People of Faith,

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.  I pray this communication finds you well in this time of uncertainty.  While we try to navigate a future that seems constantly changing due to the coronavirus (Covid-19), some precautions will be taken to ensure the healthiest environment at the church when we meet to worship. Church leadership will continue to monitor the status of the virus and make decisions based upon the recommendations from the Center for Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The CDC has put forth a list health concerns for persons who are the most vulnerable to the virus.  The recommendation is for “social distancing” or staying home and avoiding public spaces.  Those whom the CDC identifies as the most vulnerable are:

*Older Adults (60 and over)

*Persons who have serious chronic medical conditions:

* Heart disease

* Diabetes

* Lung disease

*Persons infected with influenza and the common cold

The precautions we will take for the foreseeable future may seem drastic but will help keep the church campus and worship space as healthy as possible.  These changes are as follows:

  1. Those attending service are asked to refrain from shaking hands and/or hugging to respect everyone’s personal space.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the sanctuary.  But hand washing for 20 seconds is far superior. Know that your pastors will be diligent by doing the same. 
  3. Coffee Chat will be suspended until further notice.
  4. Eucharist/Holy Communion will be suspended until further notice.
  5. All classes and gatherings in and outside of the church campus will be suspended.  This will include the following:

-Pastor Michael’s groups at Coffee and Bagels and the book club.

-Pastor Joshua’s “Dining with the Deacon” on Tuesday evenings.

-Wednesday evening Lenten Studies at Trinity, Shepherd of the Valley, and Faith.

-HOPE Study

– Home visitation will be suspended until further notice.

There are ways to participate in worship without being physically present.  Faith has been live-streaming our services on Facebook.  You can watch in the comfort of your homes during this time facebook.com/FaithUMCPhx.

Giving may be done by mail, bill pay through your financial institution, or online.  The online link is:  https://onrealm.org/FaithUMC/Give/NBLRWCDCDE

While I understand these may seem quite drastic, our utmost goal is to keep people as healthy as possible.  With the age of our congregation, we want to be mindful of each other’s physical well-being.  

Let us remember that God’s presence is with us through these uncertain times.  May the Spirit surround us with hope and peace.


Pastor Michael

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