As we enter the month of October, I begin with a word of appreciation to all who support the church with their prayers, their presence (online or in person), their gifts, their service and their witness. I share with the staff any notes of support sent our way and want to communicate back to the congregation how much your words of encouragement mean to us.
While we still cannot worship as we used to, we continue to worship in a variety of ways each weekend. God has wired our hearts to worship something. I urge you to give your time in the worship of Christ each week. Whether we are together, worshipping in-person or online, whether we are in our cars or at home; alone or with our family, using the computer or the radio…I know you can worship. We all have a God-shaped void in our heart into which we will put something to find ultimate fulfillment and satisfaction. Anything we use to fill that emptiness (other than God) will disappoint. Anything less than Jesus will leave us searching for more.
The challenges around us continue. The focus during the past six months has shifted from the pandemic, to social unrest, to the big storm in August; and now the news points us towards hurricanes and wildfires and political division. We know so many folks that are looking for hope in the midst of continuing chaos. As followers of Jesus, I pray your hope is grounded in a deep abiding faith. Let us lift up the name of Jesus. For I believe Jesus to be the true hope for a world trying to make their way where there seems to be no way.
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for your continuing support during this trying time. Together, we will get through this!
I love being your pastor,
Rev. Jeff Dadisman
together, we will get through this
update for in-person worship
Good evening members and friends of St. John’s UMC!
Monday night, Staff Parish Relations Committee approved a new option for Sunday worship. The Narthex/Cry Room space at the back of the sanctuary will be a “no mask” space.
How is this going to work?
How did this decision get made?
This decision tries to balance the desire to worship without a mask, and the safety of everyone in the sanctuary.
We understand that this is a sensitive topic and it will be revisited at the end of the month.
As an additional precaution, for the safety of all, we have added a new Air Purification System in the sanctuary. It will help us in 3 ways…
It will be allowed to run during the week, and is safe for people to be near when running.
Rev. Jeff Dadisman is Senior pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church in Davenport, Iowa.