UPDATE ON OUR MINISTRIES
Our church’s leaders have made some important decisions about our church’s ministries during this period when we are coping with COVID 19. First, we are suspending Sunday morning worship services until further notice. All of our meetings, programs and missions which use our church buildings are now suspended as well. If various groups need to communicate or make decisions they will use the phone, e-mail or other social media.
The only exception being made is for our Food Pantry. Volunteers under age 60 who are healthy are needed. Bags will need to be pre-packed each Tuesday anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Distribution will be on Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Clients will pick up food at the back door of our Church House, coming forward one at a time when called. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided for volunteers. Please call the church at (518) 885-6886 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you can be on our volunteer list.
The Church House’s office space will be used by Pastor Kelly and our Office Manager Sue Cramer during this time. Their spaces will be closed to the general public and to church members. Signs will be posted notifying everyone of this change. Any snail mail or bills received at the office for church leaders will be sent out each week on Thursday.
Pastor Kelly and Sue Cramer will be using the church’s website as the primary means of communicating with church members and friends during this time. We do have a Facebook page page (Ballston Spa United Methodist Church) that will provide information and news as well, but the best source to use will be the website. Anyone not able to access these will be given information (and print copies of sermons if desired) through the mail. If news must travel more quickly, we will use phone calls. We want to assure everyone that we will be diligent in our communications with you; we seek to support and serve you to the best of our abilities.
Pastor Kelly will be posting sermons and other communications regularly on the Church’s website and Facebook. There will be reminders about the importance of continued financial support, and how that can happen. Opportunities for volunteers to serve will be listed. We know that other things will be helpful as well, so stay tuned and do give us feedback.
During this unexpected hiatus, our office manager and Pastor Kelly will be making some improvements to the church’s website. This task is our priority because we’ll use it as a primary way to stay connected as a church. If you have any ideas or any expertise you’d like to share, please let us know. And again, we will use other ways to communicate regularly so everyone in our faith community stays connected and supported.
If you would like to talk with Pastor Kelly, or have her bring Holy Communion, you may call the office or e-mail her at email@example.com.
The decisions listed above have been made by a core leadership Team, chosen by the Church Council. Serving on this team are Pastor Kelly Warner, our Lay Leader Ruth Persons, Church Council Chair Ilah Sisson-Walser and Staff-Parish Chair Joyce Garlock.
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As we all go through these unsettling days and weeks, may we each be prayerful and patient, doing all we can to remain healthy. God will be our source of peace, comfort and strength.