Hello! I hope that this letter finds you healthy and well. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, ministry looks a little different these days, and yet also the same. In addition to in-person worship, we now have a thriving online presence through our live streaming of worship, weekly Zoom Sunday school, and a church website that seems to get better and better. During this time, we continued our prison ministry and meal ministry, and also began deliveries of food to those in the at-risk population. Even when we we’re not worshiping in person, our church continued to be the Church! Thank you!
For those of you who have been in worship in the sanctuary the last few weeks, you have likely noticed that it has been hotter than normal. One of our air conditioning units went out a few weeks ago and needs to be replaced. The expected cost of replacing the unit is $12,000. Since we are in the heat of summer, we are working to replace it as soon as possible.
We understand that the timing of this could not be worse – when we are in the midst of a global pandemic and many people are out of work. We know that many families are on hard times right now, but if your situation allows, we would greatly appreciate any donations to help offset this cost.
We’ve learned throughout this pandemic that our church is certainly more than our building, but we also have a responsibility to care for our church building – for this sacred space that has supported us throughout the years. We hope that you will consider contributing to our church air conditioner so that our church can continue to support others. Donations can be made to “Algiers UMC” with “Air Conditioner” in the memo line.
Together, let us support a building that has supported us – where we’ve been formed in faith, baptized our children, and come for solace and warmth. A place where we come to worship comfortably, reach out in service to our community, and make disciples of Jesus Christ who are passionate about transforming the world.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Colleen Bookter