MESSAGE TO OUR CONGREGATION & COMMUNITY ABOUT COVID-19

A Message to our Congregation


Dear FUMC Congregation & Community, 

FUMC Waynesville places a high priority on the health and well being of our congregation, community, and staff. We are monitoring and evaluating news and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on a daily basis, and we are following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as from Haywood County Health & Human Services, the City of Waynesville, and the Western North Carolina Conference. 

Bishop Paul Leeland has written a letter to all United Methodist churches in the Western North Carolina Conference, asking us to suspend public worship for the next two weeks. We agree with our bishop that these precautions are not only important for our own safety but for the health and welfare of our entire community. So FUMC Waynesville will suspend worship services until further notice. In the meantime, we hope that you will tune into our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/fumcwaynesville) to experience FUMC worship online. We encourage you to worship at home with your family, and invite friends from your Sunday school class or your small group to gather with you.

We also want to encourage you to continue your financial support. These uncertain days will surely bring many challenges to our community, and we want to ensure that we are able to continue our ministry and outreach. You may always mail your offering to the church office, give online by clicking here, or you may give on your phone by texting the word: FUMCWaynesville $__ (your donation amount) to 73256. 

When our worship services and activities resume, we want you to know that we are intensifying our cleaning practices throughout the facility. We also want you to know that we are exploring all possibilities for you to connect with FUMC Waynesville online from your home, in the event that you are physically unable or feel uncomfortable being in the building, 

WHAT WE ARE DOING: 

  •  We have increased the availability of hand sanitizers around the building and will have them near all heavily trafficked areas and entrances. 
  • While we already use high potency cleaners, we have increased daily and rigorous disinfection of all high-touch surface areas such as doorknobs, handles, elevator keypads, handrails, counter surfaces, and faucets. 
  • While passing the peace during services we encourage congregants to “elbow bump” or simply offer a smile & a wave on Sunday mornings. 
  • We will temporarily stop usage of hymnals and Sunday morning hymns will now be printed on an insert in your bulletin. 
  • Offering plates will be located in various locations throughout the sanctuary and in the gym. On Sunday, please bring your offering up during this time as offering plates & hymnals are high-touch surface areas. If you are not able to bring your offering up, please indicate to an usher and they will bring the plate to you. 
  • Snacks will not be available at the 8:30AM service, individually packaged snacks will be available at the 8:40AM service. Coffee stations will still serve hot coffee at all services, but we ask that you sanitize BEFORE & AFTER you get coffee and creamer.
  • Lysol spray cans can now be found in every Sunday school classroom. We encourage you to spray your room, chairs, surfaces, etc. before and after use on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings. 
  • Communion will take place at the beginning of April; we are looking at various ways to still take this sacrament as a congregation together but may look slightly different. We will keep you updated on this as we get closer. 


WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

  • Do not attend church if you are feeling sick. We are looking at ways to start live streaming our services this Sunday through Facebook and will always have our YouTube channel available to watch services online. (CLICK HERE and make sure to “like” our Facebook page – CLICK HERE to access our YouTube channel)
  • Consider setting up online giving. If you are feeling sick and want to limit exposure in public places, consider setting up online giving and watching our services online through live stream or YouTube. 
  • People over 65 and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart, lung, kidney diseases, those who have immunocompromised conditions are considered most at risk. At risk populations are especially encouraged to immediately implement common-sense measures (social distancing efforts).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Do not shake hands or hug others and keep from touching your face
  • Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Do not receive Communion from a common cup
  • Avoid using the water/drinking fountains
  • Keep washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (two times through “Happy Birthday” or two verses of “Baby Shark” or the chorus of “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson – the song choice is up to you!)
  • Cover your mouth and nose, if you feel the need to cough or sneeze, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. 
  • Clean your cellphone daily 

What you need to know: 

We as a church staff and congregation want to prepare – not panic. This virus is spread person-to-person within about 6 feet and transmitted through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus may be contracted by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s mouth, nose, eyes (mucus sites). The virus may be spread by persons who have no immediate symptoms. 

In times of crisis, the most powerful tool is knowledge. As a church staff in connection with the Western North Carolina Conference, we must make it our job to be as educated as we can on the situation surrounding us.
For further information, please visit http://bit.ly/fumc312 seek advice and protective measures from the World Health Organization (WHO). 

We will continue to update you all and thank you for doing your part to help keep our communities safe, and for supporting one another as we navigate this time together. 


FUMC Staff & Leadership Team

  • YOUTH ACTIVITIES will run on Haywood County School schedule. As of Thursday, March 12 we WILL have youth on Sunday night. 
  • UNITED METHODIST MEN will still meet on Saturday, March 14, 2020. 
  • CONFIRMATION WILL CONTINUE - TIME TBD. 

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