FUNERAL MEAL UPDATE – OCTOBER 2020
From the United Methodist Women’s group of Providence UMC
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
It has been an unprecedented year! We have sorely missed our fellowship together. We were finally able to meet October 4th in our fellowship hall to discuss how we can, as a group, respond to our church family in the event of a loss of a loved one during this pandemic time.
CDC guidelines, as well as, guidelines from the state and UMC conference has all been a little muddy in how it pertains to us responding with meal support to our church families if there is a death.
Changes had to happen and as a group, we made the following changes that will remain in effect until further notice. We voted to make the following changes.
The United Methodist Women, at the request of the family, will have a meal catered from a local business and delivered to an offsite location designated by the family. We will limit the number served to 40 people. We, as the UMW, ask for your patience, understanding and help in this so we can continually be a supportive group for our church family. We will get through these changes brought on by Covid together.
Also, November 1st will be the beginning of our light sales for our Community Christmas Tree. We will still “Light the Tree”! Exactly how we will gather will be determined by what phase we are in with state guidelines. Your patience, understanding, and prayers are greatly appreciated as we chart through these difficult times.
United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Out of the Purpose are four mission foci that relate to the mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women.
- To be a community of women
- To know God
- To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
- To expand concepts of mission
We hope to empower , equip and engage our various talents and interests. The women of the church engage in leadership positions that do not necessarily fall under the umbrella of the UMW group but spark gratitude and respect from all women of the church. We are proud of our matriarchs of the church, your Christian walk has influenced so many people and you have contributed positively to the walk of our younger generation. For this we are thankful.
We are anxious to explore fund raising ideas, speakers and missions. I invite all the women of the church too attend our UMW meetings. It promises to be informative, fun and blessing to the church.
Through your generosity to the UMW we were able to bless not only many within our church such as helping with 5 families at Christmas through the Fellowship Class, treats for shut-ins at Christmas, food for VBS, but also bless those outside of our church with items such as coats for children at a local elementary school, gift cards for those in need, and many others. We are blessed to have the funds to help those in need, so thank you!