AN UPDATE FROM OUR DO NO HARM TEAM
As the Delta variant of COVID continues to spread, even amongst vaccinated persons, our commitment to care for those most vulnerable grows stronger still. Seeking to live out our call as Christians to love God and neighbor by doing no harm, we have updated our safety procedures. (You can read all the details of our current plan here.)
Masks are now required in our buildings, at all times, for persons older than two years of age. We continue to strongly encourage mask wearing when meeting outdoors in groups as well. This change reflects the Raleigh mask mandate and the most recent guidance from the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Pre-registration is encouraged for worship services for the sake of contact tracing in case of exposure. If you are unable to pre-register, you will complete your registration when you arrive at the welcome table on Sunday morning which opens at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Nursery/childcare will be provided by trained staff beginning September 12.
In the beloved hymn, Here I Am, Lord (The United Methodist Hymnal 593), we sing: “Here, I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.” Though challenging, this pandemic has not changed the call on our lives to love and care for all God’s people—to hold them in our hearts. We continue to learn new ways to do just that as we gather, grow, give, and go through Benson Memorial UMC—in person and online—in these days of continued crisis. Thank you for your faithfulness to this call!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Kelly Lyn and the Do No Harm Team
OUR CURRENT PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP AT BOTH 8:45 AND 11:00 AM SERVICES:
Our North Carolina Annual Conference Ministries of Disaster Response is serving at mass vaccination clinics. In fact, our North Carolina United Methodists have assisted more than 7000 persons in Cumberland County receive their vaccines. More volunteers are needed throughout the state. If you’d like to serve please contact Al Miller at email@example.com.
Sources for Covid-19 Vaccinations
Below is a summary of organizations used by Benson Memorial members to get Covid-19 vaccinations. If you need help registering online, please call Dee Springsteen, (989) 287-3430. If you know of other vaccine providers, please call or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update the list.
UPDATE FROM WRAL NEWS
Duke Health (various locations)
The Summit Church – Blue Ridge Campus
3249 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612
Wake County Public Health (various locations)
Phone: (919) 250-1515
Wake Med (various locations)
Walgreens (various locations)
UNC Health (various locations)
Phone: (984) 215-5485 (Mon./Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
OUTSIDE WAKE COUNTY
Realo Discount Drugs
6030 U.S. Hwy 301 S, Four Oaks, NC 27524
Phone: (919) 980-4031
TIPS FOR RECEIVING THE VACCINE: