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  • Mailing Address: 1851 Birch St., White Bear Lake, MN, 55110



Coronavirus Plans

May 8, 2020

Mission Action Calendar: What can we do during this time of physical separation, social distancing, and uncertainty about financial security for the future? Missions & Faith Development Minister Lori McBride created a Missions Action Calendar with some ideas for May and June. Maybe there is something on the calendar you could do to bring aid and joy to others. Email Lori McBride for information.

Update: April 20, 2020

A Financial Update from Patricia Kytola: You can't turn on the news without hearing about how COVID-19 is affecting our daily lives. In-person church services and group meetings have been canceled, and we're all sheltering in place. Yet work has continued behind the scenes, both at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church and the federal government. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, is a stimulus bill that goes far beyond the $1,200 checks for individuals that began going out this week.

The CARES Act also offers provisions intended to help businesses, non-profits and churches. One of those provisions is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This legislation provides $349 billion in low-interest loans for companies and non-profits (including churches) with fewer than 500 employees and the payroll portion can be forgiven if the workers are retained.

UMC's Minnesota Conference announced it had received a $574,700 Paycheck Protection Program loan through the federal CARES Act, to be distributed to conference churches. The memo funding was intended to strengthen the cash position for church operating budgets, to help prevent churches from dipping into reserves while continuing to retain staff and invest in our ministries. All clergy under appointment and church finance chairs received information about this loan at the end of March.

Pastor Bill received this information March 30 and forwarded it to Patricia Kytola, Director of Operations, who then attended a webinar to find out more information. Working with the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors, she completed the paperwork and submitted the application April 7. On April 14, WBLUMC got word our application had been approved. After e-signing the documents, WBLUMC should be notified of the total amount by the end of this week or early next week. These funds will cover payroll for an eight-week period, but there are still lots of other expenses in operating White Bear Lake United Methodist Church.

Your generous donations during these trying times are very much appreciated and are keeping the lights on, the music playing, and our internet capabilities growing, allowing us to share God's gospel with more and more people. The staff has been able to work from home, thanks to the church's timely WiFi project (funded by an endowment request) and the fact that the staff had already begun to move to cloud-based operation with Office 365 and Realm database early this year. By no longer relying on a server in the office, the staff can store and retrieve files from the cloud and can work from anywhere.

"God knew this was coming and I believe that the big WIFI project was part of His plan and He has put us in position to make this work," said Pat about all the changes.

This PPP loan/grant will allow WBLUMC to move forward with programming and planning for the future, with no need for staff reductions. WBLUMC looks forward to the time when we can sit side-by-side together in worship, plus continue online services in hopes of reaching people in other locations.

As Pat observed: "God works in mysterious ways; we are His messengers, His workers, and His supporters. May God bless the government for its support in allowing us to continue carrying out His work into the future, and may He bless each one of you as you go through your own trials during this time."

Your WBLUMC family is still here. Reach out to the staff, the pastors, the prayer team, and others, with your gratitude, needs, and concerns. We are here for you and we are all in this together.

Update: April 9, 2020

Did you see the White Bear Press article about Easter services? You can read it online here.

Update: 24 March 2020

Worship service will no longer be livestreamed and will instead be prerecorded and produced and then shared on Sundays at 10am to YouTube, Facebook, and our Livestream page.

Pastor Bill Eaves offers a video update on ways to remain connected with the church and its mission during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children's Programming

Virtual Wednesday Night Programing for Children

Join us starting Wednesday, March 25.
Grades 4 & 5  - Join us online from 6:30-7:00pm.
For more information, contact Joan Hartman.

Virtual Sunday School for Children

Join us starting March 29 at 9:30 am for an online Sunday School class, starting March 29th. You can even get a Sunday morning reminder if you text @f343fd to (469) 518-7541. We'll be trying some different formats as families let us know what works best.  

Who is it for? Families with preschool and elementary students. We're aiming for a fun, interactive, 20 minute experience. There will be sharing, story time, and a Whirl Video.

But, will there be crafts? Joan is working on it! Watch for an email with details on how to receive your supplies.

What can we do right now? Help Joan highlight your talented kids each Sunday, before class starts. If your student plays an instrument, sings, or likes to boogie, she'll add them to our prelude performers. More info here.

