Updates on COVID-19

“A scared world needs a fearless church.” 

– A.W. Tozer

Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue holding Sunday worship service online at 11:00 a.m. through the end of March 2020. We certainly hope you will tune in for Sunday morning worship on March 22 and March 29 either on Facebook or our website! (To view our Sunday, March 15, Worship Service, click here.)

Community Care, the Soup Kitchen and Meals on Wheels will continue with their normal schedules at this time. We also will continue to feed area children through Blessings in a Bookbag.

Other than those ministries, no group gatherings will be held on our church campus through Tuesday, March 31. Like the school system, local and state governments, and so many other entities, we will continue to monitor the situation and rely on the expertise of local medical professionals to determine our course of action as we head into April.

After careful consideration and information-gathering, the TLC luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been canceled. We hope to resume the TLC program on May 7, when vocalist Elissa Lawson will be featured.

The children’s church lesson for Sunday, March 15, is located here on our Children’s Ministry Facebook page, FUMC Children.

Even when we are not meeting physically, we rely on your gifts and pledges to continue in ministry and mission for the sake of our community and Christ. Please give online through our website by clicking here, or text LGFUMC to 73256 to give using your mobile phone. You may also mail a check in to our Church Office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the Church Office at 706-884-4635 or email us at communication@lagrangefumc.org If someone doesn’t answer the office phone immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can. For after-hours emergencies, please call (888) 456-1203.

Your pastors and staff love you, are praying for you, and are here for you. During this difficult time, may we be the Church who fearlessly extends God’s loving embrace to our neighbors and community!

 

In the United Methodist Church, we believe in and seek to practice John Wesley’s General Rules: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. As we attempt to fearlessly love in the name of Christ, we believe Wesley’s rules are as important as ever.

Do No Harm.

We do not cancel church events lightly or without great consideration, but feel that this is the most necessary response to prevent the possibility of harm. This decision was not made fearfully, but rather responsibly, seeking to protect our members and community from harm.

We truly believe that this level of “social distancing” is what love requires of us at this time.

Do Good.

Please don’t mistake our lack of gathering at First UMC for a lack of opportunity to continue to do good through our mission and ministry together.

Even when we cannot physically come to Church, we are always called to Be the Church. We are still actively engaged with community partners, and showing the love of God is never cancelled.

For those who are vulnerable due to their age or health concerns, please heed the recommendations of medical professionals, stay at home, and take care of yourself. You can still provide crucial support through your prayers and giving.

Even when we are not meeting physically, we rely on your gifts and pledges to continue in ministry and mission for the sake of our community and Christ. Please give online through our website by clicking here, or text LGFUMC to 73256 to give using your mobile phone. You may also mail a check in to our Church Office.

To others, we believe we can still responsibly share Christ’s love within our community. As stated earlier, Community Care, Soup Kitchen, and Meals on Wheels will continue with their normal schedules to provide for those in need. TCSS Meal Distribution will be taking place on campus each day during school closure from 10:20-10:30 am as bus drivers and nutrition employees hand out food to LaGrange High School students.

Our Youth and Children continue to lead us in mission to the community and will need your help! Under the guidance of Anabeth Ivey, our Interim Director of Student Ministries, our youth have been collecting food (thanks to our generous church family) for our Blessings in a Bookbag program to students in our community. They already had been providing this program for several years to provide food to Ethel Kight Elementary students, and because of the current COVID-19 health crisis, they are extending their reach to the entire Troup County School System. A supply list of what to include in each bag, can be found by clicking here. You may also give a monetary donation.

Our annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, and we need your help! We have almost 6,000 plastic eggs that need to be filled with wrapped candy or a prize. We are currently re-thinking the traditional Easter Egg Hunt and may provide it in a different format to help “flatten the curve.”

Stay in Love with God.

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation! When you cannot come to First United Methodist, First United Methodist will come to you!

Please continue worshipping with us online or on our Facebook page.

Children’s Church can be experienced digitally on our First UMC Children’s Facebook page. Click here to access it.

Be praying for one another! Prayer Guides have been made available and can be used throughout the week to specifically pray for each other and our world. Click here for a Prayer Guide.

Check on one another! Call your friends, relatives, and neighbors to encourage and support them.

Sign-up to receive a Check-in Partner from the Church. Just because we cannot meet physically doesn’t mean we can’t be there for one another. If you are wanting some extra support during this chaotic time, we will partner you with someone else from the church. You will be encouraged to contact your partner each day to provide support, encouragement, and prayer If you would like to sign up for a Check-in Partner, fill out the information by clicking here.

Continue to read your church Lenten devotions. If you would like to receive these devotionals via a daily email, reach out to natalie@lagrangefumc.org.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Feel free to call the Church Office at (706) 884-4635. If someone doesn’t answer immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can.

If you need us after-hours, please call (888) 456-1203. Email us at communication@lagrangefumc.org.

Your pastors and staff love you, are praying for you, and are here for you. During this difficult time, may we be the Church who fearlessly extends God’s loving embrace to our neighbors and community!