The Church Doors Are Open Again!
Announcement: Starting the first Sunday in June; (June 6th) the La Porte First United Methodist Church will be opening all three worship services at their Pre-Covid times and places. (Yeah God!)
8 a.m. Traditional Worship Service in the Chapel: This is typically a shorter early service that last around 45 to 50 minutes. There is a beautiful choir to rejoice in singing and the hand bell choirs performs occasionally as well. We proudly sing the hymns of old and recite the liturgies of orthodoxy as well. All three worship services offer a challenging and meaningful scriptural preaching message to stir our souls. Come join us for this spirited traditional early service on Sunday mornings in our newly remodeled chapel.
9 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service in the basement of Friendship Hall. This is a lively worship service with a full 4 instrument praise band, and several talented singers rejoicing with modern praise songs to encourage us to sing to the Lord and connect with the Holy Spirit. This is a dress and come as you are worship service, with friendly people welcoming all who walk through the doors. There are also refreshments and snacks for this worship service that will begin in the fall. All three worship services offer a challenging and meaningful scriptural preaching message to stir our souls. Come join us for this special style of contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings at 9 am.
10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service in the beautiful sanctuary: Our sanctuary is the center piece of the church with its high arched ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows, historic wooden décor as well as a beautiful sounding pipe organ. There are three special musical groups who share in music ministry during this worship service. They are the weekly adult chancel choir, the hand bell choir and the instrumental winds of worship. All have been on a long break due to the covid pandemic and are looking forward to practicing and performing again. All three worship services offer a challenging and meaningful scriptural preaching message to stir our souls. Come join us for this spirited traditional early service on Sunday mornings.
The Covid Pandemic has been quite a year of challenges for all of us. The pandemic has stressed us, changed us, helped us to grow in certain areas and I hope drew us closer to God. Over the past year our church doors were closed for a season for obvious health safety reasons. However, in our closings, we worshiped outside in the parking lot for health safety reasons, we had bible studies over the internet, we had Zoom committee meetings, we mailed out many newsletters, sermons scripts and monthly correspondence to keep the church family connected, we sent out daily video devotions by our church staff to keep you challenged and in touch with ministry, we pre-recorded many Sunday morning worship services to view at home on our computers or cell phones.
Finally, we began meeting for one worship service in the large sanctuary with mask wearying and social distancing. Then we grew into two worship services in the main sanctuary, with one being traditional and the other being contemporary. It has been quite a journey for all of us. Now it is time to bring all three worship services back on-line to the same pre-covid worship times we had before: 8 a.m. spirited traditional in the newly remodeled chapel; 9 a.m. contemporary in the basement Friendship Hall; and the 10:30 a.m. traditional worship service in our beautiful historic sanctuary.
Wearing Mask and Social Distancing: As we move forward, we follow the national CDC recommendations. At this time, if an individual has been vaccinated against Covid-19, they do not have to wear a facemask inside of the church. However, if some of you wish to continue to wear your face mask, that is up to you. But it will not be required moving forward. We do encourage those adults who have not been vaccinated to wear their mask for medical safety reasons.
Continued Facebook and Youtube recording of worship services. As we move forward, we are going to do our best to continue to send out both the 9 a.m. contemporary worship service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional worship service for those who are out of town or are unable to attend the worship services on any particular Sunday, on the church facebook page or youtube.com websites.
I am excited about ministry and meeting together again for worship as we did before the pandemic closure of our church in March of 2020. Please come join us on June the 6th and future Sundays for a wonderful time of worship and celebration. Ask a friend to join you as we move forward in ministry to impact La Porte and the world to make disciples for Jesus Christ and the transformation of the world.
Pastor Bob Vale; La Porte FUMC.