UPDATES SENT ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28:
Friends and folks of Centennial UMC at Ivy,
I sit here behind the keyboard of my computer to greet you once again through email and inform you of more updates concerning our church in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community and around the world. Most of our current ministries happen in front of our computers and behind our keyboards and it's been an interesting five weeks. I give thanks for your patience, support, prayers, and love.
While our governor recently issued a proclamation concerning the reopening of some counties, businesses, and churches across the state of Iowa, our Bishop Laurie Haller, encouraged Iowa United Methodists to slow down before beginning in-person worship and events again. As a result and with the support of church leadership, all in-person events and worship services will be cancelled or postponed through the month of May and we will reconsider opening up in June on May 26. More information will be shared soon via email about how we hope to support and celebrate mother's for Mother's Day (May 10) and Graduates for Graduation Sunday (May 24).
Just as you have in your personal lives, we too have been adapting quickly to the ways of physical distancing, while continuing to be the church. None of us have been trained to exist and support one another in the midst of a pandemic so we need to keep in mind that we are all trying our best. I grieve that we cannot yet physically gather in good conscience, yet I give thanks for the ways in which we have all worked hard to stay connected and share the love of Christ whose love does not stop-- even for a pandemic. See below how you can interact with and join us in ministry at Centennial UMC at Ivy this week:
Worship: Join us for worship on Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 10:30am. We post worship videos to Facebook and YouTube and you can find video links on our website: ivycentennial.org. Simply click on one of the links to find the videos for worship and more.
Connections: We have asked folks to call, text, email, and simply check in on each other and we pray that you will continue to make this a priority in your life. While we cannot see one another at church right now, we are inviting you all to call one another to simply say hello. For some of us, it's returning to what we used to do more often, and for others, it's something we already do. Thank you for reaching out and praying for each other.
Other ways to connect with the church include visiting the new page on our website called "Tell a Friend Tuesday." Every Tuesday we update you all with photos, videos, posts, and more on what your friends at Ivy are up to. Need a new book to read? Want to learn a new recipe? Click here to see this new page on our website.
Lastly, you can join us for a bedtime story every Thursday evening at 7pm. Each week, we have a new bedtime story read by Pastor Dani or someone in the community. The bedtime stories can be found by clicking here or finding links on our website to the church YouTube and Facebook pages.
Giving: Please consider financially supporting Caring Hands Food Pantry who has a larger need for financial support at this time. You can send your financial gifts to the church and write Caring Hands Food Pantry in the memo line of your check or on a note with your gift. The financial gifts you contribute for the food pantry will show up on your quarterly statement from the church. Please send your gifts to 9150 NE University St PO Box 624 Altoona, IA 50009.
Stay updated: Continue to check your email regularly, read our newsletter on our website, check in with each other, and find updates on our website, too. It is our goal to get information to you as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one another or to me via phone (515-447-0497) or email (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns.
With peace and grace,
Pastor Dani Musselman