Author Archives: John Collins

Lilies for Easter

We don’t have any official supplier for Easter lilies this year, but if you would like to drop off a lily or have one delivered, that would be more than welcome. Let the church office know at office@abilenefirstumc.org or 785-263-2623 if your lily is in honor or memory of someone.

Upcoming Worship Services

This coming weekend (March 27-28, 2021) we will continue our practice of having worship services on both Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The following weekend (April 3-4, 2021) we’ll have three services to celebrate Easter. One service will be on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. The other two services will be on Sunday at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.

Online Worship for March 21, 2021

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do so with this link.

Our Vimeo page is: vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

Communion for Easter

I know that despite Covid-19 concerns, many of you have been missing Holy Communion. I’ve just ordered a box of individual communion cups (with bread and juice continued) for Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021). Anyone who wants can pull their mask down long enough to partake.

Conference Worship Guidelines

The Great Plains Annual Conference has shared some guidelines for worship in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. A pdf document of those guidelines is available here. Please note that http://www.covidactnow.org is the recommended place to go to find out our county’s risk level. Please also note the sentence “Continue to follow recommendations from the CDC on wearing masks throughout this process.” That means that we will continue to wear masks for now.

Plenty of Room in the Sanctuary

Last Sunday, after the Worship Service, those present helped me rearrange the designated seats in the sanctuary. We now have room for thirty households in each worship service. Assuming an average of three people in each household, that’s room for roughly ninety people in each service. If the Saturday and Sunday services both get filled up, we’ll simply add another service. There’s plenty of room for you to come back whenever it feels right.

Online Worship for March 14, 2021

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do so with this link.

Our Vimeo page is: vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

Corrected: Church Office Closed Next Week

Pam Simpson is taking a week off next week (March 22-26 15-19, 2021). For that reason, office hours will range from intermittent to nonexistent. You have my cell phone number (it’s in the church contacts directory and on the back of the bulletin); please call if you need into the office or if you have any other questions or concerns.

Correction: Pam noticed that I had the dates wrong. If you want an example of what’s going to go off the rails while she’s gone, that’s a great example.

Vaccinations and Worship

Yesterday (March 9, 2021), I received a dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Auburn Pharmacy. (I got in before the rest of my age group because of my role as a pastor.) I know that some of you have now gotten vaccinated as well, and that some of you are planning on coming back to in-person worship now that you feel safer. That makes me very excited! I’m looking forward to seeing you. However, that doesn’t change our policy of requiring everyone to wear masks in the church building. The CDC continues to recommend mask-wearing in public for those who have had the vaccine. Our current policy was set without an end date by the Church Council, and the Church Council has left it in place at present. Those two reasons are enough for me, but I’ll also be wearing my mask because I feel very privileged to have received the vaccine already, and I want to show my solidarity with those who have not yet had the opportunity.

Online Worship for March 7, 2021

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do so with this link.

Our Vimeo page is: vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.