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Greetings Church family-
I'm writing to you today with the regular information of services for this weekend, but also to let you know about worship moving forward. After discussion with the town, we have been advised to postpone in person worship through April 19th. What this means is that the first potential service (and this is not a promise) we would gather for is Saturday April 25th. We are working with the Borough of Milltown and under the advisement of Governor Murphey as well.
This is not ideal, as many of us (myself included), were hoping to gather for Easter worship in person. However, because of the technology of today, we will still be able to livestream services (including something for the sunrise service on Easter) and set up phone numbers for people to call in. I will send out an email next week with what Holy Week will look like.
2-Attached is the following:
, and even some worksheets: God's Plan for Me
for the children should they want to work on something during worship! We will also have a children's time this week as we are becoming more comfortable with our new worship leading experience! We will have worship both Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am.
3- You can watch the livestream one of two ways: Facebook
(again you do not need a facebook account) or you can join via Zoom
. You can also watch via YouTube
around 11am on Sunday morning at:
4-If you would like to call in, here is the number: 1 646 558 8656 US (New York). The Meeting ID is: 992 609 386 (you WILL need to enter this). This number will ONLY WORK Sunday from 10am-11am.
5-Some of you may be wondering if you can drop off your offering or mail it in. The answer is: YES! While Sharon and I are working from home, there is someone stopping by the office daily to pick up the mail/offerings. You can also give online at: www.umcmilltown.org (the give plus logo is the location that you can securely give your offering). If you are able, please consider giving your offering as it is much appreciated. In full transparency as your Pastor, the church could really use it since we are not meeting in person.
Please be understanding with those leading worship and running the livestreams (most of the time it's the same people with multiple devices going), we are all in new waters and doing our best to adapt to everything going on. I know people are upset about Easter "being cancelled". Friends I encourage you to think otherwise. Easter is never cancelled. We worship a risen Christ that has already conquered the grave and so we celebrate Easter every day!
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I'm and open book and will be transparent with you. I'm sure we are all disappointed about not gathering in person, but we will make the best of this situation.
If you would still like to give your regular gift to help the ministry of the church, just go to the Giving