COVID-19 IMPACT

THE IMPACT ON OUR CHURCH

This feels like a natural disaster—a hurricane or a tornado. We are stocking up, filling up and preparing for time away from work and friends. But unlike a natural disaster where masses of volunteers rush in to help the needy we are being told to practice social distancing—to stay six feet apart and to avoid groups over 10 people. We will follow the guidelines set forth by the President and reinforced by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Click here for the latest updates.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

We want to encourage you to think how you can help your neighbors, your co-workers, your extended family and your friends. Can you run an errand to the grocery for someone? Can you pick up a prescription? Send a letter or a card to someone you miss seeing. Email a group of friends to keep the lines of communication open. Call someone and pray with them over the phone. Serving others and caring as individuals can have a big impact. We also lower the risk of spreading the virus when we find ways to help individually.


PRAY

Pray for our nation and the world. Pray for our leaders, healthcare workers, and those especially vulnerable. Click here to see a special prayer written by our Senior Pastor, Clinton Hubbard, Jr.


COPING WITH ISOLATION AND LONELINESS

There are many reasons that we are staying in the house, limiting our interactions with others

during this pandemic. You may be quarantined because you have been exposed, or staying in

because you are in a high risk category. Or you may be hoping that your actions will “flatten

the curve” and keep the rate of infection from accelerating.


Studies show that there is a link between social isolation and poor mental health. If you want

some tips to help you cope with isolation and loneliness, click here.


If you need someone to talk with, your pastors and staff are here for you. Call the church office

at (205) 345-7261 or email contact@fumct.org. Your requests will be kept confidential and you

will be referred to someone who can help you.


Bridge worship update

As we monitor the COVID-19 data we have been carefully planning our guidelines and logistics to resume in-person worship. We are pleased to announce that we have resumed Sunday, in-person worship in the Bridge at 11:00 a.m. We will resume in-person worship in Traditions at a later date. 


We will continue with our online worship services for Traditions at 9:00 a.m. and Bridge at 11:00 a.m. on YouTube, Facebook and here on our website.


Please note that we will have approximately 35-40% of our regular seating capacity. Therefore, in order to plan and prepare for worshipers, please register your attendance at the following link:

 

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE


Guidelines for resuming in-person worship are attached here


*As always, your safety is our primary concern. If you are not confident to return just yet, or have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please remain at home and continue to join the worship services online.*



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Join us as we pack the boxes of food and distribute them to people as they come to the pantry, sponsored by Tuscaloosa’s One Place.  There are two shifts:  8:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  -2:30 p.m.  Volunteers will be able to socially distance as they work.  A face covering is required.  

 

Use the link below to choose your time:

 

June 4 at Buhl Elementary: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49aea62aabfb6-may29th1

June 11 at Flatwood Elementary: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49aea62aabfb6-buhl


Click here for more current serve opportunities

 

 

rightnow media


This is a great resource for you and your family while you are at home these next few weeks. There are Bible studies for adults, children and youth on specific topics. There are so many options! You should have received in emailed invitation to create a FREE account. Find the email and click on "Get Started". From there, you will be able to create an account. 

 

Click here to go to the Right Now Media website to browse all the resources available.

Email amy@fumct.org if you need this email resent to you.


firstkids resources


Virtual VBS:

If you missed out you can watch below!


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souledout resources


SouledOut utilizes this great free resource from Life.Church.  Kids love watching The Loop Show!  Parents can follow this link to the website and start with Part 1.  Watch the Teaching Segment Video along with your kids.  Also, the Small Group Leader Guide has great discussion prompts to guide deeper conversations & understanding!