FORGING OUR FUTURE
A Letter from Pastor Andy
May 27, 2020
Dear University Park Family,
Several of you have emailed me to ask my thoughts on President Trump’s recent exhortation to State Governors to authorize reopening Sunday worship services. The short version contains three basic points. First, I’m glad the President agrees that spiritual community is essential. Second, our church has never been closed, only our buildings. We have continued our ministry, and I’m grateful to our hardworking and creative staff for finding ways to do so under often severe constraints. Finally, we will not reopen our building to Sunday worship or any other groups until we are convinced that we can do so safely.
This past week, I met with a small group of staff members and doctors who are part of our congregation to begin creating guidelines to reopen. We’ll begin by opening to the small groups that use our building throughout the week. We’re determining which rooms we can use, how many people can be in a room, which entrances and exits they should use, what precautions we will require them to take, how often the rooms will be cleaned and by what procedures, our insurance company’s requirements, and so on. We have no deadline; we will open when we think that we have sufficient safety procedures in place.
We are also considering the possibility of holding a few outdoor worship services this summer. Those services would be live streamed so that those who can’t be present, or who feel unsafe in such gatherings, could enjoy them from home. That planning is still in its early stages, but I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, we’ll continue our Sunday online worship. Thanks to all of you who have been part of the services, reading scripture and other parts of the liturgy – and thanks to all who faithfully watch and participate in the comments! This Sunday is Pentecost, and our worship will focus on the Biblical story that some call “the birth of the church.” I hope you’ll join us on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UniversityParkUMCDenver. (You can click that link now and subscribe if you like.) The other way to find us is to go to YouTube and search for “University Park UMC Denver.” Thanks to all who’ve subscribed to our YouTube channel – we’re up to 135 subscribers now! (Can world domination be far off?)
I feel very privileged to serve as your Pastor. As spring picks up steam and we head into summer, I hope you’re able to take advantage of our glorious weather to get outdoors. Please continue to take all the recommended precautions to keep yourself healthy and safe, and I look forward to seeing you in person as soon as possible!
Grace and Peace,