Dear RSUMC Family,
In response to the recent updates concerning the COVID19 (Coronavirus), I first remind you that calm and steady decisions are best at this time. Then, I invite everyone to join in prayer for our healthcare workers who face risks every day in helping others with illnesses. I ask that in those prayers you remember our leaders, medical researchers and physicians, and the many people who have already been affected by the virus. In those prayers we also remember that our God is mightier than COVID19 and we can ask for an end to this pandemic now!
Please stay informed. After much reading, especially information from the CDC, I am sharing the following:
As precautionary habits: Wash your hands often – preferably for 20 seconds or more. Do this especially after touching hard surfaces in public places. Gargle with warm salt water if you like.
Maintain a reasonable distance from people – this is a time when we can exercise love for one another by our smiles and waves from afar.
If you are sick, stay home, get help, get better, and then resume your regular activity. Also, go to a doctor if you experience the symptoms of fever, cough, trouble breathing. CDC recommends you call the doctor first, then go if instructed.
If you have a compromised immune system in any way, keep yourself isolated from risky areas, like crowded public places. Minimize your contact with persons who may be carriers.
Don't panic. Please don't buy supplies unnecessarily and deprive reasonable access to other people.
Continue to pray and check in on one another!
For Robinson Springs activities, we will take it one day at a time – literally. So please watch for emails and Facebook posts from me. This is how we will look toward this week (March 23-29):
Wednesday, March 25 - Wednesday night supper and bible study has been cancelled. However, come in your vehicle to the parking spots surrounding the church at 5:30 pm for prayer and praise from the safe confines of your vehicle! Brenda Koenig is leading this awesome initiative to keep us connected in prayer and praise – come and enjoy a safe way to worship with your family of Robinson Springs! ALL are invited – tell friends and family to come in their vehicles!
Thursday, March 26 - A "church bulletin" will be sent out. Please reference the prayer concerns, birthdays and anniversaries.
Sunday, March 29 - Our worship service this Sunday, March 29 will be on Facebook live at 10:00 am. Our Old Testament reading will be from Ezekiel 34 1-6 & 13-14 and the sermon, “Holy Spirited Heart and Mind” comes from Romans 8: 6-11. Read ahead and ponder how God may be leading you through these verses! The video will also be posted later to our web page.
During this time of the church, we ask that you remain consistent in your faithfulness of giving. You can drop off offerings at the church office during our normal hours of Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can set up an electronic payment through your bank – this is completely safe and easy. We are looking into other internet based options for those persons who desire to use them. We thank you for your continued support of the ministries and work of Robinson Springs Church!
On Thursday, March 26, our local food pantry, W.E.L.C.O.M.E. will have a special food drop in the Air Now parking lot – we need help with passing out food! This is a great way to get youth involved during their down time – come out and help please!
We will literally be taking our schedule of activities week by week. Bishop David Graves has requested that all churches in Alabama West Florida Conference refrain from any activities which involve a large crowd (50+) for the remainder of March. We will be notified as things change, and I will continue to pass on information as it is available.
And here is something really awesome amidst the current situation - we have an opportunity to show the love and kindness of Christ to others in our church and community who may need some help. In response to a shortage of personal hygiene supplies, Robinson Springs Church will take donations of packaged toilet paper, packaged bar or liquid soap and packaged paper towels for the members of our community who are vulnerable now. Items can be dropped off at the blue bucket on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Simply drive up, drop off and you are on your way! We will put together "personal care kits" to give to W.E.L.C.O.M.E. or anyone who is not able to shop for themselves or who are in need.
There we have it – stay in touch with another, germs don’t travel through the phone or email lines – we WILL make it through this! God is drawing his people to him, reach out to someone who needs to know that they are loved by the God of the Universe! I remain available to you, please call, text or email if I may pray for you or offer help in any way.
One more thing, remember to serve and love others during this time. If you are able, reach out to someone with a phone call of encouragement, drop off some grocery items for a sick neighbor or friend - Let us all be the hands and feet of Jesus at a time when the world needs Him more than ever!
May this season of confusion, doubt and fear among many people be turned around to a season of hope, confidence and trust in our precious Savior!
Love & Healthful Blessings to you ALL,
Pastor, Robinson Springs UMC