Here is your special edition of Midweek Messenger!

As we continue to monitor recommendations from national, state, and local governments and the North Georgia conference Bishop and Clergy, we have decided to close the physical offices of the church at least through the end of March, as well as suspending worship services. Our church leaders and staff will be meeting again to decide further closings. Having the office/building open sends the wrong message to our members and community. We want to show that we too are taking this seriously and limiting nonessential employee presence as recommended. We hope you are all following guidelines as well.

We are, of course, still available by phone for questions during our normal office hours of Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. 706-724-9641. And our pastors are available should you have any personal concerns to discuss. Please check your email and/or our Facebook page “St John UMC Augusta” frequently for updates and keeping up connection to one another. Our website has a lot of useful information. Stjohnaugusta.org

Congregational Care: Contact Nurture Chair Beth Dixon Beth.dixon5@gmail.com

  • If you have any need for groceries or supplies, please let us know and we will try to arrange volunteers to do your errands.
  • For members who are more isolated than most due to illness or living situation, we are gathering volunteers to make phone calls for updates and conversations.

Community Care: For those of you willing to go out and help in the community, there are a few organizations with whom we are partnering. Our clothes closet is currently closed. Contact Mission chair Jane Baldridge baldridgejane@gmail.com Click for a list of current mission opportunities

Self-care:

During this time, don’t forget to take care of yourself: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

“Be Anxious For Nothing”

Remember our Lenten focus. God is so good. He led us to choose this study and scripture (Philippians 4:4-7) before we knew the situation in which we would find ourselves. Keep C.A.L.M.

C. Celebrate God’s goodness.

A. Ask God for help and be specific.

L. Leave your concerns with God.

M. Meditate on good things.

And more thoughts from our pastor, Dr Jody Alderman:

1.      Be thankful; count your blessings.

2.      Accept God’s love as a father loves his children.

3.      Read and study the scripture. Psalm 118:6; I Peter 5:7; John 14:27. Feel free to look them up and read more of each chapter. Letting God’s word soak-in brings healing to the soul.

4.      Get more information about your situation.

5.      Take time to contemplate; write a prayer; take a walk.

6.      Be a giver.

7.      Rejoice.  Make a list of things you can have joy about.

8.      Sing a joyful song.

9.      Distance yourself from others physically but not emotionally. Make a phone call to encourage someone else.

10.  WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY.

 

Don’t forget this Sunday:

We hope you will be able to join us for a live worship stream on Sunday, March 22 at 11 am on our Facebook page “St John UMC Augusta.” We realize not everyone has Facebook, so we will publish the worship service through our podcast link as well later that day. http://www.stjohnaugusta.podcastpeople.com

We will also have the teleconference prayer meeting at 12 noon Sunday
morning, March 22, with lay leaders, Stephanie Quattlebaum and Pam Light. Call 712-770-4728 and enter access code: 657770.

We will hold a kid’s Sunday School class on Sundays, using the Deep Blue Curriculum.  Simply log onto our video conferencing site: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/868562325 at 10am on Sunday Morning to learn a Bible lesson with your Sunday School teachers Ms. Pam and Ms. Carol! 

 

We pray everyone stays well. Please let us know how we can better communicate and continue to spread the love of Christ during this difficult time.

Nichole Kuehl, Program Director

P.S. During this time as any other, there are those who wish to take advantage of fears and new outlets of communication. Please be very wary of emails that ask you to click a link. Even from your pastor or me. If it looks odd in some way, call or email us separately to ask.