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Update from Rev. Miranda on Mitigation Restrictions, 11/17/2020

Northwest Family,

This afternoon, the Governor announced that all of IL would be entering Phase 4 Tier 3 mitigations beginning 11/20. A couple of hours later, the Bishop released a letter to the Conference encouraging all churches to begin following the recommendations for this Phase and Tier immediately.

In order to follow this recommendation please note that all gatherings and meetings at the church will now be online or cancelled.

Rev. Miranda Denler

Update from Rev. Miranda on Mitigation Restrictions, 11/11/2020

Northwest Family,

We’ve had a few questions about why the Reopening Team has decided to suspend in person worship during mitigation. In order to be as transparent as possible, I wanted to send you a brief explanation.

My first suggestion is to visit the Illinois Great Rivers Coronavirus webpage. There, you can view a video of the Bishop announcing the newest measures put in place for the conference. You will also find a link to a document of those measures titled, “Pressing On.” I would encourage you to read over the document. It is not meant to replace the previous measures, which you can also find a link for at the bottom of the page, but rather an addendum to the previous measures as things have changed since it was released.

One of the most common questions I get is why we have certain guidelines, such as not meeting for worship right now, or not singing, when other United Methodist Churches are not following those guidelines. The simplest answer to that is that the Reopening Team has decided to follow the guidelines as set out by the Bishop and Cabinet. The Bishop has stated publicly that they will not police churches, making them follow the policies, but that he hopes churches will follow them. The Reopening Team, made up of the chairs of the Administrative Council, Trustees, Worship, a Healthcare Representative, and myself, have decided to follow the recommendations even as they are not mandated, but encouraged. Please know that this decision was made out of love for the congregation and care for our community. Our team is not responsible for the decisions of other churches and has taken the decision to suspend in person worship for the time being very seriously. There is a plan in place to return to in person worship in the New Year, as long as further mitigation is not placed on our community.

The other question I have received is why we can have Bible Study but not worship. We are currently in Phase 4 Tier 1 mitigation. This limits the number of persons in a gathering to 25. While we have been worshiping at greater than 25, our Bible Study numbers are under that limit. We will continue to meet with social distancing and masks, as long as the mitigation limit does not drop below average attendance of Bible Study.

Please consider joining us for weekly online worship on our Facebook page (you do not need an account).  The sermon and other videos, including a full recording of the service, will also be loaded to YouTube every Sunday, late morning.  The sermons will also continue to be emailed out every Sunday morning. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy, please contact the Church office.

Finally, I would like to encourage all of us to lift up Northwest, our community, our country, and our world in your prayers daily. None of us know what will happen next, but we can know that with our prayers and patience, God will continue to work through Northwest to bring change to our community. I truly believe that even as we are separated, God will be with us. Rob and I have found our time together with the gratefulness booklet provided by the Discipleship Committee to be grounding in our spiritual lives. Every day we are discussing small parts of life for which we are grateful and remembering that God is good despite our current state. I pray this spiritual discipline has also brought you joy.

In Christ’s Love,
Rev. Miranda Denler

Worship and Sunday School

Nursery Care (infant - age 4)8:30 - 11:00 am
Sunday School (all ages)8:30 - 9:30 am
Blended Worship (contemporary with traditional) 9:45 - 10:45 am

Check our calendar for any schedule changes due to special services.

Address and Phone

Northwest United Methodist Church
3800 W. War Memorial Dr. Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: 309-692-0421


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