Dear Brothers and Sisters of O’Fallon First United Methodist Church:
We regret and apologize about this late notice, but as we continue to track Center for Disease Control, and Illinois Health Department recommendations regarding the (COVID 19) Coronavirus, we have decided to cancel live Sunday worship services and all Sunday activities this week, and we anticipate doing so through the end of March. In lieu of our live worship experience, we will be providing for worship through our Website and Social Media.
It has been reported today that St. Clair county now has two confirmed cases of the virus. Most of you are also aware that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker had closed all private and public schools in the state beginning this Tuesday, March 17 through March 30. Currently, the CDC is recommending that all gatherings larger than 250 be cancelled. (In addition, it is recommended that persons over 65 avoid crowds larger than 10 people.) While we don’t have a single worship service that contains 250, we do see over 250 people in our building between two services and Sunday School.
We will be providing an online worship experience this Sunday, and on any future Sundays as needed. We will post this recorded worship experience on Facebook, YouTube, and at offumc.org Sunday morning. We encourage all our families to join together in worship from their homes at your normal worship time.
At this point we are unsure as to what will happen with the many weekly Bible studies and meetings that take place in our church building. As our staff gathers Monday, we will work to bring clarity to our upcoming schedule. In addition, we will be discussing the anticipated pastoral care needs of our community as we navigate this pandemic, and develop plans for helping to meet those needs. In the meantime, if you have any current needs, please feel free to contact the church office, or our pastors.
We realize anxiety and fear is running high during these uncertain times. In this we would remind you of Hebrews 6:19 where the author boldly proclaims, “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” We know that we are anchored in Christ and we are firm and secure in his love. We will pray for all of you, and appreciate your prayers for the community.
May God’s Grace and Peace be with you in these uncertain days,
Pastor Don Long
Pastor Becky Williams
Pastor Brad Lewis