P.O. Box 206 302 South Main Street Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562 (931) 268-4771 Office
Gainesboro First UMC
Friday, May 29, 2020
"A Caring Community of Faith"

Pastor's Desk

   

Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla

 

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

 

Have you been longing to hear these words? Well, wait no more, in person services have resumed on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock. In fact, a small group of us have already been gathering. But perhaps you have not joined us yet. Perhaps you still have lingering questions about the pandemic and your safety. I cannot answer all your questions, but I will give you all the information that I have. Here’s what you can expect at Gainesboro 1st.

 

·         Sunday services will be held at 11 AM. Sunday school is canceled for the time being. Watch for text alerts, Facebook update, or stay in contact with one of the leaders to find out when those classes will restart.

 

·         Services will still be available on Facebook live. If you are sick and not feeling well, as always, you should stay home and join us on the Internet.

 

·         When you arrive, the basement will be locked and only the upstairs will be utilized. The front door will be propped open, there’s no need for you to touch the door handle.

 

     We will not have bulletins to hand you. Our ushers have been asked not to offer hugs or handshakes. We will not offer communion service this month. We will continue to collect the offering in the same way we have in the past, which means you do not need to touch the plate. For our shalom tradition, please simply stand where you are. There is no need to form a circle or hold hands. As you can see, there is no need for you to touch anyone or anything during the gathering.

 

·         We also ask that you’re flexible with seating. Please find seating that separates you from people that don’t live in the same household.

 

·         Many people in our congregation already have cloth masks. Feel free to wear your mask. And if you have extras that you would like to make and provide, bring them in and set them on the table by the entrance. If you do not feel comfortable coming to service without wearing a mask and you do not have one, please contact the church office.

 

·         If you do not feel comfortable returning to church yet, don’t. Our church services are a gift to the congregation and community, not a requirement.

 

 

 

In closing, I would like to add this. You are not immune from illnesses such as this coronavirus no matter where you live. However, Jackson County has proven to be the one of the safest places in the nation. Out of over 10,000 residents, we have three active cases at the time of writing this article. We do not feel that hosting this service will put you at added risk. But, only you know where you have been during the week and how that may have contributed to your risk. If you work in a high-risk environment, or find yourself in risky situations through the week, you may want to consider staying home for a couple more weeks. Remember, no one is obligated to come to the services simply because we are hosting them. As always, attendance is voluntary. Our council has made this decision knowing that each of you are responsible adults that can determine what is best for you and your household. As for me, I will see you on Sunday.