COVID-19 Updates and Quarantined Worship

This page will contain updates for Hedding Church
and community as the health crisis unfolds.

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May 10, 2020

Quarantined Worship for Sunday, May 10!

From the Hedding United Methodist Church Pastor’s Home! Join us as we continue our six week series on Transformation in the Solitude. Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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May 3, 2020

Worship On-line With Us! Quarantined Worship for Sunday, May 5!

From the Hedding United Methodist Church Pastor’s Home! Join us as we continue our six week series on Transformation in the Solitude.

Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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May 1, 2020

Beginning this Sunday, online fellowship time! Join us on Zoom each Sunday of the quarantine at noon:

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Weekly Fellowship
Time: 12:00 PM Noon –  Every week on Sunday starting this week!
Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73449007769
Meeting ID: 734 4900 7769

If you need some tech help, reach out to Kelly, Jon, or Pastor Rae!

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship On-line With Us!

Quarantined Worship for Sunday, April 26!

From the Hedding United Methodist Church Pastor’s Home! Join us as we continue our six week series on Transformation in the Solitude. Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home!

Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Worship On-line With Us!

Quarantined Worship for Sunday, April 19!

From the Hedding United Methodist Church Pastor’s Home! Join us as we begin our six week series on Transformation in the Solitude. Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home!

Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!!! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!!

Worship On-line With Us! Quarantined Worship for Easter Sunday, April 12!

From Hedding United Methodist Church and Pastor’s Home! Celebrate Easter Sunday with us virtually! How will the encounter with the empty tomb transform you?

Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home!

Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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April 10, 2020

Worship On-line With Us! Quarantined Worship for Good Friday, April 10!

From Hedding United Methodist Church’s Pastor’s Home!

Observe Good Friday with us as we walk through the Passion of the Christ together in a Tenebrae styled worship service. “Tenebrae” means “darkness” so this is a service of darkness.

Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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April 9, 2020

It is Maundy Thursday (Commandment Thursday) Observe it with us virtually.

From Hedding United Methodist Church’s Pastor’s Home!

Observe Maundy Thursday (Commitment Thursday) with us as we herald our heroes in scrubs. Sometimes ministry is kinda gross and makes us uncomfortable. No one is in the trenches of ministry like our healthcare workers right now. How are they “washing the feet” of their fellow brothers, sisters, siblings close to home and around the world? They are loving as Jesus loved us. We thank God for them today as they are Christ’s hands and feet in today’s world.

Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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Worship On-line With Us! Quarantined Worship for Palm Sunday, April 5! From Hedding United Methodist Church’s Pastor’s Home! We might not have palms to wave today, but we can still observe the gentle king riding in on the donkey! Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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March 29, 2020

From Hedding United Methodist Church’s Pastor’s Home! If Jesus can calm the storm, can he calm the storm in my heart? Join us for worship today, from the comfort of your own home! Be safe, stay home, wash your hands. Peace. Be still.

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March 25, 2020

Hello Hedding Family and Wider Community,

As things around us progress rapidly, I thought I would give you a brief update about some of our ministries.

  • The Food Shelf is continuing on Wednesdays and Thursdays and the new way of giving people food seems to be working: pre-boxed meals by family size and no one but volunteers inside the church. Lots of hand washing and plenty of space between clients even outside. Last week there were many many more families visiting our Food Shelf than usual.
  • The Friday night dinner that Jon ran last week (3/20) served 133 meals to hungry people! That is about twice as many meals as a usual Community Supper! Some meals were delivered directly to hotels that are now hosting more homeless people than ever and about 45 people walked up for the window service at 84 Summer Street, the old Enough Ministries site, where area churches are coming together to serve.
  • As of Monday (3/23) all of the homeless, including those who had been staying in our Overflow Shelter, are now in hotels so that they can isolate and be cared for more effectively. Good Samaritan Haven will be sending over a team to do a deep clean of the space in our church.
  • Renny continues to work at the church but mostly in isolation – taking clients over the intercom or by phone; and coordinating the food ministries.
  • Worship continues to be virtual and all church business is being conducted by phone and email.
  • I am working from home as I continue to basically stay quarantined as both my girls as well as Kurt were in school up until last week and I don’t want to risk bringing petri-dish-school-germs, particularly COVID-19, to Barre. (no school based confirmed cases thus far, just a precaution.) From home I’m able to help coordinate with other Barre pastors around our food ministries, make calls to parishioners and keep in touch over email and social media, and create the online worship service.

Know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you! Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, concerns, and especially pastoral care needs! Email – rev.fraumann@gmail.com Phone/Text – 802-881-3768

Many Blessings,

Pastor Rae

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March 22, 2020

Worship with us here (or on Facebook or YouTube!)

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March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As events continue to unfold, it seems all the more important that we practice social distancing. Today I’m at the church to gather up some resources and hopefully post a video, but mostly I’m going to try to work from home. One of my colleagues noted that pastors are trying to basically church plant virtual ministries right now, and like most of the rest of the world, we’re all flying by the seat of our pants! There is something exhilarating about that, but also a tad overwhelming. So I’m trying to pace myself and help us all remember to breathe and practice good self care.

My goal is to reach out to everyone in the church community over the next few weeks. Feel free to reach out to me if you need pastoral support! My email is rev.fraumann@gmail.com and my phone is 802-881-3768. Call or text! Please be sure to leave a message if you call and I don’t pick up! If you text, make sure to say who you are so I’m not guessing!

Be well, my beloved community!

Pastor Rae

 

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March 15, 2020

Join us for virtual worship at 10am (or anytime after!) via Facebook or YouTube or right here!

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March 14, 2020

Please help us by reaching out to others in our community to make sure that they have heard about the cancellations in worship and meetings, etc.

