Corona Virus and Impact on MUMC
New week, new plan, same faith...

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7

Right when we thought we were doing pretty good at this worshiping with no crowd thing... of course it changes again. Below you will find updates and helpful hints. If you have any questions, please click here to send your question to me directly. 

The church building will be closed until further notice from the Governor. All staff are working from home. The church phone is being forwarded so please leave a message and your call will be returned. 

Our peace and hope come from Christ!
Pastor Melany

The staff at MUMC has put together a schedule of Daily Devotions that will be given through Facebook LIVE on the Marshall United Methodist Church page.  Join us and "share" so others can join, as well. 
  • Mondays at 8pm Pastor Melany
  • Tuesdays at 2pm Rachel
  • Wednesdays at 1pm Ruth Ann
  • Thursdays at 12noon Michael
  • Fridays at 11am 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 This week Rachel will be posting a DIY Prayer Candle video and a Tornado in a Bottle Experiment video featuring Job. 
  • Music Videos Michael will be posting some sing-a-long Christian music videos
  • Prayer Request Video Pastor Melany and Darryl will be holding another Prayer Request video
  • Bible Journaling Pastor Melany will be leading a Bible Journaling class on Tuesday nights from 6-7:30pm on the "Sassy Bible Journaling" group on Facebook. Request invite to join. 
We will be worshipping again this Sunday in a similar format as last week... at least on your end.  Staff, media, and music teams are no longer aloud onsite in the church building, nor are we able to gather, even in groups less than 10. We will continue to provide worship through Facebook LIVE, with a few changes. 
  • 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 all staying home so we will be using recorded music from prior worship services and mixing them with a current new message, prayers, and announcements. 
  • A new Offering Drop Box was installed under the overhang by our north doors. It can be used any time, day or night. 
  • Just 2 Counters will 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. 
We cannot thank you enough for your faithfulness and amazing support through both online and drop off offerings! Thank you for the $10,239 that was given this past week! Every week from here forward still needs to be over the "redline" to remain solvent and pay the bills. Our work at MUMC is too important not to! 
  • 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! 
  • While we cannot hold Kidz Worship or Messy Church, fun hands-on videos are being placed on Facebook for the kids. 
  • 180 Youth Group is meeting through Zoom twice a week. both your way in and out.
  • 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. 
It will be important for information about those in the hospital, those who are sick at home, and those who have lost a loved one to get back to Pastor Melany and our Care Team. If you are aware of any needs, please call the office at 269-781-5107, leaving a message if no one answers.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • A list is being formulated of members/friends who are not currently in a small group. That list will be shared with our Care Team for phone call check ins, especially those who are of vulnerable populations.
Small groups (now including Celebrate Recovery and Al-anon)
will not be meeting in person for the time being.
A few things to keep in mind:
  • Celebrate Recovery and Al-anon will be meeting online through Zoom. If you know someone who needs to attend one of these, please call Pastor Melany 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
All dinners will cease until after Easter. We will reassess at that time. 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. 
We have canceled this year's Eggstravaganza event planned for Palm Sunday. We are working on a possible replacement event where candy and trinkets are packaged in bags for pickup by families over a longer, extended period of time, such as from Palm Sunday until Easter. Then they can be hidden at home for their own Easter Egg Hunt. More info will be shared as details are determined. 
The store is closed until after Easter. Many of our volunteers are elderly or other vulnerable populations. We will not be receiving any donations during this time. We would have no idea of knowing what items where coming from homes with sick people in them. We will reaccess after Easter and decide when the store can be safely reopened. 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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