As United Methodists, we try to follow three simple rules. Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God (attend to the ordinances of God). In light of national and local recommendations, Bishop Leeland has recommended that churches not hold worship on March 15 and 22nd. Read his letter HERE.
In light of this recommendation, we at Mount Tabor will follow those recommendations. Over the next 1-2 weeks, please consider using our three simple rules as a guideline:
Do No Harm: If you are sick, stay home. Follow local health department recommendations. Follow precautions to reduce the spread of all germs and viruses. Share only accurate news from reliable sources. Do not over purchase supplies (or take more than what you actually need).
Do Good: Call to check on isolated or at-risk family, friends, and neighbors. If you are healthy, offer to pick up necessary supplies for those who are quarantined or are considered at-risk. Make an extra meal to drop-off or deliver to a family with limited resources that may be missing work due to local closures.
Stay in love with God: Check e-mail and Facebook on Sunday morning for a guide to worship at home (and actually do it!). Watch an online worship service (try Church of the Resurrection HERE). Use the extra time at home to catch up on that devotional reading, read through an entire book of the Bible, or finally finish that Bible study book you've been meaning to finish. Pray as a family. Call a friend to pray. Lean into trusting God deeper in the midst of uncertainty.
As your pastor, know that I am praying for you. If you have a need, let me know and I will do my best to find a resource for you. If you have a specific prayer concern, let me know and I will add that to my prayer list. Even though we are maintaining social distance, we can still be the church. We can still Follow Jesus, Share the Gospel, and Make a Difference.