Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9

With the distribution of vaccines, we have new hope for an end to this pandemic, but it is important that we remain vigilant—for a little bit longer! Every Sunday morning we worship in person in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. with the live stream available online or you can watch the recording later in the day.

For those joining us in person, we do ask that you wear masks in the building and sit socially distanced between families. A tomb sealed with a rock could not keep God out or Jesus in. Socially distanced worship does not stop the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Masks do not stop the Alleluias. Nothing gets in the way of Christ’s triumph of life over death. We are a people prepared to proclaim Easter hope even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues because our community and our world need a message of hope!

The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4: 5b-7

Office Staff Working Remotely Until Further Notice

The church office staff is available by phone or email Monday thru Thursday. If you need an in office visit, please call the office and we will arrange a time to meet with you. Emergency needs can be shared through the office phone or call Pastor Anne directly.
Office Phone: 308.324.2397
Office Email: office@firstchurchlex.org
To schedule a time with Pastor Anne, click on this link:
A Conversation with Pastor Anne

Coronavirus & the Methodist Church: What to know, how to help

Discussing health in the church dates back to John Wesley, who wrote extensively about staying physically healthy, as well as spiritually healthy. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky reminds United Methodists that holding spiritual and social holiness together is a “mark of Methodist distinction.”

Additionally, she says,  “Part of our Wesleyan heritage as United Methodists is caring for one another, which means caring enough to prevent the spread of a terrible illness.”  

As our churches’ physical doors are closed, we are encouraged to be creative in how we do church, says Bishop David Bard, including using electronic media to share worship and Bible study, showing care for one another through phone calls and social media, and continuing to support congregations by giving online or by mail.

Learn more about the UMC’s response to the coronavirus here.

 

Sign Up for Covid-19 Vaccinations

The Two Rivers Public Health Department has created an online signup questionnaire which will allow them to gather contact information so they can easily reach you once your vaccination category has been scheduled. Click the link below to sign up.

If you  are unable to sign up online, please contact the church and we will assist you in completing the Two Rivers Public Health Department Survey.

Learn More About Vaccinations!

Our best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing our hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. Learn about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination so you’ll be ready when a vaccine is recommended.

COVID-19 Information & Resources

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together.

—Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., NAMI’s CEO

We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone.

What you can do

  1. Remember that knowledge is power. Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immune response to COVID-19 will matter as much as, or more than, understanding the virus! Poor lung health caused by smoking, lack of adequate health care, suppressed immune systems, and/or populations particularly susceptible to infectious diseases, such as the elderly, have been particularly affected by COVID-19.
  2. Don’t accept everything you read or hear. Look beyond rhetoric and arm yourself with information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information and frequent updates on the COVID-19’s spread, severity, risk assessment, etc. To subscribe to the CDC’s email and text message service, visit CDC Subscription Service.
  3. Get your emotional support system in place:
  • Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible; take care of your basic needs and employ helpful coping strategies: rest during work or between shifts, eat healthy food and engage in physical activity.
  • Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks:

o Have the emails and phone numbers of close friends and family at your fingertips.

o Stay connected via email, social media, video conference and telephone.

  • Find a free online support group (see page 3 for a list of options).
  • Reach out to your local NAMI Affiliate or State Organization for information on support programs in your area.
  • Visit the NAMI Resource Library, which provides an extensive list of in-person and online support groups, and other mental health resources.
  • Contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Have the number of several Warmlines (emotional support hotlines) at your fingertips.
  • Call the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.
  • National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse is a nationwide directory to locate local consumer-driven mental health services, including resources such as Clubhouses, crisis prevention/respite services, drop-in Centers, employment resources, housing, peer case management and support. The website maintains search function for directory of local CDS (consumer- driven services).
  1. Take control and incorporate preventative measures
  • Wash your hands. See the CDC’s list of preventative measures.
  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news reports that cause you to feel anxious or distressed. A near-constant stream of news reports can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed. Instead, seek CDC updates and practical guidelines at specific times during the day.
  • Be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.

What you can do while working from home

  • To help overcome uncertainty, normality and routine that mirrors life’s daily patterns and practices can be helpful. If working from home, we encourage you to create a structured, dedicated work environment and build in self-care as well as daily benchmarks of achievement.
  • Structure and routine may be helpful for people with mental health vulnerabilities, especially during times of uncertainty. We encourage you to maintain a regular routine with the work hours that are usually worked, including keeping up with morning rituals. Dressing in regular work attire and taking regular breaks, including lunch time, may also be helpful.
  • Research tells us that seven percent of communication is accomplished through our words, including email. 38 percent is voice and a staggering 55 percent is body language and visual. For people with mental health vulnerabilities, and even for those with extroverted personalities, the lack of face time can be challenging. Using technology to simulate this can offer a solution to bridging this gap. Be mindful of opportunities to integrate video into your conversations with colleagues. Consider using the video function on Skype or Teams for internal and external meetings.

What you can do to get support

Also, there are numerous online support communities and emotional support hotlines to help you if you are quarantined:

Building Resilience

o Visit the CDC’s page on Stigma and Resilience that discusses COVID-19’s impact on mental health, and how we can reject stigma and build resilience during this time.

o American Psychological Association offers an excellent online resource called the “Road to Resilience,” a step-by-step guide that helps individuals develop a personal strategy for enhancing resilience.

Finding Phone Support

A warmline is a confidential, non-crisis emotional support telephone hotline staffed by peer volunteers who are in recovery. Callers will find an empathetic listener to talk through their feelings. To find a warmline that serves your area, visit the NAMI HelpLine Warmline Directory on the NAMI Resource Library page.

Finding Online Support Communities

o NAMI hosts online communities where people exchange support and encouragement. These Discussion Groups can easily be joined by visiting www.nami.org.