United Methodist Church Anna
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Tim's Tidbits

                             
Tim’s Tidbits
by Pastor Tim Gossett
 

     The fall equinox happened Wednesday afternoon, September 22nd, and with the cooler temperatures it finally feels like fall is here.  But prior to Wednesday it seemed like summer was here to stay.   The previous Saturday morning Myra and I attending our grandson’s baseball game and later that evening the SIU football home opener.  And there was no hint of the fall season being close.  It was hot and muggy to say the least.  But today I am appreciating the cooler temps that are associated with the autumn season.

The calendar has flipped to October which means changing colors of the fall foliage, bonfires, hayrides, and hoodies, Columbus Day with a three-day weekend for some, and Halloween to treat the children.  It also means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far behind.

We sometimes have to be reminded in the busyness of our day that we need to take time for God.  Several scripture passages come to mind from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that remind us that we are to rely on God and seek God’s kingdom on a daily basis.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 to “strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  And in Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus tells us to, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  And in Matthew 11:28 he tells us, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus clearly tells us that if we seek his will on a daily basis he will continue to strengthen us and bless us.  All we have to do is ask, search, knock; and above all have faith that he is here with us.  He will take away our burdens and worries if we will just let him.  So often we say “here it is God, take care of it for me!”  But then we try to hold onto it, not fully letting go or fully trusting God to take care of it.  We will never find the rest God gives if we continue to hold onto our doubts and worries and cares instead of fully trusting God to handle it for us.

He is here with us to help us with whatever comes our way.  A saying I like to use is “Worry is undue lack of faith.”  If we spend all our time worrying and trying to do things on our own, we are not relying upon God to be here for us and to fill us with his Spirit to carry on.

As we strive for God’s kingdom each day let us be mindful of all that God does for us.  Let’s turn our busyness into the Lord’s busyness.  He’s got this for us.

See you Sunday if not before.
                                                          Pastor Tim
 

 

 

RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP
 

With Region 5 now being Phase 4, we are again able to worship in-person. If you do not feel safe being in a group I totally understand your desire to refrain. Also if you are not feeling well please stay home. We will continue to provide on-line live worship through our Facebook page at Anna United Methodist Church, and our webpage at www.unitedmethodistchurchanna.org, with the service being uploaded at the conclusion of the service. Requirements for attendance are masks, social distancing, and no group singing or litanies. Also, Bible studies may resume with the same guidelines, but we are still suspending Sunday school.

From the IGRC Guidance on Congregational Safety “Pressing On” document the following guidelines have been established.

·        Churches my gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 or less

·        Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room                     capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total.

·        Churches may gather out-of-doors in groups of any size with proper distancing and                 masks

·        Children and youth ministry programs may occur

·        Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities

·        Churches should not practice group singing

·        Church buildings may be open to all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size,             and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building.

 

We will continue to enter and exit through the parking lot door on the west side of the building. Temperature checks will not be required as determined by the CDC. 

Communion will continue to be observed with congregants bringing their own elements from home. This is the safest way. If you forget, an individually sealed cup and wafer will be available for distribution.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to give me a call. Thank you and I hope to see you on Sunday.

 

 

Amanda’s Health Tips

To get the Vaccine or not to get the Vaccine…. that is the question!

 

            No, I'm not talking about the Covid vaccine. I’m talking about the Flu vaccine. Flu season is just around the corner. It’s a running joke in many circles that somehow the Flu has disappeared. If only that were true. Last year we did see a drastic drop in Flu cases and while I can’t 100 percent say why, I would have to conclude that our society's hyper awareness of hand cleansing, mask wearing, and social distancing played a huge role in this droplet transmitted virus.

So, when does Flu season begin? The exact date of Flu season changes every year. Typically, it comes in as temperatures start to drop in the fall and consequently leaves as temperatures start to rise in the spring. So, I wanted to try and pass on some of the Centers for disease control's most current information on the Flu Vaccine. Keep in mind I shortened some of their answers but tried to keep the integrity of its information.   If you want to do your own digging you will find the following information at www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccination.

 

Who should get Vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a Flu Vaccine
but especially those who are 65 and older
If you are immune compromised
If you yourself or family members are around ages 65 and older
or immunocompromised individuals
 
Can I get the Flu even though I got a Flu vaccine? 

Yes, you can.   If you were exposed shortly after being vaccinated or if you have a certain chronic illness that weakens your immunity.   Remember it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies.

 

If I do get sick with the Flu after getting the Flu vaccine what should I expect?                    

The short answer is hopefully a lesser severity of Flu symptoms.  This is the goal of a Viral vaccine.
 
I’ve had Covid do I need to get the Flu shot?

Yes, Covid 19 and the Flu are two different Viruses and one vaccine does not protect you from the other.

 

I will end by saying the Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection. Complications of the Flu hospitalize many individuals each year and the hospital is not the place that I want to see any one. Stay safe and healthy friends!!

 

In Matthew 9, the Pharisees asked Jesus why he spent time with sinners. He replied, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12)

 
To your health,

 

Amanda Borup, RN