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Coronavirus COVID19 – update May 17

Rev. Rett Haselden


GRACE UMC – SPECIAL UPDATE
pastor gracecolumbia.org pastor@gracecolumbia.org
Sun 5/17/2020 1:46 PM
Greetings in the name Christ, who makes a way out of no way,

Friday evening, May 15th, Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, released the newest recommendation for UM churches in South Carolina. To read the Bishop’s recommendation click here.

In accordance with that recommendation, Grace UMC will remain online only through June 10 th, with our first possible in-person gathering being worship on June 14 th.

This new recommendation also comes with resources for planning for the restart of in-person gatherings. To see those resources click here.

Last Wednesday, May 13, your Grace church council met by Zoom to begin discussions around what our return to in-person worship and ministry plan might look like. We had [a] particularly good discussion about the concerns, issues, and opportunities this next phase of ministry in the age of COVID-19 might bring. The consensus of the council was that we need to bring a small team together to design a specific plan for Grace, considering as many of the multitude of factors that now exist as we can.

So our next step at Grace is to build out our return to in-person worship team, empowering them to create a plan that will allow us to begin in-person worship an ministry as safely and as quickly as we can. As our plan at Grace takes shape, we will be communicating with all of the church as early as possible so that we can all begin preparing ourselves for the “new normal” of church life.

Please be in prayer for the church council, the church staff, and the team that will come together to design our plan for returning to in-person worship. Pray for wisdom and discernment, and for the grace and patience we will all need as we learn how God is recreating and rebuilding us into God’s spiritual dwelling in light of the new reality in which live.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rett

P.S. If you tried logging into our Sunday Coffee Fellowship, I apologize for the technical difficulties. I could not get the meeting to let in any other participants.

Worship will be all online on Sunday at 8:30am and 11:00am. The online worship options we have are  FacebookYouTube, ROKU –  search for the Grace United Methodist Church Columbia channel (Add the channel to your Roku device by visiting:  https://my.roku.com/account/add), and our  website. You can find the bulletin here, and the announcements here. Our online giving page can be found here. You can still mail your offering to the church at 410 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC 29212 or you can bring it by and drop it in the mailbox outside of the church office.
If you would like the kids worship coloring pages and activities for this week, please email me and I will send them to you tomorrow when I receive them from Illustrated Ministry. This resource includes a kid’s bulletin, and ideas for Sunday School. Cokesbury Kids is also offering livestreamed Sunday School on their Facebook page each week at 9:30am.

While this is hard news as we are all looking forward to the day when we can gather together, we will continue, as people of grace and resurrection, to put one foot in front of the other, carrying the good news of the Gospel to everyone we interact with, whether out on an essential trip, online, or on the phone. We may feel like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, heads down, looking sad, but unlike them we know the truth. Jesus Christ is raised! He is not closed up in the tomb. He is out and alive in power and glory in the world even now. He is making a way where there is no way, bringing life and abundance to the desolate places. And we are his messengers. We are his evangelists. We continue on this strange and socially distant journey as passionate disciples with a hope filled story to tell of our faith in Jesus.

The quickest way we have to communicate with you is by email. If you have not been receiving emails from the church over the last few weeks please make sure that we have your current email address by calling the church office (803-732-1899) or emailing us at office@gracecolumbia.org or pastor@gracecolumbia.org. If you know of someone who does not have email or hasn’t been receiving our emails please let them know about this message or let me know so that I can contact them.

My cell phone number is 843-907-0608 for phone calls or text messages and you can email me at pastor@gracecolumbia.org. If you have a concern or need, please let me know.

Please also check on each other and care for each other as you all have proven you do so well. There is no substitute for the connection we share in Christ, so a phone call, FaceTime chat, card, or email to check on your brothers and sisters in Christ during this time of social distancing and isolation is vitally important.

God’s Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rett
Grace United Methodist Church

Address
410 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC 29212

803-732-1899

pastor@gracecolumbia.org
office@gracecolumbia.org

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Choral Scholars

Grace United Methodist Church is currently experiencing a trend that has been affecting churches all over the U.S. High schools and colleges are not producing trained singers to volunteer in church choirs in the high numbers that they once did, even ten years ago. Sadly, some churches have done away with their choirs altogether. At Grace, it is our goal to strive toward excellence in our music ministry and worship, led by the Chancel Choir, aided by choral scholars.

Choral Scholars are music students or in some cases young music graduates, who lead their respective sections in the choir.

Through a Choral Scholars program, Grace is able to invest in the lives and careers of young musicians who are either training for a career in Music or who are underemployed music graduates needing help in launching a music career. A Choral Scholars program is an outreach ministry to our community, and can help us achieve Grace’s 2020 vision of reaching out into our community.

Through this program, we are able to bring young musicians into our church and minister to them at a time in their lives when many young adults are unchurched. A Choral Scholars program also helps to train young musicians to be the church music leaders of the future. In fact, our own Mark Merritt was once a choral scholar.

We have received some seed money to assist in starting a Choral Scholars program at Grace. We believe that we could have choral scholars on all four parts in the choir for $900 per year, per singer.

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Rev. Rett Haselden

I am overjoyed to be a part of the ministry and mission of Grace on Harbison. God has called me to preach the truth of the Gospel so that others might know the love and justice of Jesus Christ and be agents of his grace in their families and communities. I was born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC and grew up attending Socastee UMC. I earned a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in history at the University of South Carolina. I received my MDiv from Duke Divinity School in May of 2010, began my ministry on July 1, 2010, and was ordained an Elder in June of 2012 at the SC Annual Conference. Prior to serving at Grace, I served as associate pastor at St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill. I enjoy spending time at the beach. The salt water always restores me. I am a gym rat, but that is mainly to support my love of good food. 

I share my life and ministry with my wife, Lollie, and our sons, Wyatt and Thomas. Lollie is a South Carolina native as well, having grown up in Marion, SC. She has a deep call to lay ministry in the administration of the church at the denominational level. Wyatt and Thomas bring the most joy to our lives with their boundless energy and excitement. They love sports, superheroes, and reading. We all enjoy Gamecock football, the outdoors, grilling, going to community events, and experiencing new adventures together.

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Secure Access to Church Directory

Click here for access to the Directory

Our church directory is online and alive!  You can view our directory online or via the free mobile app today.  To view the directory online, go to https://members.instantchurchdirectory.com  and follow the prompts under “sign in” to “create a login now”.  Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in.

There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple App store in ITunes, Google Play store and the Amazon Fire App store.  Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download.

You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app.  If you need help in accessing the directory please feel free to contact Gloria Bowden or Bill Walker in the office.

If you do not have a computer or smart phone please contact the office and a hard copy will be printed for you.

Thank you,

Bill Walker
Office Manager
Phone: 803-732-1899

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