Resurrection UMC Hastings (REZ) takes the health and well-being of our congregation, staff and community very seriously. We are monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical professionals, and local health departments.
The rise of the new virus has also led to a number of questions about how we will function at church. We continue to do everything we can to balance risk reduction and the power of being together as the body of Christ. To reduce risk, we are all encouraged to follow recommended protocols from the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) or local health officials. These include frequent hand washing, not going out if sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and other normal precautions to prevent disease spread.
Currently in effect at REZ
The building/front office remains open throughout the week.
Face masks are required for all persons 5 years of age and older inside the building.
If needed, the building is available during the week for small groups of 20 or less on a pre-arranged basis per Resurrection’sCOVID-19 Plan. Contact the office for more information or to schedule a group.
We have resumed in-person worship and rezKIDS on Sundays following COVID-19 protocol.
Weekly online worship services are live Sundays at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. via Facebook or YouTube. The sermon is available afterwards via our podcast and video channels.
Please use our secure online giving resource (tithe.ly) to continue your commitment to generosity and the work of Resurrection church – or go old school and send a check through the U.S. mail.
Communion is available using safe, pre-packaged elements via drop-off or mail. Make arrangements with the church office (651.437.4398 or email). Also, check rezNews and Facebook posts for Drive-Thru Communion events at REZ.
We continue to care for our congregation and patients/residents in healthcare facilities via phone calls and notes.
Pastor Mark sends out timely email/postal letter with insights and encouragement during this period of temporary inconvenience for our community. If you’d like to receive this letter via email, sign up.
Kids/Youth, Small Groups, Classes & Support Groups
Limited small group meetings/gatherings at church at this time. Contact the church office (651.437.4398) to schedule a meeting or for more information.
Stay in touch: Sign up for rezNews and rezKIDS newsletters.
rezKIDS, Sunday School and Nursery have resumed
No rezYouth programs. Contact Annah or AP for details. Online resources for students are also available.
AWANA meets from 5:00-5:30 on Wednesday.
No Wednesday night dinners.
Support groups (AA, GA, NA, etc.) will continue to meet as scheduled.
Committees are encouraged to meet via teleconference or video chat (Zoom, etc.)
Staff & Volunteers
Contact staff and volunteers by texts, email or phone.
While COVID-19 is “new”, it is not new for the church to face periods of epidemics, fear and uncertainty. Throughout the centuries, Christians have weathered these periods by turning to their faith and one another. Please be in prayer for those who are ill or otherwise affected by COVID-19, influenza or other health issues. Our world may be in an uproar, but God is still the peace in the midst of the storm. Please contact the church office if you have additional questions about REZ’s response to COVID-19.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You can help prevent the spread of this virus
Wear a face mask in confined spaces with the general public.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. If you are sick, wear a medical mask around other people.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow), then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 and by those who are taking care of someone in close settings to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
October 18 / Sunday | ReadHosea 3:1 and 4:1 / Colossians 3:12 / Titus 2:11-14
19 / Mon – God never gives up | Read Hosea 1:1-9 and 3:1-5 and 4:1 / Psalm 89:30-34
You know God is faithful but do you sometimes wonder how far He will go? This unusual story in the Old Testament answers that question. God told his prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute and have children with her. For a while she was content but after bearing him three children, she got restless and went looking for love elsewhere. If you were Hosea, how would you have responded? What unexpected thing did God tell him to do? What point was God trying to make?
20 / Tue – You can be faithful too | Read Job 1:1-22 and 2:1-10
You know trusting God is important but consider this question: can God trust you? When life is great, it is easy to sing His praises. It is not quite so easy to stay faithful when you wrestle with difficult circumstances over which you have little or no control. When life falls apart, do you keep trusting God anyway, as Job did (1:22, 2:10)? This fruit will grow as you practice being faithful to God in the small choices of everyday life and you will be more prepared for bigger storms.
Often people focus on God’s great power and strength, but have you experienced His gentleness? The prophet Elijah did. As God’s spokesperson, he wrestled with obstinate people being tempted to worship false gods, undecided about their allegiance to the Lord God. After a decisive victory over the false prophets, an exhausted Elijah was unable to go on so God dealt gently with him. The Lord knows what you can endure and He will bring the restoration you need as you wait.
We live in a get-it-done world. There is very little accommodation for those who can’t keep up. You may find it tempting to become impatient with another’s weakness in circumstances that are easy for you. But if you choose to respond with gentleness and encouragement, it can serve to motivate others and strengthen their resolve to keep going. Will you take these opportunities as a challenge to demonstrate how God has treated you in your weaknesses and so bless others?
Self-control requires saying ‘no’ to things that are wrong because the negative consequences are not worth a temporary pleasure. Joseph is a great example. He was a man of integrity and held fast to a higher standard than his culture expected, even when it backfired on him. Are there things that may be acceptable to your friends but you know God asking something better of you? What helps you stay the course when you are tempted to take the easy way out?
24 / Sat – Self-control is possible | Read Hebrews 12:1-3
Self-control can mean doing difficult things because of a desired outcome. Look as Jesus’ example. Life on earth was hard for him, probably harder than anyone realizes. He battled the devil’s lies and temptations; he faced hunger and discouragement and fear. The people he loved misunderstood and rejected him. But he never gave up. This verse tells us why. What is the joy you anticipate that motivates you to keep pushing forward when it might be easier to quit?
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When the original Methodist societies began to meet back in the 1700’s they had no buildings and no COVID-19. But they did have three simple rules to live by. Today, as we try to faithfully respond to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we seek to balance the challenge of those three simple rules expressed today as:
1) Do no harm. 2) Do good. 3) Stay in love with God.
To do so, we pattern our response based on the guidelines issued by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, our insurance company and the MN Department of Health. As each church situation is unique–and as the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing–we will adapt as needed to protect our community and carry out our mission for Christ. Below are some specifics as they relate to Resurrection UMC.
In-person worship is taking place in the sanctuary following our COVID-19 protocol. Our Sunday worship services are also available online live at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., and via our YouTube channel afterwards.
rezKIDS are meeting at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Nursery is available at all morning services
All persons age 5+ are required to wear face masks in the building.
The church building will remain open during the week. AA and other support groups can continue to meet. Other necessary activities, i.e. office work, the recording of the worship services, etc. will proceed.
As noted previously, all of these responses are subject to change depending on the situation and as more information on best practices becomes available. However, Resurrection Church promises to do its best to do no harm, do good and stay in love with God. May the One who doesn’t change – the eternal God of all creation – bless us and keep us.
What if we all blessed three people every week? What if we just started there? Would that surprise the world? Would that change us? Let’s find out! Join us on the journey to #surprisetheworld this Lenten season. We’ll study and discuss the book “Surprise the World” which challenges us to lead lives that cause the world to question how we love and serve so well.
Study groups begin February 26th
Experience community and fellowship in a small group setting. Lent Fellowship Study groups meet weekly in host homes across Hastings leading up to Easter. Watch for sign-up sheets coming soon!
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