Baltimore United Methodist Church
                                 2419 Baltimore Rd. East Bend, NC 27018

Important Updates

April 24, 2020 - Face mask are available

 
It appears that the CDC wants folks to wear face masks when in public.  Free masks handmade by several BUMC members are available in a container sitting outside the fellowship hall double doors.  If you need one, take one.  If you can sew and donate, feel free to do that also!
 
 


March 18, 2020 - From Pastor Chad:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We find ourselves, like the Israelites did in their wandering in the wilderness, in uncharted territory. We have never been here before in regard to mass quarantine, mass chaos, and mass unknowns from COVID 19 virus.

However, may we remember that the Israelites wanderings were not alone. The God we serve is the same God who led Moses and his people with a cloud by day and fire by night and God is and will lead us now!

We joined with a multitude of churches in stepping outside of the box in doing worship. Baltimore UMC did our first virtual worship this past week through Facebook live, and are looking for more ways to reach out to each other and our community with continued Discipleship growth. While virtual worship is new to us and not our preferred worship, know that Baltimore was able to reach 792 people with the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. As we work to find God’s guidance for our work through this pandemic, watch our Facebook and Website for updates on ways that we can continue our work of transforming our world, and listen for future calling post with updates for those not online.

Bishop Leeland has updated his letter to the churches of the WNCC with the recommendation to follow the Center of Disease Control guidelines as well as the state/local guidelines. We will not have in person worship for the rest of March, or any gathering that involves more than 10 people. We will continue to monitor and update each day as best as we can. While these guidelines are tough, they are important in protecting all people from spreading this virus, especially those that are of highest risk. Remember that this is a way for us to love our neighbor intentionally and for the church to be the church.

Things that we can do:
  • Pray for all those infected with the virus and their families!
  • Pray for all the medical personnel and first responders who are offering care for those who are sick, and the scientists who are working diligently to create a vaccine and medicine for this virus.
  • Pray for all leaders as they make difficult decisions.
  • Reach out via phone calls to each other and especially those at greatest risk for things that they may need.
  • Use this time for deeper reading of Scriptures, deeper more intentional prayer, and sabbath rest.
  • With the cessation of the overload of running back and forth to games, meetings, etc… to deeply connect with your families with intentional love!
  • Lastly. Please remember that even though we are not gathering for worship on Sunday’s at this time, the church expenses still continue. We ask that you continue your tithes and offerings to God through your church by mailing your tithe checks (NO CASH) to the church, or contact the pastor to arrange for cash offerings.

While the world remains and increases in chaos and fear, may we remember 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and love and a sound mind.” The world needs us now more than ever to be the children of the living God!
 
 
 
 
March 12, 2020 - Here is an important message from Bishop Paul L. Leeland of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church:

March 12, 2020
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
As we continue to receive communications and information regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are aware of the significant challenges arising on a daily basis.  The virus is spreading rapidly, and there are an increasing number of cases reported throughout the state.  We know the virus is highly contagious and that mitigation is possible with cautious measures. 
 
It is extremely important that we slow the rate of infection in order to allow our health care services to respond appropriately.  If the infection rate increases too quickly, we may not have the health care support required for everyone needing treatment.
 
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Conference and I agree that it is important to suspend public worship for the next two weeks, beginning today.  Please use your discretion regarding smaller gatherings like small groups, Bible studies, etc. These precautions are not only important for your own safety but for the health and welfare of the entire community. While we are in unfamiliar territory, health care professionals advise that this is necessary for slowing the rate of infection.
 
With the awareness of so many who depend on our church ministries, we hope you will be mindful of the need to continue to support these ministries and those of your local church. Your prayers, presence (in spirit), gifts (including financial support), service, and witness are still important and needed to sustain and strengthen our ongoing mission.
 
Please take precautions to keep yourself, loved ones, congregations, and communities safe. 
 
With gratitude for you and your leadership,
 
Bishop Paul L. Leeland
Western North Carolina Conference
United Methodist Church
 
Visit our website for ongoing updates and resources to help your congregation respond:  https://www.wnccumc.org/newsdetail/covid-19-letter-from-bishop-leeland-and-other-resources-for-preparedness-13441434