Health Alert Update March 27: How COVID-19 Global Pandemic is Changing Our Church in the Coming Weeks
Our days continue to be strangely blessed by the opportunity to meet our neighbors and perhaps share more meals with our families. FaceTime and Zoom don’t replace the joy of being in person, but they sure do help when you need to see a friendly face!
With our community’s specific situation of a 7-day “Stay at Home” order to protect the most vulnerable among us, we remain steadfast in our effort to be part of the healing practice. Social distancing gives us a chance to make calls, write notes, and get creative in the way we seek the kingdom of God and love one another.
Our missions and service continue under new and innovative methods. We are serving Meals on Wheels, we are assisting the homeless, we are planting potatoes for a more streamlined harvest and we are working with local emergency and healthcare leaders to respond however our community needs us. Our Disaster Response Ministry team has tornado relief work this weekend that was just scheduled today. Several groups are sewing masks for our local healthcare and other responders. Mission and ministry keep moving forward!
With the Stay at Home order and school closings, our campus remains closed. This includes all groups, support groups, Preschool & Parent’s Day out and outside events through Sunday, April 5. Many of our leaders are using Zoom and other technology to continue bible studies and groups that were already in place. We are grateful to see the many ways people are finding to continue connection and study! While these are temporary measures, they remind us that there are many ways to connect with one another, some old and some new.
We continue to offer you the very best worship experience via our livestream. Continue to join us at our livestream for services through Sunday, April 5. Please join us at our live stream online at our web site (https://franklinfumc.org) or on Facebook Live (https://facebook.com/franklin.fumc).
We also encourage you to sign up for two texting services. One for church-wide important updates and one for community wide emergency management updates. It’s simple:
Williamson Ready community alerts: Text 888-777 and type WCCOVID in the message.
FFUMC texting updates: https://franklinfirstumc.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/389/responses/new
Your group leaders will remain in touch with you. Federal and state emergency management guidelines originally forecasted a May 10 timeline to help the USA flatten the curve. This is a fluid situation and as things continue to develop, we will let you know as we respond to this timeline.
We are praying and caring for you and we feel your prayers and care of us. Watch the website and Facebook pages for updates, inspiration and stories that share how God continues to invite to seek the kingdom together. We are grateful to share the journey with all of you and we love. May our Lord continue to guide and bless us all.
Seeking God’s Kingdom first,
Your giving helps us sustain and direct ministry dollars. Thank you for your continued generosity. Here are several ways you can still contribute your offering:
1) Mail a check to Franklin First UMC, 120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin, TN 37069
2) Contact your local bank to set up bill pay and have them send your check to the church.
3) Contact Darren Houck in our office to set up a monthly auto-draft from your checking or savings account.
4) Give online https://franklinfumc.org/givenow
As we continue to experience how the COVID-19 global pandemic is changing the way we gather together, texting is one of the fastest ways we can get you critical information. Fill out the form here and give us your mobile number and carrier to help in the ability and agility of how we can share updates