Corona Virus and Impact on MUMC
We are moving to Stage 3: Re-Opening Begins

Stage 3: First Steps Toward Reopening!
Governer Whitmer began the reopening of our state this week with parts of northern lower Michigan and the Upper Penninsula. She also gave permission for people, statewide, to begin meeting in groups of 10 or less while following proper precautions. 

What does this mean for us at MUMC?
This week we will begin to add more staff and media volunteers onsite to assist with leading our online/on-air worship services. Our staff will also be returning to the building to do some of their work this week. Ten or less will be in the building at any given time. Over the next few weeks, we'll be working out the details for our music teams to begin offering live music on Sunday mornings, lessening the load of creating so many videos during the week. Social distancing, masks, constant handwashing, and other precautions will still be followed in order to keep everyone safe. 

When does the congregation get to worship on-site?
Until the Governer gives the go-ahead to begin enlarging the number of people allowed to gather, we will continue to worship online and on-air. We are laying out a plan that will be ready to go the moment she gives the approval. We will have every other pew taped off in the Sanctuary and many tables and chairs will be removed from the Great Room in order to keep each household a minimum of 6 feet from other households. We will have Ushers assisting people as they enter, exit, and be seated with proper distancing, and we'll have Bathroom Stewards who will assist in allowing only two people in a bathroom at a time. Additional guidelines will be shared soon.

The staff at MUMC continues with Daily Devotions that are given through Facebook LIVE on the Marshall United Methodist Church page.  Join us and "share" so others can join, as well. 
  • Mondays at 9pm Pastor Melany
  • Tuesdays at 2pm Rachel
  • Wednesdays at 1pm Ruth Ann
  • Thursdays at 12noon Michael
  • Fridays at 1pm Pastor Melany
Additional faith-filled videos will be posted. Next week we hope to have a schedule for you, as well. This week, we will be fitting them in, as allowed. If you miss the LIVE version, you can always watch it later on MUMC's Facebook page. 
  • Kidz Hands-On Videos Rachel continues to offer wonderful hands-on opportunities for our kids.
  • Bible Journaling Pastor Melany continues to lead Bible Journaling class on Tuesday nights from 6-7:30pm on the "Sassy Bible Journaling" group on Facebook. Request invite to join. 
  • Please join us through Facebook LIVE. If you are not currently on Facebook and would like to be, one of our staff can assist you with this... or ask your grandkids. :-)  Make a comment while you are on and we will know you are joining us! 
  • Staff, media, and music teams: We are transitioning from videotaping at home to moving less than 10 people on site on Sunday morning, videotaping live onsite at the church.
  • An Offering Drop Box was installed under the overhang by our north doors. It can be used any time, day or night. 
  • 3 Counters will now be working each Monday and will be using social distancing, as well as gloves.
  • When Holy Communion is served again, it will be in single-serving individual packages. 
Shortages are Growing
We truly appreciate all who have been able to continue to give. Last Sunday's offering totaled $7,630, over $4,000 below need.  If you are able to give an extra gift this week or catch up on your giving if you are behind, it would be greatly appreciated!   

A big thank you to all those who have been sending in funds to pay down our mortgage debt! 
  • You can drop off your giving anytime during the week at our new outdoor Offering Drop Box. It is located under the overhang at the north doors. 
  • You can call your bank and set up automatic Bill Pay. Most banks do this at no cost to you or the church.
  • You can go to our webpage and give there or simply click here and it will take you directly to the giving page. 
  • God will surely bless your faithfulness! 

Keep Your Eyes Open for Incoming News on This Summer's Stay-cation VBS!

Armor up and be ready for incoming dragons, knights, and castles galore in this summer's all-new Stay-cation Vacation Bible School! The news is flying in during worship this Sunday morning, on our webpage, and through a Facebook event page. Check it out! 

  • Fun hands-on videos are being placed on Facebook for the kids. 
  • 180 Youth Group is meeting through Zoom twice a week. 
  • Pastor Melany posted a wonderful video created by her Uncle Tom who is a professor at Western Michigan University. You can watch it here with your kids/grands and then talk with them about how all their "inner parts" are handling the situation we are all in right now, as well. 
Although pastors and Care Teams have been banned from visiting hospitals and nursing homes (not to mention home visits), we will be available for end of life emergencies, funeral planning, and prayer before surgeries (or any other reason) by phone. Be sure to call the office and let them know if a loved one or someone else from the church is sick, planning a surgery, or transitioning from life to death to new life in Christ. 
  • As for funerals, it has been suggested that only small, immediate family gatherings be planned, with larger memorial services/luncheons scheduled at a later time for extended family and friends. 
  • Our Care Team is making phone calls and sending cards of encouragement to any shut-ins. Please be sure to let us know if we are missing anyone. 
All small groups are refraining from meeting in person at this time, though a transition plan is being formulated for groups of 10 or less to begin meeting once again with proper safety protocols in place like social distancing and masks being worn. 

A few things to keep in mind:
  • Celebrate Recovery and Al-anon is meeting online through Zoom. If you know someone who needs to attend one of these, please call the office for more information.
  • Isolation is a real problem and social interaction can be crucial for some people
  • Online possibilities include Zoom, Facebook's FaceTime, and Skype.
  • We are asking Small groups leaders and facilitators to create a list of their members and do two things:
    • Continue to meet as a small group using a digital communication platform. * If you need help setting up one of these, please let us know here. 
    • Divide up the group members and assign “buddies” to check in on with a phone call or card at least once a week.
    • Allows for video and regular calls
    • Any documents and videos can be shared
    • Free option is limited to 40 minute meetings
    • Call the office for longer meetings
    • Allow for text, phone, or video meetings through Facebook Messenger
    • Provides a platform for online streaming and interaction
    • Well established social media platform for adults
    • Allow for text, phone, or video meetings
    • You must have a Google account (gmail) to log in to this platform
We will reassess dinners at the end of summer to determine if they will be able to start back up in the fall, or not. Please pass the word to those you know from the community who attend our meals. 
  • If you are aware of someone in great need of a meal, please check with the office. We have some frozen meals available for delivery and we have contacts for MACS Food Pantry. 
The store is currently closed but working on their re-open plan. Many of our volunteers are elderly or other vulnerable populations. We are currently no receiving any donations but hope to change that soon. If you are aware of a great need, please reply here and we will see if a delivery can be made. 

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble. - Psalm 46.1

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. - James 5.13-14

Please be in prayer daily for the following:

  • All those who contract the virus and their immediate family/friends/colleagues.
  • All healthcare workers.
  • Those working on testing, treatments, and vaccines.
  • Vulnerable populations, that they are safe from harm. 
  • Those who are isolated and lonely. 
  • Those who will be out of work and unable to pay their bills or feed their families.
  • Those who have no means to pay for a babysitter or find other child care while schools are closed. 
  • Our church, it's finances, staff, and congregation, that we might continue to be the Light in our community who brings hope and healing through Jesus Christ. 
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Closed Fridays

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Marshall, Michigan 49068

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