Congregational Letter from Pastor Hee Soon

Dear Beloved FUMC Family,

Grace and Peace of Jesus Christ to you and your family.  As we received information regarding the COVID-19 virus hear of the increasing number of cases reported in our state, our leadership of the Church and I have made decision Sunday worship service in person will be cancelled from this Sunday (3/22/20) until further notice.  I know that weekly public worship is an essential part of our method and a vital spiritual discipline.  We also recognize our need to gather for worship in times of anxiety and uncertainty.  However, now our public gathering may violate Wesley’s first general rule, which is “Do no harm.”

The service will be available on Los Altos United Methodist Church (LAUMC) in our El Camino district as our Bishop Carcano suggested (https://laumc.org/). The service will continue to be available every Sunday until we will be able to develop our own way. My sermon text will be available via email from this Sunday.

Most of our small groups are cancelled by the direction of the leaders. However, Midday Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays (11:00am-2:00pm) will be continued in the sanctuary.  I would like to offer One on One Bible study.  Please let me know if you are interested in.

Social distancing can be isolating. I encourage you to make sure to stay connected.  I encourage you to call one another to check in, especially those who are vulnerable. We are going to be vigilant in caring for one another.  Please let me know at any time if you or someone you know need any pastoral care.

Please know that we would like to do a “shopping for others” program where someone could buy groceries and other essentials on behalf of someone who cannot go shopping due to the Corona virus.  If you need this type of help or would like to be a volunteer to go “shopping for others” please let me know.

As I shared in my sermon yesterday about Julian of Norwich, a spiritual teacher who was in a small cell during the plague that destroyed Europe in 14th century.  Outside her walls, half the population died, and the plagues continued for years.  She had, in 1373, astonishing visions of Jesus of Jesus, his suffering, his compassion, his mercy and love.  And people who don’t recall anything else about her know that her mantra was “All shall be well. All manner of things shall be well.”  I really would like to say to you.

May we all find ways at this time to lift up the needs of those who are most vulnerable among us.  May we join our hearts in prayer until we are able to worship in person together again.

Not worrying that this shall pass.   Let’s stay healthy.  Send a wish of love to a particular person, our friends and neighbors.  Let’s remember the word of God in our Bishop’s letter: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”(Isaiah 41:10)

With Loving Prayers,

Pastor Hee Soon