Effective today, March 16, 2020, New Haven United Methodist Church will be operating as a digital only campus until at least April 11th, 2020. All groups, worship services, and meetings are postponed. We are taking this action in response to recommendations of the CDC and Governor Stitt, as well as our local, city authorities. What you need to know:
Online streaming of our worship will continue during this time! Each Sunday at 11 a.m. we will LiveStream a worship service to you. We will sing together, pray together, read scripture together, and worship our living God!
We are going to explore ways that we can extend opportunities for Video Connection Groups to you, so that you can continue to grow and learn and maintain the connection to your church family.
Cynthia and I are available to you during office hours, by phone or email. For non-emergency needs call (918)743-6491. If you have emergency pastoral care needs, please call me direct at (918)607-9384. Our staff will be working on ways to coordinate our volunteer response to the rapidly changing situation.
Remember that the Church is not closed! WE are the church! Our campus is simply the geographical focus of a powerful group of Christian disciples living in this world. I know you will let your light shine! I am also reminded of Wesley’s three general rules for Christian living:
1. Do No Harm – By staying connected through video, social media, cards and letters, and of course our telephone, we can nurture the body of Christ and care for our neighbors without endangering our friends and family who are particularly at risk of infection.
2. Do Good – Keep your family, friends, leaders, and neighbors in prayer. Keep your self healthy by practicing good self-care and sanitation practices. Check on those you know who are isolated, elderly, or who many need a little help. This is a great opportunity to help someone else. If you must go to the grocery store, see if someone else needs something and pick it up for them! There are countless ways we can help each other and minimize the exposure to risk.
3. Stay In Love with God – Worship with us at livestream.com/newhaventulsa each Sunday at 11 a.m. Light a candle, and pray with us. Sing with us in your home! Make a joyful noise! Read your Bible. Practice a spiritual discipline such as lectio devina, fasting, journaling, or meditation. Share your experiences with us on Facebook.
We are hoping to be able to worship in person on Easter Morning at New Haven UMC, but if not, we remain committed to praying for each other and serving our neighbors in the name of Jesus the Christ! Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
Grace and peace,
Rev. James Graham