COVID-19 RESPONSE

Letter from
Pastor Mark

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 is now closed throughout the week per the statewide stay-at-home mandate.

Worship

  • No Sunday worship services at church. 
  • Weekly pre-recorded online services go live Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on Facebook or YouTube with interactive chat and are also 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 the Drive-Thru Communion event happening monthly at REZ.

Congregational Care

  • We will continue to care for our congregation and patients/residents in healthcare facilities via phone calls and notes.
  • Pastor Mark is sending out a weekly 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

  • No events, small group meetings or gatherings at church at this time.
  • Stay in touch: Sign up for rezNews and rezKIDS newsletters
  • No rezYouth programs. Online resources for students are available via social media. Contact Annah or AP for details.
  • No AWANA or Wednesday night dinners.
  • Lent small groups: Contact your small group leader for specific details. Videos are available online.
  • Support groups (AA, GA, NA, etc.) will not meet at church.

Staff & Volunteers

  • Contact staff and volunteers by email or phone.

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

  • 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.