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SPECIAL NOTE: As an act of love and care for our community, the church office will be closed until further notice in observance of the State of North Carolina Stay-At-Home order. Staff members will be monitoring incoming mail, emails, and voicemail regularly. You can mail your giving to Benson Memorial UMC, 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612, or visit bensonmemorial.org/give/ to give online. You can reach the pastor on call at (919) 342-8849. 


September 22, 2020

Benson Memorial Family,
This past Sunday, September 20, in the second week of our Stewardship Sermon Series: Apart Together, we considered the wisdom from James 5:13-16 encouraging Christian believers to tend to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health through confession, intercession, and the ministries of healing.
The work of our Do No Harm Team is one of the ways we are practicing the ministry of healing in this season of our lives, even as we refrain from meeting together in large groups in order to care for the most vulnerable among us. We lament that this is not the way any of us want to be doing church and, at the same time, we give thanks for your perseverance and your commitment to take care of one another. I continue to be encouraged by your willingness to grow, learn, and utilize new tools and opportunities that allow us safely to be together so that we may take care of the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of one another. 
We continue to take steps toward renewing our face-to-face community and worship. Small groups can now meet outdoors on our campus through the online calendar request process for specific locations such as the courtyard, front lawn, and amphitheater (See details and safety protocols by clicking here: BMUMC Plan for Phased Reopening.). We also now are offering multiple small-group, outdoor communion services of eight persons at a time using single-serve, prepackaged communion sets with an individual wafer and juice cup for each participant. You can sign up to participate in a communion service here: Sign Up!
Caring for children and working families has always been a priority for Benson Memorial UMC. On September 8, our Preschool reopened and welcomed 76 students, following a strict and detailed safety plan set out by the Department of Health and Human Services. Our Preschool staff has been exceptional in their diligence to provide a safe learning environment for our littlest ones and in their desire to serve the families of our community.
These are new, significant, hope-filled and prayerful steps we are taking to safeguard and tend to our spiritual, physical, and emotional health together. Our weekly online worship experience, plus Zoom gatherings for Coffee Time, Bible Studies, Sunday School, Bible Stories, and UMYF, continue as well as other small group events, and we encourage you to take advantage of all of these opportunities. You can learn more about how to connect virtually by visiting https://www.bensonmemorial.org/virtual-events/.  
Thanks be to God for these ways we are tending to the work of healing and wholeness for the good of all!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Kelly Lyn and the Do No Harm Team
Megan Alvord, Cortney Babajtis, Jeff Babajtis, Susan Brooks, April Cervi, Ann Collins, Jerry Crenshaw, Mary Elizabeth Hearn, PD Hill, Charlie Hobgood, Kate Johnson, Martha Johnston, Mike Jones, George Lee, Kelly Lyn Logue, Shannon Luxford, Carol Moore, Warren Reynolds, Kim Sylvester, Allen Till, Ginny Wise, Carol Wright