Please see below on what is happening within our church in regards to COVID-19.  We will update as things change.

 

  Our Mission

Love God. Love People and Love Life.

Everyone is welcome to join us for any of our events!

 

 July 1st, 2020

Hello Church Family,             

The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-36) This is a benediction prayer I like to use from Aaron in the Old Testament. Rather than use it at the end of this letter, I thought I would begin my letter by asking God to bless you and keep you. I think we all need a little “God bless and keep us” prayer in our lives right now. 
 
Another month rolls by and we are still not able to fully meet in our sanctuary as we have prior to March when this all started.  We continue to be cautious and have our “Parking Lot” worship service every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. We will host our outdoor worship services during the summer months. We will also continue to record and edit the worship service for you to view in the comfort of your home.  The national news seems to tell us that the Corona Virus is not over, and more cases are being reported. There is also a fear of a potential second wave of cases in the late fall and early winter. (Who knows? Only God.) I pray for a miracle vaccine to arrive soon!  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From my conversations with individuals within the church, there seems to be three different groups of people who desire to connect to weekly worship. Many churches in our community and across the nation are fully meeting and holding services just as they have done in the past. There are also many churches like us who are more cautious and providing different ways to experience worship of the Lord, for the health and safety of our church family. Here are the three options: 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.    Stay At Home Worship: We are still pre-recording the worship service and sending it out via Facebook and YouTube for people to watch in the safety and comfort of their homes. This is the safest way.  We are also still recording daily devotions for you to enjoy from home on your computer or cell phone. We will continue to live record the parking lot worship service.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2.    The second group of worship occurs in our church parking lot every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. We sing together, read the scriptures together, pray together, and listen to a meaningful sermon together as a church family.  People stay in their cars with their own family to watch the worship service where it is safe. This service will also be sent out on Facebook live. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3.    The third group are those who yearn to meet inside the church to worship with safe social distancing and sanitary measures. After meeting with the leadership of the church, we have decided to open a third option for worship beginning July 12th, on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the large sanctuary of the church. This will be a shorter worship service with seating stations to keep individuals and families separated for safe social distancing.  The wearing of facemask is recommended but not mandatory in the sanctuary. You can also use the upper balcony to sit and keep your distance as you attend this worship service. This shorter service will have music, prayers, children’s sermon, scriptures and a meditative sermon. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I believe having these three options for worship at this time, allows our church family to experience God in meaningful ways and in modes that each person or family feels a level of comfort and safety.  We will continue with these three options until things open up, to offer our regular three worship services that we experienced prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please keep the church in your prayers as we begin having indoor church funeral services for those who have gone to be with the Lord over the past four months. Pray for the Staff Parish Relations Committee as they search for the many music leadership positions and a part-time youth minister position over the summer months. We believe God has the individuals in mind, who will serve the La Porte FUMC in the years ahead. (Please Pray!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In closing, I want to thank you and our church family for giving your tithes and offerings to the ministry of your church. They are greatly needed to keep your church running. Please continue to give your offerings by mailing in your tithe to the church office or by paying electronically through the church website: www.laportfumc.org  Your gifts are much appreciated. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many blessings,
Pastor Bob Vale
La Porte FUMC
First United Methodist Church
Reopening Plan
 
At La Porte FUMC our congregant health is of the utmost importance, however we also understand the need for a sense of normalcy in this pandemic. The reopening plan below is an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment and meet the spiritual needs of the community. If you are 65 and older or are in a high risk category please use your judgment when attending the in person events. The plan is subject to changes as this is an evolving situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phase I: Current
·        Service available on social media platforms pre-recorded.
·        9 am parking lot only service
·        No in person children’s events
·        Church group activities suspended/postponed
·        Staff are in office Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 1pm, otherwise they are working from home. If you need something, please call the church                 office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phase II: Beginning July 12th
·        Service available on social media platforms pre-recorded.
·        9 am Parking lot service.
·        10:30 am combined (elements of traditional & contemporary) service in sanctuary with social distancing between family groups. Mask recommended,              please no handshaking or physical contact. Sing if you feel comfortable, no contact offering and individual components for communion.
·        No in person children’s events
·        Church group activities suspended/postponed
·        Funerals with social distancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phase III: TBD
·        Service available on social media platforms pre-recorded.
·        8 am Traditional service in Chapel with social distancing between family groups. Mask recommended, please no handshaking or physical contact. Sing           if you feel comfortable, no contact offering and individual components for communion.
·        9 am Contemporary service in Friendship Hall with social distancing between family groups. Mask recommended, please no handshaking or physical               contact. Sing if you feel comfortable, no contact offering and individual components for communion.
·        10:30 am Traditional service in sanctuary with social distancing between family groups. Mask recommended, please no handshaking or physical                       contact. Sing if you feel comfortable, no contact offering and individual components for communion.
·        Children’s church may resume with social distancing.
·        Church group activities may resume with social distancing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phase IV: TBD
·        Return to pre covid-19 services and events.