WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS AT
8:00 AM • 10:00 AM
10:00 am, Age 3 – High School
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 noon
If you would like an appointment with the pastor, please call ahead to set up a time.
Our District Superintendent, Rev. Debbie Earthrowl has been working with clergy in the northern end of the Adirondack District to look at ways we can return to church once it is deemed safe to do so. The Governor of New York announced that the North Country region can begin Phase 1 of Re-Opening on Friday, May 15th. This does not mean that church opening is in Phase 1. Church Re-Opening is Phase 4 with aggressive mitigation.
Worship at PUMC
What does this mean? It means that we will stay where we are until at least the end of June. We will continue with remote opportunities for worship through Vimeo and Facebook Live, meetings and other gatherings. We will re-evaluate in Mid-June and another update will be coming at that time. We are still unsure when we can return to in-person worship. Even then, we know we will be implementing major changes to ensure safe social distancing and increased sanitation procedures. Know that I want to be back in person for worship at least as much as you do, but neither I, nor the rest of the church’s leadership, want to put your health, or the health of others, at risk as we gather. Until then, I am focused on providing online worship through Vimeo and facebook live and looking to use technology to keep our congregation connected together the best we can. In some ways, we are more connected today than we ever have been with ZOOM meetings of small groups, regular phone calls, Children’s Message Live etc... I know it is not the same as being together but know that each of you is in my thoughts. You will continue to receive, each week, your Thursday At Home Worship Packet with a Bulletin, sermon transcript, link to My Vimeo Sunday Message, a reminder for Facebook Live Sunday morning worship, an invite to Children’s Message Live, and a Children’s Activity (created by Judy Dobbs). Email Pastor Phil Richards, if you would like to receive a Worship Pack each week. (email@example.com) If you would like to watch our weekly message, simply click on sermons on video below!
Other Church Activities
I have also made the decision to postpone all regular gatherings for adults, students and children for the summer. The silver lining is that typically, summer is a time of year when church activities are much lighter than from September to June. We will meet in virtual groups and classes when possible.
Strawberry Festival Cancelled for this year
As for the Strawberry Festival, this means we will not be able to hold the Strawberry Festival this year. I know this brings sadness because of the deep friendships and connections that are formed as we work together. I, too, am deeply saddened to not be able to hold this wonderful annual event! Our Finance team of the Leadership Board will continue to monitor our income and expenses and we will adjust the budget accordingly as we proceed.
We invite you to keep up with your pledges and Sunday morning offerings each week. Please mail them in to the Church office (127 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh NY 12901)
Wednesday Check-In and Devotional
Each Wednesday, we share a brief Prayer and devotional together and then move into sharing Joys and Concerns. I hope you join the conversation! Email Pastor Phil if you would like to receive an invite. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are in need of pastoral care or have questions at this time, please email me at email@example.com or contact me at 518-791-1123 and leave a message. I am always available and just a phone call away! Please remember that I am working from home and so it is much easier to reach me by cell phone!
In the meantime, be well, be safe, hug virtually, wash your hands, call a friend, maintain your distance, and love one another!
Plattsburgh United Methodist Church
We Will Walk in the Way of Jesus as We
Grow Together and Transform the World with God’s Love.
· To open our arms, hearts and doors to all.
· To create and maintain for all a place of peace, learning, understanding and support.
· To refrain from judgment as we accept all people with love, tenderness, respect and compassion.
· To generously commit ourselves to mission, social justice and service in the community, nation and world.
· To bravely express our belief that there are many pathways into the sacred and choose Jesus as our pathway.
· To offer passionate worship for all.
We welcome all persons
into full participation in the life of our Christian community,
regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic background,
sexual orientation, marital status or physical or mental condition.