June Communicator

Ministry as it Looks Today 
                   ~ A Message from Pastor Karen

You may be asking, “What will the church look like when we return?” It will continue to be the same community of faith with some enhancements put in place. Social distancing and masks will be a part of the new norm. One thing remains the same – we are called to be the church in some new ways. Online worship will continue and small groups will begin to meet.

The East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church has a task force that has put together guidelines for the four phases of re-entry to church. You can find that at www.eocumc.com. A task group has been put in place at Ridgewood UMC to implement our own guidelines, based on recommendations in the Conference guidelines. We will make sure to communicate with you how we will integrate back into the community of faith when it is safe to do so.

The song “Way Maker” by Sinach has a message for us during these challenging times. It reminds us that God has our path all planned out and that God is a “way maker” of all things.

“Way maker. Miracle worker. Promise keeper. 
Light in the darkness.
My God that is who you are.”

I personally have been challenged to redefine what ministry looks like in the midst of this pandemic. I know you are eager to re-enter church when it is safe to do so. It will be a step-by-step-process that we will venture together. In the meantime, call and encourage one another in love.

1 Peter reminds us, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, MSG)

We are stepping from the darkness into the marvelous light as we move our way through the new norm. God has been present through every detail of our lives, and God is with us now.

May we continue to pick up our cross daily and follow Him. Let us uphold each other and be at peace. Praise be to God for God is our “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and light in the darkness.”