March 14, 2020
Dear Wisconsin Rapids UMC members and friends,
We find ourselves in a strange and difficult time. In the midst of the COVID-19 uncertainty let us
continue to trust in our God of love and grace. Our building is used by many groups which leads to
extra foot traffic and the possibility of extra exposure.
This along with information from public
officials, denominational leaders, and conversations with others churches have led us to decide to cancel all meetings (Sunday worship, Bible study, committee meetings, men’s breakfast, music practices, and the Wednesday Lenten meal and study) until further notice. This decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately we want to limit exposure to the virus for everyone.
Here’s what you need to know going forward:
1) I’m not going on vacation. I’m still working and am here for pastoral needs. I will take precautions
about visiting the sick, but am always available by phone. If you don’t have my cell phone
number, it’s 920-896-3976. Please feel free to use it if you need to talk to me. The office will still
be open for the time being; the office phone number is 715-423-8860. If you’re not able to
connect with a person on either of those numbers, call Tami Drew-Huiras at 715-459-4078
2) I encourage you to worship at home. I will continue with the Lenten sermon series and have it
posted on the church website by Sunday morning at 9am. Continue to let us know about prayer
requests and we’ll email out a prayer list regularly. Also, don’t forget about the Prayer Chain
3) Stay tuned to the church’s website (umcwr.org), Facebook page, and email for updates as we
move forward. We have a tentative start date of Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday, to gather for
worship again. We will let you know of any change as we move forward.
4) Newsletter articles are still due on March 16 :)
5) Some church members may have unexpected needs arise during this time. If there’s a special
need please let me know, and I’ll try to help with the resources that I have at my disposal.
This is an excellent time to practice being a good neighbor. Watch out for those around you who
may need an extra hand. In the midst of uncertainty, we can be a bright spot by safely living out our
Thank you for your grace and understanding during this time. During this Lenten season, let us keep
close to Jesus.
Pastor Joshua Pegram