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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!

 

  • PRAY: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thess. 5:16-18, NRSV. Though we long to be together in person, we can still gather our voices together as we pray for one another, for our community, and for all the world. You can also submit prayer requests on our website.

  • PRAYER SHAWLS: Prayer Shawls are available to anyone in need of a prayerful embrace. Please call Pastor Laurel at 515-428-0454 if you need one for yourself and/or a loved one.

  • GIVE: The UMW will still have their Thank Offering and Noisy Offering this week. You may contribute to these offerings (and the general offering) in any of these ways:

    • ONLINE OFFERING: Go to http://www.oursaviorumc.org/ and click "Give Securely Online". In addition to the general offering, you may also choose an amount to donate to the Thank Offering and/or Noisy Offering by typing in the box how you would like your offering distributed.

    • MAIL OFFERING: You can mail in your offering with an indication in the memo line or in a note how you would like your offering distributed.

    • DROP-OFF OFFERING: We will have a contactless drop-off for offering just inside the east church doors (by the gravel parking lot) on Thursday from 9am-1pm, as well as Sunday from 12pm-1pm.


SMALL GROUPS

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,
Pastor Laurel

You may reach Pastor Laurel at:
laurel.capesius@iaumc.net
515-428-0454 (call or text)

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