Listen Up

LISTEN UP CHALLENGE

Listening to others, building relationships, and responding to their needs is Jesus’ model to ministry. As we begin to turn the corner on the pandemic and get back to normal, I am excited about all the untold possibilities for ministry with our community. But before we leap into action, we need to first listen and find out what those needs are. That’s where you come in.

This month, the challenge for the people of Resurrection is to have a casual conversation with one of their neighbors – someone they already know – about the needs of the community (or theirs) and how Resurrection might be able to help. Listen carefully as they share their ideas and then report back using our online form, or download the print version. If you missed it, watch the May 2nd message, “Listen Up” for more details.

If each of us talks to one neighbor we’ll have well over one hundred conversations. Each conversation would be a blessing in itself and will hopefully give us insight into how to truly bless the community in this new time.

IT STARTS WITH TALKING

This coming month, the challenge for the people of Resurrection is to have a casual conversation with one of their neighbors – someone they already know – about the needs of the community (or theirs) and how Resurrection might be able to help. Listen carefully as they share their ideas and take good mental notes, then report back (see the reverse side). 

If each of us talks to one neighbor we’ll have well over one hundred conversations. Each conversation would be a blessing in itself and will hopefully give us insight into how to truly bless the community in this new time.

REPORT BACK

Immediately write down notes afterwards below so you don’t forget what they said. Return notes to church by either using our online report or download, print and fill out the paper report, then either send it to Resurrection via postal mail or drop it off in-person.

SAMPLE SCRIPT/QUESTIONS

Below is a sample script and some questions. These are just suggestions; the key is opening up a conversation where we listen to our neighbors. You may want to tailor your questions to the specifics of your neighbor, e.g. if they have children you might specifically ask about the needs of children in the community. Don’t be concerned about getting it “right” – it’s just a conversation. Focus on them, not our needs. Share if asked about the church, but do more listening than talking.

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Hi (neighbor’s name)! Got a minute?

I go to Resurrection Church. Now that things are getting back to “normal”, we’re trying to figure out how to best serve this community. Would you mind helping us figure this out by sharing your thoughts to a few questions? Great!

• How long have you lived in this area?

• What do you see as the biggest needs in our community right now?

• Any suggestions on how our church might help?

• (alternative) Our church wants to be more effective in making this community a great place to live. Any suggestions?

• Is there any way the church or I could help you right now?

• Any other thoughts?

Thank you for your time and help! We’re trying to get input from lots of neighbors all over this community. Would you like to hear the results? What’s your preference, getting together again or email?

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ONLINE REPORT
PAPER REPORT
Listen Up2021-05-10T13:04:34-05:00

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 RESPONSE

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

Office/Building Access

  • The building/front office has resumed normal business hours and operations.

Worship

  • We have resumed in-person worship and rezKIDS on Sundays following COVID-19 protocol. Masks are not required
  • 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.

Congregational Care

  • We continue to care for our congregation and patients/residents in healthcare facilities.
  • Pastor Mark sends out timely email/postal letter with insights and encouragement for our community. If you’d like to receive this letter via email, sign up.

Kids/Youth, Small Groups, Classes & Support Groups

  • All group meetings/gatherings/classes at church have resumed.
  • Stay in touch: Sign up for rezNews and rezKIDS newsletters.
  • rezKIDS, Sunday School and Nursery have resumed.
  • rezYouth programs have resumed. Contact Annah or AP for details. Online resources for students are also available.
  • No Wednesday night dinners.

Stay Calm

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.

Phillipians 4:6-7

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.

COVID-19 Response2021-05-30T10:40:45-05:00

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

Updated May 30, 2021

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 to the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

General

  • In-person worship is taking place in the sanctuary “per normal”, i.e. no masks are required. Our Sunday worship services are also available online live at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., and via our YouTube channel afterwards.
  • All classes/meetings/groups have resumed.
  • rezKIDS are meeting at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
  • Nursery is available at both morning services.
  • The church building is open during normal business hours and all activities have resumed.

We’re thankful for a return to “normal”! 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.

COVID-19 Plan2021-05-30T10:43:28-05:00

Contact Us

Resurrection UMC
615 15th St. West

Phone: 651.437.4398

Web: rezumc.org

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