WUMC and COVID-19 Special Announcement, December 3, 2020

Hello Watsontown Family,

On Monday, November 30, 2020, Bishop Park and the full cabinet sent out a letter strongly urging all congregations to not have in person gatherings or worship. Our leadership team met on Wednesday, December 2 2020 to spend time in God’s word, time in prayer and time to talk through how we as Watsontown United Methodist want to walk through this unique and challenging time.

I suspect that many of us have become rather frustrated with COVID-19. I know that I have. As I spent time in conversation with our God and King, I was drawn to Psalm 13.

Psalm 13 (New International Version)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.

When I read these words, I hear a lot of emotions in David, frustration, disappointment and weariness. Emotions that we have experienced. David shares very openly with God how he feels, yet he remembers the truth about who God is and what God has done. David praises God!

I praise God for all of you, for our Bishop and our District Superintendent. I am thankful to be a part of the leadership team we have here at WUMC. We have been very blessed to have the ability and team members to have our live stream worship services.

The leadership team agrees with our Bishop’s concern regarding the increase of COVID. We strongly encourage everyone to Worship Together online. We would like to ask that you touch base with your friends and family members and invite them to join with you while we Worship Together online. We are also fully aware that, for some, there is the need to be able to be in the House of God to worship. The main doors to our facility will be unlocked during our time of Worshiping Together. We ask that if you do choose to come in that you show your love for one another by wearing a mask and distancing yourself from others. If this is your need, please try to come in as close to start of the service at 9:30 as possible.

During this time, we will also be suspending our Midweek Recharge. The leadership team has also decided to wait and see how things go over the next few weeks to decide on what Christmas Eve will look like. We will update you the week leading up to Christmas Eve on any changes that need to take place. Please continue praying for one another and our community.

Chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians reminds us that we are to Imitate Christ and to put others before ourselves.

Philippians 2:1-4 (New International Version)
1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

We are living in a time where we have a great opportunity to live out this charge from Paul. Let each of us look to see how we can put the interests of others before our own. May we celebrate together how we see God at work in our lives. Together, we can share the Hope, Love, Joy and Peace that we have in Christ.

Again, we celebrate our opportunity to Worship Together online and strongly encourage everyone join together there.

Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC