Ephesians 4:12 Forest City United Methodist Church Church

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Greetings Church Families!

I pray that you are strong and blessed in the Lord!

Well, we have been offering “restricted” in-person worship for some weeks now, together with three “media options” to join us.

On average, around 30% of our regular worshipers have been joining us on a Sunday morning and it has been a joy to “meet together so we can encourage one another all the more,” (Hebrews 10:25); but, of course, we miss those we don’t see yet, and we miss the opportunity to fully fellowship together!

As I write, we don’t yet know what the rest of year will look like, but we will be watching closely as our schools re-open and we will respond accordingly.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP
If you have not yet returned to join us for “IN-PERSON WORSHIP” at 8:30 AM at Crystal Lake and 10 AM at Forest City, we hope you are able to join us for our “Media Worship Services” which are broadcast one week later on:
***Radio - KIOW 103.7 FM
***www.facebook.com/iowameth
***YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj6deQyZRS0JEZUQd44rcvg

But, if you are considering joining us for “In-Person Worship,” may I remind you that our services are being conducted according to the “YELLOW LIGHT” stage of the UMC “Church Re-entry Plan.”

Accordingly: 

  • We have restricted our seating capacity
  • We have removed cushions, hymnals, and Bibles from the available pews
  • We do not sing or make verbal responses in the service (At FC an appropriately distanced choir sings for us; at Crystal Lake the tune is played and the words of the hymn/song are narrated.)
  • We do not take up an offering, but an opportunity to give is available
  • We do not make physical contact
  • We do not serve coffee fellowship
  • We recommend wearing a mask
  • Holy Communion is served in sealed “Fellowship Cups.”

This may sound very restrictive, but in this way we can “continue” to meet together and, thus, encourage one another all the more. So we encourage you to join us for “in-person worship” when you feel this is appropriate for you.

OTHER CHURCH MINISTRIES (at the time of writing):

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
At Forest City have not yet recommenced in-person children’s ministries. We will monitor the return to school and begin to respond appropriately. Our Children’s Ministry Team will continue to reach out to and connect with our children.

UMW & CIRCLES
Our Circles are meeting again under “social distancing requirements” at Forest City. Contact your Circle leader for details. Crystal Lake UMW has yet to resume, but plans to in October.

BIBLE STUDIES
Thursdays, 6:30 PM in Pastor’s Class with Pastor Les
Sundays, 9 AM in Pastor’s Class with Jim Smith

CHOIR & BELLS
We are so grateful for the volunteer choir members who have enabled us to offer a lead-in song during worship at Forest City. THANK YOU! We encourage all choir members and new singers to make yourself available to enable us to continue to offer music in word and by bells.

PRAYER MEETING
Meets every Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall from 6-7 PM.

I pray that we may continue to expand the “MEANS OF GRACE” we need to honor God and to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your suggestions, questions, needs, and concerns.

Your Pastor,
Les

305 South Clark Street - Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: 641-585-3281 Email: fcumc@wctatel.net