Dear Friends and Family of Coal City United Methodist Church,
We begin our sprint to the starting line. No, not the finish line but the starting line as we look to begin again. We emerge from the shadow of a pandemic that, though we saw adjustments and cancellations, we marched forward by finding creative ways to do ministry. But now we have to embrace the challenge before us. Taking what we love about our church, honoring our past, and using what we have learned about ourselves over these last 16 months, we now seek to find a new "normal" for the church and dream of what we can be.
Come September, Sunday School and Bible Studies will start up again to offer God's light unto our daily paths. Fundraisers and Fellowship events will become paramount for our connection to one another and our community. Mission opportunities will celebrate the God's gift of love for the world. All of these opportunities for being the church await us and we have the opportunity to prepare ourselves for where God is leading. These next six weeks will be a sprint to the starting line!
As we take these important steps, we begin with returning to our regular worship schedule. This Sunday, July 18, we will have two worship services at 8AM and 10:30AM with both worship services inside. Also beginning this Sunday, we will be holding Fellowship Hour between worship services with coffee and breakfast items. We want to encourage you to join us for worship and building community. With two services and a large fellowship hall and patio area, it allows us to social distance when possible. Please know, we will continue to refrain from hand holding, neck hugging, and traditional greetings of contact so that everyone can feel comfortable. Though I will remove my mask when I speak from the altar area, you will see me wear a mask before and after service and when I interact with the children in solidarity with those who are unable to be vaccinated and those more vulnerable.
This decision does not come easy as we are all at different places and view the current state in different ways. But with the approval of the Worship Committee and the Trustees Committee, I want to see us push forward following the science of vaccination rates while closely monitoring the trends in our county.
I believe that we have navigated this last year and a half with respect to our church mission that follows the love of God for all people. I believe that we have excelled in our leadership. I hope you feel the same! It is with gratitude that you have trusted me as your pastor and I pray that our companionship together will only grow stronger!
May we sprint to the starting line!
8:00am - Worship Service
10:30am - Worship Service
Our services are available on Live Stream via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/coalcityum) and also on our YouTube Page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVoWM6l0PTQlO5PvFhg2Iw)..Or you are welcome to watch it later in the day through our church Facebook page or our YouTube page.
The Coal City United Methodist Church is a multi-generational church family that welcomes children, seniors, and those in between to exciting worship, study, and fellowship experiences.
Some have been members of the Coal City community and the United Methodist Church their whole lives. Others have recently moved to our area and found a home among us. All are welcome.
From the children's moment where the children of our church hear a message in a language they can understand; to carefully crafted biblically based sermons that speak to our current reality as youth and adults; to a variety of high-caliber musical expressions of our faith from classical to contemporary, from organ to oboe, from piano to projected multi-media experiences, there is a place for you in worship. Our services are on the traditional side of blended - familiar, comfortable, but far from stuffy.
All are welcome here.
With choices from Bible studies, to women's groups, children's choir and more - there are so many ways to be an active part of the CCUMC community.
The mission of the Coal City United Methodist Church is to be a sanctuary where prayer, worship, acts of mercy and study of scripture
empower persons to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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