Updated COVID-19 Response

Grace and peace to you!

Thank you for your ongoing prayer, faithfulness, and Christian witness as we continue in these days of COVID-19 pandemic response. Your generosity in prayer, service and giving continues to impact those around us for good. Glory to God!

On Friday, May 1, Indiana’s Governor Holcomb published a five-stage plan to get Indiana ‘back on track.’ This plan included guidance for churches seeking to resume in-person worship and activities. While it opened the possibility of in-person worship very soon, it also emphasized that “places of worship are encouraged to conduct as many activities as possible remotely.” (https://www.backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_PlacesOfWorship.pdf)

Additionally, Indiana’s United Methodist Church Bishop Trimble has made recommendations for how Indiana United Methodist churches move through this time of ‘re-opening.’ Bishop Trimble published the following statement this week:
“We believe it is still wise to plan “in person” worship no sooner than June 14. Further, in concert with the state’s guidance regarding protecting those among us who may be more vulnerable, 65 and older or those with health concerns, all congregations are encouraged to consider gathering plans that are more conservative than the ones allowed in stages 2-5 of the state plan.”
(https://www.inumc.org/bishop/bishop-trimble-responds-to-governor-holcombs-address/)
PUMC has considered these recommendations, as well as our own capacity for safely and effectively returning to in-person worship, activities and programs. To safeguard congregation members, worshipers, the general community and staff, PUMC will continue to offer online worship only through at least June 7. Additionally, the building will remain closed and all in-person activities, events, programs, and meetings are suspended through at least June 13.

While we will not be together in person for ministry and mission in the coming weeks, our life together in ministry and mission continues as diligently and effectively as ever:

  • Livestream worship will continue on Sunday mornings; Classic Worship at 8:45 and NewDay Praise Worship at 10:00. 
  • The staff will continue to provide helpful and inspiring content nearly every day on PUMC’s social media platforms. 
  • Mission and outreach will continue in ways that provide care for the most vulnerable in the community.
  • Childcare is available, operating within the Governor’s guidelines. Please contact the church with needs or questions.
  • Pastors will continue to be available for pastoral care via phone calls, texts, and social media.
  • You may continue to make your financial gifts online at https://pumc.org/give, in the SecureGive app, via your bank’s online bill paying method, or by USPS. Please call the church office if you have any questions about giving. (317.839.2319)

Thank you, and glory to God!

Those responsible for leading meetings and small groups are encouraged to utilize video technology (such as ZOOM or Google Meet) to facilitate ongoing connection and ministry. If you need help initiating one of these methods, please be in touch with PUMC Office Manager Brent Miller at [email protected] or 317.839.2319.

If you need to reach a pastor or church staff person or conduct any other business with the church, please phone 317.839.2319. Phones are still being answered and your call will be received. You can also communicate with pastors and staff using any of PUMC’s social media platforms.

Thank you for your understanding and concern for all involved as, together, we seek to be the church active and in mission, as well as establish and live within prudent and safe guidelines.

Please stay tuned to all of PUMC’s social media platforms and website (pumc.org) for updates, helpful content, encouragement and ways to be helpful.

Shalom,
Rev. Charlie Wilfong
Lead Pastor, Plainfield UMC

May 6, 2020

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