CORONA VIRUS & IMPACT ON MUMC

UPDATE 10/8/20

Friends and Family at MUMC
First, we want to thank all of you for your patience and support as our team studies the scientific data, social situations, and ongoing health of our congregation, staff, and community. 

We can now share that everyone who had come into contact with others who tested positive with the COVID-19 virus all tested negative. And those who had contracted the virus elsewhere are all out of the hospital and in their homes recovering. 


As you all know, this is fluid and ever-changing. But we are happy to see that the protocols we have instituted, and continue to use, are working to keep our congregation, staff, and community at the lowest risk possible.    

The MUMC COVID Team has decided the following:

  • We will continue to worship online and onair this Sunday, but we will be serving Holy Communion outdoors in a Drive-Thru style.
    • Pastor Melany will consecrate the elements during worship and then be under the overhang by the north doors to serve one car at a time from 10-10:30am and again from 12noon-12:30pm.
    • Simply pull up, roll down your window, and hold out a cupped hand.
    • Pastor will place individual servings in your hand. You can then pass to others that may be with you.
    • As you open and consume, she will offer the words "The body of Christ, broken for you. And the blood of Christ, poured out for you." 
  • Next Sunday, October 18 onward, we will be opening the building back up for both musician ministries and the congregation. 
  • The MUMC offices will reopen as of Monday, October 12.
  • We will assess the availability of volunteers at There's Enough store and plan accordingly the reopening of the store in the next few weeks. 
  • Worship services will continue on Facebook LIVE at 9 and 11am and WBCK radio at 10am. Next Sunday you can join onsite (with a mask), online, onair, or anytime during the day or week.
  • The community-wide book study will be able to meet with proper social distancing and masks or online with the Zoom app, as well as on Facebook LIVE on Fridays at 1pm with Pastor Melany.
  • All other small groups (including recovery groups) will be allowed back in the building with proper social distancing and masks.
  • The bottom line is this...
  • Seeing that the precautions we put into place at MUMC are working to keep transmissions at the lowest risk possible, we intend to keep the building open from here forward, if at all possible. We absolutely understand the need for some to be onsite. We also understand the need for others to remain at home. Our hope is, either way, you will make worship a priority in your week, whether joining onsite, online, or on air.  

    Also, if you are healthy and able to serve on the Sunday morning Hospitality team, making it possible for others to be safely present in worship, please contact us here. We cannot reopen with you! 


    Matthew 28
    18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    - MUMC COVID Team
       Pastor Melany
       Mike Ancil, Leadership Council Chair
       Art Hill, Lay Leader
       Rachel Labram, Discipleship Director
       Ruth Ann Holmes, Office Manager





UPDATE 9/30/20

Friends and Family at MUMC

Unfortunately, we must inform you that multiple members of the MUMC Community have tested positive for COVID-19. Multiple others are quarantining because of contact with known infected persons. We know that some of those people testing positive have been on church premises, excluding the education wing and the basement youth area.

We also note that cases in Calhoun County have seen the steepest increase in cases between August 28th and September 29th as compared to any period since we began recording cases on March 17th.

John Hopkins University also reports that daily confirmed cases in Calhoun County have doubled over the previous week.

The MUMC COVID Team has decided the following:

  • After closing today, There's Enough Exchange Store will be closed temporarily for at least two weeks.
  • We will be temporarily stopping (for at least 2 weeks) all onsite worship services and activities in our facility, except for those in un-impacted areas. (For instance, Head Start’s staff will be notified, but Community Action will decide if their staff is able to work on the premises or by remote. No classes for children are in session at this time.) Effective immediately.
  • Worship services will continue on Facebook LIVE at 9 and 11am and WBCK radio at 10am. You can join on Sunday morning or anytime during the day or week.
  • Pastor Melany, Ministry Staff, and Media will be onsite to offer worship, but temporarily both the choir and band will be recorded again, rather than onsite.
  • The community-wide book study will continue in small groups on Zoom, as well as on Facebook LIVE on Fridays at 1pm with Pastor Melany.
  • All other small groups (including recovery groups) will be moved back to Zoom.
  • All staff and leadership will be working from home while meeting on Zoom.


Yes, this is frustrating...
and hard. 

As United Methodists, first and foremost we must "Do No Harm". 
As MUMC, our mission is to "Love Everyone, Everywhere".
As Christ-followers, we are commanded to "Love God and neighbor". 

We will be here for one another. 

  • So make a phone call, send a note or card, be thoughtful of others, and check-in often. 
  • We will be watching the science, praying for those infected, and continuing to be the church. 

We have not closed church. 

  • We have simply adapted church in order to keep everyone safe. 
  • This too shall pass. 


Matthew 28
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

- MUMC COVID Team
   Pastor Melany
   Mike Ancil, Leadership Council Chair
   Art Hill, Lay Leader
   Rachel Labram, Discipleship Director
   Ruth Ann Holmes, Office Manager