Welcome to Lake Palestine United Methodist Church
Join us this Sunday, July 5
at 9:30 am for services
outside in the amphitheater. We are meeting early because of the heat. Read below to see what we want you to do to keep you and others safe.
To be a loving church with
a mission to worship God, serve and nurture one another, and bring people to meet, know, and love Christ.
Rev. Ingrid Akers
Message from the Pastor
Dear LPUMC members and friends,
CURRENTLY WE WILL BE MEETING AT 9:30 AM TO MEET EARLY IN THE AMPHITHEATER DOWN AT THE LAKE UNDER THE OAKS.
I am happy to announce that we have begun in-person worship at the amphitheater on Sundays.
We will be recording the service online, as well. If you do not feel well, or do not feel comfortable attending public worship, you can still join us from the comfort of your own home.
I am so excited for us to worship at the amphitheater. However, Sunday mornings will be different as we return to live-worship. I am committed to meeting or exceeding as many of the recommended guidelines as possible from the local, state, and federal authorities with regard to health and hygiene in order to create a safe environment for those who wish to join us in-person. To that end, I want to invite you to read the following carefully before considering whether you will attend in-person.
The service will start at 9:30 a.m. and run about half an hour long. Please arrive in time to follow the procedures we’ve put in place.
Everyone in the congregation will need to wear a mask until they are seated. Please bring your own, if you have one. If not, we will provide you with a mask. Those on the stage will not be wearing masks but we will be over 30 feet from congregation members and over 12 feet from each other. We ask that after the service you wear your mask as you return to your car.
This one is a biggie: there will be no access to the restrooms. Because we cannot safely open the restrooms at this time, we will not do so. (So don’t take your water pill until after church)
Another biggie: we are asking that the congregation members not sing, as this has proven to be one of the ways that the Covid-19 virus is most easily spread.
If you want to sit in the amphitheater, bring your own chair, unless you prefer to sit on the stone wall.
If you cannot walk down to the amphitheater, you will be allowed to drive down and park behind the stage. From there, you have several options: you can sit in your car to listen, take out a chair and sit next to your car, or walk to the front row of the amphitheater. The front row will be reserved for people with mobility issues. If you plan to sit in the front row, call or text me to make sure I reserve a seat for you.
If you do not feel safe sitting in the amphitheater seating area, you will be allowed to drive down and stay in your car, or next to it.
If you do not want to enter the amphitheater area, there will be parking above the amphitheater where you will be able to see and hear the service.
When you arrive to the amphitheater, you will be directed to your seat or your parking space. We will be spacing people at safe distances and ask for your cooperation as we seat people in order to avoid any crisscrossing of people. Please be prepared to sit where directed.
When you arrive, you may park in the regular parking lot and walk to the amphitheater or if you prefer, drive toward the amphitheater where volunteers will point out where to park.
We ask that congregation members maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from one another. Families may sit together. I want to say here that I am aware that some people feel very uncomfortable with people coming close, but they also feel very badly asking others to step back, and may hesitate to do so. Let’s not put anyone in that position and just keep our distance.
If you are not feeling well or have any symptom consistent with Covid-19, we ask that you watch from home.
I know that I am asking a lot from you. I do so to protect you and others, as well as to provide a space where everyone feels safe. Our continuing to worship in-person is dependent on the cooperation of all attendees.
Friends, this is Sunday we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers, as well as the birth of the Church!
May God bless each one of you,
We continue to have our Sunday Services online at 9:30 and Wednesday Bible Study online at 6:00 pm. Feel free to watch them live as they happen or review previous ones recorded. Just go to the right of the facebook page where it says videos and click which one you want. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A FACEBOOK SUBSCRIBER TO WATCH THESE. You can also watch us on your phone by entering the website, clicking on facebook there.
Rev. Ingrid Akers
If you need prayers or help getting groceries or medications, please contact us. We would be happy to help. Don't be too prideful to ask for help when you need it. Asking for help blesses both you and the helper.
Services held outside,
weather permitting. If weather turns poor, please join us on Facebook.
Wednesday Bread and Bible has been cancelled due to Covid19.
We continue to have our Bible Studies available on Wedneday nights at 6:00 pm on Facebook available to watch at your convenience. Go to our Facebook page or click on the Facebook emblem on this page or the Facebook box to watch if you are not a Facebook member.
Click the link above to learn more about the Gospels of Matthew. Learn how Jesus' life paralleled Moses' life.
On Our Calendar
July 5 Sun 9:30 am Church Service at the Amphitheater. Please see the pastor's note above about the requests she is making for the congregation.
July 6 Mon 10:00 am Coffee and Conversation held outside of church. Please wear a mask, social distance 6 feet, bring a lawn chair and your coffee or drink.