Update on Church Activities
Beginning November 13, 2020
In-Person Casual Worship Service
Sundays at 8:30am
11:00 AM Main Worship Service will remain online.
TUMC's leadership will re-evaluate after the new year.
Dear Church Family,
We continue to utilize and navigate online 11am Worship and Small Group gatherings, but have added an in-person worship experience in the Sanctuary at 8:30am on Sundays. Communion will be celebrated each week, and please practice social distancing at all times. Keep in mind that temperature checks and mask wearing is mandated at all times walking into the building and while inside the building per Seminole County's continued mask mandate. Love your neighbors.
Our staff has resumed on-campus, modified office hours:
Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 12:30pm
Please continue to email Office@tumcfl.org for assistance.
Pastor Heather's office hours:
Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm
As I said before, I believe this gives us a new opportunity to be the church to the world. In this time of uncertainty, we can be a comforting presence to our community.
We have been working with the new and existing teams of our church for such a time as this, to be able to share the love of Jesus with the world. Maybe it looks different than we thought it would, but the opportunity is here and it is up to us to courageously move forward in our faith.
Thank you to all of you who have navigated Facebook, Zoom and YouTube for the first time to be able to see our service live stream and to those who have navigated our online giving page on our church website. I know that it takes courage to do new things and I am very proud of the way our congregation is adapting to these limitations. I believe that God will work in our faithfulness and guide us forward through this time.
We will continue moving forward as a church. We are adapting to our new situation. As we sang on Sunday, the church is not a building, the church is a people.
Please keep reading for ways that you can be the church.
I am praying for each and every one of you. Please let me know how I can walk with you through this time.
As we anticipate a return to in-person worship there is a new reality. If you or someone you live with or have cared for has experienced the following symptoms, please participate in the on-line worship service.
Fever/chills cough/sore throat
Shortness of breath difficulty breathing
Muscle pain loss of sell or taste
The CDC recommends that high risk individuals (those over 65 and those with underlying health issues) remain home and participate in virtual services.
Healthy practices for in-person worship.
Maintain distance - 6 feet
Wash hands with soap and warm water (20 sec)
Use available hand sanitizer (placed throughout the sanctuary)
Avoid touching surfaces
For the protection of others please use a cloth face covering:
Make sure mouth and nose are covered
Use in public
Make sure you can breath through it
Wash after using
Be mindful of touching your face
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into the elbow
Be aware of your surroundings and follow the direction of ushers and established traffic patterns.
Being the Church
For many years, Tuskawilla has been a place where people can belong and feel loved, grow in their faith, and serve our community together in the name of Jesus Christ. We serve a God who is faithful. Here are some ways that you can continue being the church during this time of social distancing.
Nurture your soul every day in prayer and scripture. It is great to get news updates, but balance your viewing of news with some time in prayer, meditation, and study of scripture. This will reduce your fear and anxiety. This is your armor. One of my favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 6:10-18:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints."
You can join our Facebook group TUMC Daily Bible and Prayer Group, which will post a scripture passage every morning. Please feel free to share your insights on this page as we learn how to be a "virtual church." We will also add this section to our weekly newsletter emails.
If you belong to a Sunday school class, team, or small group, find a way to be in touch with your group and check in on each other regularly. If you would like to be connected to a group, email our Discipleship Coordinator or the Office:
Barb Biel: firstname.lastname@example.org
For worship, find us on Facebook on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 11:00 am. Right now many of us are on a steep learning curve to adapt to this technology, but rest assured this transition can be made to better center our hearts on Jesus Christ during this trying time.
The people of our church have been faithful in pledging our resources to do the work of the church. To honor our pledges and to continue growing in our generosity, please take a moment to register for online giving. This can be done as a recurring gift on weekly, bi-monthly, monthly or one time basis. When our church remains strong in our commitments, we can continue serving others. Help us stay strong. We need you now more than ever before.
We have to rethink the ways that we are called to serve. It can be tempting to only focus on ourselves in a crisis, but it can be a powerful time for the church to find its true mission in transforming the world. If we have people in our church family who are in need, please let us know, so that we can take care of each other. Email us at: Heather@tumcfl.org or Office@tumcfl.org.
Share positive messages with others. Write letters, send emails, make phone calls, and use this time of social distancing to find other ways to share the love of Jesus with the world. We have many in our church who make beautiful cards. Think about people you know and use this time to reach out and share some life-giving and loving thoughts.