Dear Newfield Church Family,

As we support our friends, families, communities and the world in combatting COVID-19, we are introducing the following new ministry methods (after all, we are Methodists [😊] ) to enhance our worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in community with one another:

Comfy Cozy Church worship services will be livestreamed each Sunday and replace our in person gatherings in our buildings until further notice. Grab your coffee and join us at 10am every Sunday morning from the comfort of your own physical location via our Facebook pages.  On Facebook, go to Newfield United Methodist Church’s pages.  If you do not have a Facebook account you can set one up at Facebook.com. These services will also be recorded so if you cannot join us at 10am, you can check back on the service later in the morning. The plan is to also have these service livestreamed and recorded onto youtube.com and our websites shortly. Stay tuned!

Please email or text your joys and concerns to Pastor Beth no later than 9:30am Sunday morning so that she can share them during the service!
Online giving is coming to both churches as our Treasurers and Finance Chairs work out the details. In the meantime, it is important to our ministry that you mail your tithes, gifts and offerings to the churches. Please mail your checks to Franklinville United Methodist Church at 1525 Coles Mill Rd, Franklinville NJ 08322 or to Newfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 408, Newfield, NJ 08344. You may also drop checks into the secure slot in the mailbox at Franklinville at the end of the parking lot.  During this time especially, our financial support needs are up, both to sustain our current ministries and to answer the additional needs of a hurting world. This is an opportunity for Christian love to shine! We will be updating all on specific financial needs as we progress through this time.

The Harmony Cluster Lenten Bible Study Gatherings will continue, but rather than meeting in person will meet via ZOOM, starting tonight, March 19, from 6:30-7:45. This is EAZY PEAZY I promise. We already have had several of our members try out using ZOOM this week for the first time and they all had success! To Join the Zoom Meeting, click on this link: 
https://zoom.us/j/309155746 
Follow the prompts. To get on. Only a couple of steps and it tells you clearly.  
Only if you have any problems, call this number and you can join by phone:    646 876 9923
Enter Meeting ID: 309 155 746 when prompted

 Beginning Monday March 23, Pastor Beth will be posting on our Facebook pages videoed SACRED SCRIPTURE SPEECH she reads the Word each day and offers opportunity for you to engage on the Facebook Pages with the Scripture.

All ministry groups, committees, and other gatherings will now meet online via ZOOM video conferencing whenever feasible, as we will no longer have in person meetings until further notice. Reach out to me for assistance in setting up ZOOM meetings.

The Franklinville Food Pantry will be closed onsite, however Gary and Terry Schneeman are making arrangements for special requests.  Those in need may contact them at their business number 856-881-8823. The pantry is still taking donations and anticipating supply needs to increase. They are especially looking for pasta, pasta sauce, tuna and peanut butter donations. These items may be dropped off at the church during office hours of Tuesday – Thursday from 9am to 2pm.

We have also closed our buildings for all outside groups. Please pray for the AA groups in particular that have been meeting at Franklinville. Pray that they find alternative arrangements that are safe and that members get the support they need.

The Newfield Men’s Group sponsored Spaghetti Dinner will not be held March 28th. They are evaluating options as events unfold.

Now more than ever is the time to be the church. Please check up on one another and those around you in your communities. Phone calls, especially to our shut ins are greatly appreciated. The best hugs right now are to offer prayer to one another!

If you know of people with compromised immune systems and or are elderly, check that they have someone bringing them food. Let us know of those who may benefit most by a little shopping done by those of us who can. I will be working with Gary and Terry Schneeman and other volunteers to coordinate efforts as we move forward.

As we are in a continuously and rapidly changing environment brought on by this disease, we will be evaluating and adjusting our ministry plans accordingly, so remain flexible and help us to be creative. By all means email me your ideas!

As children of God, I want to urge you to respond with faith rather than fear. We remember that through the power of Jesus Christ, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Our lives are in God’s hands, and nothing – not even a global pandemic – can separate us from his love. Let us be people who share the much-needed gifts of prayer and peace with our family and friends.

We have a unique opportunity to be a light shining in a world that has suddenly become darker and more fearful. Let’s take care of each other, look after our neighbors in need, and comfort and pray for those who are feeling vulnerable. Let’s go deep into prayer and ask God to use us to bring some good out of this very difficult time, including in our own hearts.

As always, please know that we welcome your questions and would love to hear from you if we can be of help.

Serving with You,

Pastor Beth