they face in this uncertain world. Guide their parents and teachers. Grant healing and peace to the sick and troubled. It sounds like so many are dealing with COVID. Help those in medicine to find the solution to this disease and protect families that have loved ones that are ill. Guide all in government, especially the believers who depend on Your guidance. Help the church leaders make plans that are pleasing to You and fulfill Your plans as we worship and look forward to blessings and peace. We leave all our problems and concerns in Your hands as promised by You to all of Your children who believe. Take this day and use it to Your glory. Amen.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Greetings Emmanuel Church Family,
I pray that this letter finds you well, and enjoying these cool fall days God has gifted to us! I have a few updates to share with you. As a clarification, masks are not required for indoor worship or church activities.
As the holidays quickly approach, many opportunities are forthcoming, for both worship and service.
Sunday, December 5th at 6:00 pm we will be Christmas Caroling to our Shut Ins . We will return to Fellowship Hall for cookies and hot chocolate. December 19 th will be our Christmas Cantata. The Cantata will be sung at both the drive-in and indoor services. On December 22 nd , drive-thru communion will be available from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Both pre-packaged and fresh elements will be available. On December 23 rd , we will be Christmas caroling around the camp fire, down behind the pavilion at 5:00 p.m.
For Christmas Eve, two worship services will be offered: drive-in at 4:00 p.m. and indoors at 7:00 p.m. I hope that you will join us for worship during the Advent season this year!
We are continuing to plan for the new rhythms of ministry outlined in previous letters. When we are able to all gather back inside, we will have a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. which will include Junior Church for our children, and a new, intergenerational service. This service is being intentionally designed to include traditional hymns, contemporary songs, and interactive elements. This service is intended to engage our youngest children to our oldest adults. Through much prayer and discernment, our council has decided to make an adjustment to our re-opening plan that I am excited to share with you. We will be adjusting the time of our second service and it will be at 10:45 a.m. In between the first and second services, we will now have our discipleship opportunities for all ages, from children to adults. This adjustment is in place of the original plan to offer discipleship opportunities and dinner on Sunday evenings. My prayer is that these adjustments will provide an opportunity for everyone, children and adults, to grow in faith. I invite you to continue joining me in covering our new worship schedule in prayer, as we seek to be faithful to the vision God has given us. While there is some discomfort in the unknown, I encourage you to come and be a part of this new season of ministry at Emmanuel. Our plan to fully reopen on January 9, 2022. This means our final drive-in service will take place on January 2, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, I would love an opportunity to talk with you. Please contact me via email at
email@example.com or by phone at 717-732-1713.
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