Communication and Worship Plan
What’s Next at Lebanon UMC?
God is with us, and has called us to be people of love and faith even and especially in these days. In fact, it may be that we were called to be the people the world needs specifically for a time such as this. Here is a look at how we are adapting our church and ministries to these quickly-changing circumstances.
- The church office has closed to the public. Messages will be retrieved during the week Tuesday through Friday.
- The LUMC Reopening Task Team have set a policy of NO in-person gatherings at the church, so that we can best assure the safety and health of anyone who does come in contact with our building.
- We have suspended all activities involving food.
- There are a few exceptions to the no-gatherings rule, on a case-by-case basis, and with extreme caution taken. The most notable exception is that 12-step groups are warmly welcomed to continue using the church to meet. We are now asking them to carry in/carry out coffee or other necessities, and doing an extra cleaning the next day.
- Calls to the pastor are ALWAYS okay! Please call if you are in need of pastoral care. If, however, there is a logistical concern, or someone is asking about food or gas assistance, please contact the church office, and the church secretary will follow up on your request.
Connection and Care
After we suspended in-person gatherings and worship, it immediately became clear to us that, as important as worshipping together is to our identity as a church, there is a greater calling still: we are God’s beloved children, a family that includes all people, and we hold one another in care and love. Feeling disconnected from one another has been more painful and challenging.
Our new contact system looks like this:
- All announcements and important updates will be available through weekly updates by email or regular mail.
- Announcement Calls: For urgent announcement and important information, volunteer callers will contact those without email.
- Meetings and other gatherings will utilize conference call tools such as zoom to “meet” remotely.
What will we do for Worship and Nurture/Education?
We know that God is praised in our time alone and time together, in our service and in our pouring our hearts out in prayer. Worship is going to look different while we are unable to be physically together, but it will still carry on.