Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
I am pleased to let you know that the Back to Worship Team—a group of 18 leaders in our church who are in conversation together about how we will return to in-person worship—is working diligently on our plans to return to worship on Sunday, June 21. While in the midst of this work, we are aware that June 21 is a tentative date given to us by Bishop Bill McAlilly and is subject to change. But, we are hopeful that we will once again be together in our sanctuary in just a few weeks. 

Sometime in the next few days, you will receive a very simple survey from the church. Your prompt replies will help this team further clarify our plans for June 21. One of the biggest decisions to be made is whether to hold one service or two services on Sunday morning, and that will be based upon the number of people who let us know that they are planning to attend. 

The survey that you will receive will be accompanied by both a video and a letter—the purpose of both is to give you details that will help you decide if you and/or your family will return to in-person worship. The good news is that our services will continue to be live-streamed as they have always been, so if you discern that this is not the right time for you or your family to return, you will still be able to worship with us. 

Please take the time to read the letter that accompanies the survey as it contains stories about what God has been doing during our time of suspended in-person worship. I hope that you will be able to see the amazing ways that God has been working, even when things have been so abnormal. 

Remember that, weather permitting, we will be worshiping in our parking lot this Sunday, June 7, and will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. Whether you are with us in the parking lot or watching the service on Facebook Live, please remember to bring something to eat and something to drink so that you can celebrate the Lord’s Supper with us. If you have grape juice and bread, that’s wonderful. If not, bring whatever is available to you. 

I am praying for each one of you and miss seeing you in person. I hope you are as excited as I am to continue watching the new things that God is weaving together for our congregation! 

With Christ’s love, Mary Beth