Dear OSUM Congregation:
This Sunday, we will be opening our doors to in-person Sunday School and Bible Study, but that being said, please take precautions in bitter winter conditions. There will be a windchill below 0, and some roads will still be partially covered. Please follow these recommended safety guidelines (https://www.weather.gov/dlh/extremecold), including wearing layers, keeping your head covered, and avoiding long periods of time (greater than 30 minutes) outside.
Follow either of the first two options above to join in a time of connecting with one another, virtually!
Per the Iowa Conference, “Church councils, finance teams, staff parish relations, trustees, and other administrative/operational leadership teams might consider meeting in person while wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing of 6-10 feet. However, we strongly encourage continuing meetings online.”
If a group is unable to meet with masks and with 6-10 feet of distance between each person, the group should not meet inside the church. "But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built! Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today." 1 Kings 8:27-28, NLT Solomon's cry in these verses reminds us that God is beyond all walls, and yet God hears us where we are and knows us by name. God has not abandoned God's people, and God has filled us with the wisdom and love to care for those who are vulnerable in our community. May we receive these words from Solomon and allow them to comfort us as we go into the days ahead.
May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you today, and always!
Together in Christ's name,
You may reach Pastor Laurel at:
515-428-0454 (call or text)