Worshiping Together Again – Safely
We are targeting Sunday, June 7, as our first Sunday to worship together at church. By then all the improvements to the sanctuary will have been completed and it will be exciting to experience it together. Because the coronavirus is still out there, we need to be smart for ourselves and protective for one another. In order to start having worship services back in the church we will need to observe the following COVID-19 related protocols. These are ways we can worship together while practicing the important precaution of social distancing. For the sake of your fellow worshippers, it is important that we all carefully observe these protocols. .
Coronavirus & The Church
While we will cautiously begin worship services on June 7, we will continue to minimize other activities in the life of the church. We will evaluate based on the most knowledgable medical advice.
In the meantime, Rev. Williams and Susan will keep the church office open and attend to the administrative side of the church during this uncertain time. Feel free to give us a phone call if you need anything.
Wear Red on Pentecost
We will celebrate Pentecost on June 7, the first Sunday we return to worship in the sanctuary. Your remember that Pentecost is often considered the birthday of the Christian Church. In a time when so much has changed, let's continue a favorite tradtion by wearing red on Pentecost.
Sanctuary Improvement Project
Painting all the walls with two coats of paint began on Tuesday, April 28, and took about a week. Carpeting is currently being laid. Insulation has also been installed in the ceiling. Replacement of the front steps is also currently taking place. We’ve been planning this project for well over a year. Your contributions have made this possible. See photos of the work that has been done.
Pastor’s Online Sunday Morning Messages
After acquiring a video camera and appropriate software, Rev. Williams has begun posting Sunday morning video devotional messages on the church’s website. He is working out the kinks in the system. While most people are able to view the videos without any problem, a number of people report problems with excessive buffering. Anselm is experimenting with various approaches to solve the problem. A new message is posted each Sunday morning. So, be sure to check it out each week at: www.umc-crltn.org/message
Children’s Ministry Page
Knowing the schools have closed due to the coronavirus and our children are staying home from school, Rev. Williams wanted to provide the children of the church a little something to do while they were at home; something that would be fun but would also teach about Christ and God’s love. So, he has posted a children’s web page on our church’s website. It contains online coloring pages, as well as puzzles and activities sheets that can be downloaded and printed. Something new will be added each Wednesday. So, parents and kids, check it out at: www.umc-crltn.org/kids
The Newest Fashion Statement
We have a church member who has made some face masks and she is happy to unanimously share them with others.
Supplies are very limited. So, if you would like to have a face mask, please call the church office and we will make sure you get one (while they last). Also Rev. Williams has put together some information about how to make your own face mask. He will be posting that information on our website at: www.umc-crltn.org/facemask
We have five high school graduates from our church this year. We wish each of them the very best in the years to come.
The son of Justin & Tiffany Pierson. He was active in baseball and football and plans to attend Grand River Tech School to become an electrician.
The son of Michael & Lynette Mulch. He was active in track, basketball, HOSA, NHS, A+, Honor Roll, All Conference Freshman-Senior year for all sports. He plans to attend University of Missouri and major in Pre-Professional Physical Therapy.
The son of Chris & Gail Calvert. He was active in basketball, football, baseball, A+, Academic All State Football, and other sports. He plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University and major in Recreational and Corporate Wellness.
Sally is a member of the graduating class of 2020 at Carrollton High School. Her future plans are to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Agriculture Education and Leadership: Emphasis in Communications. Sally is active in our church and our Youth Group. A celebration to honor Sally will be held at a later date.
Brittany is the daughter of Stephen and Jennifer Hays. She was a member of show choir, concert choir, marching band, pep band and concert band. Brittany was also a member of Skills USA and DECA. She is an active member of our church and Youth Group. She plans to become certified in medical coding and billing.
Wilderness Camp located in Lawson, MO, is a former United Methodist camp site but is now run by an independent group made up mostly of United Methodist individuals. They are still hoping to be able to provide summer church camp experiences this June and July. An anonymous friend of our church has offered to pay the first $100 of the registration fee of any child or youth who wishes to attend one of the camping opportunities at Wilderness Camp. We have a poster at the church that lists the various camps being offered (grades 3-12). You can more quickly see that information by going to the Wilderness website at https://www.wildernesscampingandretreat.org/. If you would like to take advantage of the $100 grant, simply register at Wilderness camp, then bring us your registration confirmation and we will reimburse you. (FYI: If it becomes necessary to cancel this summer’s camps, the Wilderness Board will make that decision the first of May.)
Supporting the Church
Thanks to the many church members and friends who have mailed in their Sunday Offerings in an effort to continue their support of the church’s mission. Those gifts are being blessed and dedicated for God’s work just as we would normally do at worship on Sunday morning.
Upper Room Magazines
The May-June 2020 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is available. If you would like a copy, call the church office and we will mail it to you. As always, we have both regular and large print versions. Let us know which version you prefer.
Runs in 5K Fund Raiser
Janet’s daughter, Melanie Barone, found a 5K run that supports Fire Fighters. Since Janet’s husband is a volunteer Fire Fighter, her daughter decided she and her mother should both take part. Janet’s other daughter, Keri, also decided to get into the act. All three of them ran on the same day, but in different places. This was Janet’s first 5K run. Janet completed the course, but she reports she was “extremely sore” by time she finished. With just a hint of sarcasm, Janet said, “This was a big accomplishment for me since I’m in such good shape!”