August 20, 2020
Greetings Klein UMC Family and Friends,
Our last Covid-19 update came to you on June 10, 2020. In that update, we shared that while we were not ready to resume regular in person worship yet, we were planning to start a short contemplative service mid-July. We also had begun to host small group gatherings, and were in conversations about doing more.
Then, the new positive daily infections started to go through the roof, availability of hospital beds and more specifically ICU beds were being challenged, and ultimately Harris County, the City of Houston, and surrounding areas were declared a CODE RED! And as a result, we shut back down, any activity that provided group gatherings of any size.
NOW, we are coming to you to say we are ready to resume small gatherings for a short period of time. More specifically, on September 13, at 9 a.m., we will invite those of us who are ready to share in some in-person worship again to join us. You will become the live audience for our streaming service. Here is a list of the precautions we will be observing:
-Reservations will be required on a weekly basis (first 50 attendees)
-Temperatures will be taken (anyone reading over 100 will be denied entry)
-Masks will be required and should be worn the entire time you’re inside
-Hand sanitizers will be available at all entrances
-Distance seating will be observed
-Congregational singing is discouraged
- Childcare will not be provided at this time
I also feel the need to re-state that LIVE STREAMING WILL REMAIN in place!!!
We do continue to open up every Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for prayer time. It is quite enjoyable for us to see you as you stop by and spend time in the sanctuary in prayer.
In order to prepare for our worship opportunity, if you are interested or wishing to attend the in-person worship opportunity on September 13th at 9:00am please click the link below and fill out a short survey. (NOTE: This is NOT your reservation. A separate email will be sent out the week before to RSVP for the service.)
Questionnaire Link for those interested in attending is HERE.
Pastors……………… Carrie, Jennifer, and Lawrence
June 10, 2020
Family and Friends of Klein UMC,
Staff and Administrative Leadership reviewed all of the responses to the first survey.
After each of us had some time to review and reflect on the responses, we met and discussed what we believe should be our appropriate response.
After much discussion and prayerful considerations, we concluded that it is still too soon for us to re-open and began in person worship.
There are several factors that influenced this decision:
- Taking into consideration the many different comfort levels of those in our congregation
- The challenges of being present and yet having to comfortable implement CDC guidelines
- The challenge of having to wear a mask or face covering in worship
- The difficult of effectively providing for every age group, especially young children and their families
- The advisory against congregational singing
- The classification of congregational worship as high risk for spread of COVID-19
However, as an attempt to be sensitive to those of you who are desiring to return to in-person worship, we are planning a short in-person contemplative worship opportunity to begin mid-July. This will be in addition to our current Open Sanctuary times during the week.
This service will be very abbreviated and will abide by all CDC recommendations, which will include:
- Remaining 6 feet apart from those not in your household
- Wearing a protective mask
We also ask that you self-check before coming to any in-person church activity. Please remain home if you are experiencing a fever over 100 degrees, have a cough, shortness of breath, or if you have family members who are sick.
Also moving forward, if your large group has expressed any interest of gathering in any way, the pastors are open to discussing options with you.
April 30, 2020
It has been over six weeks since we last gathered at Klein UMC as a worshiping community. We know that for many of us, six weeks seem like a lifetime. The simple ability to come to church and feel safe as we worship, something that we have taken for granted, is something we now have taken away from us. However, when the need arose, we all made the necessary adjustments. The entire staff immediately went into, how might we continue to stay connected mode, even though we can’t be together physically. Here are some of the things we have consistently been doing to help us meet our goal of staying engaged and connected.
We have offered one Sunday morning worship service at 9am which we live stream. We are all incredibly grateful for the way soooo many of you moved beyond your “comfort zone” and took advantage of the live streaming as your opportunity to continue to “go to church” at Klein UMC. For many of our Sunday school classes, you have started to meet via zoom, and that seems to be working well for you. Carrie and Jennifer have offered short term bible studies via zoom, and some of you have joined them. We continue to send out, to our email group, a devotional every morning but Sunday. Allison has done a stellar job of managing these devotionals, and we continue to hear from many of you about how blessed you feel to receive them. Jennifer has organized a group of us who have names of members of Klein that we are responsible for calling periodically, just as a way of making every effort to see to it that no one goes untouched.
