Are any of you as tired and frustrated as I am about this whole pandemic situation?! After half a year of following COVID guidelines, especially dealing with isolation for many and our inability to visit loved ones and friends, I was not feeling too positive this morning. While I was looking out my church office window at a sky that was as gloomy as me, a thought entered my thick skull: "Well, what do you need to do about it?"
Back in the early summer several of you joined me in writing letters to RAINBOW campers. We received many responses of how loved it made them feel. Well, why can't we do the same for our church family; especially those that we have not seen lately due to being isolated at home or in nursing or retirement homes?
I know many of you have been calling and checking one one another since March and I pray you will continue to do so. I called all three facilities today that have members of our church family that we have not been able to visit since March. I am sure they would love to get a slew of letters from us showing how much we miss them and love them. (Several do not have phones so mail is the only way to reach them.)
We have had to rethink a lot of ways to do things these last six months: how to worship, how to do communion, how to shop, how to eat "out", etc. Cell phones, emails and social media are our main ways of modern communication, but maybe sending a card or letter the "old way" is the best and most meaningful way to reach out today.
Writing with the love of Christ,
Fountains at the Albemarle
200 Trade Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
Gayle Davis - Room C200
Hazel McNair - Room B100
Ray & Kitty Styons - Room C207
Three Rivers Health & Rehab Center
1403 Conner Drive
Windsor, NC 27983
Roanoke Landing Rehab & Nursing Center
1084 U.S. Hwy 64 East
Plymouth, NC 27962
BASIC CHANGES TO SANCTUARY WORSHIP AT FCC-PLYMOUTH
1) While you are inside the church building, practice 6 ft. social distancing and please wear a mask (disposable masks will be available if you do not have your own). Hand sanitizer will also be there.
2) There will be NO bulletins or congregational singing.
3) Attendance books are removed. Greeter will check attendance.
4) Pews will be marked to maintain 6 ft. distance. Families may sit together on a pew. Otherwise keep 6 ft. apart on usable pews.
5) Communion will be served at the table on the floor like we did drive-thru. Come forward down the middle aisle (6 ft. apart), then go back to your seat by the wall on your side. Offering may be put in offering plates on each side after communion. Food items may be put in the basket at the back of the church as usual.
6) At the end of worship, I will dismiss you by rows so we can keep our distance as we leave.
7) The 11 o'clock worship will be the only Sunday gathering. For now, there will be NO Sunday school, Nursery, or Worship and Wonder.
8) Service will be shone live on Facebook and later posted on Facebook and YouTube.com (fccplymouthnc).
9) If you have any questions, feel free to call Pastor Jimmy (661-0411), Elder chair, George WAters, Board Chair Cecil Windley, or CWF president Linda Ginn.
Take care and God Bless, Pastor Jimmy