Rotterdam UMC Church

To our Church Family,

The Opening Committee for our church recently met to discuss the church's current operations and protocols. After much discussion, given the Holiday Season and due to the rising increase in COVID-19 positive cases in our area and the increase in hospitalizations, the committee by consensus agreed to pause our church in-person attendance. This pause is being done out of an abundance of caution and to protect everyone in our church family, especially during the holidays.

The committee also observed the tremendous burden that our frontline healthcare workers are being challenged to meet and we need to do everything we can to fight this virus. We really want everyone to have a safe and healthy Christmas.

The pause will start on Wednesday, December 16th and hopefully end on January 23rd, depending on conditions found at that time. The committee will meet again on January 20th to review the COVID-19 environment in our area.

Our pastor and other key individuals have agreed to continue to live stream at https://www.facebook.com/RotterdamUMC/ and record a full church service, not only on Sunday's, but for Blue Christmas and Christmas Eve as well. We realize this does not reach everyone, but hopefully, it will reach most of our church family who wishes to view the service.  (And remember, you don’t need a Facebook account to watch the service after it’s been live-streamed.  Just type in the link above on your computer.)   We want to thank the pastor and those individuals for stepping up to reach out and continue the mission of our church.

In addition, we will be temporarily discontinuing all in-person meetings and suspending Boy Scout and Cub Scout meetings after December 16th.  Wonderland Preschool has advised us that they will be suspending in-person attendance at the nursery school beginning December 14th thru January 4th.  All of their classes will be held remotely during this time.

We realize the pandemic has been a difficult time for all and we pray everyone stays safe and well.

God Bless and Happy Holidays,

The Opening Committee