Dear Boiling Springs UMC Family and Friends,
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
I would like to share with you some important information regarding our response to the current Coronavirus crisis. I have had separate conversations with the members of my Cabinet, and we are all unanimous in the actions we are taking. These persons are Council Chair Lyndell Shealy, Lay Leader Neil Craps, Discipleship Ministries Chair Sandra Padgett, and Staff Parish Relations Chair Ryan Lindler. I did not call Associate Lay Leader Dot Black, as she is away on vacation.
Effective immediately, all meetings, classes, programs and events relative to Boiling Springs UMC are suspended until Easter. This includes Sunday Church School, "Wonderful Wednesdays" and Confirmation Class, Adult Bible Study classes, "Hearts & Hands" meetings at BSUMC and/or at the Pankows, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Church Council, etc. This does NOT include Sunday Morning Worship (8:30 AM and 10:30 AM), nor does it include Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The Chancel Choir and our Praise Team will make their own decision regarding rehearsal time(s).
Sunday Worship tomorrow will take place as usual. There will be no Church School nor coffee fellowship in between.
We do not wish to overreact to the current situation. However, we must be responsible Christians and not put any of our folks in jeopardy of contracting this relatively unknown virus. First, we love the people of our congregation so much that we want you to know that we care about you and want to watch out for the most vulnerable among us, namely our children, our "super seniors," and those with compromised immune systems. Second, suspending our large gatherings to create “social distance” is a responsible decision that models a Christian concern for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of all ourmembers and friends. We want to be proactive so that we help in the cause of alleviating pressure on our hospitals and medical personnel. The Coronavirus has all of us on edge as we struggle to figure out how to adjust to best practices in order to keep ourselves safe and others safe as well.
Hospitals, nursing homes, and the like are suspending all in-person visitation. I still want to be able to pray and visit with you before and after surgery, and also visit with those who are critically ill. But I must limit my non-essential visiting, so as to not mistakenly contract the virus and possibly be the cause of infecting others. Please make me aware of pending surgeries and hospitalizations so that I may pray with you over the phone the day before your surgery. .
The Financial Ministries Committee and I want to thank you for the ways you financially support the mission and ministry of BSUMC. Ongoing financial support for our mission and ministry is crucial. A large percentage of our weekly income comes through Sunday giving in the offering plate. A drop in regular giving would devastate our mission and outreach capabilities. Your continued generosity, regardless of how or where we gather for worship, will enable BSUMC to have a consistent flow of resources.
Finally this: PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for the medical personnel, first responders, research scientists, government officials, our most vulnerable persons, and those who are infected. As I write this e-mail, a resident of Lexington Extended Care on Old Cherokee Road has tested positive for the Coronavirus and has been taken to Lexington Medical Center for treatment. I know this is a challenging time, but I also know that the people of God do their best work at such a time as this, and our faithful God will see us through.
Thank you for your faithfulness and understanding. Faith, hope, love and peace to you all,,,
Boiling Springs United Methodist Church - (803) 894-3930 / Pastor Ken Prill (803) 873-7742