Given the potential spread of OVID-19/Coronavirus in our community and the number of active members in our congregation who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, we will be worshiping ONLINE ONLY for until further notice.
We are suspending all in-person ministries and programs through March 28. We will be reaching out though social media and finding creative ways to connect with one another, study scripture together, and pray together.
The Preschool, following the directives of Marion Country Public School, will also be closed until April 15.
**The church office will remain open with the regular hours.**
Please check back here regularly for updates, or follow our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fumcocala
As new information emerges related the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our leadership will continue to assess this situation and discuss the best response for our congregation.
To help sustain our obligations through this pandemic, please continue your financial giving through our online giving (https://www.fumcocala.org/give/) or by sending contributions directly to the church office. If you are able to pay ahead on your pledge, or make an extra gift, during this time, we would be most appreciative.
In making this decision, we are acting to protect the most vulnerable among us. We are taking the advice of experts, such as Dr. Wes Wallace of University of North Carolina Medical School, who wrote recently to church leaders:
“For social distancing to be effective, it must begin early—so early that it may feel unneeded and silly. If we wait until its need is obvious, it is too late. The faith community has an important role to play in slowing the speed of disease transmission. Large gatherings of people are a petri dish for spreading the infection. For a period of time, I strongly urge our religious communities to suspend traditional services and gatherings and find other ways to practice and sustain our faith. Our witness and our example may save many lives, especially the lives of those at risk in our own congregations”