March 17, 2020
Hello O’Fallon First Friends,
After much discussion, prayer, and some mandate by state and federal agencies, and under the advisement of Federal, State, and local governments such as the CDC and the St. Clair County Health Department; there will be no gathered worship services or group meetings at the church (Bible study, prayer groups, etc.) until at least March 30.
These changes are difficult, especially when “connecting” is such an important part of who we are and what we enjoy doing as a community of faith. That’s why we’re working hard to find creative ways for us to stay connected with one another.
We will have online worship through our church website at 8:30am and 10:45 am each Sunday, and you can always view the services once archived throughout the week.
You can also continue your regular giving online through our website, or if you’d prefer you can mail your tithe/offering directly to the church office, attention: Diane Cooper (Comptroller): 504 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269.
Penny Pejka and her team will continue make the Wednesday night dinner for pick-up or delivery from 5:00—6:00pm. This week’s menu is ham and scalloped potatoes, salad, vegetables, and a dessert. Please email Emily George (Office Manager ) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (618-632-2354) to reserve a meal. To pick-up, simply pull up under the portico entrance, and there will be servers to hand your meal to you. (You don’t even need to get out of your car).
Pastor Becky is working with staff and volunteers to reach out and connect with everyone who is a part of our church. We are making phone calls daily until we’re able to connect with everyone, and we have volunteers ready to help if you need someone to run an errand for you or pick something up for you. Just call the office, and we’ll do what we can to help.
Jordan is connecting with our children and their families through video, email, and social media posts, Pastor Brad is posting videos with helpful tips for parents and families of our Jr. High and High School students and connecting through social media too.
For those involved in the “Let’s Talk” series, we will continue to present the talks and create questions for discussion through video and PDF Files. The video will be made available through email and our website.
Finally, we’re also working to stay connected to our community by doing what we can to assist with the needs that arise. Linda Kahley (Feed My Lambs) has been working with the school districts, the YMCA, Cornerstone Church, and others to make sure breakfast and lunch are being provided to students who may otherwise not eat because they’re missing the meals at school. Likewise, we are monitoring for needs that may arise in the coming days.
Again, I know these are unusual and confusing times, and they can be frustrating times, but as someone recently asked, “what if…” What if through this time we discover the good and seize the opportunities to do new things we otherwise would not have done? The challenges are real, but so are the opportunities. My prayer is that we take the opportunity to connect in new ways with new people, and maybe rekindle old connections in new ways.
Grace + Peace,
Don E. Long, Jr., Senior Pastor
O’Fallon First United Methodist Church