Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Greetings to each of you with the love and compassion of Christ! 

It was a surreal feeling to end Sunday’s worship service knowing that we would not be gathering in the Sanctuary as a worshiping community this Sunday. As I write, Dakota and Jonathan are preparing a worship experience that we will share with you next Sunday morning. They trust, as do I, that the Holy Spirit will indwell our “virtual” worship as powerfully as our “in-person” worship. On Sunday morning, we will send you a YouTube link where you will be able to participate in worship from home. We will also put that link on the church website at www.fumcdyersburg.com. 

Please remember to call the church office or one of the pastors if you or anyone you know needs help accessing groceries or household items and is concerned about being in public. There are lots of folks from the church who have already volunteered to help out in any way they can. We also want you to know that we are relaxing our food distribution guidelines and keeping our assistance program open on Thursday so that we can continue to help the most vulnerable among us. 

I realize that suspending church activities may seem like an overreaction to the situation in which we find ourselves, especially since there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dyer County. However, the best minds in epidemiology tell us that the way to keep the virus from spreading is to refrain from gathering together. If we can keep even one person from contracting this disease in our community, then our social isolation would have been worth it. In the end, I would rather be guilty of doing too much than doing too little. 

That said, one of the unintended consequences of social distancing and isolation is that it makes the already lonely feel lonelier, and the already isolated feel even more isolated. We know that such distancing can also be detrimental to those who struggle with depression. Please make sure you are checking your church family with phone calls, text messages, and even cards in the mail. 

I will be updating our church family often with news of how to pray for others and how to serve others, as well as news of how we will be operating within the next few weeks as a congregation. Please be sure to check your email often. If you receive a voicemail from the church phone, please listen to it as it will have pertinent information about our life together. 

This is a strange time, but we are assured that we are not alone. God is with us always. 

Trusting in the love and salvation of Jesus Christ above all things,
Mary Beth