DSUMC Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we truly live in remarkable times. The effects of the coronavirus are still in its early stages, and it is hard to know when our country, and specifically our community, will return to normal. Despite this, I continue to be confident in the grace and security that I find in Jesus Christ our Lord. I rest assured that the presence of God in our lives and in our community will take us through this difficult time. This is a time to be wise, cautious, prayerful, and above all, not to give into fear.

 

The circumstances of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 are in a constant state of change and therefore our adjustments must also be fluid.  Because of the announcement of the Dripping Springs Independent School District, and in response to local, state, and federal recommendations, Dripping Springs United Methodist Church will be making modifications to the various ways in which we gather. 

 

Effective immediately, we are suspending our Sunday morning worship services and gatherings, including Sunday Schools, Bible studies, and other gatherings for groups in excess of 10 people from now until April 3.  This means that Sunday morning services for March 22, and March 29th will be suspended, as well as all evening activities, including Wednesday night gatherings on March 18, 25, and April 1 during this time period. Additionally, our children, youth, and adult ministry leaders are looking at different ways we can be together through a variety of online resources.

 

We will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and will decide what further steps should be taken to protect our members and this community. We will update you on those decisions on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), our church website, mobile app, and email.

 

We also need your help in terms of giving. As you know, ministry and mission will continue to take place, albeit in a smaller fashion. As you can imagine, the Church needs your help as we continue to employ a variety of hard-working, and gracious people. As we suspend services, meeting our financial goals will become more difficult since half of our tithes and offerings are collected in our Sunday morning worship services. If you are able, please continue to give by mailing a check to the church at P.O. Box 99, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, or by signing up to give online through our website, dsumc.org, or through our mobile app. You can also text DSGIVE to 77977 to be connected to our online giving program which will let you give a one-time gift or a monthly or weekly ongoing gift.

 

During this time, we will be live streaming an 11:15am worship service. You are invited to join with us online as we gather remotely for worship. You can join us here on our YouTube page. Though we may not be gathering together we are still the church.  The church is not a building, but a people.  We don’t cease to be the church simply because we do not gather. In fact, the church is needed now more than ever to be the selfless, fearless community empowered by Christ, and in service to the world.

 

As part of an effort to demonstrate our mandate as the church to be in service to the world, we are encouraging the people of DSUMC to find creative ways to serve in the community. Included in this announcement is a link to a form here that you can fill out if you need help in acquiring products and supplies from the grocery store and having them delivered to your home. Likewise, if you would like to participate in the delivery of products and groceries to people who are staying home, we also have a form here that you can fill out. We will do our best to connect volunteers with people in need to help them during this difficult time.

 

As I said this past Sunday, we are the people of God and have no cause for fear. We can trust that God is at work in and through us and we can trust in Him. These prudent actions will help our church and community as we move through this difficult time in our country. We have an opportunity to demonstrate what it means to calmly serve our community through prayer and by the actions that we take.

 

I ask that you continue to pray for our community and country, for the leadership at DSUMC and in all the churches in our community, and for our local, state, and national leaders as we all respond together in faith and patience to these unprecedented circumstances.

 

Trusting in Him,
Adam Thornton
 

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