COVID-19 Updates & Litany

Hello Love’s UMC Church Family,

This is an unprecedented time in the life of the church and world. We are doing our very best to be the church during this time of uncertainty. I will try my best to keep everyone in the loop with updates and developments. I pray for everyone at Love’s UMC and around the world. I pray that everyone is staying inside and safe. If you have any questions or needs, please contact me (336) 422-6807 or tschumpert@wnccumc.net . Peace, Pastor Tracy

Church Council
A Church Council meeting is called for March 26th at 6 pm by teleconferencing to determine next steps and if all church activities will continue to be canceled. The call in information is below:
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6306
Access code: 885781#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/tlschumpert
Online meeting ID: tlschumpert
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/tlschumpert
For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Help” to the Dial-In number above. Message and data rates may apply. In the meantime, a Church Council group chat is set up with those cell phone numbers I had available. If you are on the Church Council and are not a part of the chat, please send me your cell phone number and I will add you to the group.

Easter Lilies
Since we do know what the future holds and it is time to tell the florist know how many we would need, Junie is canceling the order of Easter Lilies this year. If you gave toward the purchase of an Easter Lily, please consider redirecting that donation to the General Fund.

Closures
The UM Conference Office and all District Offices are closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Everyone is working remotely including myself. Please contact me by phone, email or text with any needs.

Meals on Wheels
As of this moment, Meals on Wheels is still delivering meals and distributing food from our church. They are putting the food in plastic bags and putting it on porches of those needing meals. There is no human contact.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry (including AA, Girl Scouts, Yoga) is closed and canceled. However, if there is a need for food, please contact myself or Sharon Tart. Sharon will make a bag of groceries and place on the porch for the individual to pick up without entering the house.

Before & After School
The Before & After School program is closed as long as the schools are closed for the safety of the children and workers.

Online Giving
Please continue to give to the ministry and mission of Love’s UMC. The weekly offering supports our church. Thank you to those who give so generously and are finding new ways to give. If you have not tried online giving, this is an opportunity to do so. All you need to do is go to our website, http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/, and click the giving online button.

Litany Amidst the Covid-19 Outbreak by Michael Kurth
(on the Earth & Altar website)
God the Father,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Most merciful God, we come to you in this time of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. As the sorrows of our heart and mind increase, we beseech you to save us from all trouble and fear. Cast away all works of darkness. Be our rock, a castle to keep us safe. For the Lord is our stronghold and sure defense, and he will be our Savior.
For all who have died: receive them into the arms of your mercy, grant them eternal peace, and surround those who mourn with your healing grace.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those directly infected with the virus: help them recover in good health and restore them in body, mind and spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those at high risk of infection, especially the elderly, those with underlying illnesses, the marginalized, and the poor: keep them healthy and free from all sickness.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those in quarantine, the shut-in, and the infirmed: help them find peace, keep them in good health, and renew their mind and spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all hospitals, doctors, nurses, and staff: protect them as they minister to the sick, relieve all stress, and provide the resources and space to meet the needs of all the infirmed.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For first responders: guard them from all harm, and grant them strength and courage as they respond to all calls for help.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For service industry workers and those forced to work as their community shuts down: keep them healthy, bestow the resources to best care for themselves and their families, and assure them in times of financial and medical anxiety.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those experiencing financial loss and uncertainty of resources: have mercy on them, alleviate any fear, and provide for them daily bread and wage.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of this nation and the world: help them make sound and safe decisions to best secure the future of our planet.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all schools, students, teachers, administrators and school staff: as schools remain open, keep them healthy and in good spirit to learn; as schools close, feed those who will go hungry without guaranteed meals and shelter all students have no place to live.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all scientists and those working to find a cure: inspire them towards your truth, and help them discover and disseminate a vaccine and cure.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all media and journalists: protect them from all harm in their reporting, and move them to be a vector of truth and certainty, and never fear or panic.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all places of worship: embolden them to be beacons of hope and love, and help us to gather however and wherever we can – be it in person or online – to give you praise.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of our church: help them minister to their flock; fortify them to be faithful pastors, to persevere in prayer, and to build up the family of God in new and creative ways.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the young: spare them from harm and fear, and keep them a joyful sign of your love and light.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all parents: build in them strength and fortitude for the time ahead, and give them the words and witness to be wise counselors and compassionate caregivers.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For calm amidst the storm: as the waves toss our boat and we wonder “do you not care?”, remind us to not be afraid, that with you all things are possible, and that even the wind and sea obey you.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Stir up in us a spirit of compassion and tenacity for the time ahead.
Amen.
Move us to check-in with loved ones at high risk of infection and those in quarantine.
Amen.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Peace, Rev. Tracy Schumpert