Welcome to Lake Palestine United Methodist Church
Join us this Sunday, May 31st for services outside in the amphitheater. Read below to see the what we want you to do to keep you 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,
I am happy to announce that we will begin in-person worship at the amphitheater this Sunday, May 30 at 10 a.m.!
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 10 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. 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.
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. I want to say here that I am aware that some people fee 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 Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! This is the Sunday we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers, as well as the birth of the Church! I invite you to wear red whether worshiping with us at home or at the in-person service.
May God bless each one of you,
P.S. WE HAVE OUR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE ON SUNDAY ONLINE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND OR DON'T FEEL SAFE ATTENDING YET. IT WILL AIR AT 10 AM AND WEDENESDAY BIBLE STUDY ONLINE AT 6:00 PM . PRESS THE FACEBOOK BOX BELOW OR CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK ICON UP ABOVE TO SEE THEM OR CLICK ON VIDEOS ON THE RIGHT OF THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PREVIOUS CHURCH SERVICES AND BIBLE STUDIES. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A FACEBOOK SUBSCRIBER TO WATCH THESE.
Rev. Ingrid Akers
Every Sunday at 10:00 am
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. Available to watch after that 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
May 31 Sun 10:00 am Church Service at the Amphitheater. Please see the pastor's note above about the requests she is making for the congregation.
June 1 Mon 9:00 am Coffee and Conversation held outside of church. Please wear a mask, social distance 6 feet, bring a lawn chair and your coffee.
We are starting to add activities slowly. We will post them as we do. For now, many are put on hold. Come back often to find out.
IF YOU NEED HELP
UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SOME OF US MIGHT FIND OURSELVES IN NEED OF HELP TO GET MEDICINE OR GROCERIES PLEASE LET US KNOW BY LEAVING A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK, EMAIL, OR CALLING THE CHURCH PHONE NUMBER. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED PRAYER FOR YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS PRAYERS.