FUMCCV Coronavirus Public Health Update: General Information

FUMCCV Friends and Family,
 
It is a surreal world when we must inform you that our church is going mostly online until April 1, 2020 and this includes all Sunday morning worship services, mid-week meetings, study groups, etc. We are doing this out of an abundance of caution; the San Diego Department of Public Health issued orders to cancel all events with more than 250 people and all smaller events that cannot assure a six foot distance between each person. The Department noted, “The timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance and those that reduce close contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying the rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.”  
 
The only activities open on campus are the offices, as the staff is continuing to work, the Chapel is open and provides a wonderful opportunity of prayer in the form of Stations of the Cross sponsored by our Prayer Ministry and the Sanctuary is open for personal prayer and meditation. If you take part in any of these individual opportunities we urge you to observe the six foot social distance advisement.  
 
Apart from these limited individual opportunities, we will have a few weeks to experience a new rhythm of spiritual life together. People getting sick and even dying is awful, routines being completely disrupted is inconvenient and yet, can we quiet our souls enough to find God in the midst? Elijah heard God in the still small voice. Together may we look for and listen deeply to God amidst these troubling times. As the staff will be not be doing all of their usual activities they will turn some of their attention to producing material daily for your use. All of this material will be posted on the church homepage (www.fumccv.org) in various forms. Imagine a central hub of materials that contains worship services, Bible Studies, children’s ministry lessons you can do with your kids, special prayers, teen virtual hangouts, prayer chains, and more. We will be working hard to keep you connected and to provide material for your spiritual growth. We are concerned about those who do not have online capability and we are designing some connections for them but we need to know who they are. If you, or someone you know, does not have online capability and would like to be connected to FUMCCV during these difficult days please call the church office and give it to the staff or leave us a voicemail message.  
 
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15.
 
Anytime after 12:00 pm. March 15, you can go to the church website, www.fumccv.org, and access a worship service that was recorded in either the sanctuary or fellowship hall. In coming weeks we will explore live streaming options for worship. If you listen online there will also be a link for a bulletin.  
 
Financial Giving 
Many of us are accustomed to placing a check into an offering plate Sunday morning and during these weeks we will have to adjust if we are going to continue out giving. Fortunately, over ½ of our giving is already received through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) direct from the bank and this is tremendously helpful for the church. It will be important for us to keep up our giving during these weeks of disruption. Most of our costs will continue and we want to make sure that our cash flow will meet the needs of our budgetary expenses. If everyone says, ‘we will just catch up when we get back to worship,’ this will make things very difficult.   
 
To make a one-time gift, recurring donation or pay your 2020 Pledge: https://www.fumccv.org/#giving/
You can also give using Text Giving Platform by texting a dollar amount to (619) 825-2734, then clicking the link and selecting a payment method.
You can always mail in your check to the church office (1200 East H. Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910).
 
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Ariana Horcasitas, Director of Finance and Administration at (619) 656-2525 or email her at ariana.horcasitas@fumccv.org.
Take a look at the video message from Pastor Brian:
 
A Simple Prayer that seems fitting from American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.