The Committee on Reopening met on Wednesday, April 28 to discuss recent guidance issued by the Holston Conference and the CDC, and decided to replace the entire COVID-19 restriction measures temporarily with a new, relaxed set of measures. These measures will be reviewed regularly, and altered as advised by the Holston Conference and the CDC.
We are actively identifying needs and resources toward restarting nursery services, Sunday school, choir, and other activities as soon as practicable.
Meeting on February 20, the Commission on the General Conference made a decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until August 29 – September 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel.
It is the Commission’s responsibility to select the site and set the dates of General Conference. Further, the Book of Discipline requires the Commission on the General Conference to "take necessary measures to assure full participation of all General Conference delegates." The Commission concluded that mandate was not achievable by means of either an in-person meeting in 2021 or a virtual meeting.
In making the decision, the Commission determined that it was not feasible to safely hold an in-person meeting involving all delegates as currently scheduled for August 29 - September 7, 2021 due to a number of barriers:
Please continue to pray for Carolyn Peters and family. Right now the family is planning to have just a small private family gathering to remember Dwaine and their food needs have been met. We know that continuing prayers will be appreciated. They think that at a later date they want to do some type of Celebration of Life Service for Dwaine out on the farm that he loved so dearly. Carolyn has asked us to let folks know that they have a large supply of men's diapers and pads that they would like to give to someone who could use them. Please let Sue or Carolyn know if you know of a need.
This week our Cooper Strickland was named to the District 5 AA All District basketball team. Cooper is a junior at Sequoyah High School and is having a fantastic season. Congratulations, Cooper!
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Free 6-week online study - Tuesdays, February 16 - March 23, 2021
Faithful and Inclusive, by Institute for Discipleship, allows you to gain an understanding of how United Methodists can be both obedient to God’s Word and fully welcoming to LGBTQ persons in the church. This six-session resource for Sunday schools and small groups has been designed for participants to develop their own perspectives on the Bible’s passages related to homosexuality. Please note, the online study is free and open to everyone.