COVID-19 Updates

From the Pastor’s Desk

As COVID cases continue to climb once again in our community, I’d like to remind us of the role that we can each play keeping one another safe. We are a congregation that cares deeply about the vulnerable, and how we approach COVID is an expression of that core value. So with that in mind, please remember…

  • Masks are required during worship and other indoor activities at the church. Our worship leaders will wear masks unless they are in the pulpit or lectern where we have plexiglass screens. Our ushers will have masks if you don’t happen to have one.
  • Please observe physical distancing of 6′ or more between family units in the sanctuary.
  • Please respect the wishes of others regarding their physical space. Some people are wary of hugs and handshakes during this time, or even elbow-bumps. (Some folks weren’t necessarily huggers to begin with!)
  • Make sure you wash hands and/or use sanitizer often.
  • If you feel sick or test positive, please worship with us in our virtual service. Observe the CDC guidelines for COVID quarantine and isolation.

I truly appreciate the care that this congregation has shown over the last 2+ years of dealing with COVID. Let us continue to live out our value of care for each other during this season and beyond!


Grace and Peace,

Rev. Alex

Virtual Worship Only Through January

Due to the rising rates of COVID in our area, we shifted back to virtual-only worship at Christmas Eve. We’ll be continuing to have just one service of worship (on Zoom at 10 a.m.) through at least January 30th. Check the church calendar for information about how this change affects small groups and other ministries. Please keep our congregation in prayer, along with those who are sick and the doctors, nurses, technicians, and others who are working to heal people’s bodies from COVID-19.

Update! Christmas Eve Worship 4pm & 9pm Live Stream ONLY

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Dear Friends, 

Christmas is just around the corner, but COVID cases are on the rise in our community. After consulting with our Re-Entry Team, staff, and healthcare professionals, we believe that the safest course of action is to worship virtually for Christmas Eve. I know that for some of you this is a deep disappointment. But Silver Spring UMC has always placed the well-being of our neighbors above our own interests, and this is another opportunity to live out that commitment.


So, to be clear, our Christmas Eve services will be VIRTUAL ONLY. The services will still be live streamed from the sanctuary, but there will not be a congregation. We invite you to participate from the comfort of your homes for one of these two service options.


Our 4 p.m. service will be specially geared toward families with younger children, including carols that will be more familiar to them and the Christmas story in language that they can understand. Families will likely want to have a candle or glow sticks on hand to use as we celebrate the light of Jesus Christ.


Our 9 p.m. service is a traditional service of carols and Communion. For this service, you’ll want to have juice and bread (or an equivalent) on hand to serve as the Body and Blood of Christ for the Lord’s Supper. You’ll also want to have a candle nearby to light as we sing “Silent Night.”


Both services will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjjI7Fz4EI3Q4ZrIoaKblow) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SilverSpringUMC) thanks to Buzz365 Media. We are thankful for their help to make this streaming worship experience possible!


On Sunday, December 26th, we will have a single worship service at 10 a.m. via Zoom. You can log into the service here. The Zoom will also stream to our Facebook page.


I look forward to joining with you as we celebrate Christmas wherever we are on Friday evening!



Rev. Alex

Come and Fellowship with Us!

Come for Worship, Stay for Fellowship!

November 21, join us at 11:00 for the worship service, and then move to the back parking lot for food trucks – no charge! – (including food options for kids), games, music, and fellowship! The entire community is invited, along with our tenants. Along the way, you can find out more about the work of our Racial Justice Ministries group and make a donation for our Thanksgiving Food Drive (gift cards for Target, Giant, and Safeway). In order to maintain COVID safety, this can only be an outdoor event; so it is definitely “weather permitting.” But we’re praying for a chance to have a great time together! Again, that’s worship at 11:00 and the fellowship time will follow at 12:15!

STATEMENT ON RACIAL JUSTICE

The riotous assault that occurred on Wednesday January 6, 2021 on the United States Capitol building was a dark and disgraceful event in our nation’s recent history.  This dangerous insurrection by an armed mob, fueled by hate and misinformation from the highest levels of our government, was a vicious attack, not only on the seat of our government, but on American democracy itself.  Such actions were heartbreaking and wrong and have no place in our political discourse.

We, the members of the Silver Spring United Methodist Church Racial Justice Ministry, strongly condemn this unprecedented attack on our democracy, and we call on all our elected leaders and all communities of faith to do the same.

American voters made their voices heard when they elected Joseph R. Biden, Jr. the next President of the United States.  The election was lawful and secure, and the peaceful transition of power is a core tenet of our democracy, one that we always have and always should respect.  And, in spite of the violence and threat against their lives, our elected leaders went back to work to protect our democracy, and to fulfill their constitutional duty under the law.

As people of faith, we have important work to do to help heal the divisions in our nation, and to rebuild our relationships with one another in order to prevent such violence in the future.  In the spirit of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, let us focus on that work: to move our churches, our communities, and our country forward toward unity and equality.

May there be Peace with Justice,

SSUMC Racial Justice Ministry Leaders