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COVID-19 Response Update

May 20, 2020
COVID- 19 Update:

Cherokee Springs Family,
I cannot overstate how much I miss seeing your faces every Sunday Morning. I miss greetings, stories, hugs, singing, and all the other wonderful things we so often take for granted about Sunday morning worship. I am truly grieved that I have not had more time with you all as I prepare to move to a new appointment in late June.

The COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt us in many ways. The spread of COVID-19 is causing all of us to make changes to the ways in which we live and interact with one another. As you know, in-person worship has been suspended since March 22 for the protection of our community. With the direction of the Bishop, medical professionals, and basic common sense, we are beginning to prepare for the resumption of in-person worship with a tentative start date of June 14th.

***Important***
CSUMC will hold a church council/worship and witness meeting via Go-to-meeting on Thursday May 21st at 6:00pm. We will be discussing the plans for reopening on June 14th. You can log-in or call in with this link. We have a LOT of work to do, so please join us if you are able.

Covid-Response Reopen CSUMC
Thu, May 21, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/347826861

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 347-826-861

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
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Current operations will continue as listed below.

1. All church activities are suspended until June 10th

2. Pastoral care “visits” will be limited and continue to be done via email, telephone or electronic means. If there is an emergency the pastor will do everything possible to be physically present in your time of need.

3. Worship will be via online streaming ONLY through June 10th. (at our webpage and on facebook.) Thank you to all who help make worship possible.
www.libertymethodistchurch.org
www.cherokeespringsumc.org

4. CSUMC is full of generous people. You have continued to give even during this time. As always you can send tithes and offering to the church address below.
Cherokee Springs: 2870 Chesnee Highway, Spartanburg, SC 29307

5. For now, I will continue to be present in the office at LUMC as I am able. (mostly mornings.) We are working hard to assess the needs of our community and to respond faithfully.

In these strange days I am reminded of Hebrew people’s journey through the wilderness. In Exodus we find a people praising God for being saved from slavery, only to complain a while later that “God was not providing” for them. As manna came from heaven they ate and had their fill, but then became frustrated that this manna was all they had to eat. The longer the journey continued, the wearier they became. Yet God never deserted them. I am sure many of you are growing weary during this crisis. Remember, you are not alone and God continues to provide in the midst of uncertainty.

Blessings,
Rev. Andrew Wolfe
04/07/2020

Covid-19 Update:

Friends,

Words cannot express how much I miss seeing your faces and worshiping together. Thank you for all who have joined in on our digital worship services and studies. As many of you know, the Governor of South Carolina has issued a stay at home order. Because of this we will not hold a drive-in service for Easter.

We once again need your help. I would like for everyone to find something that makes a lot of noise. (bells, shakers, even pots and pans will work) Simply take a short video of yourself or family making some noise. These videos will be compiled to make a Holy Noise as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.

Send those videos to awolfe50@gmail.com, or share in google drive. Thank you in advance.

Please look at the worship schedule below for Holy Week.

April 9, Maundy Thursday: On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. We will not have a living last supper this year. I invite you to join me in making bread and giving God thanks for the gift of Christ Jesus. This special service can be found online beginning at noon on Thursday, April 9, but I suggest you bake the bread for dinner.

April 10, Good Friday: Friday evening, we will have a digital stations of the cross. You are invited into a time of meditation and prayer as we remember Jesus’ last moments.

April 12, Easter Sunday: First there will be a short sunrise devotional available at Sunrise on Easter Sunday. You are invited to join us for our full worship service as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:00am

Finally, a word of thanks. Thank you to all of you who have donated to the food pantry and continued to give to the church during this difficult time. We are truly STILL being the church even though we cannot gather together. God bless you all. Stay safe and remember. Though we must be apart… You are never alone.

Pastor Wolfe

Andrew Wolfe, Pastor
Cherokee Springs/Liberty UMC
864-707-0164
arwolfe@umcsc.org

March 31, 2020

Friends,

I hope you are all still well and taking precautions to protect yourself and others from the spread of the corona virus.  I wanted to take this time to bring you up to date on our modified worship services for Cherokee Springs and Liberty.  Following the advice of health professionals and our bishop, we are suspending all in-person church activities until the first week in May.  I hope and pray that we can be together at that time.  Below you will find a modified worship schedule and some ways you can help.

April 5, Palm Sunday:  I am asking church members, friends, and families to pick up a palm branch or two from the back door of Cherokee Springs or the side door at Liberty.  Then, grab your cell phone and gather with your family (or those you are quarantined with). Video yourself waving (or holding) the palm branches and say these three phrases from Matthew 21:

1.“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

2. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

3. “Hosanna[d]in the highest heaven!

4. ”Those with children are invited to let them run around and wave branches.

Please send these videos to me via text, email, dropbox, or share on google drive. By Friday, April 3rd.  (awolfe50@gmail.com)   *if recording on an I-phone e-mail or drive is preferred.  I will compile these together as a Palm Sunday processional for this week’s service.

April 9, Maundy Thursday:   On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.  We will not have a living last supper this year.  I invite you to join me in making bread and giving God thanks for the gift of Christ Jesus.  This special service can be found online beginning at noon on Thursday, April 9, but I suggest you bake the bread for dinner.

