FUMC HICKORY UPDATES

Over the past two months, our lives have been significantly changed by the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have been monitoring ongoing reports from federal, county, and city authorities as well as receiving direction from our Bishop Paul Leeland.

We are working diligently to provide non-traditional worship and small group opportunities and to continue serving our community. Please check back often to stay connected with us!

May 20th Western NC Conference Update on Covid-19…

The Bishop and Cabinet continue to recommend that we follow the Conference, CDC, and state guidelines for the slow re-opening of churches.

Jesus calls us to protect the most vulnerable among us. Churches are encouraged to continue with virtual, drive-in, or outdoor worship at least through June 30th, meaning no indoor worship, is a way to love one another by not putting others at risk.

Therefore, we will continue with virtual worship at 10:00am each and every Sunday, and this week 5/24, begin an outdoor service, following all safety recommendations, in the Parable Garden at 11:30am.

Thank you for your continual patience and faithfulness!!

Worship Opportunities:

Sunday mornings at 10:00 am: live streaming on Facebook here

Sunday mornings at 11:30 am: worship in the outdoor garden chapel, weather permitting; please read guidelines below

Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm: worship video on Facebook here

Heartsong! by Hymnsmythe:

Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm: live streaming with Rhonda on Facebook here

Study Opportunities:

Sunday mornings at 9:00 am: Sunday school lesson with Jeff Fisher on Zoom

Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm: Lectionary study with Troy

Garden Worship Begins!

Weather permitting, outdoor worship will take place on Sundays at 11:30 in and around the outdoor chapel located near the hens and the Parable Garden. While we are more than excited to gather and worship together, we need to proceed cautiously in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. If weather does not permit the outdoor worship service to happen, we will NOT move the service indoors. If it rains, the outdoor service will be cancelled.

Please carefully review our outdoor worship guidelines before you arrive.

I Need Help!

We will have supper on Wednesday, which includes meatloaf, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy! You may drive up to the atrium door between 5-5:30pm, and we will deliver the meals to your car window. Please call the church office and we will make sure to have your hot-and-ready meal when you arrive. We will also deliver meals on Wednesday, so if you are in need of meal, call the church office and we will deliver.

Our staff is still working to visit and help shut-ins. Please contact the church office if you need help with grocery shopping, etc.

How Can You Help?

Pray. Pray for your neighbors, your church leaders, your government leaders, your community medical and emergency workers, and everyone who is finding and adjusting to a new normal.

Check on your elderly neighbors and ask if they need anything. Reach out to folks over text and phone calls. People can feel isolated in these situations, and it is important for all of us to remain in community together.

If you are willing to help cook and package our Wednesday night meal, please come to the CLC kitchen at 3pm (we’ll limit to a small group and keep our social distance!). We also could use some help making porch deliveries at 4:30. If you are willing to help with meal deliveries, please contact Jennifer jennifer@firstumchickory.org

Please call the church office if you are willing to help us reach out to our congregation and community.