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.
Benson Memorial Friends,
The Apostle Paul begins and ends his letters to the various church communities always by extending the grace and peace of God to them, tweaking those salutations with unique details to each grouping of believers. I imagine him writing to us as he did to the church in Corinth: “To the church of God that [worships through Benson Memorial UMC], to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him...just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you...he will also strengthen you to the end.” —1 Corinthians 1:2–5, 8
Indeed, we have been strengthened and enriched in every way as we’ve moved through this extended time of difficulty and especially as we’ve sacrificially set aside our own preferences in order to care for one another.
I’m excited to share with you that, as our Do No Harm Team continues their work to keep everyone safe, we are now ready to move into our Second Phase of Indoor, In-person Worship beginning on Sunday, June 27, with identical services offered at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Our 11:00 a.m. service will continue to be livestreamed and available online. Sunday School classes will NOT be meeting on campus on Sunday mornings but will continue to meet online or at other times of the week.
To keep everyone safe, masks and pre-registration is required for all those who attend. Registration for each Sunday will open the week prior, and you’ll be prompted via email to make your registration. If you need assistance with registration at any time, please call the church office at (919) 787-0789, or email Martha Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read all the details of our updated plan, including that we are now scheduling limited INDOOR gatherings in other spaces on campus as we move into Phase 2 of our re-gathering.
“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” —1 Corinthians 1:9. Thank you for your faithfulness in response to God’s grace as you’ve lived out your church membership vows to give of yourselves fully to our life together through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of you in worship—in-person and online—in the weeks to come.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Kelly Lyn
Do No Harm Team Members: Ann Collins, Jerry Crenshaw, PD Hill, Allen Till, Susan Brooks, Ginny Wise, April Cervi, Carol Moore, George Lee, Megan Alvord, Warren Reynolds, Charlie Hobgood, Kim Sylvester, Carol Wright, Shannon Luxford, Martha Johnston, Mary Elizabeth Hearn, Cortney Babajtis, Jeff Babajtis, Mike Jones
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: