Congregational Care and Information during the Coronavirus quarantine
Welcome to your complete one-stop-web page for what's happening at FUMC Franklin during the Coronavirus quarantine period.
In order to maintain the health and safety of our congregation, we offer various ways to remain connected in Christ as together we navigate a changing situation.
May you continue to be blessed and a blessing as we continue to DARE MORE to trust, love, share, and serve during this time of uncertainty.
From our Pastoral Care Team
Rev. David Beam
May 20, 2020
Grace and Peace Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
My heart hurts for all of the graduates who have had their senior year abruptly interrupted and altered by the COVID-19 viral pandemic. I can imagine the grief and frustration each senior is feeling and I find myself wanting to hug each one of them….but this time of crisis even robs us of that small gesture of empathy. Dr. Kate Bowler of Duke Divinity School writes in her book, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved) about her own feelings of “interruption” and grief as she was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer a couple of years ago, “…my own suffering began to feel like it had revealed to me the suffering of others, a world of those who, like me, are stumbling in the debris of dreams they thought they were entitled to and plans they didn’t realize they had made.” Suffering is a common denominator that unites us in solidarity with each other and the people of God have always borne each other’s pain, even when that pain is the loss of dreams and plans. To all our graduates this year but especially our high school graduates Charlie Inabinet, Bennet Swafford and Rose Kent, know that you are loved by God, by your church family and by your pastor and we are very proud of each one of you!
I’m aware that this year is not the first time that graduates have had their lives and celebrations abruptly changed. I remember conversations with multiple persons in churches I’ve served who related their own stories of altered hopes and dreams when wars were declared and draft notices were received. One of my childhood home-church heroes was Mr. Ben. He lied about his age to go and join the fighting in the Pacific during World War II and shipped out for boot camp before his high school graduation. He fought in several major battles in the Pacific before being captured by the Japanese and was held prisoner in horrible conditions for almost two years in the Philippines. Somehow, Mr. Ben survived this suffering and came home to marry, raise a family, run his own business and live well into his 80’s. Though I always considered him a hero Mr. Ben was quick to tell us as children that he was not, but that he served alongside many heroes who gave their lives in sacrifice for others and did not come home.
This weekend was to be marked by celebrations for many graduates who have reached this hard-fought milestone in their lives and we grieve alongside them and their families the loss of expected norms of pomp and circumstance. Though it may not be what you expected, may nothing rob you of the joy of this momentous achievement….you did it! We give thanks for all of you!! And we can’t wait to see what God will do in and through you next!
This Memorial Day weekend is also a time that we remember and give thanks for others whose hopes, dreams and lives were interrupted and who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we are able to celebrate in freedom. Mr. Ben’s words about servanthood and sacrifice still ring in my ears and have often helped me to put my own suffering and interruptions in perspective. As we remember and give thanks for the fallen, Jimmy Fortune and John Rimel said it best in their 1989 song of the same title, “You’re more than a name on a wall.”
Resources for home study and worship
May 20, 2020
A form of breath prayer -
Settle down for a few minutes of quiet, and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe in and breathe out; focus on each set of words, breathing in the first word and breathing out the second word. You can either continue with just one set of words for a while (or take that as your breath prayer throughout the day); or spend time going through all the words.
Blog Post by Ann Voskamp - https://annvoskamp.com/2020/05/when-youre-in-need-of-a-fresh-approach-to-move-out-of-anxiety-stress-and-survival-mode/
Acknowledging our grief yet offering hope in the midst of it -
Coping with stress related to the pandemic -
In Christ Alone - Celtic Worship -
A local spiritual lift - https://youtu.be/tNyshDqxdPY
If you need a laugh - https://www.iflscience.com/environment/artist-creates-posters-of-us-national-parks-based-on-bad-internet-reviews-and-theyre-amazing/