Update #3 · March 18, 2020
First, we’d like to say thank you for worshiping online with us this past weekend. We loved the encouragement of the Holy Spirit through our online resources and are thankful we have these avenues as the coronavirus affects everyone day-to-day.
In light of the recent Center for Disease Control recommendation we have suspended or postponed on-site, large-church programming (Kids Ministry, Upward Sports, EPIC Youth, Jelly Bean Jog, Friday Moms, large group Bible studies, Brain Fitness, Wednesday Nights) throughout the week.
At this time all on-site, smaller-groups (Celebrate Recovery groups, adult Bible studies, discipleship groups, and prayer ministry gatherings) can still meet at the church. Please check with your group leader about continuing on schedule.
The weekend worship services will be streamed LIVE this weekend at the normal services times (the stream will start a few minutes early so you can get set up and ready to join in). Our staff is working on ways to enhance the online worship gatherings. More info/updates to follow later this week.
These temporary adjustments to the way we function as a church family are not out of fear, but out of care and respect for our community.
It is also important that we continue to be the church and usher in the Kingdom of Heaven, no matter the circumstance. While we are not meeting physically, there are still ways for us to be for and amongst our community:
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:9–13) God’s word is a mighty resource for finding the words to pray when we’re at a loss for words. There are many places we can turn to in a time of uncertainty, but we’re certain of Who we turn to, and the power He brings in ways we cannot. Throughout this process, please join us in prayer for those who are affected by the coronavirus, families at home, communities in need, government officials and the medical professionals around the world.
With school being cancelled the next few weeks and some people being unable to work, there are families who are struggling to get the supplies they need, and kids who rely on the school system’s free and reduced meals. The principal of a nearby school called Faith UMC’s Food Pantry—who receives our Community Pantry donations—and said there are lots of kids and families in need of groceries due to all the coronavirus craziness, and this goes beyond the families who rely on the food pantry on a normal week-to-week basis! If you’d like to help, drop off bags of nonperishable food items in the front lobby at church (M-F, 9 AM–3 PM).
Weekend worship looks different, but the quality and emphasis on helping anyone and everyone become a follower of Jesus remains constant. We understand that opportunities to give of your tithes and offerings have been limited, so we’re sharing a few ways you can still participate in this act of worship. You can drop off your offering at the church office throughout the week (M-F, 9 AM–3 PM), mail your offering to the church (1395 Campus View Court Oviedo, FL 32765) or you can give safely and securely online here.
In addition to streaming worship services, our staff has been looking into some creative ways for kids, youth and adults to continue growing in discipleship while in the safety and comfort of their own homes. We hope you will take this time to explore these special opportunities of diving deeper in your faith. We look forward to gathering with you online this weekend.
Update #2 · March 14, 2020
Weekend Worship Update
We are strongly encouraging everyone to stay home and participate in worship through Facebook LIVE this weekend (Mar 14/15) and next (21/22). We believe worshipping together is important, but we’re also mindful that it doesn’t have to be in a building. We will stream services this weekend and next at their normal service times and we are asking that you not come to the church building to attend services.
We encourage you to pray for your neighbors, friends, leaders around the world and people already feeling the effects by the coronavirus.
We have also extended our Community Pantry return weekend through the next week. Our contact at the food pantry has informed us that the schools nearby are in need of nonperishable food items for students (and their families) identified as “in need.” University Carillon will be open as a drop off site of nonperishable food items next week to be donated to the community’s needs.
Prayer requests can be made here: https://ucumc.net/goto/forms/prayer-request and will be added to the weekly prayer list.
You can find all this information and how to participate in church throughout the upcoming weeks on our church APP. You can download here: https://ucumc.net/mobile-app/
Update #1 · March 13, 2020
Dear Partners and Friends at University Carillon,
As you’re aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is of great concern and we want to do all we can as the Body of Christ to help prevent the spread of this virus.
As of today, we will remain open for weekend services and evaluate the situation further. In the event that local and state health officials do recommend closure or we determine it is in the best interest of our University Carillon family to close, we will inform everyone to the best of our abilities through our website, emails and social media.
Please know that we are continually dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment as our facilities are cleaned regularly. We have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the campus. We’ve also taken steps to minimize contact during weekend worship services:
We are taking this very seriously, which is why we always turn and listen to God’s Word of hope and peace through great difficulties. We get to remember who we are in Christ, and that we belong to the One who said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
Please be in prayer for those who have become sick and their families, the medical professionals and the government leaders.
We look forward to worshiping with you this weekend (both in service and online),
Pastor Jamie, Pastor Chris and Pastor Bobby
University Carillon—A Church Community Sent
P.S. During this time, you can also download the church app on your phone by going to ucumc.net/mobile-app/ to stay up to date and have access to sermons, announcements and giving all in the palm of your hand. Another way to continue worshipping alongside us is through our daily devotional emails sent straight to your email inbox. You can sign up HERE.