Charge Conference: November 9, 2020 7pm
ESUMC community, we invite you to join us for a Virtual Charge Conference led by District Superintendent Gray Southern and held via Zoom on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 pm. Members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference. Even if you are not a voting member of the Charge Conference, the entire congregation is invited into this time of fruitful connection and will have the opportunity to engage in a time of reflection led by our Lay Leader, Bert Armstrong, as we focus on these two holy questions:
- What does it mean to love God in this time at our church?
- What does it mean to love neighbor in this time at our church?
To join, you will find a link posted here. This will be your way of entering into this time of worship and work. If you have any questions about accessing the meeting via Zoom, please reach out to Gwen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Report from the Task Force on Re-entry
On Monday, September 14th, our Church Council approved the “Guidelines for Re-Entry Plan” presented by our Re-Entry Task Force. This plan was put together in conjunction with the church staff using an approach of “walk, not run.” The task force continues to assess comfort levels of our church staff, government guidelines, and as a top priority, congregational care & safety.
While worship, other large gatherings, & most of our regular programming remain virtual for the foreseeable future, the approved plan allows for ministry programs to bring together small groups of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors back on our ESUMC campus under very specific guidelines. While the guidelines are focused on our church campus, we recommend that the same guidelines and precautions be followed should any ministry choose to have off campus gatherings.
Our Re-entry Task Force will assess its plan guidelines on a monthly basis based on the progress of state/city re-entry phases, as well as feedback from the church leadership teams.
Stay tuned for opportunities and information from our ministry programs.
We greet you in the name of Christ!
Despite the challenges related to the pandemic we write to celebrate the work of the church and to share information regarding the coming weeks.
The flexibility and adaptability of our staff and church leadership teams have enabled Edenton Street UMC to continue to be in ministry with our members, local community and wider world. Though quite different from the ways we have worshipped in the past, both the Traditional and Gathering services have continued throughout the pandemic. Children’s ministries, both on Sunday mornings and during the summer, have been virtual while maintaining their excellence. Kudos to our youth and our tech-savvy youth staff who have been innovative in connecting with one another throughout the past several months. The same can be said for some of our missional communities, adult Sunday School groups and other adult programs. We have maintained our commitments to meeting the needs of others in our community and world through our mission outreach ministries and partnerships. The list goes on as to the ways we have adapted so as to be fully engaged in our mission.
A Reopening Task Force has been meeting regularly since June to prepare us for the moment we feel that the rewards exceed the risk of gathering face-to-face. The Task Force will be presenting its recommendations to the Church Council on September 14, 2020.
As is customary at this time of year, our youth, children, adult and worship teams are preparing for their fall programing. Yes, it will look different as we continue to innovate in response to the pandemic. We are grateful for the creativity and flexibility of our staff and for you, our church members. Please be on the lookout for details about fall programming.
We are grateful for the financial support of the congregation which has enabled us to be in ministry during our time apart. Because of your generosity, we are currently up-fitting Kerr Hall to have live-streaming capabilities for worship and church-wide events. Because of your generosity, we are able to provide hot meals to our homebound Seniors. Because of your generosity we are able to continue to assist our neighbors through the Doorstep ministry. Your gifts are appreciated and needed as we continue to live out the mission of our church.
Please join us in praying for your church that God may use Edenton Street Church to be about Christ’s work in these challenging times.
Ned, Will, and Ashley
September 25-27. Family Camp at Camp Don Lee. CANCELLED