Nichols United Methodist Church to Worship Online Sunday at 10am ONLY

Being The Church in a Time of Crisis

These are definitely challenging times, but it is in times like these God’s greatest work is done!  There will be many changes to the way we have traditionally done ministry and worship.  Yet this is exactly what God expects of the Church:  Be the presence of God in the world in all that we say and do.  Here are just a few simple reminders and things we can do during this time.  Gatherings of people are restricted at this time we don’t know how long this might last:

Be Safe
Follow the CDC and governmental guidelines for washing hands, practice social distancing, and don’t gather with large crowds.  We have moved substantially all studies, gatherings, and meetings to video/dial-in conferencing to avoid the continuous spread of this virus to others.  We have cancelled choir rehearsal, Mother’s Day Out, and other church-sponsored events until we are cleared to do so.

Worship Moved Online
Beginning Sunday March 15th we moved our Sunday morning worship to online only at 10am.  While this service may continue to evolve, there will be a time of prayer, scripture, and sermon.   The service can be accessed via Zoom conferencing by clicking https://zoom.us/j/3661497977 for video or dialing (646) 876-9923, you will be prompted to enter the Meeting ID which is: 366 149 7977 #.  There is NO participant ID – just hit # again.  (Link is active around 9:30am).  Please note to avoid line congestion, please limit logins to one per household.  If you are unable to listen live, you can receive a recording/link of the service by emailing the church office at nicholsmethodist@snet.net.

Church Communications
If you know someone who is not been receiving the Weekly Nichols Notes, please have them  email numccarillon@yahoo.com to ensure they receive all future communications. Please share this information with your friends who may also be looking for a way to connect with a faith community right now. Bible studies and meetings will take place in virtual meetings using apps like FaceTime and Zoom.   Please check with your leader for options or cancellations.

Getting in Touch with Clergy and Staff
The staff and I continue to be available.  Our Administrative Assistant Carole Chamedies has been answering all the church email (nicholsmethodist@snet.net).  I can be reached at pastordavidnumc@snet.net for ministry matters or via cell phone (203) 812-0793 in case a of pastoral emergency.  Judy Lang our Certified Lay Minister can be reached at judith.dasch.lang@gmail.com.  Judy and I are working diligently to reach those most vulnerable in our congregation.

What Can I Do To Help Now?
Many members have asked ”What can I do to help?”.  One way you can help right now is to reach out to home-bound individuals who may not be tuning in online. If you would like to make phone calls, deliver groceries, or send cards, please contact Judy Lang at judith.dasch.lang@gmail.com. She is working on organizing a care team that will be reaching out to everyone in our church to be sure no one gets missed!

Another way to contribute is to continue giving regularly to the church’s operating budget. The easiest way to do that is to give online at nicholsumc.org.  You can also mail offering checks to the church at 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull CT 06611.  While the church building may not physically be open we are still continuing the ministries of Jesus Christ at Nichols UMC and must continue to pay our staff and fund these vital ministries.

Love One Another
Most importantly, love one another. While politics can be divisive, find ways to show and bring God’s love to the most broken places.  Pray for doctors, nurses, first responders, and caregivers.  Pray for the world because we all need a special dose of God’s grace.  Connect with one another while staying six feet apart!
I’m confident that the work God has called the Church to in this time and place can be awesomely visible in the midst of chaos.  Keep calm and trust that God has got this.  Do as God directs you and add help, not harm.

~Grace & Peace, Pastor David