COVID Didn’t Break the Church - God is still changing lives!
COVID has done a lot of things in 2020. Who knew we would be embarking on a rollercoaster of uncertainty and change? Between this year’s COVID pandemic and the intense cultural and political climate, many have experienced a very painful and exhausting year—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Yet this we know. God is our rock and foundation. And God is still changing lives!
At South Reno UMC, we strive to be a life-giving church that shares the world-changing ideas of the kingdom of God. Despite adjusting our programs and walking in uncertainty, alongside the rest of the globe, we have seen the faithfulness of God continue, undisturbed by our temporary trials.
South Reno UMC is now just over three decades old, and we are witnessing seeds planted over the last 30 years, many of them watered by your prayers and generosity, bearing fruit for such a time as this. Thank you for your partnership, and praise God for granting open doors and fruitfulness that have allowed us to pivot during the pandemic and move our worship, fellowship, and discipleship ministry online.
Here is what I know as we prepare for 2021. Crisis forces us to do things we previously thought about doing and put off. It moves us to do things we’d never thought we’d do. What’s making it more complicated is that as much as we wish things would just go back to normal, they won’t. At least not exactly as they were.
Until now, we have been an analog organization in a digital world. The closing of church facilities spurred us to show up online. That won’t go away when things go back to ‘normal.’ There will be a new normal (a future church), and it will be a seamless interweaving of the digital and analog, just like life is these days.
Here’s the problem we face. In the past, We spend somewhere between 90% of our budget on in-person experiences: Sunday gatherings, groups, events, community service. As we prepare to pivot to this future church, much remains uncertain and challenging to identify and budget appropriately.
You can help.
We are looking to raise $ 50,000.00 over the next 50 days to seamlessly interweave the digital and analog into South Reno UMC’s future ministry in 2021. (Think of it as a Christmas gift to Jesus.)
You can be part of preparing South Reno for the future by taking the following steps:
- Give: Please consider giving over and above your current support by going online to give or send a check to South Reno UMC, 200 De Spain Ln, Reno, NV, 89511. Use the memo - Future Church.
- Pray: For wisdom and discernment for the South Reno UMC’s leadership team as we make the necessary changes for the future.
- Volunteer: Let us know of your availability to be part of the future church God is creating here at South Reno. (We will follow-up with you to assist you in finding the best place to serve.)
Thank you for your friendship, prayers, and support, which have allowed us to raise and disciple believers who pray and act boldly with the heart of Christ to reach a lost and hurting world.
Grace + Peace,