Message From Pastor Dave Regarding the Coronavirus
March 18, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We here at the Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church have been closely monitoring the development of COVID-19, known more generally as the coronavirus. We desire to take appropriate precautions out of love for one another, while also encouraging each other and ourselves to put our hope and trust fully in the Risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
At this time (Wednesday, March 18) we will be suspending all church services including Sunday Morning worship. We will also suspend all outside groups that use our facility such as Scouts, Senior Lunch, Easter Food Basket Food Give Away. We will let you know when we will continue our services once again. Hopefully we will be back together on Sunday, April 5 for Palm Sunday. Once again, this is a fluid situation and we will try to err on the side of caution.
Just to let you know, the church office will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 to noon. Every Sunday I will post a sermon on our website until we can come together once again. So if you have any questions, please call and we will do our best to help out. If there are any emergencies, please call Pastor Dave at 760-960-9296 or Suzie at 760-777-2411.
While we are practicing “Social Distance” for safety reasons, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have “Spiritual Contact”. By that I mean that we should keep in touch on a regular basis. After all, we are the Body of Christ and that is an eternal condition. While we might be isolated, we should not be alone. Jesus said that He would never leave or forsake us. So when you focus and pray for someone else, you will find Christ to be nearer that you imagined. When you pray for others (intercessory prayer) Christ is alive within your soul. When Jesus prayed for one hour, He asked the disciples to join with Him. I believe the offer still stands. Maybe this would be a good time to join the Prayer Team.
So I urge you to call or email one another to make sure that all of us are doing OK. Here are some suggestions for all of us.
1) Pray for the Prayer Team. They do so much for all of us.
2) Use the phone directory and pray for every person on the page. The next day, turn the page and continue to pray for one another. Who knows, you might make a few friends along the way.
3) Pray for the Leaders and their committees such as Trustees, Finance, Worship, etc . . .
4) Pray for the Church Universal to be the Light of the World in this dark time.
5) Pray for Wrightwood; businesses, schools, etc . . .
I want to remind us that the original church that began after Pentecost had a rough start. In the midst of confusion, they chose not to have fear but faith. While they didn’t have a pandemic to deal with, they were in the minority and moved forward.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
While they could physically meet together and we can’t, they did do things we can. They understood what they believed and practiced it. They continue to pray. They shared. They praised God. They enjoyed the favor of ALL the people (something we can still do). And it was God who added to them. So this is a time for us to practice “Physical Distance” but to also increase our “Spiritual Contact”.
As before, we will continue to monitor latest information from the CDC, etc . . . as necessary. If you have any concerns or needs, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us here at the church. We have volunteers available to help with picking up groceries, etc.. We are here to serve and to love one another. We hope and pray that this trial will be an opportunity for you to grow in your faith and confidence in the Lord and to also show love towards your neighbors, with the gospel of hope that far outweighs any temporal trial.
Pastor Dave and the staff and leadership
Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church
Season of Prayer
Winter Team Members:
Team Captain John Hendrix,
Ted Whitford, Linda Whitford, Suzie Hart, Verena Temple, Marsha Blodgett, Ruth Hendrix, Susan Weber, Cindy Sheldon, Jeff Sheldon, Elanie Hughes, Susan Conrad, Becky Caldwell, Margaret Ashworth
Ministries, Missions and Community
Until further notice Church services will not be held. We will be recording the sermons and making them available. Will update and how this is being done.
Note: All bible study and other group activities have been canceled, due to the virus. An appreciated church service will still be held on Sunday at 20 AMfor those who feel they want and can attend. The church office will remain open.
Sunday Worship at 10 AM
Child Care Available
Fellowship Following Church