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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.
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+Rev. Evan Rohrs-Dodge
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (12/4/2020)
Dear Church family:
As many of you are aware, COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly across New Jersey, and here in Warren County. Rates of transmission are the highest they have ever been - even higher than in the springtime. Today, I had a conversation with someone who is spearheading COVID-19 response across the county. He expressed serious concern over what the data indicates, and shared that a surge is expected from Thanksgiving; there may also be a significant surge due to the Christmas season.
I have communicated with the church leadership team responsible for monitoring COVID-19 and keeping our properties safe and compliant with any and all directives from our local Health Department and the CDC. Bishop John Schol has also encouraged all churches to move to online worship due to large increases in COVID-19 cases. Therefore, for the next 6 weeks, BUMC will be holding Sunday worship online only, starting immediately (12/6). All other church activities will be online only as well. The church (re)opening leadership team will reconvene in early January to evaluate and decide whether to return to the building or to keep with online only worship and ministries.
Friends, I realize how discouraging and how sad this may be for some of you, especially at this time of year, when Advent and Christmas worship in our building is so meaningful to so many. I am with you; how I wish it were different! But part of my responsibility as your pastor and our shared responsibility as Christians is to look out for the welfare of our family, especially the most vulnerable. This illness is nothing to take lightly or to treat with indifference. I personally know several people who have succumbed to this disease, and others who are dealing with potentially long-term ramifications from the virus. Jesus told us that the greatest commandment - the highest ethic - is to love God and others as we love ourselves. Part of how we do this is to do all in our power to ensure others' health and safety. In doing so, we are living out the good news of Jesus Christ.
I love each of you.