“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7
Dear GUMC Family,
I know that we are all dealing with uncertainties due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), and many of us find ourselves questioning the events around us. For some of us this uncertainty looks like fear or anxiety. Fear of the virus, fear of the unknown, fear of isolation, or fear for a family member or friend who may be in the group that is more compromised than others due to an already existing health concern. Others of us may be trying to discern how we are going to manage our work and family at a time of social distancing. It is also likely that many are concerned about the financial strain this may take on all of us, especially on those who struggle to provide for their families.
It is at a time like this that we need to draw heavily upon our relationship with Jesus Christ, for the peace that we can find only in him. For as we draw closer in relationship with Jesus Christ, we find our anxiety and fear to be replaced with a peace that surpasses human understanding as well as a deeper sense of purpose, and of stronger love and compassion for all those around you. It is also at a time like this that we are called to be the church for others, even if that looks different than what we are used to experiencing.
Currently GUMC is suspending all our scheduled on-campus activities through Sunday, May 17. This includes all small groups including Sunday school, Wednesday dinner, Team Christ, Youth meetings, practices and rehearsals, and all in-person Worship services. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the CDC, our Bishop and Cabinet, and other officials to determine the need to suspend our activities past this date and will keep you informed as decisions are made. Until then the ministries of the church will continue in the following ways, and we will continue to address other needs as they also arise.
Mission & Outreach: We will continue being the church of Jesus Christ in different ways. We want to continue to provide the mission support to our community that we offer on a weekly and monthly basis. We are working with the schools to continue offering the Backpack program to the students who depend on the help we provide on a weekly basis. We are also planning to carry on with our monthly Food Bank and will be modifying the program to provide the needed food in a way that protects against the spread of COVID-19.
Compassion & Connection: We also want to continue our compassion and connection ministries to the members of the church, and our pastors and staff are working to stay in contact with our members to guarantee that your spiritual needs are being met during this time of uncertainty.
Worship: While we cannot gather for worship for the next several weeks, we will continue to provide an opportunity on our Facebook page on days that we cannot gather in-person.
Our church office will be running on a limited schedule during this time. If you need to contact the office or one of our pastors with questions, concerns, or needs please leave a message and we will do what we can to help find the support you need. The office number is 479-996-6397. You can also reach out to us if you would be willing to help to provide support or ministry to others as well.
We also continue to be grateful for your financial support of the ministries and mission of GUMC. Since we are unable to meet in person, please know that you may still make a gift to GUMC through online giving (by using the "Giving" tab at the top of this page). You may also choose to text your gift to 479-777-0968, by texting the amount you would like to give and then following the prompts. Or you may mail a gift to: Greenwood UMC, PO Box 548, Greenwood, AR 72936.
In this time of uncertainty, know that your pastors and staff are praying for you! Please let us know if you or someone you know has a need, so we can continue to be in ministry with one another. Contact us at (479) 996-6397, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praying for you, our church, and our community in this uncertain and anxious time,
Rev. John Embrey