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Back to in-person worship and online worship this Sunday!

We invite you to join us for worship together beginning June 14, 2020, with two services:  7:55 and 10:15.

On June 9, 2020, the Beach Lake United Methodist Church Council adopted a "Return to Worship Policy" to be utilized while Wayne County is in the Green Phase.  We will begin in-person worship using these guidelines.  

Please click here and read the policy carefully.

The 7:55 service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and will be available for viewing after 10:00 am.

Click here for bulletin.

To view worship services at a later time, click here.

Sunday Drive-in Vespers will continue Sunday evenings at 7pm for the summer. Please join us for a brief evening vespers service Sundays at 7 p.m. in the church parking lot.  We will have a time of praise, prayer, and singing together (in our vehicles).  Please keep at least six feet between your vehicle and the next one over. 


    Due to being locked out of our Facebook Page, our temporary Facebook Page is Beach Lake UMC Fellowship Page.  We will update you by email, on our website and Facebook Page as soon as new information becomes available.


Update From the Return-To-Worship Committee

The goal of the Return to Worship Committee (the Committee) is to prayerfully gather and
propose a faithful, safe, and reasonable plan to reopen Beach Lake United Methodist for
in-person worship. We utilized the ‘Return to Gathering’ recommendations and considerations
provided by the Susquehanna Annual Conference and will work in accordance with CDC and
Pennsylvania Department of Health Guidelines. This proposal is for the time period that Wayne
County in the Yellow Phase. Online worship will continue and will be shared on YouTube with
links to view on the church’s Facebook page and Instagram account. In person worship will not
continue inside the building until we enter the Green Phase as BLUMC cannot guarantee the
safety of all worshippers with the offering of two services.

Beginning on June 14, 2020, a laity led vesper service will begin. When Pastor Jim begins in
July, he may take over these services if he wishes. Attendees will remain in their cars for this
brief service in which a sound system will be used. In addition, it will be livestreamed. A bulletin
will be posted online the day of the service. Printed bulletins will not be available for safety
reasons.

Beach Lake United Methodist Church will remain closed for meetings during this time, including
Sunday School and use by outside groups. Small groups are encouraged to meet virtually or
can meet outside on the church property as long as they follow proper distancing and mask
guidelines. However, they may not use the restrooms nor enter the building.

These changes will be relayed to our church members via the June newsletter, website, and
social media since it has been adopted by BLUMC’s Church Council on May 21, 2020.

                                               Please click here and read the policy carefully. 

 Upper Room issue available for FREE Download

Since churches are unable to meet and gather safely in their buildings during the coronavirus pandemic, The Upper Room is offering the May/June 2020 issue, both in English and Spanish, as a free, downloadable PDF. The Upper Room also has created a web page featuring resources to help create and maintain spiritual wellness during anxious times. Download issue
View resources


The Wednesday night Prayer Meeting at 5:30 PM is going high tech!  

Please join us to continue the prayer meeting via phone.  The number is a long-distance toll call - so if you don't have a toll-free phone plan, it will hit your phone bill as a toll call for 30 minutes if you join us.
The phone number to call in on is:  978-990-5111.
You will be asked to enter an access code and #.  The access code is :  2814450.
We will be following the same format as our in-person prayer meetings.
The leader will read scripture and lead a short discussion on it.  Then we will spend 10-15 minutes in private intercession, closing with us saying the Lord's Prayer and the group prayers:  The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, the Serenity Prayer, the Wesley Covenant - Traditional Version, and the Unite 714 COVID 19 Prayer

The Church Office hours have returned to 
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Playground

The Playground is now open to the public!  Please avoid the taped off area, where a new piece of playground equipment will be installed shortly.

Thank you everyone who has had a hand in the playground rebuild!  We rejoice in your generosity to the children, youth, and families who used the playground over the last thirty-plus years.  

   Once we are able to put one more piece of equipment in, and after we enter the green zone as a region, we will have a dedication to which all will be invited.  The dedication is postponed until an undetermined date.  We will get a date out to the community as soon as we know anything!  Thank you again!


