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September 22, 2020
Hello First Methodist,
12 days from now, First Methodist Houston will resume live worship services. I am ready, and our church buildings are too. Stan Adams finished working on the downtown pipe organ (and assures me it works), while Judy Saenz and the rest of her team have made sure our facilities are as safe as can be.
On October 4th, First Methodist will begin in-person worship with our traditional service Downtown at 11:00 a.m.,The Source at 11:11 a.m. on the West Campus, and Altar-Umoja, our contemporary African infused service, will also resume live services on the West Campus at 11:00 a.m. Of course, for those who choose to worship online, everything First Methodist does online will continue.
If your thoughts are anything like mine, you’re torn. I am ready, and I am also cautious. I want to stay safe at home, but If I can go to the grocery store then I can also go to church. I encourage you to pray about what is the most faithful response for you to make. For those who feel they can safely return, I would love to see you at a live service.
To follow up from last week, First Methodist hopes to start as safely as possible. Our children and youth ministries have a reopening plan in place – we are just waiting to make sure COVID-19 levels stay in a safe zone. The numbers continue to improve and it is my prayer they will continue to do so.
Finally, a few practical matters.
- We are asking every member of First Methodist to make a pledge to missions. Missions giving is going the extra mile to help both locally and around the world. During COVID-19, thousands of families have been helped by our mission efforts. Make a pledge today, fmhouston.com/give.
- We are asking small groups and Sunday School classes to consider adjusting their starting time to accommodate those who choose to worship live. My own Gospel of Luke class accommodated this need. Have a conversation about what makes most sense for your group.
- For those who have met us online, I encourage you to make a decision of faith that involves First Methodist. We have received new members online, had folks become affiliate members (yes, you can belong to two churches at once in United Methodism), and have seen new people in our community support First Methodist. If Jesus is asking you to make a decision of faith, you can reach me at [email protected] or (281) 814-1198.
Looking back at the summer, I am amazed at how the ministries of First Methodist Houston kept advancing. Jesus prevails over every obstacle, and while I knew that in an intellectual sense, this summer I have seen it in a powerful way. Jesus moves, and nothing will ever stop Him.
Rev. Andy Nixon
First Methodist Houston