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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

I’d like to share what I hope you will take as good news today. I am very happy to start a new year of serving The Downtown Church. If you are unfamiliar with the United Methodist Church, you may not be aware that pastors are appointed by the bishop to serve one year at a time. It is our tradition to gather once a year and then be sent out to serve our churches. For 2020, it happened virtually in June.

Such a strange year right? Are you Zoomed out yet? Are you wondering what this fall will be like for students, concerts, and sports events or work? I believe about a dozen times a day I say, “I don’t know.” The funny thing is, although I don’t like not knowing, I am getting used to it. I don’t know many things about how COVID 19 will impact us. I don’t know exactly what it will mean for us as a church in the days ahead. I don’t know if our plans to add in-person worship on July 19 will happen as we hope. I don’t know what it will feel like a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

I have learned so much the past six year, but I remember something very clearly from August 2014 when I started at The Downtown Church: I didn’t know how a church worshipping 30 people in downtown Springfield would turn around. I didn’t know how on earth I was going to write a message every week. I didn’t know what to do with a great big nursery without any children. I didn’t even know Brian Mattson. So I leaned into God and God has been faithful. God showed us we were to be a church determined to love God and love neighbor. God led us forward and we learned what we did not know. One step, one day at a time. I am learning still.

See you (virtually) Sunday,
Lori

Join us online every Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook Live or our YouTube Channel. Get your breakfast, get comfy, and join us at 10:30am online.
We are currently planning on holding in-person worship on Sunday, July 19. We have a team finalizing our plans to create a safe and warm space, but COVID-19 has made us rethink what worship looks like during these times.

Many things will be different, but we are still the church, the people, gathering to worship God. We will be in our sanctuary, wear masks, physically distance, and keep the kids with us. Our music will be more simple than you remember, our time together shorter, and it will be up to you to bring your own coffee, donuts, and coloring books.

Like you, we will continue to pay attention to updates from our health department, and, like you, we are staying open to the changes we may need to make as we move forward.
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