Coronavirus update 20 March 2020

Update for March 20, 2020

Dear Lehman Church Members and Friends,
 
In light of ongoing coronavirus directives from the Governor's office – including the most recent directives to close non-life-sustaining businesses - in addition to CDC reports, the most recent recommendation of our Bishop, and our Church Council meeting held March 19 by videoconference, it is in the best interest of our church family and community that the Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church building will be closed until further notice. This means that all small groups - including Bible studies, Lehman Lenten Luncheon Lectures, meetings of church and community groups and all other on-site meetings are suspended.
 
While the physical building will be closed, ministry will not cease. The Church Council has identified that the following 4 essential ministries be given support by whatever safe means necessary:

  • Worship: Lehman will continue to livestream worship on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. without breaking CDC guidelines. We will also make the recording available shortly after the service ends.
  • The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry will continue to operate with a modified process on picking up food.
  • Bible study: We are currently working on an effective way to connect with our groups and how to offer them to others as well without meeting face-to-face
  • Pastoral care: While the methods may change, our responsibility to care for our members and friends has and will not. In addition to these essential ministries, we want our members to call the office should there be a need for someone to do your shopping for you. 

We realize how important church is to many of us and saying we are closed may cause anxiety on top of the stress the pandemic creates. Staff will be in the building periodically to attend to making these four essential ministries a priority. While we must take these precautions, our mission remains the same, and the ministry the church provides will continue while the methods change. Please be patient with staff as we make these transitions.
 
As before, please call the church office for updates or information, 215-675-2110, and they will be answered as soon as possible as messages will be checked regularly.  Updates will also be reflected on the church Facebook page. The pastors can be contacted directly for appropriate reasons in the normal ways - Pastor Andy's cell number is 267-250-4912, Pastor Nancy's cell number is 215-603-5288. Lehman staff are here for you, even if not at the church.
 
Please pray for the most vulnerable, our church and our community during this anxious time while we remember the steadfastness of God in the midst of any situation! We'll be in touch with more information soon, to include how to connect with us and one another for online worship, Bible study, and other options.
 
Pastor Andy for Lehman Leadership