A Pastoral Update to WFUMC Regarding COVID-19
March 25th, 2020
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. – Psalm 23:6 KJV
Beloved in Christ,
Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Two weeks ago, we shared news that in order to do our part to help slow the coronavirus outbreak in our conference, all United Methodist Churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference would suspend all gatherings through March 22nd. This guidance was then extended to continue through March 29th. As many of you have seen in the press conference which aired Monday, March 23rd as we continue to see the spread of COVID-19 in our state and around the world, the State of Maryland has taken actions to attempt to slow the rate of this outbreak by closing all non-essential businesses until the outbreak is over. Additionally, this morning the Governor announced that the State will be maintaining a mandatory school closure minimally through April 24th.
Today, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, the leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, directed that churches continue to refrain from gathering in our buildings through Sunday, April 26th. Currently, there remains a statewide restriction on gatherings of 10 or more persons with the exception of essential services. For us, this means that while the Feed My Sheep meals ministry and the South Carroll Food Pantry will remain operational in accordance with CDC regulations, all other church groups and events remain suspended until this order is lifted.
Though we cannot gather in person, the staff and ministry teams at WFUMC continue to work to provide worship, learning, and connection to the members and friends of Wesley Freedom. In addition to our essential feeding ministries, Youth Ministries and Congregational Care are also continuing in modified forms. Each week, Sunday morning worship is posted on our website (www.wesleyfreedom.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wesleyfreedom), and our smartphone app (“Wesley Freedom App”). We continue to plan on how we can increase our offerings for study and prayer. Keep an eye out for another email early next week detailing new programs that will be launching!
The continued ministries of Wesley Freedom are only possible because of your continued giving, and we give thanks for your faithfulness in your tithes to God. If you have not done so already, we encourage everyone to set up an online giving account by going to www.wesleyfreedom.org/WaysToGive and clicking “Give Online.” Additionally, the church has installed a secure, locking mailbox for receiving mailed offerings at 961 Johnsville Rd, Eldersburg, MD 21784.
If you know of someone in our church who does not have an email account, please share with them the information in this letter.
During this season, we continue to invite you to make this prayer a regular part of your day. Though we cannot gather together, we will still be joined spiritually, united in prayer.
O Creator and Mighty God,
you have promised strength for the weak,
rest for the laborers, light for the way,
grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
O Creator and Mighty God,
help us to continue in your promise. Amen.
In Christ’s Love,
Rev. Antoine C. Love
Rev. Ian Collier