IMPORTANT UPDATES: Holy Week, COVID 19 Update, How You Can Help

March 26, 2020

HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY:
April 5th, 10:30am Higher Ground Contemporary Service & 11am Traditional Service Livestream online services to include the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion at home.
 
MAUNDY THURSDAY:
4pm Livestream online service.  5:30-8:30pm Drive through Holy Communion in front circle drive – see the schedule below and arrive on the church property at the time next to the letter of your primary last family name.  Enter in the Higher Ground entrance and follow the traffic pattern for Pre-K afternoon pickup.
Last Name Begins With Date Time
A 04-09-20 5:30 PM
Ba-Bl 04-09-20 5:45 PM
Bo-By 04-09-20 6:00 PM
C 04-09-20 6:15 PM
D 04-09-20 6:30 PM
E 04-09-20 6:45 PM
F 04-09-20 7:00 PM
G 04-09-20 7:15 PM
H 04-09-20 7:30 PM
I 04-09-20 7:45 PM
J 04-09-20 8:00 PM
K 04-09-20 8:15 PM
L 04-09-20 8:30 PM

GOOD FRIDAY:
4pm Livestream online service.  5:30-8:30pm Drive through Holy Communion in front circle drive – see the schedule below and arrive on the church property at the time next to the letter of your primary last family name.  Enter in the Higher Ground entrance and follow the traffic pattern for Pre-K afternoon pickup.

Last Name Begins With Date Time
M 04-10-20 5:30 PM
N 04-10-20 5:45 PM
O 04-10-20 6:00 PM
P 04-10-20 6:15 PM
Q 04-10-20 6:30 PM
R 04-10-20 6:45 PM
S 04-10-20 7:00 PM
T 04-10-20 7:15 PM
U 04-10-20 7:30 PM
V 04-10-20 7:45 PM
W 04-10-20 8:00 PM
X,Y,Z 04-10-20 8:15 PM
EASTER SUNDAY
6:30am Food Drive Drop Off (circle drive by sanctuary doors, enter at Higher Ground parking lot and line up similar to PreK pickup).
 
7am Drive-Up Higher Ground Contemporary Sonrise Service (remain in vehicles which will be parked 6 feet apart).  Service will also be livestreamed online.
 
9:30am Livestream Traditional Service
 
11am Livestream Traditional Service
 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

ALL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS WILL BE IN COMPLETE COMPLIANCE WITH THE LATEST SAFETY GUIDELINES ISSUED BY CDC AND STATE OF GEORGIA.  Taking our direction from our Bishop, sanctuary (in person) worship will be suspended at least through March 29th, and may very well extend beyond that, aside from drive up Sonrise service on Easter and drive through Holy Communion during Holy Week. The 10:30 contemporary service and 11am traditional service will be available live on Higher Ground and McEachern Memorial’s Facebook page and YouTube channels respectively. Daily devotionals and updates can be found on McEachern’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
 
TOWN HALL MEETINGS AT MCEACHERN
View discussions of the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation which will be voted on at General Conference in 2021.
 
LENTEN SERIES
Sundays, 7pm. Join us live online teachings on the last seven words of Christ. Worship services will include singing, prayer and preaching.
 
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH PASTOR DAVE
Tuesdays, 10am. All are invited for a walk through Scripture. To be emailed the login information for the conference call, sign up through My McEachern.
 
McEACHERN KIDS DRIVE THRU
Tuesdays, 11am-Noon. Drive thru the Kid’s Entrance to the Christian Life Center for family faith kits to help us keep our eyes on Jesus. Join the McEachern Children’s
Ministry Facebook page to stay connected.
 
INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR APRIL
Wednesdays, 6:30pm. All are invited to connect and study Scripture virtually (video or conference call).  To be emailed the login information, sign up to join through My McEachern or email Pastor April.
 
STUDENT SERVICES ONLINE
Middle and High School students can go to www.mumcstudents.com  to join a virtual small group and participate in midweek gatherings.
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP AT THIS TIME

  • Drop off food donations and Kroger/Publix gift cards at the circle drive on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday (if you wish to) or at 6:30am before the drive up Easter Sonrise service. Please bring Kroger/Publix gift cards and your non-perishable items to help families and seniors in our community.
  • Keep giving your regular tithes and offerings to the general funds during this time. This allows our church and our ministries to continue sharing the hope and gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and around the world.
  • Volunteers needed to help run errands for elderly in our communities. If interested, email Pastor April.
  • Volunteers needed to be part of small teams who wipe down food items and pack boxes for community. Email Beth Greene to get scheduled.
  • Volunteers needed to remotely return phone calls for aid. To schedule a training, email Beth Greene.
  • Pray for missionaries and those serving Christ around the world.

McEachern Memorial UMC CoVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

To care well for one another, McEachern will take the steps below as our bishop and district superintendent are urging extreme caution as we navigate these uncharted waters.

  • With regard to worship services, we are asking that you not attend worship on the McEachern campus for the next two Sundays (March 15 and March 22).  However, our pastors and select music leaders will be in the sanctuary on both the 15th and 22nd to provide a live 11:00 service via Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
  • Sunday School classes are cancelled until further notice.
  • All McEachern Seniors activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • McEachern Kids events are cancelled until further notice.
  • McEachern Youth activities are cancelled until further notice.  The Youth Silent Auction will be rescheduled for a later date this year.
  • Recreation activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • The McEachern preschool is closed until further notice.
  • The McEachern nursery is closed until further notice.
  • Our Town Hall meetings scheduled for March 19 and March 22 will have a different format.  There will be a small panel led by Bob Wright providing information through Facebook Live and Youtube Live.  We will have no “live” sanctuary audience at these two events.
  • All other activities are cancelled at McEachern until further notice.
  • Watch for daily updates regarding the resumption of McEachern activities.  Please check for updates in your email, as well as on McEachern’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • McEachern UMC paid staff will be working from home effective immediately and until further notice.  Staff should come by the church today (Friday) to pick up the materials they will need to work remotely.  This directive does not apply to our pastors, Carolyn Black, Tanya Ghoreishi, John Spain, or Ronnie Rainwater.
  • McEachern office volunteers will not report for work until further notice.
  • As always, staff are available both by email and voicemail.
  • Through on-line giving, we have the capacity to remain current in our tithes and offerings.  Our finance director, Carolyn Black, does an excellent job of overseeing our stewardship technology.  You may also text GIVE to 470-206-0441.
 
I understand that these are extraordinary safety measures.  Nonetheless, I think it best to maintain an abundance of caution until we receive word from health experts that the coronavirus crisis has subsided.  After all, according to Wesley, the first rule of ministry is “Do no harm.”  God’s strong provision of mercy and grace will sustain us during this temporary season.
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Dave