April 10, Good Friday:  Friday evening, we will have a digital stations of the cross.  You are invited into a time of meditation and prayer as we remember Jesus’ last moments.

April 12, Easter Sunday:  At this time, we are planning a drive-in worship service at Liberty UMC starting at 10:30 am on Easter morning.  This is subject to change and will change if a “shelter at home” order is given.  Worshipers will be invited to stay in their cars as we worship together in the parking lot.  We ask that you park at least 6 feet apart and remain in your vehicle.  Other details are still being put into place.

Finally, a word of thanks.  Thank you to all of you who have donated to the food pantry and continued to give to the church during this difficult time.  We are truly STILL being the church even though we cannot gather together.  God bless you all.  Stay safe and remember.  Though we must be apart… You are never alone.

Pastor Andrew Wolfe

 

March 17, 2020

COVID- 19 Update:

Cherokee Springs Family,

These are strange days indeed for our community and for our way of life.  The spread of COVID-19 is causing all of us to make changes to the ways in which we live and interact with one another.  As most of you already know, schools across the state are to be closed for the next couple of weeks, and the White House recommends suspending gatherings of more than ten people.  In response to the seriousness of this virus and the recommendation of officials, we will be making some changes with our event and worship schedule beginning this week.

  1. All church activities are suspended until March 31 (except those modified events listed below).
  2. Pastoral care “visits” will be limited and done via email, telephone, or electronic means.  If there is an emergency, I will do everything possible to be physically present in your time of need.
  3. Bible Studies and other opportunities will be accessible online in the next few days.  Check out Facebook page and website.  We hope you and your family will join in!
  4. Worship will be via online streaming ONLY on March 22 and March 29.  We are still working out the details of what worship will look like.

www.cherokeespringsumc.org

  1. Both CSUMC and LUMC are full of generous people.  We ask during these difficult times that you continue to give as you are able by mailing your tithe to the church address.

Cherokee Springs: 2870 Chesnee Highway, Spartanburg, SC 29307

For now, I will continue to be preset in the office at LUMC as I am able.  We are working hard to assess the needs of our community and to respond faithfully.

There are two events that will take place this week with modification.

  1. The Kids Connect Easter Egg Hunt will consist of a drive through pick up of “Easter Kits” from 5:45pm – 6:15pm on Wednesday March 18th.  In the kits you will find an activity book, a craft, a special treat, and filled eggs to have your own egg hunt.  More information is here.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/111470518912158/
  2. The Liberty UMC food pantry will be open on Thursday, March 19th from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  We will ask those coming to get food support to remain in their cars.  Our volunteers will carry boxes to the cars.  This will reduce the number of people in proximity to one another.

Perhaps the most important thing we can do as the church is to follow the recommendations of health professionals and to PRAY.  I can imagine the writer of Psalm 137 as one who was experiencing exile from their homeland.  God’s people were forced from their country and the temple was in shambles.  Psalm 137:4 says this, “How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land.”  In many ways it feels as if we are in foreign territory.

Be reminded today that there is no virus that will prevent us from being the church.  Pray for those who are hurting both physically and economically, check on your neighbors, send letters to those in nursing homes, call your family, and call your fellow church members and remind them they are loved.  The Bible says “they will know you are my disciples by the way you love one another.”  May you BE the church.

 

 

Rev. Andrew Wolfe

864-707-0164

Awolfe50@gmail.com

 

 

March 16, 2020

Just like many of you we have been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely.  We know that it has had a significant impact on our day to day lives especially when it come to the ways in which we come together.  At this point Cherokee Springs and Liberty United Methodist Churches plan to hold a regular worship schedule this Sunday.  Having said that, if you do not feel well, are vulnerable, or just don’t feel like you should come to worship because of the outbreak, please stay at home.  The sermon for this Sunday will be available Sunday afternoon at our websites:  Cherokeespringsumc.org  Libertymethodistchurch.org.

We will have hand sanitizer available, and please remember to wash your hands frequently.  Cherokee Springs will modify our greeting time. You are encouraged to wave or elbow bump instead of shaking hands.  As a pastor, my heart breaks for those who are dealing with this illness and for the lives that have been negatively impacted.  I want us all to be reminded of two truths:

  1. God is with us through all of life’s storms.
  2. God has empowered many with the wisdom and knowledge to keep us healthy and safe, so please listen official recommendations.

What can you do?

  1. Pray for all those who are affected biologically, economically, and otherwise by this virus.
  2. Check-in on your neighbors, especially those who are vulnerable.
  3. Follow the advice of the experts.  Wash your hands.  Stay home if you are not feeling well. Wash your hands. Practice a measure of social distancing. Wash your hands. Don’t sneeze in anyone’s face. And wash your hands.

We will let you know if and when there are changes to our worship schedule.

More information check out the recommendations from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

Here is a letter from Bishop Holston concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.  https://www.umcsc.org/bishop-holston-coronavirus-recommendations-for-local-churches/

More information about the current situation:   https://www.gisaid.org/epiflu-applications/global-cases-covid-19/

Andrew Wolfe, Pastor

Cherokee Springs/Liberty UMC

864-707-0164

arwolfe@umcsc.org