what is our response during An Elevated community Health Concern

 

We have much for which to Praise God and be thankful for.  You, our MWC family, are at the TOP of the list.  Our tagline, “MWC / Where You are Family”, is being tested right now and is proving to be more than just a nice saying.  We are proud of how our MWC Families, without added direction from us, you are reaching out to families, friends and neighbors.  You are being the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a hurting world. 

 

According to the Bible, Christ is the head of the church and we, the people of God, are His body.  We get our direction, as well as our strength and abilities from Him, and then, we obediently respond to His leading.  Thanks again for your Faithful Response to God as He spreads His Grace to others in Mid-Michigan and beyond. 


There truly is nothing more exciting to watch than:  The People of God...doing the Work of God...in the Power of God...for the Glory of God.  As a MWC Staff, we want to say..."we see Jesus in you!"  


 

Due to the recent SUGGESTIONS by the C.D.C., as well as the State of Michigan's MANDATES to help stop the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, the MWC Staff and Leadership team have decided to stop all scheduled gatherings at our Merrill Campus until further Notice.  We will let you know when those gatherings are able to be resumed.  

 

We want to be clear that this decision does not mean we will STOP connecting as a church.  This, more than ever before, is a time to be together as a FAMILY.  
May this time help us to be creative in how we connect each week!


So, until further notice we will be having

VIRTUAL CHURCH!



What does this mean?  We will livestream our Sunday Morning service at 10:30 AM on our website: https://www.merrillwesleyan.com/livestream-media

 

We have set up links on our Social Media pages so you can share this special time of hope, encouragement and worship with your family and friends.  You may even consider having a Facebook watch party, in which you can have more social interaction with others all centered around JESUS.  



All this in a nutshell:  We are preparing to serve you to the best of our abilities...while practicing our Social Distancing.  😊  We understand that not everyone has the technology needed to join us online...and, we do not want anyone to miss out.   So, please, let us know if there is someone who does not have access to the technology needed in order to worship LIVE with us.  We as a MWC staff will make ourselves available to mail a DVD of the service to them or even hand deliver it to their house if possible.



OTHER WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED ARE LISTED BELOW: 



  1. APEX Youth will live stream their Sunday Nights @ 5:30 PM to the church website as well as their Facebook page.
  2. A.W.A.N.A. and Children's Director, Pam Hales, is passionately and creatively planning different ways to engage with you and your children in the weeks ahead.  Watch for these communications. 
  3. A weekly PRAYER Gathering will take place by live stream on Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM on our “Merrill Wesleyan Church” Facebook page.
  4. We will increase our communication with you by updating our website and Facebook pages on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.   You will be receiving more e-mails as well.  Please make sure your family and friends know all the latest of how we are positioning to serve you.
  5. Life Groups will still be active at MWC;  many of them will be connecting online. 
  6. We encourage you to help those who are hurting and in need.  Please let us know if there is someone that we can help...especially, if it is you.  We cannot effectively help you if we do not know your need. 
  7. We are encouraging you to continue to check up on one another so that people know they are loved, cared for and an important part of our family.
  8. Now may be the perfect time to connect with RightNow Media.  It is a free video service that streams thousands of Bible Studies, Training and Children’s Shows like Veggie Tales and more.  Sign up on our media tab at https://www.merrillwesleyan.com/livestream-media/rightnow-mediaIt is Free for you.

  9. You also mail your financial contributions to: Merrill Wesleyan Church Attn: Treasurer  3765 N Chapin Rd.  Merrill, MI 48637

  10.  Consider online giving as a new opportunity to give conveniently when you are unable to attend services.  You can find the Donate Link by clicking on https://www.merrillwesleyan.com/donate


If you have any questions, please call the church office: 

(989)643-3000;  Pastor Brad (989) 495-1759; Pastor Tim  (989) 295-6625 or

the On-call number (989) 495-8824.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF @ MWC

 

  1. TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.

  2. PRAYING: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.

  3. STAYING INFORMED: The media is aflame with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.


    a. CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.


    b. CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to an influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.


    c. Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.


    d. Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.


  4. PREPARING: Because COVID-19 likely spreads like the cold and the flu, personal hygiene is very important among staff, volunteers, and participants in our services and those attending events on our campuses (washing hands, avoiding contact with the sick, staying home if you’re sick, and so on). We are implementing the CDC recommendation for hand sanitizer stations in public places, ample supplies of tissue, and disposable gloves for cleaning crews. We’re also implementing CDC recommendations on our routine cleaning practices to include all frequently touched surfaces in workplaces, restrooms, and nurseries, including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and toys. In addition to these practical steps, we’re also doing the following:


    a. We as a staff will meet weekly to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19.


    b. We will make direct communication with local public health officials each week to stay updated.


    c. We’re reviewing all of our communication practices with the congregation and implementing appropriate communication when appropriate – like our Webpage, Facebook, and Email.


    d. We’re adjusting our greeting practices in our weekend services and encouraging everyone to “Nod to your Neighbor” as a preferred greeting over a handshake or other common physical greetings. 


    e. At this time services will livestream each Sunday @ 10:30 AM  https://www.merrillwesleyan.com/livestream-media

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  1. Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.


  1. Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
- Matthew 6:25–27 (NIV)




Adapted from 12stone Wesleyan Church