Fall is coming . . . . .
Greetings Emmanuel Church Family,
Council has voted to adopt the governor's masking policy that will be effective June 28th. At that time, masking will be optional for everyone. If this policy changes, we have agreed to follow the most up-to-date policy. Council has also voted to fully open the church facility effective Sunday, June 27th. If you wish to use the church, please contact the church office.
We will continue with 2 worship services for the summer: 8:45 a.m. Drive-In, and 11:00 a.m. Indoor Service. The service will also still be available online.
I know that so many of us are eager to get back to life “as normal” and that includes life in the church. As a church council, we have been intentionally praying and planning for the fall and what new rhythms of life God is calling us to at this time.
As a church, our vision is to grow and build relationships with the community in order to meet needs, proclaim the Gospel and develop faith. Below you will find our new worship and discipleship plan for the fall 2021 (and moving forward). We know that we will need to make adjustments along the way, but we as a council also believe that this is the direction God is leading us and another way that we can live out our vision as a church.
In the fall, we will have 2 worship services and will be moving fully back indoors. The first service will be at 8:45 a.m. and will be fully traditional: hymns, liturgy, choir, etc. Children’s ministry will be available during this service, along with the nursery. The second service will be a new service at 10:15 a.m. and will be intergenerational. This means that every element of the service will be designed to include all of the generations that will be attending, from child to adult. This service will include hymns, contemporary music, interactive service elements, etc., and will be led by multiple generations from week to week.
At 9:30 a.m., there will be a time of fellowship and coffee in our church lobby. This time is designed for everyone, no matter which service you will be attending, to come and fellowship together. The existing adult Sunday School classes may choose to meet at a time that best suits the group.
More information on a start date, a new name for our second worship service, children’s ministry details and what discipleship opportunities will be available in the fall will be coming in the next month or so. In the meantime, I invite you to be in prayer with our council as we seek to lead forward. Through the summer, we will continue with our 3 worship services, plus our online service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email at email@example.com or by phone at 717-732-1713.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Take this day and use it to Your glory. Bless friends and family. Thank You for calm weather and a safe neighborhood. Take care of all children especially those who are dealing with illnesses and home problems. Support and heal the adults who are dealing with serious illness and pain. Take special care for those of our church family that are sick and those that mourn the loss of friends and loved ones. Guide the leaders of our nation and local government to make decisions for good. May they seek Your advice and help. Protect the law enforcement during these times of unrest and crime. Hasten the day when all of Your children will be able to live in peace with all nations and people. According to Your will, may we soon have a revival in the church so that we can worship with peace, trust and joy. We ask these things in the name of Jesus’
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