You can now provide your tithes and gift offerings on-line using the button below or by scanning the QR code. You can click on the button; 1.) Enter the amount, 2.) Select on the drop-down Dimondale UMC, 3.) You can select to choose monthly if you would like. You can also elect to leave blank and enter each time you provide your gift, 4.) Select the choice to pay either with your Paypal account or select Debit or Credit Card.
Dear Friends in Christ while the words “unprecedented” and “epic” certainly describe our current situation in truth we have been here before. The first church I served, Three Rivers United Methodist Church, has a bell tower that still stores the long canvas and wood stretchers that they used to bring in the sick to the make shift hospital that was set up to deal with the 1918 pandemic of the Spanish Flu. The church was central to that challenge.
The church was a resource to the community then, and it is now. From the old war poem that reads, “They also serve who only stand and wait,” there can be service in our waiting, service in hunkering down and keeping calm and carrying on. The church stayed faithful, hopeful and loving in a host of challenges that have confronted it in 2000 years. The Body of Christ has been leavened in the midst of the world. In persecutions, plagues and plenty, we have stood as a beacon of light in the dark times of both uncertainty and the in our delusion of control. Our first world plenty has blinded us to the fact that our interconnectedness and interdependence is an inescapable fact. That is what this pandemic shows.
This presents an opportunity for us as a community of faith. We can be in solidarity with our community which includes the world. Solidarity means that we understand and live that “us is us.” There is no them. Those who are suffering waiting at our borders at risk for this virus are as valuable to God as our family and neighbors. Having enough groceries on our shelves for everyone is as important as having what we need. Doing all we can as a nation to ensure those who don’t have a guaranteed income and are suffering economic loss will have the resources to recover and not lose their homes or have utilities shut off. Insisting that the resources that our health providers need is made available to everyone-not just the rich. These are our values as Christians. We will be called upon to live those values in the weeks and months to come, to live them personally, politically, and spiritually. We are called upon to respond to these times with courage and compassion and not succumb to fear and anxiety.
Lastly, we are the body scattered but the body of Christ none the less. We can love our church, pray for each other and realize how vital and necessary it is to worship. It is in our bones to offer ourselves to God together and we suffer when we can’t gather. Let us take this learning to heart and learn to share how important our life as God’s church is and share it with those who do not know its joys and comfort. We will be attempting some virtual worship and connections in the days and weeks ahead. Know you are loved and that the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. God is with us; thanks be to God.