Rev. William Bills
June 23, 2021
FROM THE PASTOR
On Sunday, June 27 we will be bidding farewell to Lowell and Marilyn Rothert and Don Good. They will all be moving to California soon in order to be nearer to family. For those who may not know, Don and Marilyn are siblings. These three have been very active in our congregation for many years in a variety of capacities. May people will remember Don as the long time chair of our Board of Trustees, which is responsible for our building and grounds. We will miss these three people very much! I hope that you can be present on Sunday to bid them farewell. A reception will be held in their honor in the memorial garden after worship. If the weather fails to cooperate the reception will be held in Asbury Hall.
If you are planning to attend live worship in the sanctuary this summer at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, please be advised that masks are no longer required for people who have received the Covid vaccine. We will not be asking people if they are vaccinated. We will trust each one to act in the best interest of their fellow worshipers. If you are vaccinated you may continue to wear a mask at your discretion. Please continue to observe guidelines for social distancing, especially when you are in the building. You are encouraged to visit with one another in the parking lot or in the garden after worship rather than inside the building.
The building will now be unlocked Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the rest of the summer. You are still strongly encouraged to call ahead for an appointment, though. On days when the building is not open, definitely call ahead! Masks are not required to enter the building for those who are vaccinated. Please stop at the front desk when you come in and ring the bell on the counter for service. The office suite will not be open so be sure to stop at the front desk first.
I am glad that we have been able to keep our congregation staff relatively safe throughout the pandemic and I look forward to continuing improvements in the fight against Covid. We will continue to monitor health department and CDC information, though. If Covid cases begin to rise again we will implement precautions again in the interest of containing the spread. Your continued cooperation and support is very much appreciated!
At University United Methodist Church, we affirm that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are an open and inclusive congregation and welcome all persons into full participation regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, age, ability, education, background and whether single or partnered.