This Week

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Even though we cannot gather in our normal fashion and all activities are suspended, our Pastors have put together several online options to stay connected -please see below.

New Sunday Morning Protocol due to Corona Virus

John Wesley summed up our Call as United Methodists in Three Simple Rules, known as “The General Rules” — Do No Harm, Do Good, & Stay in Love with God.  In the Spirit of these General Rules, First United Methodist Church of Stanley will suspend all Sunday gatherings for at least the next two Sundays. Instead we will live-stream, online a 10:00am Sunday Morning Worship experience.  Those without internet access can participate through their phones by dialing (872) 240-3212, then when prompted, entering the Access Code: 512-389-773.

Relative to Sunday Afternoon and Evening groups, we still convene online.  Stand-by for more details from group leaders.

Our Food Pantry will stay open, but will only operate as a Drive-thur.

Your Pastors will continue to be available for pastoral care.  Relative to Hospital visitation, I just spoke to The Hospital Chaplain of Caromont Hospital who has asked clergy to refrain from visiting in person.  But be assured, we will make contact by phone and will visit in critical situations with the Chaplain’s permission.

The Church Office will be staffed from home, the Ministry Coordinator will only come in to check the mail, pay bills & payroll for a limited time on Monday and Tuesday mornings and check the mail at other times. Calls and emails will be answered from home.  We ask that persons interact with us first by phone or online.  

We have developed these measures, not out of fear, but Love.  Our hope is that in partnership with one another we can significantly limit the spread of the Corona Virus in our community and thus protect our most vulnerable.  Let us not so much hunker down to protect ourselves, but let us intentionally in this season seek creative means to share God’s EMBRACE in ways that Do No Harm and that help us and others Grow in the Love of God!

Community MORNING PRAYER continues

each Thursday @ 8:30-9:00am.
Just not in person but in Spirit through
computer, tablet, smartphone, or landline….

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Current Week Prayer Request

Our Health Care Workers, First Responders & Grocery Store Workers, Mark Hovis , Terry Moore, Shirley Gunn, John & Joye Cannon, Christine Rudisill (GMH #5237), James Hayes, Pat Ramey & pray for her family’s salvation, Tim Messer, Ethel White, Karen Hellard,  Judy Hinson  Buck & Gail Quinn, Carolyn Allred, Jo Rhinehart, Kim Swedenski

2nd week prayer request

Becky Riley, Mark West, Emmett Medici, Zeke Baucom, Betty Abernathy (Robin Johnson)

3rd week prayer request

Vera Eaker (Carolina Care Cherryville), Floyd Henderson, Barbara Kimmel

4th week prayer request

Sarah Helton, Faye Moore (Lakewood), Lydia Corinne (Sandy Mason’s niece), Hazel Buzzard, Carol Rodden, Carolyn Sandford

(names will come off after 4 weeks unless noted as an extended request)

Extended Prayer Requests

Yvonne Smith, Pat Ramey, Dondra Ballard, Terry Swaney, Brent Cantrell & Family, Claude Lutz, Dave McGuire, Carolyn Huskins, Teresa West, Anne Martin (home), Bill Morgan, Margaret Robbins, Jim Cantrell, Donnie Hough, Ted & Joyce Reid, Diane Overman, Sherry Causey, Floyd Henderson, Naomi Cannon, Donna Bumgarner, Cameron Harris, Rachael Nokes (Wendy Davis’ mother), Rita McElwaine (Sonja Johnson’s mother), Walter Link, Pam Barfield, Marvin & Rosie Nanney, Wayne and Opal Lowery, Betty Hollifield and Betty Upton, George Spivey, Chris Winchester, Ramsey Mullis, Robert Landers, Grayson Baker