Salem Response To COVID-19
Here we are once again at the beginning of a new year. Annually, as we close out one year and usher in a new one, we experience excitement, hope, and possibilities, mixed with a little anxiety due to the unknown of what the new year will bring.
Perhaps that’s even more true now, as we are at the second anniversary of the first time, we heard the term “COVID-19”. So much has happened over the past two years, and it has affected us physically, emotionally, and psychologically. With the new Omicron variant now surging, the Board of Trustees and I have implemented a COVID-19 Guidelines for Worship and Ministries. This poster will be posted around the church and online with a checkmark to indicate the color phase the church is practicing.
Link to Guidelines: YellowSALEMCOVID19GUIDELINESFORWORSHIPMINISTRIES.pdf
Our vision as a Christ-centered community making God’s love real in the world has not changed. Our mission to make new disciples for the transformation of the world continues to be our primary objective as we determine what we will do, what we could do, and what we can leave undone in the future.
As Salem UMC seeks to fulfill its mission, we covenant together to uphold Wesley’s three general rules for Methodists: Do No Harm (to the Body of Christ, to others, or to self), Do Good (to others, as we would have them do to us), Attend upon all the ordinances of God (so as to strengthen our relationship with Christ).
Salem faces difficult decisions as we seek to do no harm. As with past surges, with our willingness to do our part, it will come and go. As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, let us do so with compassion and love for one another.
Blessings for safety and good health in this new year!
Rev. Blair Hall