We are working with the crisis=opportunity model of response. What are the opportunities that this crisis affords to us? Time to stay home and rest. Time for family to reconnect and play boardgames/watch movies. New and creative ways to offer worship and discipleship programs. A possible new warming shelter and centralized food distribution site for the homeless and hungry in our community. New ways to collaborate with other church ministries. Stay tuned and we’ll see what we can do together!

With Love and Prayers,

Pastor Rae

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March 13, 2020

Hello Hedding Family,

We are living in unprecedented times, it seems. Our nation is going into a state of emergency today. Our state is working hard to provide guidance to all of our organizations in terms of groups of people gathering. Our local governments are working with health and community organizations to decide on best practices. I have been on the phone and in virtual meetings all morning and plans are being put into place for our ministries. I wish I could talk to each one of you about this in person, but that is not possible – nor would it be a good idea.

As you have all probably heard, we should all be washing our hands a lot and distancing ourselves from one another as much as possible. COVID-19 (which I’m sure we are all sick of hearing about already, but at least we’re not sick with it) is a dangerous threat in our world right now. I do not want to overreact nor underreact to this pandemic. I pray that we will all prayerfully navigate this worldwide phenomenon with both wisdom and faith. Wisdom to protect ourselves and others from contracting and spreading this virus, and faith that in life and in death, we belong to God and God is with us through everything. When anxiety begins to creep into your heart, as it does for all of us from time to time, remember that Jesus calmed even the wind and the waves. Peace. Be still. Take a breath and know that you are a beloved child of God.

Here is how our church community is going to respond to the current crisis:

  • We are going to strongly encourage social distancing. Please stay at home as much as possible.
    • We are canceling live worship gatherings until the end of March. This means Sunday morning worship. I know that this is hard and sad and maybe even feel extreme, but I don’t even want to think about risking any of your beautiful lives by encouraging you to gather together in large groups during this time. I will be working with church leaders to find ways to bring you worship virtually (facebook live, youtube, emailed devotionals, etc.) let’s get creative and see what the Holy Spirit can do even when we can’t gather together in person! It is possible that we will have to extend the timeframe for this plan.
    • We are not going to have in person meetings. Church leadership will talk about our planned meetings and get the word out about postponing or meeting virtually during this time.
    • Staff will work from home as much as possible. Renny is in a high risk category as are Kelly’s daughters. Much of what they do can be done from home, although it will certainly keep us from being as hospitable as we would like to be. I will come to Barre as needed and I don’t quite know what that will look like yet. Remember that this is a short-term emergency situation.
  • We want to keep vital ministries going. People rely on us for food. Therefore:
    • Our Food Shelf will function differently for the next 10-12 weeks (or until health officials tell us otherwise). Instead of people coming into the church, folks will come to the front door and check in. They will receive a prefilled box of food depending upon family size.
    • Our Financial Assistance Program will be phone and email based. We don’t want Renny, as stated above, in contact with so many people so he will be working as much as possible from home, only coming in from time to time to check phone messages and file paperwork. Checks can be sent via mail, information can be sent by text, etc.
    • The Overflow Shelter will continue as usual and as per the policy of the Good Samaritan Haven. They have just updated their infectious disease policy and I invite you to read more about it in today’s Times Argus.
    • The Friday Night Community Dinner is going to undergo the biggest changes. Tonight we are going to encourage people to come in to get food, eat, and depart as rapidly as possible. Beginning next week, area churches are combining efforts to open a community feeding center at the former Enough Ministries location on Summer Street. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners, as they are usually provided by our individual churches, will be served at that location. We are trying to gather resources to make it possible to have volunteers cook and prepare food inside the building while guests stay outside the building. There is a food service window on the outside of the building and we are hoping to find a large mess-hall type tent to have guests eat under. Volunteers will be needed to help put this space into action as soon as possible over the next several days as well as to help prepare and serve the food. We are hoping that this will allow these vital meals to continue without interruption for some of our most vulnerable citizens.
  • We are going to put our faith in God and trust in God’s goodness and resources.
    • Please stay in touch with one another as Beloved Community. A phone call, an email, facebook, and text messages can help all of us from feeling too isolated. Please especially remember to reach out to community members who live alone. Pray together over the phone, share news, laugh and tell stories. Keep church leaders updated if anyone is ill or needs extra prayer.
    • Please pray daily for our leaders – national, state, and local – that they would have wisdom, integrity, and strength for the challenges yet to come.
    • Please pray for the most vulnerable – the elderly, the infirm, those with compromised immune system, the homeless, the poor, those who can’t afford to stay home from work even when they are sick – that God and God’s community would provide sustenance, health, and comfort during this time.
    • Please pray for the sick – those who already have this disease or other diseases – that they would be made well.
    • Please pray for the healthy – that they would have the wisdom to stay home and help keep others safe, that during this time all would find opportunities to reconnect with their loved ones who they are quarantined with or via telephone or internet.
    • Consider using this prayer which has gone viral:
  • Prayer for a Pandemic
  • May we who are merely inconvenienced
  • Remember those whose lives are at stake.
  • May we who have no risk factors
  • Remember those most vulnerable.
  • May we who have the luxury of working from home
  • Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
  • May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
  • Remember those who have no options
  • May we who have to cancel our trips
  • Remember those that have no safe place to go.
  • May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
  • Remember those who have no margin at all.
  • May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
  • Remember those who have no home.
  • As fear grips our country
  • Let us choose love.
  • During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
  • Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
  • Amen.

Blessings on you all. Know that you are all in my prayers. We will weather this storm with wisdom and faith.

Peace. Be still. Stay home. Wash your hands.

With Love,

Pastor Rae