Quick News: Life in time of COVID-19; Changes in plans

Life in the time of COVID-19

K Stone

El Camino Real United Methodist Women President K Stone

Hello my friends,

In this time of extreme health concern, I want to share with you my thoughts on how we, together, can get through a new world of “Shelter in Place” and focus on “Essential Activities.”

I encourage you to follow the order of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, who has identified things to be done to slow the spread of COVID-19.  They recommend remaining “socially distant” and washing hands, and staying at home unless you are doing “Essential Activities,” which include getting outdoor exercise as you are able.

As United Methodist Women, one of our “Essential Activities” is to remain connected with each other.  While we are not able to visit in person, we can check in over the phone, through email, with text messages, or even video chat.

The most hopeful message I’ve read is from a daily motivation email I receive, called “Notes from the Universe.”  One of this week’s emails really spoke to me, and I hope it is helpful to you as well.

“Our universal God is with us……In every home, sitting beside each child, and in the nervous heart of every adult, joyfully radiant. Knowing that this unfolding pandemic, like all crises, will ultimately awaken our spirits, rearrange our priorities, draw us together, and inspire an everlasting compassion.

Life is beautiful. It never ends. Fear not.”

– From the Universe

K Stone
“I Choose Hope”

Changes in plans due to COVID-19

Event and activity schedules are being changed due to the health mandates and social distancing needed to control the spread of COVID-19.  Here is what we know so far:

  • Our ECR District UMW Spiritual Retreat was cancelled; see more here
  • The United Methodist Women 2019 Census due date has been postponed to April 30; see more here
  • The UMW Western Jurisdiction meeting has been postponed to September 11-13, 2020*; see more here

* Date changed from TBD on 4/13/2020.

Other upcoming events may be impacted, so please watch for announcements.  Information about our District and Conference events will be posted on our website, elcaminorealumw.org/

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This Quick News was sent out to our email list March 21, 2020.