Harris Hill UMC Temporary Closure

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus

I have decided to close Harris Hill UMC for the next 2 weeks there will be no activities or meetings from March 17-March 31. This does not mean we will not be meeting, we will be seeking creative ways to continue to encourage one another in the midst of a time that none of us could have foreseen, or has experienced before.

I would like to continue to connect us as the church throughout the week. At present, I am planning to post a video on the Harris Hill UMC website and Facebook page on Thursdays and Sundays. It will be a time for each of us to be focused on worship, with prayer, meditation, scripture, music, and a short reflection. On Tuesdays, I intend to offer a time of prayer live on our face book page at 10am. This will be an opportunity to share prayer joys and concerns together.

As the Disaster Coordinator, from Niagara Frontier, I am in contact with the Conference disaster team, and they are currently looking at the ways we can help others.

We need to be mindful to make contact with those who alone-- those who are vulnerable and unable to go out to get what they might need. Please make phone calls, send a card or text message to one another, even those you may not know well. Stay on the line, have conversation, because long term distancing isn't healthy for any of us!!

The realities and pain from this virus are ever present in the number of sick people. As businesses are closed, we will see the financial fallout, which is bigger than any stock market. Some in our midst may no longer have income if their business is closed. Others may lose their job because of the lack of customers, and this will cause deep fear in being able to provide for themselves and their families. If you or someone you know is in need please help where you can, with groceries or a gift card, or contact the church we will help where we can.

A few weeks ago I preached on Matthew 7:24-27, building our foundation on solid rock, not shifting sand, because when the rain comes… we will not collapse. We have heard the words of Jesus and many have been studying them in the midst of the Red Letter Challenge. Please continue to read the workbook daily, we will meet again as a small group when we are able to be in the church. What a great time for us to practice Sabbath rest. To be in prayer, to read scripture, listen to Christin music, to watch some funny movies, and play board games and cards again. This is our opportunity to BE WITH GOD!

I would invite you to turn off the constant news stream whether it is the television, radio or social media. Put on music, read a book, let us not soak in the constancy of all that is going on.

Good Friday we have traditionally held a 24 hour prayer vigil. If there ever was a time we need to be in prayer it is NOW. I would like to fill the open spots knowing we might be praying at the church or everyone will commit to praying an hour at the homes. If you are able to fill a slot please let me or the church office know - hhumc@roadrunner.com or ktinthechurch@aol.com.

Fri evening: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, Saturday am: 3, 4, 6, 7,10, 11, noon, 1…

I am in prayer for each of you and your families, for our community and the world. In this moment we are called to BE THE CHURCH- let us not run out of compassion, kindness, or peace. Let us be the helpers the world sees so that even when we are afraid, when we feel anxiety building up , people will ask why are you helping? And we will be able to say, I do it to glorify God, even in the midst of this storm....

Peace be with you,

Rev. Katie Zettle