First United Methodist Church Of Bay Minette, Alabama
Saturday, April 04, 2020

E-News from Pastor Marty

Good Monday Morning, 3-20-2020
As I spent time this weekend reflecting on all of the events of recent days, I remembered a song from the musical Annie. The words remind us that despite the troubles of the day, the sun will come up tomorrow.
The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!
When I'm stuck with a day
That's grey
And lonely
I just stick out my chin
And grin
And say
The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow, tomorrow!
I love ya tomorrow!
You're always
A day away!”
I can’t sing those words without smiling and remembering that long before Annie sang these words, King David wrote a song with similar meaning. From Psalm 30:5, David declares,
“For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.”
The crisis we are facing will pass. The night will come to and end. Weeping will cease. And tomorrow there will be rejoicing because God promises to be with us today, tomorrow and forever.
I would like to thank everyone for tuning in to our first Facebook Live service yesterday. Despite some technical issues, I hope everyone was able to watch the service either live or even later in the day. As I’ve said before, even though the church building is closed, the church is not. I hope you gathered with your family in front of the screen. I hope you joined us in the Call to Worship and the Affirmation of Faith. I hope you sang as loud as you could, the hymns for the day. It may have been different but trust me God is pleased when we worship Him, regardless of the circumstances.
I saw a funny thing on Facebook last week. Someone posted a play on Matthew 18:20 that said ‘where two or more but less than ten are gathered, Jesus is with us.’ Well, there were nine of us gathered at church yesterday to produce the service. I want to thank Aldo, Nate Cherolis, and Cris for their technical expertise. Manci, Mike, Nathan Shiver, and Amelia did a wonderful job with music. As always, Heather was my cheering section.
It was strange at first preaching to an ‘empty’ sanctuary. But as preached, I imagined your faces sitting in the pews. And I was encouraged. Thank you for your prayers and support during this time.
I wanted to let you know about a couple of other ways, we are working on keeping everyone connected. ZOOM is an online video conferencing program. That the Conference office is using to produce a daily online devotional at 10am CST Monday - Friday. If you are available, Please click here to access daily devotional Zoom meeting.  You will have to download Zoom. But I was able to do it with no problem.
This is a great way to stay connected to God and to the church. Every day, a different person will be bringing a short devotion, followed by prayer requests and prayer. Let me know if you have any issues connecting to the broadcast. This is a new program so we can learn together.
Also, for our Wednesday morning Bible study, I will be attempting to follow the Conference’s lead and have our regular Bible study at 7:00 AM. You will have to provide your own bacon and biscuits, but we can study God’s word together. This is new to me so let me ask for grace as I navigate the world of technology. If all works well, you can cut and paste the following link to your browser and join us for the study. Just a reminder, this is a video conference, so everyone will be able to see your smiling face. 
Again, you will have to download Zoom, which is quick and easy. Select, ‘Join with Computer Audio’ and you should be ready to go.
Together, we will continue to support and pray for one another. Please call me if there is anything the church can do for you during this time.
I love you.
Pastor Marty

First United Methodist Church | 120 West 2nd StreetBAY MINETTE, AL 36507-3213