From the Pastor (Page 2)

From the Pastor (Page 2)

Update 4-3-2020

We are in uncertain times. None of us has been through a health crisis of this magnintude. We are all trading uncertain waters. Even if we cannot meet together on Sunday morning, we have continuing obligations that we have to take care of. Our payroll, our utilities and the funds that we need to continue our ministries in the community must continue to be paid. As members of the United Methodist Church, we vow to uphold the church with our…

Update 3-23-2020

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here! I know that it is difficult to deal with the “social distancing” that we are being asked to do. Please remember that we are available during regular office hours:Monday and Thursday 9-4Wednesday 9-12 Noon.I can also be reached at 423-304-1071 or at wcook@mcfarlandumc.org if you need me. However, my cell is unavailable from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. In order for us to have some “face time” together, I am using some meeting software called…

Mid-Week Update 3-18-2020

Here is the latest news from McFarland UMC. Highlights: The Free Store is cancelled for this month. We hope to resume in April. Worship services with a live congregation are cancelled for this Sunday, March 22. We will once again broadcast a simple service of Morning Prayer on Facebook and via the website. All activities at the church are cancelled until at least April 1. The church office is operating on normal hours. Monday & Thursday 9-4 and Wednesday 9-12.…

Important Update Re: Coronavirus

Important Information about McFarland’s Response to COVID-19 Out of an abundance of caution and at the request of Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor (which can be read here), all worship services and Sunday activities at McFarland UMC are cancelled for March 15 and 22.  The Wednesday morning book study is cancelled until Wednesday, April 1 and there will be no choir rehearsals until April 1. A decision about the Wednesday evening Simple Supper & Bible Study and modifications to the Free Store…

Helping Hands

Hey McFarland, Pastor Wayne here. This has been a crazy week in our area. We have seen tornado devastation not too far from us in Middle Tennessee primarily in the area between Nashville and Cookeville. We have heard the stories of tragedy and survivors from the tornadic outbreak and we remember how the tornadoes in 2011 affected us. In the midst of the local news that we have seen the appearance of the current strain of coronavirus appear in both…

Pre-General Conference Briefing

The following information from the Rev. Tim Jones, Director of Communications from the Holston Annual Conference: On January 23 and 24, United Methodist Communications hosted the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing in Nashville, TN. United Methodist delegates and communicators from across the globe were invited to attend as they prepare for General Conference May 5-15, 2020.  Over 20 presentations were given with information on potential legislation, plans, budgets, and how this General Conference may affect different ministries within our denomination. UMCom…

February Update

It’s hard to believe that we are already into February! The year is already off to a fast paced start. I want to take a moment to update you on some things that are happening at the church and in our online presence as we move forward. We have passed the half-way point of our sermon series for the Season after the Epiphany, Somos del Señor (We Belong to God), which will conclude on February 16. In this lectionary based series…

Special Offering for Sudan Ministry

The Holston Annual Conference has been intimately involved with ministry in South Sudan since around 2006. We have been there through thick and thin in all that time while impacting lives there in innumerable ways.  Since 2016, our ministries have been in exile in Uganda. But even in exile, orphans have been cared for and educated, pastors have been equipped and encouraged, and the Gospel has been shared in the midst of trying circumstances. On Sunday, February 16, we will…