What about inviting friends to join the fun? Friends are always welcome! Because these sessions will include copyrighted material and student images, every participating family needs to register for Sunday School to fall within the publisher's permissions and our safe church guidelines. if you're already registered, you will have received an email from Joan. Feel free to share the registration link with your friends so they may register. Thanks for helping us keep our promises.

Youth Programming

Virtual Wednesday Night Programing for Youth

Join us starting Wednesday, March 25.
Middle School Youth -  Grades 6-7th  - Join us online from 7:15-7:45pm.
Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders will meet via Zoom on Sunday nights, 7:00-7:30pm.

There will be games! if you're already registered for Wednesday night programming, be on the lookout for a link to connect to the Zoom Platform! Prepare by downloading the Zoom app.

Invite your friends! They will need to register due to safe church guidelines. Share this registration link with your friends. Be sure to tell them not to pay the $50.00 Wednesday night fee; this is free! For more info, contact Missie Aberle.

Virtual Sunday School for Youth

Starting March 29, youth in grades 6 to 12 can join us from 10:45-11:15am. Register online here, but do not pay the $50 fee; this is free! Contact Missie Aberle for the Zoom link.

Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders will meet via Zoom on Sunday nights, 7:00-7:30pm.

Update: 17 March 2020 - WBLUMC is Closed

Dear Friends,
In accordance with CDC and government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, WBLUMC has suspended all in-person worship services and Sunday school, as well as all meetings and activities for children, youth, and adults during the week through March 31. Please check back for updates on the website, as this date may be extended.

During this period, we'll live-stream our Sunday worship at 10am on the WBLUMC Facebook page; the weekly service will also be available for several days afterward on our livestream page here on our website, which also has good information about how to stay healthy during the crisis. In addition, Pastor Bill Eaves has begun a live evening prayer that you're welcome to join at 7pm on the Facebook page. And of course we'll continue to bring you church news through our e-blast newsletter. (If you don't receive our newsletter, sign up here!)

For those less technically inclined, we've got a group of volunteers and staff who will be calling church members to check on them and just to visit. We may not be able to be together physically, but we'll do our best to help our congregation stay connected.

The church office also will be closed indefinitely, and church staff will mostly be working from home. Please email Lauri Hopple with general questions, Pastor Bill Eaves for pastoral emergencies, and Pat Kytola for church building emergencies. Prayer requests can be submitted directly to the Prayer Team.

The church depends on pledges and other offerings continuing during this crisis. You may donate online through our new database Realm, or you can mail checks to the church (1851 Birch Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110). For anyone thinking of changing to paying by EFT, there is no better time than right now! Contact Pat Kytola to get set up.

Thank you, and stay healthy. Our prayers are with each of you.

Update: 16 March 2020 - Livestreaming

Going forward, you can now watch a livestreamed service at 10am on our Facebook page or on the Livestream page of our website.

Update: 14 March 2020 - No Fellowship Time

For 15 March services,

  • We will be proceeding with our 9am and 10:45 worship services.
  • We will not have fellowship time between services. (No cofffee, tea, and donuts).
  • We will be livestreaming our 9am service on Facebook, so if you need to stay home, please do join us online. You can comment underneath the video feed and participate with us that way. If you haven't already liked our Facebook and Instagram pages, do so now! Social media is a great way to stay connected when we can't gather together in person.
  • Our New Member class scheduled for 15 March will be postponed. 

4 March 2020 - Initial Plans

Dear Friends,

I want to make you aware of some steps our church is taking to respond to the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We believe it is best to act with a sense of calm, levelheadedness, and preparedness. This is an important time to be together as the church and to draw strength from each other and from the God who sustains us. However, you are encouraged to stay home if you feel sick or have a compromised immune system.

At church, we will be

  • encouraging other forms of greeting besides shaking hands or hugging,
  • assuring that surfaces such as tabletops and door handles are cleaned thoroughly,
  • making hand sanitizer available and posting reminders about frequent hand-washing,
  • taking precautions around serving communion or postponing it if advised to do so.

Furthermore, if advised by public health officials, we will cancel church events, including worship. If this occurs, we will provide alternatives via Facebook Live, video, and the audio available on our church website. Communication will be provided through social media, the weekly e-blast, and, if necessary, through additional email communications. Cancellations will also be noted on our website.

As a church community, we have a special responsibility to care for each other, to counter scapegoating, and to offer compassion and care for those who are sick. I hope you will join me in praying for our community, for world leaders, and for the medical community as they seek to help and heal.

Pastor Bill