Sunday Message from Pastor Blair
for May 31, 2020
Hello and welcome!
Welcome to Island Heights United Methodist Church! The history of our town is forever interwoven with our church. It was in 1878 when a pastor stood by the river and had a dream that became the Methodist Camp Meeting, and in 1882 the First Methodist Church was established. Time, like the tides of the river, brings change, and those first camp meetings are now a memory, but the work of the Lord continues and grows. We are a multi-cultural, family-friendly Christian community, serving God's people and committed to a spirituality of hope, justice, and healing. Please click here for more information on what to expect on your first visit.
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5/31 UPDATE: Please Note: Because of our ongoing effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Island Heights UMC must continue our suspension of in-person worship services until further notice. While this sad reality impacts our regular worship, we will continue to be the church.
Fortunately, we are beginning to see signs that now prompt us to plan how we will re-open our building for worship services and ministry. It is our top priority this is done with the utmost care to not spread the virus. As per direction from our Bishop, John Schol, and the leaders of our conference three things must occur for us to re-open our facility:
1) The Governor of New Jersey must lift the restrictions currently placed on houses of worship.
2) The leadership team of Island Heights UMC put together a plan to safely re-open.
3) The plan must be approved by the Church Council.
Last Tuesday the trustees met to start making this plan. This coming Tuesday, 6/2 the Church Council will take up the discussion and continue working on the plan. Eventually, the plan will be approved and we will start the process of opening up our doors.
We will continue to keep you updated as things play out and we begin to return to normal. In the meantime, we will continue to post weekly messages as a form of online worship experience.
Friends, please consider online giving as a way to keep up with your offerings. While worship in the sanctuary is temporarily dormant, our ministries still incur costs. Online giving can be easily set up by clicking on the Online Giving tab above. You can also mail your offerings to the church. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.
Stay healthy, remain non-anxious, take care of each other, and we will all get through this difficult time together. Remember, always, that God is with us.
In Christ's Peace,