Middlesex United Methodist Church
Friday, September 18, 2020
Making Disciples - Transforming the World

Message from Pastor Rachel

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

- Matthew 6:34

August 1, 2020

Dear MUMC Family,

          So many of you have been on my heart this week as we enter a new month and look towards a new school year. Many of you are juggling decisions on where and how your kids will go to school in the coming year and what life will look like in the new realities that lie ahead. Many of you are concerned for your kids or grand-kids and how this pandemic and all it’s new adjustments to life as we once knew it will affect their education. Others of you are teachers who are trying to grasp how you will teach effectively this year and stay safe and healthy in a room full of children. It is a difficult time for sure. Life is very different than we imagined back in March when the pandemic hit us, and the future is still very much unknown.

          As I hold you all close to my heart and in prayer, I miss you! I miss sharing conversation, hugs, and worship every week. I long to join together with you in our sanctuary for communion, song, and prayer. It is difficult for me to face the reality that no matter when we gather together for worship in our sanctuary, things will not be normal or as they were back in March. The future is so uncertain, but I am choosing to cling to the verse above. In a world where conflicts abound and competing voices are trying to tell us how we should live our lives, Jesus reminds us to focus on today and to trust in God and God’s presence and provision for the future.

          For the past couple months our regathering task force has sought to follow to God’s guidance in the midst of this uncertainty. Our commitment has been the health and safety of everyone, and our decisions are guided by that. The task force, with approval from our Church Council, has decided to continue our phase one of regathering for this month. This will include continuing our Drive-in Worship service at 9am and our Online worship service at 10:30am. Some of our small groups have met in person in various outdoor spaces around our church building and community and we will continue to encourage this.

          We hope that we will be able to open our building for indoor worship on September 6, 2020. However, we will not meet until the current 25 person indoor gathering limit is lifted in our state. If is not lifted by September 6, we will plan to meet two weeks after it is lifted. There is a great amount of work to do when preparing for in-person and inside worship, and this month will be spent creating clear policies and procedures for gathering and cleaning so that worship in our building will be as safe as possible for all who choose to gather.

          Thank you for your patience, care, and support as we continue moving forward. So much is uncertain, but God is still with us. God longs for us to trust in God’s presence while we cannot see clearly ahead, and do all we can right now to be the church together and care for our neighbors. I delight in the beautiful ways that we are still the church and look forward to all that God has in store for us in the future.

With peace and love,

Pastor Rachel