Pastor’s Jeremiah’s Message
for MARCH 2020
MALTA UMC IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO “SHELTER IN PLACE” ORDER TO FIGHT COVID-19
Dear Siblings in Christ,
We are in uncharted waters. We have been asked to “shelter in place” in order to fight COVID-19; however, the health and wellbeing of our community and Church will continue to depend on us and our support more than ever.
At our church we have normally received most of our financial support through gifts in the offering plate. In this time when we cannot have community worship in person, you need to mail your gifts and pledges. We know some people, due to the economic costs of the pandemic, might not be able to give when they would usually, but any gift will help. Many of our cost are fixed,while some of our cost (utilities mainly) will be lower in this time. Your gifts are still vital to our church mission and ministry.
Our wider community is and will continue to be in need in many ways. At present there are places to donate food and toiletries to people in need. If you have donations but cannot make the donations personally, they can be picked up and delivered for you. Also, if you can, make phone calls and/or write cards to others to check in on them and lift their spirits. A simple contact can mean so much. If you can help in these or other ways and e direction, please contact Pastor Jeremiah at (815) 592-3764.
Finally, we are establishing a special “Community Aid” fund to help those in need due to this crisis, the financial cost of which will continue even after our “shelter in place” orders are passed. If you choose to make a gift to this fund please designate it, “Community Aid” on the check when you mail it.
Please mail your monetary gifts for the Church or others to:
Malta United Methodist Church c/o Larry Vint, 2711 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115
Thank you for your faithful support of Christ’s work. I pray that you all stay healthy during this unprecedented time.
Blessing and Peace from Pastor Jeremiah and Leaders of Malta United Methodist Church.