What’s Happening at CG?
We are exhorted by the Chronicler to give thanks to God for all of His wondrous works. Not only those who know God but, strangers are to give thanks also. Before we ask anything from God our first duty and devotion is to say thank you. Even in these challenging times of health and medical crisis we can thank God because things could always be worse. And we must know that we will need God in the coming days to deliver us from the pestilence in our midst. So today, we thank our God for all that He has done and is doing for us this day. We thank Him for His healing power that is available to us and He provides today. Pray to God our healer. Give Him all of your hurts, mental and physical. Thank Him, trust Him, ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.
Noon and Evening Bible Study
CG Family and Friends: In an effort to aid in the containment of the Coronavirus, Center Grove has taken the following precautions:
- All regularly scheduled church meetings and activities are postponed until further notice. This includes Noon and Evening Bible Studies, Choir Rehearsals, and Ministry Meetings. We are also working to have our Wednesday Bible Studies on the web.
- The Church Office will be closed. We will be monitoring the phones and emails. So, don’t hesitate to call or contact the church, or Pastor if needed.
- During this time Online Giving is encouraged. You may give via the church website (www.centergroveumc.org), or the UMCgo App (available on Android and IOS). For those who want to give by check, please mail your offering to: Center Grove UMC, P.O. Box 5957, Huntsville, AL 35814.
- We are working to provide a weekly Sunday morning message through the church website.
- What’s Happening (e-newsletter) will be sent out daily to keep you informed and updated. Information and updates will also be posted on the Church Facebook Page.
We will do our best to keep things as normal as possible. We expect this postponement to last approximately two weeks. However, this is a fluid event that might take longer. Thank you to everyone who’s working so faithfully during these trying times.
The church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. Stay healthy! Keep Praying! God is in control!
Coronavirus disease 2019 is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a virus closely related to the SARS virus. The disease is the cause of the 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak. It passes from one person to others by respiratory droplets produced from the airways, often during coughing or sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days. Symptoms are: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common.
- Wash hands often throughout the day.
- Use alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizer several times a day.
- Limit handshakes and hugs. People will understand during this time of increasing virus awareness.
- Consider postponing long trips, especially international travel.
- Cough into your bent elbow rather than hands.
- Be a spacious person. Determine if it is not necessary to be in close proximity of someone to have a conversation.
- Do not wear a mask if you are not sick.
- Do not wait, seek medical attention if you suspect that you have any of the symptoms. An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL SCHOOLS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020. ALL SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES ARE POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020. HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS WILL PROVIDE GRAB-AND-GO MEALS BEGINNING MARCH 17TH THROUGH MARCH 27TH FROM 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. MEAL PICKUP SITES ARE:
- Lee High School
- Lakewood Elementary
- Morris Elementary and Middle
- Dawson Elementary
- Chaffee Elementary
- Highlands Elementary
- Sonnie Hereford Elementary
- McDonnell Elementary
For more information concerning the Huntsville City Schools meal program and school updates, please visit the Huntsville City Schools website.
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a letter to Kim Simpson, Chairperson of Commission on the General Conference and Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, the bishops cited travel restrictions to the US and the possibility of potential spread of the virus and quarantine as the main reasons for seeking the postponement.
The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years to revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. It is scheduled to meet May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The bishops are also concerned about the essential value of a global church that gathers with a fairness of representation, adding that they believe that injustice would occur if a number of delegates from a particular area are not able to be present, due to visa or health restrictions.
“We write out of a deep love for our global church and as a tangible way of giving spiritual and temporal oversight in our role as shepherds and we are guided by the core value of helping delegates to do their best work,” said the letter signed by COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter and COB President-Designate Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.