Covid-19, First Church & You

03.11.20 | News, Articles

    A message from Rev. Trudy (May 28, 2020)

    My dear friends,

    I was just beginning to recognize your faces and remember your names when we went into this shelter-in-place.  I know that we are experiencing something very unique and troubling.  I have heard from many of you as you express your deep desire to come back to the church, to sit together in worship and to see one another’s faces, and you plan to take the risk.  I have heard from many others, as you express your desire to be together again, but it is couched in the hard realization that you are vulnerable, and you will not risk gathering together in the face of this horrible virus and the potential of how it could easily spread and quickly devastate.  I have watched the staff as they have quickly navigated what it means to work from home, balanced with tending to their families and their own well-being, and many are homeschooling their children.  I am so proud that they have adjusted to the daily influx of new needs and restrictions that puts everything in a state of unsettled discomfort, and they have valiantly created new ways to be the church.  I personally feel the deep tension between going back to the way things were and knowing things will never be the same, and the responsibility to discern what the church needs to do to prepare for what we will become.

    Your pastoral and ministry staff have put together a plan for regathering across the four stages of recovery from this pandemic.  That plan was adopted by the Church Council Leadership Team, and will go before the Church Council as a whole on June 6th. Once approved, it goes before the District Superintendent for the final step before implementation. Then, we will be ready to share that plan with the congregation. As thorough as the plan might be, there are still quite a few steps that need to be taken before we see much change, steps that are dependent on many things beyond our control.

    I ask for your patience and prayers.  Things are moving quickly.  And we are called to move deliberately.  I pray that the movement we make will be faithful to the gospel and to the call to be the church. 

    God bless us all.  

    ~Rev. Trudy


    NO PUBLIC GATHERING IN THE SANCTUARY

    Given the prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more, and our desire to do our best to mitigate the exposure and spread of the Coronavirus, First Church will not gather in person for worship until the threat is removed. 

    worship with us via
    live-stream:

    • 9 AM - TRADITIONAL Mission Valley worship

    • 10 AM - CONTEMPORARY Water’s Edge worship


    A Message from the NLCC on Anxiety during the Time of Covid-19

    It is understandable that you may be feeling anxious in the midst of this pandemic - this is a perfectly normal reaction to this uncertain time. Our Director of the New Life Counseling Center, Sheilah Cameron, LMFT, has created this wonderful 7-minute video to help you understand what symptoms of anxiety are, some basic tools to help you cope with anxiety, and some resources if you think you or a loved one needs additional help as we attempt to adjust to our new normal. First Church and the New Life Counseling Center are here to support your spiritual and emotional well-being, so please reach out if you need anything!

    More Mental Health Resource Videos

     The New Life Counseling Center

    (NLCC) is available to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families during this uncertain and anxiety provoking time. While in-person therapy sessions are usually routine, all NLCC therapists are currently offering phone or videoconference therapy sessions. The NLCC has 10 licensed psychotherapists and one associate therapist. Sliding-scale fees are available to accommodate a range of household incomes, and there are scholarship opportunities for lower income individuals. The New Life Counseling Center accepts a variety of insurance coverage as well. If you, or someone you love is struggling with stress, anxiety, grief, depression, or other mental health issues, we are here and ready to work with you to find relief, comfort and healing during this critical time. 

    To inquire more about appointments:
    Call: 619-297-2571 Ext: 116
    Email Sheila Cameron, Dir. of the New Life Center


     

    Simple steps to stay physically, spiritually, & emotionally well in an age of the Corona virus.

    In a time of uncertainty surrounding the newly discovered coronavirus, one thing remains constant: God is good! Although we boldly proclaim that “God is good,” we know that anxieties and fear can be heightened as information unfolds about the corona virus. That’s why we want to help with these simple steps to stay physically, spiritually, and emotionally well.

    1.   SAFE HYGIENE
    • Wash hands frequently, and before eating, with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to scrub between your fingers and under your nails.

    • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.

    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.

    2.    STAY HOME
    • If you feel sick, or are running a fever, please stay home!

    • If you are an immune-compromised person, consider the risks involved with being around people in public places.

    3.    STAY CONNECTED
    • Avoid shaking hands or hugging when you greet.  Instead offer a hand over your heart, a nod of the head with a big smile, or praying hands.

    • Worship with the Mission Valley campus via our live-streaming service every Sunday morning from the website, or on YouTube.

    • Keep up all of the ministries of the church through your giving by signing up for automatic withdrawal from your bank.

    • Give online, by phone—text MYCHURCHGIFT to 73256, or by mailing a check to the church (First United Methodist Church San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio S., San Diego, CA 92108)

    • Visit our Facebook page for up-to-date news.

    4.    CHURCH LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS
    • If you are unable to serve, please reach out to the church staff to find a substitute.

    • If concern requires canceling gatherings, meetings may be conducted via video conferencing. Information will be provided for details.

    • If you are healthy and would like to serve those in need, call the church office (619-297-4366) to volunteer to provide meals, run errands, offer prayer and encouragement though phone calls, or help in other ways.

    5.    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
    • Eat healthy. Stay hydrated and well rested.

    • If you feel ill, call your doctor, urgent care, or 911 for emergency care.

    • If you are sick, please let the church know through the church office, 619-297-4366. After-hours an answering service will let an on-call pastor know of all off-hours emergencies.

    • Let your small group or Sunday School class of your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.

    • Keep calm and rest in God’s presence.

    • Remember Philippians 4:6-7—“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.  Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”

    • Let us know how you’re doing! Keep us informed of changes to your health and overall wellness by emailing Tamara Walker, Pastor of Congregational Care.

    • keeping you safe

    More Resources

    WHO  World Health Organization

    CDC  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Corona Virus in San Diego   San Diego County. gov   

    The Science Behind the Corona Virus  Recommended by Dorothy Howard, former First Church Parish Nurse