Coronavirus Update

Update for July 10:

SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to Covid-19, our in-person worship services for Saturday and Sunday will be live streamed only (click HERE). No physical worship services until further notice. We are continuing to monitor CDC, Seminole County, and Conference guidelines on a daily basis. Please continue to check our website or call the office for updated information. We look forward to resuming in-person worship again as soon as safely possible.

Update for July 6:

We are continuing to monitor CDC, Seminole County, and Conference guidelines on a daily basis. This weekend we will virtually hold our Saturday and Sunday services – no physical worship services. Please continue to check our website or call the office for updated information. We look forward to resuming in-person worship again as soon as safely possible.

Update for June 30:

Due to Covid-19, our in-person Traditional worship service for Sunday July 5th has been changed to Live Stream only at 10:00 AM. There is no Contemporary Saturday evening worship service as it is a holiday (Happy 4th of July!). We are continuing to monitor CDC, county, and Conference guidelines on a weekly basis. Please continue to check our website or call the office for updated information. We look forward to resuming in-person worship again as soon as safely possible.

In accordance with Seminole County policy, face masks will be required when visiting the church office. Our current hours are Monday-Friday (9 AM until NOON). To help us follow social distancing guidelines, please call ahead and let us know you are stopping by (407-365-3255). Thanks!

Update for June 7:

We will resume in-person worship in the Main Sanctuary on Father’s Day weekend. Our plan is during the summer we will have our Contemporary services on Saturdays at 5:10 PM, and our Traditional services on Sundays at 10:00 AM. This will give us time to clean and sanitize the Main Sanctuary between services. The services will also continue to be livestreamed. Please click here for guidelines and to pre-register for one of the services.

Update for May 28:

Starting next week on June 1st, the church office will be open Monday-Friday (9 AM until Noon). To help us follow social distancing guidelines, please call ahead and let us know you are stopping by (407-365-3255). Thanks!

Update for May 8:

Our Pastoral Leadership, Ministry Staff, and Church Council have crafted a four-step process for moving our church forward in the days ahead. We will continue working together to determine and frequently update each Phase of re-entry. These guidelines will be reviewed regularly and revised based on updated information. As we move through the different Phases, new guidelines will be communicated. Please click HERE for more information about the proposed phased reopening of our church.

Update for April 1:

In accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ Stay at Home order that goes into effect at midnight on April 2nd, the church office will be closed. However, we will be checking voicemails and emails each day. If you need to reach the office, please call 407-365-3255 and leave a message or send an email to info@fumco.net.  We will continue to live stream and/or record services and classes, so please check our website and Facebook page often.

Update for March 26:
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSURE: Effective March 26th, the church office is TEMPORARILY closed to the public until further notice. We will be monitoring our emails and phone (407-365-3255) during the following hours: Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m.—Noon, so please do not hesitate to contact us if needed. We still are here for you! Note: Please hold on to any donations of items until everything is back up and running.
Update for March 18:

Folks, as you all know we’re going through some very challenging times right now. This includes the church and how we guide our members through the Coronavirus pandemic. This is new territory for your church leaders and we desperately need your prayers and support.

We’re going to be making some difficult decisions to protect our congregation as we consider everything that relates to your spiritual development to legal issues that probably never crossed your mind.

If we open the doors, some people will insist that we close them. And when we close the doors, others will want them to be reopened.

If we don’t shake hands, people will think we don’t have enough trust in God. And if we shake hands, others will think we’re exercising poor judgment.

If we don’t visit people in the hospital, we’re being insensitive. If we do make visitations, we’re putting the infirmed at risk.

Armed with our disinfectant sprays and wipes we try to maintain an illusion of control, but the bottom line is we never were. God is, has been, and always will be. While this crisis is causing us to react in different ways, the most important reaction should be one of faith – not fear. During this chaotic time, let’s rediscover what really matters – faith, family, and friends.

Remember that prayer reduces anxiety and depression. Pray for your church leaders and fellow members. Pray for your families and yourselves. Pray for your community, your country, and the world. And keep the faith.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

Update for March 17:

 

Update for March 16:

Bishop Ken Carter has recommended that all Methodist churches in the State of Florida have NO public worship services through the month of March. Therefore, we will hold “virtual church” at 9:30 a.m. for the next two Sundays (March 22 and 29) that will be live streamed through our Facebook page. We will still have your three favorite pastors along with great music, so please join us! The sermons will also be placed on our website at https://fumcoviedo.com.

NOTE: Wednesday services at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. will also be put on hold through March.

Update for March 13:

We share everyone’s concern about the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus and other strains of the flu, especially how it relates to our gathering in fellowship. We have placed bottles of hand sanitizer at all main entrances, and are mindful about disinfecting surfaces, pews, and door handles around the campus.

Instead of hugs and handshakes, please use alternative no-touch greetings such as warm smiles, friendly nods, and elbow bumps. Or the Vulcan hand wave as suggested by Pastor Wade last Sunday. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

We are closely monitoring local and state government recommendations and will let you know if any additional activities or church services are cancelled.

Please look to the website, social media, and email for updates. You may also sign up for text alerts by texting @fconews to 81010. If you are unable to attend church, you can still join us for worship on Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/pg/FUMCOviedo/videos/.

Remember that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Seminole County Coronavirus Response

Florida United Methodist Conference COVID 19 Response