Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Information
To my church family,
I want to keep you informed about how Lovers Lane is continuing to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our staff is second-to-none, and I am so proud of them. The way they sprang into action to reformat worship to be exclusively live-streamed was simply amazing. In every service, we had more people watching us online on Sundays than we have had on any Sunday this year—with a record nearly 5,000 in attendance on Easter.
As information and recommendations continue to evolve regarding COVID-19, our church is adapting to faithfully respond out of love for our community and respect for our healthcare experts. Here are the ways in which we are adapting to meet the needs of our community:
- We have canceled in-person worship indefinitely. Please stay home and stay healthy! We will resume in-person worship following guidance from the North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee.
- We will continue live-streaming all of our regularly scheduled worship services at llumc.org/live, on Facebook, and on YouTube.
- 8am – Traditional Worship
- 9am – Thrive Worship
- 9am – Deaf Fellowship
- 10am – Crosswalk Worship
- 10:30am – HOA/Zim Combined Worship
- 11am – Traditional Worship
- The Lovers Lane UMC campus is closed until further notice.
- We continue to reevaluate in-person worship and campus closure and will keep you informed of any updates.
Of course, the church is not just our staff nor our building. The church is YOU, the people of Lovers Lane UMC, and we have a unique opportunity to be the church in this challenging time! If you're wondering how you can help, here are a few ways:
- Get notified! "Like" the church Facebook page and/or "Subscribe" to our YouTube channel, so that you can stay connected through social media and get notified on your phone or computer when a new live stream is starting or a video has been posted!
- Spread the word! “Share" your favorite live-streamed LLUMC service on social media to let others know there is a great church offering lively worship online!
- Check-in! When you are tuning in to our live stream, "Check-In" on Facebook to let your friends know that they can "go to church" even in their own home!
- Reach out! Call/text/email your friends in the church to see how they are doing, and let our pastors and staff know if there is a need we can help meet!
- Pray! Join us on Facebook each evening for prayer with our staff at 8:30 pm. Join Pastor Stan Copeland on his Facebook page each night at 9:00 pm for Nightly Vespers. Submit any prayer requests you have to email@example.com.
- Donate canned goods! We will have blue bins stationed outside the doors of “Entrance A” (near the Main Welcome Center) to receive canned goods and non-perishable food for our neighbors.
- Serve! We are distributing bags of fresh produce to those in need in our community and church. We need help putting these bags together and distributing them. Sign up to serve at llumc.org/serve
- Ask for help! If you need the support of your church in any way, let us know! Our staff will be extra-attentive to calls, texts, emails, and live chat at llumc.org
- Give! We are committed to doing ministry in a new way and need your support as we reach thousands of God’s people online and in our community through outreach. All of this happens because of your faithful generosity. To give online, visit llumc.org/give.
Our church is always one to respond with tremendous faith in times of crisis, and I've seen this in a special way with one of our members. I am so proud of Admiral Brett P. Giroir, an American pediatrician, and a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Health in President Trump's administration. This man is brilliant, compassionate, and extremely competent. Admiral Giroir has a key role now in battling COVID-19 and we could not be in better hands. Please join me in praying for his leadership, for his team, and for his family.
Just as I believe the country and Dallas County is in good hands with a good plan and attentive personnel, I believe our Church is in good hands. The staff is on “ready” and are responding to needs that we are made aware of. The church will continue to be doing our work, and our worship will be excellent, though presented in a different format. We worship a God who redeems, and I already see God’s redeeming work out of such a challenging time. I hope you do, too.
As always, it is a joy to be your pastor and to witness the life of this incredible congregation. God is good… and all the time...
Grace and Peace,
Stanley R. Copeland, Pastor