PASTOR’S PEN
 

Do No Harm …

Hi Friends — We, Christians are asked to follow Jesus as our model to care for the people around us. We also follow the principles established by John Wesley for Methodists: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in connection with God. 
 
We now have a Team working on the task of relaunching in-person worship and ministry activities during and following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Wesley’s three principles are guiding us in this process. We are being careful in our planning because first of all we do not want to cause harm. 
 
For this reason we will not be opening before Labor Day. Numbers are going up again in California, and Monterey County is no exception. We want to be careful and see what happens in July and August. We also need to be careful to follow county and state guidelines. We need to submit a written plan for reopening and it needs to be approved by our District Superintendent. 
 
We continue to “do good” by carefully serving those in need who are living on the streets. We are also trying to assist you in “staying connected to God,” by our weekly online services, Faith Matters small group, pastoral contacts, and the Upper Room Daily Devotional.   
 
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss them with me. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you,
 
Pastor Steve
 


. . . As Christ Loves Us

 
Grace and Peace to you my friends. How I miss you and our gatherings. Some of you I’ve seen on zoom, some I’ve talked to on your doorstep, others on the phone or email. But here’s the thing — there’s nothing like being together. There is nothing like human touch. There is nothing like singing and praying together, there is nothing like sharing the bread and cup of Holy Communion with one another. 
 
We are told that church attendance is opening up in California. But the protocols are many and rigorous. Let’s just say, when we start up, worship will not be going back to “normal.” We want to be careful and make sure we are ready. I think we are a few Sundays away from gathering together. Sometime in the next week I will call for a zoom meeting of our Leadership Council and we will strategize  next steps and timelines for reopening. We will plan prayerfully, trying to discern the next right moves. We will look to the movement of the spirit.
 
We are called to love one another as Christ loves us. That means looking out for each others health and safety. I will keep you informed. Let’s keep each other in prayer. I hope you are joining us for worship online each week. If you need to talk or pray, feel free to give me a call. If you need a copy of the Upper Room Devotional, please let me know and I will deliver to you. 
 
We look forward to the day we are worshiping together again. Until then, I hold you in my heart and in prayer. Shalom,
 
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin