Update - 3/25/2020
The pastors and leaders of Baldwin Community United Methodist Church understand that the current pandemic is projected to get worse before it gets better. For this reason, we have decided to extend the closure of the church building through the month of April, with the exception of our hunger ministries—the Lord’s Pantry and Daily Bread. We plan to continue to follow the guidance of Gov. Tom Wolf as we seek to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our church and community. We are working on setting up a system of communication and care for the congregation, and we encourage congregation members to continue the ministry of checking on vulnerable individuals in the community. We are also working on plans to be able to celebrate Easter though we are apart. Please continue to be wise about limiting your exposure to others through hand washing, social distancing, and staying home, and begin making plans in case of illness or quarantine for your household. Let us love our neighbors in such a way that as the coronavirus spreads, our congregation can be a people who offer life-giving support when the community needs it most.
Worship with Building Closure:
Because our buildings are scheduled to be closed through April, we will not be gathering physically for worship. Don’t let this physical distance keep you from connecting with everyone. In order to help everyone keep that connection, we have an active Facebook page where we can still spend that time “together." At the regularly scheduled worship times of Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m., join us on the Baldwin Community United Methodist page. You can even watch it later if you miss the live feed. To access the page, you can click on the link above. Once you are on the Facebook page, make sure you have clicked to “like” it near the top of the page. The thumbs up symbol will be blue to indicate that you like it. Besides that option, you will see a button that says “following” which you can click and scroll down for options. You can even opt to see our church at the top of your news feed, if desired.
The Lord’s Pantry:
The Lord’s Pantry is making plans to continue food distribution with a few changes to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Contact Susan Eyrolles with any questions.
Pastors’ Letter - 3/12/2020:
Dear friends and members of Baldwin Community UMC,
We are staying abreast of what experts are reporting about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). What is clear is that canceling events, especially before an outbreak in the community occurs, will help people stay healthy and even save lives. For this reason, we have decided to close the church building to all activities, events, and programs beginning Monday, March 16th, including the Baldwin Community UMC Preschool and the Bright and Early Child Care program, for a period of two weeks. We understand the impact that this decision has on families and church members. Know this decision was not made lightly. We will reassess around March 29th the wisdom of reopening.
Beginning March 16th, you can stay connected to the church through emails from the church and through our Baldwin Community United Methodist Church Facebook page for the latest information from the church. We will live stream on the church Facebook page brief worship experiences at regular worship times (Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.) as well as on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. for a Lenten devotion time. Though our church staff will mostly be working from home, please feel free to reach out to us by voicemail and email.
As we won’t be gathering for worship on March 22nd or 29th, we encourage you to stay connected to God. Rely on your routine of daily devotion and prayer or take the opportunity to create new routines. Make a space in your home that invites quiet and peacefulness, a place that invites you to sit quietly with God. Spend time reading scripture; the psalms can help us to talk with God and acknowledge our many emotions in this challenging time.
One of the things we will all miss most is our connection to each other. Please reach out to one another by phone call, card, or message. Hearing from you may make all the difference in someone’s day. We’ll be posting items on Facebook for you to engage with others, creating conversation and connection. We also encourage you to reach out to others who may be isolated, elderly, or vulnerable. Let’s remember that not everyone is on Facebook, so sharing news and updates with those not connected will keep us unified.
Take good care of yourself! Stay hydrated, eat regular meals, take your medications, and breathe deeply. Take time to call your friends and neighbors. Consider doing some spring cleaning or picking up some projects around the house that have been waiting to be done. And of course, wash your hands. Be in touch if you would like someone to pray for you or with you.
The whole congregation will be on our hearts and in our prayers until we gather again. What a glorious day that will be!
Pam Gardner and Ginger Thomas