Update April 6, 2020
Dear Church Family,
As we unite our hearts in observance of Holy Week I offer up these scripture passages for your prayerful study and consideration.
Monday Matthew 21:1-11 and Psalm 118:1-29
Tuesday Philippians 2:5-11
Wednesday Exodus 12:1-14 (Passover begins at sundown; be in prayer for our Jewish siblings)
Holy Thursday John 13:1-35
Good Friday John 18:1-19:42
Holy Saturday Psalm 22
For further study, you may also choose to read Isaiah 52:13-53:12
To the best of my knowledge, ALL of our beloved members are well at the present time. I pray that this will continue, and ask that you continue to stay in contact with me and with one another, holding us all in prayer.
Many of you have found your way to our Facebook page for my Sunday morning reflections, and I encourage you to continue that practice! Each morning this week I'll be posting a favorite lenten hymn, and on Good Friday at noon I hope to share a brief service with you from our beautiful chapel.
As an additional reminder, I ask that you prayerfully consider mailing your tithes and offerings directly to the church office at Central Park UMC, 216 Beard Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214. Beth & Tim include the church in their daily walk and have been retrieving the mail so that weekly deposits may still be made.
Our Finance team, headed up by Beth Buckley, has put together detailed financial information for the SBA Loans under the Federal Paycheck Protection Act. Those applications are accepted beginning today, and we are hopeful that we will prevail in obtaining relief; nevertheless, we must each continue to do our part to support the church financially during this difficult time.
I know that we all miss church terribly, and long for the day we can be together once more! Until that day arrives, please hold fast to your faith and know that you are never alone.
May your devotions during this Holy Week strengthen and sustain you, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The building that houses our congregation may be closed right now, but that doesn't mean we have ceased being the church!
I'm grateful to all of you who have reached out to me and to one another over the past several days.
Your Christ-like care and concern for others is the healing balm our society needs at this moment.
I'm writing today to give you an update AND to look ahead to our "next steps." Here goes:
1. We will not be holding worship in the sanctuary this Sunday
2. The church building will remain closed to staff, groups, visitors and volunteers through at least next week, and probably longer.
3. The Easter Flower fundraiser is cancelled for this year.
4. Everyone is encouraged to visit the website at centralaparkcomplex.com for further updates, and to follow us on Facebook too.
5. Please do not call the church; instead, requests may be made through firstname.lastname@example.org. Jen will check this e-mail daily.
6. Please DO continue to honor your weekly pledge! Submit your checks by mail to:
Central Park UMC
216 Beard Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
OR donate using PayPal on our website (add a couple of bucks extra to cover the processing fee).
If our finance team is able to process pledges and make deposits, we can minimize any disruption to the financial life of the church.
I have been in direct contact with dozens of our members, and everyone seems to be coping well.
Stay prayerful & positive.
And stay connected to your church family as we weather this storm together.
In peace and love~ Pastor Mary