Greetings Paragould FUMC,
From Psalm 66, verse 16; “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.” This time last year I and my family and Rev. Chase were finding out we would be coming to Paragould and FUMC. One thing I enjoyed about those first few months was your willingness to share. Do you remember our cottage meetings where you spoke about your lives and church history? Others of you met with me in my office or shared during a conversation on a Sunday morning. You have incredible stories of faith including personal trials and losses, interesting experiences, and hopes for the future of FUMC. You may not think of it in those terms, but this is your “testimony”. As the psalmist says, “Come and hear and I will tell what God has done for me.” You did that! Remember those stories! In trying times it is good to recall the difficult moments through which God sustained us. One day, this pandemic will also be part of our testimony and our church’s story. I look forward to when we share “what God did for us” during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Hang in there!
PRAYER: Source of all creation, maker of the world and everything in it, you are never far from each one of us. We continue to seek you, O giver of life and breath. Reveal yourself to us; dwell with us; and abide in us. We live because of you. We hope because of you. In the name of Jesus Christ in whom we live, and the Spirit of Truth who abides in us, Amen.
+ Governor Hutchinson & the AR Dept. of Health have shared expectations for churches returning to worship. The ARUMC Reopening Task Force have offered further guidance. We are assembling a FUMC Relaunch Team to guide the reopening of FUMC. Gatherings at FUMC are suspended through the month of May. Further information forthcoming.
+ Our weekly pattern of Facebook ministries continues: The Richardson family shared the story of Joseph for our Children’s Storytime Monday evening. Great job! … On Wednesday 7pm, please watch an interview with professor of bioethics and theology Dr. Brett McCarty (Duke Divinity School) regarding a Christian response to COVID-19. Brett is a good friend of mine and a wise fellow! … Lastly, continue to tune in Thursday at 7pm for the Worship Moment including some of your favorite songs live from FUMC!
+ We celebrate the life of Luke William Pillow, newborn son of Kaylee and Alan. Continue to hold the Pillows in prayer during this season. Over the next couple of months, Rev. Chase will oversee our Youth program. Chase served 4 years as a Youth Director and recently completed his speciality certificate in Youth Ministry. Chase will do a great job! I will help coordinate Children’s ministry responsibilities, though many of us will work together. Currently there are no plans for in-person Youth or Children’s ministries.
+ In Friday’s newsletter, we mentioned the Witt House needing specific donations: canned Corn, Green Beans, Pinto Beans, and Tuna. Purchase these goods during a regular grocery pick-up. Do not make a special trip. Donations should be left at the Witt House, near the back door by the big freezer. Drop off anytime.
Grace & Peace, Rev. Dane