Coronavirus Outbreak Situation
Because the health and safety of our church family is our highest priority, we’re making changes to our Worship Services and campus routines during this time of uncertainty. By now, you have probably received a letter in the mail, as well as email from the church office. If you are not receiving the Wednesday, Weekly Message from the pastor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure you are on that list. We recognize there is a great deal of uncertainty and fear about what will happen in the days ahead. However St. Mark’s is blessed with a strong, connected church community and we’re working hard everyday to find ways to keep that connection alive during these uncertain times. Below are a number of things that have been put in place to help during these stressful times:
Church Update as of April 6, 2020
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday Worship will be livestreamed at 9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 and will continue through at least April 26, 2020. We think this makes sense given all the closures and recommendations from community and public leaders. We are taking many precautions to bring livestream worship to you. Only a small group of people is participating in worship leadership, sitting far apart and interacting as little as possible. I am grateful to those who are offering their musical and leadership talents.
Three ways to access our livestream:
- From the main menu on our website click LIVE WORSHIP
- go to YouTube and search for UMC St. Mark’s Oro Valley or use this link
- go on St. Mark’s Facebook Page. The service will go live at 9:45 a.m. or use this link
Holy Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. – Join Pastor Stuart on Facebook Live for a brief worship service including Holy Communion (prepare your own bread and juice for this service, too). (Go to LIVE WORSHIP on the home page, or Facebook to watch at 7:00 p.m.).
Good Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. – Have You Seen My Son? This play will be livesteamed. (Go to LIVE WORSHIP on the home page, or Faebook to watch at 7:00 p.m.).
Easter Sunday, April 12, 9:45 a.m. – This service will be livestreamed and include music, Scripture, and the message: A Different Kind of Easter.
Facebook Live – Who’s With Me Tonight?
Each night at 7:00 p.m. St. Mark’s hosts a five-minute Facebook Live message to help our church family stay connected. There will be a series of lighthearted messages designed to connect people of all ages using puppets or other “who’s with me characters.” Please join us, and stay connected by going to our Facebook page, or use this link to access St. Mark’s Facebook page. If you don’t use Facebook, or for some reason you cannot connect. You can watch the video the next day using this link. (April 5, 2020) Watch Latest Video
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, our United Methodist Bishop Robert Hoshibata, directed all churches in the Desert Southwest Conference to follow the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” practices which are designed to slow the rate of infection and death from COVID-19. This means that all gatherings at church are to be suspended through the month of April. Because of this we have made the difficult decision to close our church office as of Thursday, April 2, 2020. From 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday you can leave phone messages at 520-297-2062, which will be checked regularly during those hours and forwarded to the person you are trying to reach. After noon each day you can still call and leave messages but it might take a little longer for your message to be forwarded. If you have an emergency the usual procedures apply: call 297-2062, and choose the “emergency” prompt, and a pastor will be contacted right away.
Event Cancellations at St. Mark’s
In an effort to maintain social distancing and to protect the health and safety of our community some of the upcoming events have been cancelled. If the event is rescheduled, we’ll be sure to keep you informed:
- Tucson Girls Chorus Concert – April 26
- Middle School Mission 2020 – May 26-29 (cancelled until 2021)
- Vacation Bible School – June 1-5 (Cancelled until 2021)