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INFORMATION ON THE RESTART OF FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FORT COLLINS FROM DR. ROSA, LEAD PASTOR

 

INFORMATION ON THE RESTART OF 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

FORT COLLINS 


 

Friends of First Church:

 

   After the President declared churches essential businesses last Friday, and Larimer County received a variance to the Colorado Safer at Home orders last Saturday, there have been many questions about when we will reopen for worship, classes, and meetings. Some churches are reopening, with varied outcomes.  Because we are a large membership church, with a huge facility, this decision is complicated for us.  There are many considerations about frequent sanitizing, wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting the number of people in the building at any given time.  The Restart Team is discussing many considerations for preparing our building and congregation for what in person worship might look like.   

 

   The bottom line is that First Church is unable to safely open for worship, classes or meetings at this time.  We have too many vulnerable members and friends, and your health and safety are of utmost concern to us.   We love you too much to put anyone at risk.  We will remain closed through June, and make intelligent assessments based upon science, data, best practices and guidance as we move forward.  

 

   While our building remains closed for face to face worship, meetings, and classes; our church remains OPEN.   This is particularly true in light of these definitions of open:  “…extended, expanded, accessible, available,”  “….not obstructed by buildings,”  “…..ready to entertain new ideas without prejudice,” and “….not finalized.”    The open-hearted ministry of First Church continues, even when our doors are closed.  Please continue to join us online for worship, classes, devotions and meetings, and let us know if you need anything at all.  We are here to serve and help you, and many resources are available through our church.

 

   You continue to be missed and I am so eager to see you face to face once again when it is safe for us all.   For the time being, First Church will be just as open and safe as we can be,  so that when we do gather again, no one is missing.

 

With love and prayers,

 

Melanie

Dr. Melanie Rosa, Lead Pastor



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