Bishop Ough COVID-19 update

Bishop Ough video message: Easter cannot be canceled Bishop Bruce R. Ough is asking congregations to suspend in-person worship until at least May 10 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and related health agency and governmental guidelines. But he points out that regardless of what is happening in our world on April 12, Easter cannot be canceled. “We may not be able to gather in our glorious Easter celebrations in our lily-decorated sanctuaries, but Easter cannot be canceled,” he said. “The resurrection cannot be stopped or delayed or defeated!” Watch video message / Read full message Two important updates 1. On Monday, five days after announcing that the 2020 General Conference would be postponed, the Executive Committee of the Commission on General Conference said the rescheduled gathering will be in 2021 and the hope is to keep it in Minneapolis.  Read press release  2. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer tomorrow, March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. All are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones. Bishop Ough encourages all Minnesota United Methodists to participate.  Read statement
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