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Update on Closure, 3/30/2020

Good morning Northwest Family!

Welcome to another week of sheltering in place! I hope you found worship meaningful this weekend. As we continue to improve the worship experience, we appreciate your feedback. Thank you for continuing to worship with us!

The Bishop released another statement this weekend. As of now, the church building is closed until further notice. We will not be meeting for in-person worship (or any other gathering) until given permission. This means that along with missing Palm Sunday, we will also be worshiping at home for Easter and beyond. That makes your feedback all the more important. We want your worship experiences to be meaningful for your spiritual walk. If there is a piece of your discipleship that you are missing in this time, please let us know. We will do everything we can to provide spaces electronically and through phone lines to continue growing together

As a reminder, we will be having conference call Bible Study two times every week: Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Don’t forget live prayer on our YouTube channel on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.! Please make use of the prayer service on the YouTube Channel throughout our shelter-in-place order. I will be updating it every week with a new Scripture. A new prayer list will be sent out every Thursday afternoon by email and included in the packets mailed to those who don’t use email every Friday. We will continue to try live prayer despite technical issues and, hopefully, we’ll get it right!

Finally, be on the lookout for special opportunities coming up! We hope to provide Holy Week activities you can do at home to continue to observe this important time in the Christian year.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Miranda Denler

Update on Closure, 3/24/2020

The Governor’s Shelter-In-Place order issued over the weekend lasts through April 7th.

In order to comply with the governor’s order, we are extending the church building closure through April 7th. This means in-person worship will not happen on April 5th. All other meetings and groups will also not have in-person meetings through April 7th, including Bible studies, Sunday School, Prayer Group, Choir Practice, and business meetings.

We are working on having conference call and maybe video call options available for these groups beginning next week. Thank you for your patience as we continue to open communication lines and forge new ways to meet.

Keep connecting and reaching out to all our members! We are blessed to have such an amazing church family!

Pastor Miranda Denler

Northwest UMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), 3/19/2020

Northwest Family,

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate unprecedented times. The Bishop released a new statement late yesterday afternoon requesting that all congregations of the IGRC close to groups over 10 through March 31st. This includes Sunday morning worship.

You can see the Bishop’s statement here: https://www.igrc.org/coronavirus

In order to comply with the Bishop’s request as well as keep our congregation safe, we will be cancelling ALL events that occur in the church building through March 31st. This includes Sunday worship, Sunday School, Bible Studies, Prayer Group, Choir, and New at Northwest. Praise band will continue as normal.

Any committee meetings that are already scheduled between now and then must receive pastoral approval and must remain under the 10 person limit. Please do not schedule any other meetings at this time.

This may seem scary, however, the staff at Northwest are approaching this as a new opportunity. Continue to look out for emails regarding ways to engage with Sunday School and Bible Study materials while we are not meeting in person. We will be posting worship videos online for you to engage with on Sunday morning as well. Instructions on how to find those videos will follow. For those who are not technology savvy, worship materials and sermons will be sent by mail on Fridays. We are excited about providing new opportunities to continue to worship God and find community together in these uncertain times.

Overall, know that God is still God! We are still loved! The kingdom of God is still coming into being even though it looks like the world is in chaos!

In Christ’s love,

Pastor 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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