A Message from Pastor Charlie Regarding Current Public Health Concerns

Dear Friends,

Grace and peace to you.

Many people and areas of the globe are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected.

Leadership at PUMC is actively monitoring the outbreak and its implications for our life and ministry together. Be assured that we will comply with all governmental mandates and denominational guidelines as they might come to us. In the meantime we are following best practices as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities.

At PUMC we are 
  • Being diligent in keeping public spaces clean
  • Keeping restrooms supplied with soap for proper handwashing
  • Keeping alcohol-based hand sanitizer readily available
  • Following best practices for keeping children’s areas, supplies, and toys clean and sanitized
  • Avoiding hugs and handshakes

Currently all church activities and worship are continuing as scheduled. Should that change, please be alert to updates we will publish via our social media platforms, pumc.org, and our mobile app. (This would be a great time to connect with these, if you have not already!) You’ll also want to be aware that in the event we cannot gather at PUMC for Sunday worship, you can worship online at pumc.org. We already livestream Classic Worship at 8:45 a.m. and NewDay Praise Worship at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday.

If you find for whatever reason you are not at PUMC on a Sunday, you can make your financial gifts via pumc.org or our mobile app. You may also choose to work through your bank to make your gift via their online bill paying method. Your ongoing financial support is critical to PUMC’s ability to continue its witness and work in the community and in the world.

While our movement and activity may be restricted in the days ahead, our caring and concern for others in the name of Jesus continues unabated. As we navigate the days and weeks ahead, I invite you to join me in continued prayer for all those affected, for those providing leadership in difficult times, and for all who must make hard decisions. Even in uncertain times, we trust that God is present and at work. We give God praise for all the ways God is currently working to guard, guide, and provide. Out of concern for others, please stay home from church activities if you or members of your household are ill. Again, stay tuned to our social media and pumc.org for schedule updates and to experience weekend worship. Continue to practice good hand washing. It takes about twenty seconds to pray the Lord’s Prayer. As you wash your hands, let it also be a time of prayer as you pray for God’s presence and peace to prevail.
Please be in touch if you have questions about PUMC’s response, activities, or schedules.

Thank you for being a faithful, prayerful, committed member of this ministry. We are privileged to serve a loving God every day, and especially during times of concern and change. Your care-filled, calm, and loving response in the days ahead will bless others and honor the God who declares:

“... do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” -- Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)

Go in peace. God with God. And be well.

Shalom,
Rev. Charlie Wilfong
Senior Pastor, Plainfield UMC

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