Video Update from our Senior Pastor

March 14, 2020

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Health Precautions Update


An Update from our Senior Pastor 3/12/2020   

Because of the rapidly changing situation with community health precautions related to the coronavirus, First Rowlett UMC will be canceling worship services for at least the next two Sundays, March 15 and March 22. Bishop Mike McKee has been in touch with Dallas County leaders and has discerned that this is the best route forward for our United Methodist Churches in our district. In addition, I am in contact with Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian, City Manager Brian Funderburk, and other City of Rowlett officials to stay updated on the local impact of the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency by County Judge Clay Jenkins.

 

All other church-related activities including small group gatherings and committee meetings will be cancelled during this time as well. Wesleyan Christian Academy will be extending spring break for an additional week to be closed at least through March 20th. We will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate the need to extend closures and cancellations if indicated. We will keep our website current with additional updates as we have more information.   

 

I echo the sentiments I shared in my letter yesterday. I appreciate your willingness to support these measures and to consider the needs of others as you also take care of yourself. At times like this when anxieties are running high for health concerns, economic worries and other unknown impacts of this virus, I know our faith is an important anchor. It is a blessing to be in ministry with all of you. Please know that Dretha and I are available for you if we can be of help. 

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Pam   




An Update from our Senior Pastor 3/11/2020   

First Rowlett Family and Friends-

The health and well-being of our congregation is important, and we know that the recent concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact our worshiping community and our Wesleyan Christian Academy. Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation and plan to make adjustments as needed. We will continue to be in conversation with city officials and our Conference leadership to consider any changes that we need to make.

This week had been GISD spring break, which means that WCA has been closed. We have used this as a time to deep clean and sanitize the children’s classrooms and our restroom facilities. Our WCA Director, Liz Harper, will continue to keep parents informed and updated on any decisions that will impact our WCA families.

In worship, we have already made some changes and we will make additional adjustments beginning this Sunday.
  • We will temporarily suspend the sharing of communion during our worship services.
  • We will not be passing the registration books.
  • Instead, we invite members to send an email to info@firstrowlett.org with your name and the names of others in your family who are in attendance at church so that we can continue to keep our church database up to date. 
  • We will have forms available at the Welcome Desk and at our Worship Center exits so that guests can register their attendance and request more information.
  • Prayer requests may be emailed to info@firstrowlett.org or be sent to either of our pastors.
  •  We are making changes in our offering time. Instead of passing the offering plate from individual to individual, the usher will pass by the rows, making the offering plates available. This will decrease the number of hands that retouch the plates. 
  • We will have hand sanitizer at the Worship Center exits and at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex.
  • We are attempting to limit direct contact with each other through our worship routines. During our greeting time, we encourage you to smile, wave, or bump elbows. We will not ask you to hold hands during our closing benediction. And our pastors always look forward to greeting you before and after worship. This will continue, but as a precaution, they will not be shaking hands.

The CDC guidelines provide a good framework for keeping us healthy and containing the spread of any kind of germs. If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay home and take care of yourself. You can access recordings of our weekly sermons online. We are exploring other online options to ensure that those who are unable to attend worship services can still participate together through our online community.

We are not currently making additional cancelations of small group gatherings, but we encourage you to use appropriate precautions for your personal health situation. We are looking at our other events outside of worship to see what additional adjustments may be necessary. For example, Dretha will be in touch with LifeGroup leaders about any procedural changes that need to happen with the LifeGroup folders. It is our goal to enact the best preventative measures possible in our worship and gatherings together while still fostering a sense of community. Please visit our website to stay up-to-date on any additional changes.


I appreciate your willingness to support these measures and to consider the needs of others as you also take care of yourself. At times like this when anxieties are running high for health concerns, economic worries and other unknown impacts of this virus, I know our faith is an important anchor. It is a blessing to be in ministry with all of you. Please know that Dretha and I are available for you if we can be of help.

Blessings,
Pastor Pam

Additional Updates

We are canceling all community meals until further notice. 

We will not have breakfast on Sunday morning, or dinner on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.