March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

In the midst of new and changing circumstances, it is inspiring and heart-warming to see how our church family is adapting and staying grounded in faith and hope. It is in times such as these that our faith and our church are more important than ever, and we rise with confidence to the challenge that has been set before us to be the church in unfamiliar territory.

Following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people and the instructions from Bishop Grant Hagiya, there will be no in-person worship services at San Luis Rey Valley UMC until further notice. We will be worshipping online via Facebook Live at 9:00 am and 10:45 am on Sunday. An order of worship will be sent via email by Friday.

Lenten study will meet via Zoom remote conferencing starting today (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm. If you would like to participate, please send me an email at PastorMichelleSLRV@gmail and I will send you an invitation. If you have not used Zoom before, I encourage you to connect before the meeting; there are a couple of easy steps to follow.

Friday Bible study will meet via Zoom remote conferencing starting Friday, March 20 at 12:00 noon. As with Lenten Study, if you would like to participate, please send me an email at PastorMichelleSLRV@gmail and I will send you an invitation, and if you have not used Zoom before, I encourage you to connect before the meeting; there are a couple of easy steps to follow.

You are invited to help keep our church family connected by signing up to call/email one or more of our church family each week. Please email the office at info@slrvumc.org if you are able to participate. If you are already checking in with someone regularly, please email the office with the name(s).

Around us many are flustered and worried, and stress is evident in complaining, rudeness, and even attacks on others. We remember the familiar lyrics, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” and we express that love through our loving prayers and our loving patience.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39; NRSV)

In the love and peace of Christ,
Pastor Michelle

Michelle Park, Pastor
San Luis Rey Valley UMC
760-758-9817
www.slrvumc.org