Pastor’s Note – May 7, 2020

Schweitzer UMCCOVID-19, Pastor's Note

Friends,

This week I did something I’ve never done before: I led a Bible study via Zoom. I know several classes and small groups have been meeting online, but this was a new thing for me. I have to say that I’m loving all the innovative ways we’ve seen the church explore over the last few months.

The thing I really love about this innovation is that it’s driven by some of our core values like reaching new people, Christian community, and caring for one another. This innovation is also pushing us to reimagine where ministry happens. The ministry of Schweitzer happens well beyond our location on East Sunshine. We have worship that is taking places in homes across our area (and beyond), groups that meet virtually, and more ministries planned that happen outside of the Schweitzer physical location. This is a very healthy innovation.

Just last week a couple of people mentioned to me that because we’re putting our worship services online they could host a worship service in their home or another location. What a great idea! As we open up a little bit more but aren’t yet able to meet as usual, maybe we can have smaller groups meeting in homes and participating in online worship together. I love the idea, especially when you consider what a great way this is to invite neighbors to come participate.

This kind of thinking is spreading across the church. Let’s move ministry away from just having it at our East Sunshine location and create all kinds of opportunities to reach new people with the good news. Yes, this is a difficult time, but I’m convinced that God is using it for good to reach people.

A few other things.
One, if you would like to get involved in an online group, you can find information on our  website.

Two, we’ve haven’t shared minutes for a while from our Board. Here are our most recently approved minutes:
February
March 19
March 31

This Sunday we’re going to wrap up our Abraham series on Faith and Fear. I can’t wait to share this message with you!

God is faithful.

Spencer