  • Please be aware someone has created a fake account with Bishop Park's name.  They are soliciting gift cards.  This is NOT the conference or Bishop Park, but a scam.  Click here for tips on recognizing Social Engineering Red Flags.
  • Click here to read a message from Pastor Barbara.
  • Please read this important letter from the BLUMC Finance Team.
  • Updated message from the Camp & Retreat Ministry of the Susquehanna Conference, as of May 19, 2019.

  • Please visit our Facebook Page for daily messages and updates.

New Opportunities for Reaching Out

With this time of social distancing, we have the opportunity to reach out in new ways.   

Connect with us in the following ways:

·  church website (beachlakeumc.com)

·  Beach Lake United Methodist Church Facebook

·  Instagram (beachlakeumc)

·  YouTube (Beach Lake UMC)

Even when we can worship together again, we will continue providing worship services on these platforms so we remain connected as a Christian family in Jesus Christ.



How can you help?

Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund

In an increased effort to help those less fortunate, several entities in Wayne County have collaborated to create the "Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund", which is a central entity that will coordinate efforts to collect donations to address the food insecurity crisis that is ever-evolving in our community.  Working with the Wayne County Pantry Program, families will be provided a box of food/groceries so they can prepare healthy dinners on a weekly basis.  

Here is an opportunity for all of us to make a difference!
Please consider visiting the link below and do your part to help others in our wonderful community!


or....send a check to:
Wayne Emergency Fund 
c/o The Wayne County Community Foundation
214 Ninth Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

All donations are tax deductible as WCCF is a registered 501C3

PLEASE SHARE the link with friends and family.


Resources

During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, our community has demonstrated, yet again, how willing people are to help others. Click here for a list of all the food assistance programs that we are aware of, and we will continue to update this list as we learn of other offerings.
For those without internet access, call the Resource Line:

The Cooperage Project

PLEASE READ!! Click here for important update on our food assistance and the Kids' Lunch Program

Family Food Relief Box at The Cooperage

ATTENTION! We have some updates and changes to our Family Food Relief Box Program. You can now choose from two pick up locations STARTING JUNE 1. We are excited to partner with Willow Wisp Organic Farm
to offer a second location in Damascus. We hope that this will be helpful for families residing in the Northern parts of Wayne County. We are also excited to amp up our local products in these boxes including fresh organic produce from their farm! If you are already registered in the program, you do not have to fill out the application again. Just let us know if you would like to change your pick-up location starting June 1 (you can email info@thecooperageproject or call 570-253-2020) . Any new applicants, please use the link to register. Finally, we are pleased to announce that we will be able to continue to offer this program through mid-July in order to provide assistance to families as the economy reopens and the recovery process begins.

Thank you, community! This is all made possible through your continued support and donations. 

You must fill out this application as pre-registration for the Family Food Relief Box Program.


Click here for Information for PA workers impacted by COVID-19.

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected bythe COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here for guide.




Community Wellness

MONDAYS WITH MARIE

CHAIR EXERCISES ONLINE!
STARTING MONDAY, 4/20/20 AT 9:00 AM, MARIE WILL BE DOING A
HALF-HOUR LIVE CHAIR EXERCISES CLASS VIA ZOOM CLOUD
MEETINGS.
TO REGISTER, EMAIL MARY URSICH AT
mursich@waynecountypa.gov


Help for individuals with a substance abuse disorder or in recovery.

Click here for link.


Wayne County Drug & Alcohol Commission

These are challenging times, especially for those struggling with addiction.  
We want you all to know that our office and all our staff remain committed to providing prevention services, supporting recovery and helping Wayne County residents access treatment as we always have. 
We are using telehealth and telephone to serve those in need during this time. If you need additional recovery support or need help to get into treatment (including MAT) and begin your recovery journey, please call us at (570) 253-6022.  
Remember all of our help is free and confidential and we have access to a large treatment network and will help you get the funding you need to pay for your treatment.  
Don’t give in, get Help


 
Social distancing is very important right now, however, it can also be extremely isolating. Although most recovery meetings are not available in person right now, they are accessible online! Here are some resources that many are using right now to access vital recovery support:
#recoveryresources

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