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Grace and peace,
I am grateful you've taken a moment to check out our website, and I hope it serves as a way to find out more about this dynamic, growing congregation. In all that we do, we seek to live a vibrant faith, grow and nurture hope in each person, and share the unconditional love of God. You may be viewing this website as a visitor; it is our prayer that in time, you become a close friend.
God is at work in Belvidere United Methodist Church. Won't you check it out
+Rev. Evan Rohrs-Dodge
Dear BUMC Family:
Due to the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus strain COVID-19, its particular threat to the elderly and those with health issues, and since I have been advised from denominational sources, the health department, and other entities that cancelling all gatherings is THE best way to slow the spread of this illness, all Belvidere UMC activities, programs, office hours, and services will be cancelled for the period of 3/15 to 3/28. On the Friday and Saturday before Sunday, March 29th, the Leadership Team and I will evaluate as to the safety and feasibility of re-opening partially or completely for Sunday, March 29th.
The CDC has advised all church/faith communities to consider suspending activities for the time being. Numerous other denominations, such as the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, and others, have also made the decision to close around the country. Schools, businesses, non-profits, local, state, and government agencies in our area and across the state and country have also closed for the time being. This virus can be deadly, and close gatherings, particularly of older adults, has the potential to rapidly spread this disease. We would be negligent and irresponsible to continue to host events that would put us and the public at risk.
For Sunday, 3/15 and Sunday, 3/22, Pastor Amanda and I will be offering a live-streaming service on Facebook. Please visit www.facebook.com/belvidereumcnj (our church Facebook page) at 10 a.m. for a service of prayer, Scripture, a brief message, and a song or two. You can also comment live with prayer requests or comments. Please make an effort to do this, as sharing together with our church family during this frightening time is so valuable and crucial.
Church staff will work remotely; as your pastor, I will be available by email or phone. I realize this is a time where many are looking for assurance and peace, and we can do that together. To reach me directly, please call the church office (messages will be checked remotely) or email me at: email@example.com.
As you are able, please continue to support the church, with your prayers and your financial gifts. You can mail your offerings in over the next couple of weeks (219 Hardwick St., Belvidere NJ 07823); we also have online giving. Please visit www.belvidereumc.com and click the link on the homepage to give online.
May you find this time of chaos and uncertainty one of peace and trust, as you lean on the true source of comfort and strength, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love you all,