We, as a staff, continue to meet weekly and talk as often as necessary to continue evaluating what is working or not, and what we need to do that we are not. In light of Governor Abbott including the faith community in that list of organizations that can begin to gather, with restrictions, we have begun our conversations around when we, Klein UMC, will begin to gather again. While we have not landed on a firm date, we can say that, at the direction of our leader, Bishop Scott Jones, we have decided that we will not open in the month of May. We recognize how difficult this is for some of you to hear. Please know how difficult it is for us to make this decision. However, we believe, without a shadow of doubt, that we need the entire month of May to watch how the re-opening goes, as well as make several necessary adjustments to meet all of the social distancing requirements we will still have to observe.
Please know that we, the Leadership of Klein UMC, are very grateful for the way you have made great decisions that have kept you safe and healthy. Our desire is to maintain your safety and well-being. We will continue to work on making the necessary adjustments and will communicate with you again with more specifics around our coming together again. In the meantime, please continue to be patient and smart. We can get through this and come out okay.
Blessings…………………… Carrie, Jennifer, and Lawrence
Monday, March 24, 2020
It is a very different and difficult time for our world, our community, our families, and our church. We want you to know that even though we have closed our offices and moved to a virtual office, we are still here for you.
Some of you live alone, and the stress of staying in is real. Some of you are home with multiple children, home schooling for the first time, and thinking there are way too many people in this space. The stress of that is real too!
Know that we as your pastors keep you in prayer daily. We look forward to the time when we can meet again. But, we also understand the importance of distancing in an effort to keep the entire community safe.
Because of that, we have moved to streaming worship on Sundays at 9am. You can join us through the website or through Facebook. We would love to have you worship with us. We have no idea how long this will last, but we will do all we can to have meaningful worship in the meantime, even if we cannot physically be present in the building.
We are also offering a couple of Bible studies through Zoom. We know that studying the Bible is important for our spiritual life. But, it is also a great way to stay connected to other believers.
In these uncertain times, we keep our eyes on the one thing that is certain – God. Grace and peace to you.
Lawrence, Jerry, Carrie and Jennifer
Phil 4:6-7 – Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Friday, March 13
Greetings Klein UMC Family and Friends,
We are writing to you to answer the question that we know is on most everyone’s mind, “Are we having church on Sunday?” Yes, we will be meeting for all three services. However, we think it important for each person to make an informed decision about whether they should attend.
We had a conference call today with Dr. Marc Boom and Dr. Ashley Drews from Houston Methodist Hospital. It was their advice that if we meet for worship services, we must be careful to practice social distancing (4-6 feet between people) and good hand hygiene. There will be hand sanitizer available at the entrances.
If you are sick, stay home. Everyone else should also make an informed decision about whether they should attend or not. The government has published their guidelines at coronavirus.gov.
If you choose to stay at home, we understand. Please remember that all 3 services will be live streamed, as they are each week. This should be a great alternative for any of our family who would rather stay in.
For those who choose to attend worship, we will be making changes in worship in response to the virus. We will not be passing offering plates, but will instead have them available at the exits for you to drop your offering in. As always, online giving is available and a great alternative.
We will not be passing the registration books and we will not have the meet and greet time.
Once again, if you do join us at the service, please use the recommended practices of social distancing and frequent hand washing. If you suspect you are ill, stay home and stream the service online. If you would like prayer, send an email or contact the church office and a pastor will give you a call.
Following the lead of Klein ISD, we are cancelling all non-Sunday morning children and youth activities for one week and will reassess at that time.
It is a stressful, anxiety filled time for our world. The church will still be the beloved community for our members and our neighbors, even if we have to be creative to do it.
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2
Lawrence, Jerry, Carrie, Jennifer
Saturday, March 14, 2:30pm
Regarding Commitment Sunday:
While we are aware that you have received letters regarding Commitment Sunday being scheduled for tomorrow, March 15th, our current priority is the spiritual and physical health of our congregation. Therefore, we will be focusing this Sunday on being in community with one another and will address a timeline for Commitment Sunday and the capital campaign at some point in the future.
At this time, the following programs have been cancelled for the week of March 15-21:
- Klein Weekday Ministries Preschool
- Piecemakers Quilt Group
- Fitness Friends
- Youth/Children's Choir
- Methodist Awana
- Student Ministries (Sunday and Wednesday)
- Palm Sunday Picnic
Additional information will be posted here, sent via email, and on our Facebook page as updates become available.
*As of Monday, March 23rd, the Pastors and Staff will be working remotely. The church office will not be open.
Online Sermon information can be found HERE.
Online Giving information can be found HERE.