Update: 5/11/2020

Online Services Continue Through June 15th
Our Bishop, Ken Carter, and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has extended virtual worship through June 15th. For the full statement from the Florida Conference, click here. We continue to pray for those who are sick and all our front line workers who are keeping us safe.

Update: 4/27/2020

Our Bishop, Ken Carter, and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has extended virtual worship through May 15th. We will continue to keep you updated as we navigate through these uncertain times.

Update: 4/1/2020

Dear Lake Magdalene Family,

 

I pray that each of you are well and safe, and coping with the continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we may be apart, I would like to thank you for all your efforts to be together virtually.

 

Recently, The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church made the decision to not hold any public worship through Easter Sunday (April 12th). You can read their statement here. LMUMC leadership has made the decision that we will not be holding any public worship throughout the month of April. While we are still not able to gather together, we are increasing ways to create and keep connected as a community.

 

With Holy Week quickly approaching, we want to let you know that we will continue to offer you online experiences.

 

Palm Sunday | April 5, 2020 | Worship with us online at 9:30 AM (Traditional Worship) and 11 AM (Genesis Contemporary Worship). You can also access both services on our YouTube channel at any time after they premiere.

 

Maundy Thursday | April 9, 2020 | We have pre-recorded this special service with a small group of instrumentalists and vocalists. We encourage you to take communion together at home with your own bread and wine or juice. This service will premiere at 7 PM.

 

Good Friday | April 10, 2020 | We have put together a special virtual tour of the Stations of the Cross. You can access this special experience at any time on Good Friday.

 

Easter Sunday | April 12, 2020 | We will be premiering our Easter Sunday services at our usual worship times, with Traditional Worship at 9:30 AM and Genesis Contemporary Worship at 11 AM. We are doing everything we can to make it special.

 

We find that in these uncertain times, we have the opportunity to gather in innovative ways. Here are some ways to stay connected during the week:

 

Website: www.lmumc.org

 

 

 

Online Giving: www.lmumc.org/donate

 

If you are not already included in our Daily Updates and would like to receive these emails, let us know! We will make sure to add you!

 

Please join us in keeping this pandemic covered in prayer, particularly the people most directly affected: the patients, their families, medical professionals and support staff, first responders, and countless others.

 

Many Blessings,
Pastor Brent

 

P.S. If you're in need of a smile or laugh, watch this video.

Update: 3/16/2020

Click here for a video message from Pastor Brent Byerman

Dear Lake Magdalene Family,

 

I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to update you on what’s happening at Lake Magdalene UMC as we navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this part of the world which we call home.

 

Upon recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Bishop Ken Carter, we will not be hosting services and weekly programming until March 31, 2020. Our motivation is grounded in the call of Jesus to love our neighbor (Matthew 22).

 

We encourage our entire church family to join us on our websiteFacebook page, or on Youtube to view our video message from Pastor Brent and Pastor Steve this Sunday at 9:30 AM (Traditional Worship) and 11 AM (Genesis Contemporary Worship). We will include other elements of worship and our Student Ministries and Children’s Ministry will provide an online experience for your youth and children. We will share more details regarding the online service in the next day or two.

 

While the impacts of the coronavirus mean some changes to our daily lives, the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of people have not been put on hold and we must continue to care for those around us.

 

If you are in need of help during this time, please reach out to us in the following ways.

 

  • - If you need someone to talk to during this challenging time, our Stephen Ministry is a great resource. Contact a Stephen Leader at stephen.ministry@lmumc.org.
  • - Our offices will be open Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM. If you are in need of help, contact our front office at (813) 961-1254.
  • - If you are in need of our Food Pantry services, we will continue to have this ministry available Monday - Thursday, 10 AM - 4 PM. A photo ID is required.

 

Even though we’re not gathering in-person for church, you still have the opportunity to support God’s work through our church by financial giving. You can mail your offering or give online.

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Brent Byerman
Senior Pastor

Update: 3/14/2020

Dear Lake Magdalene Family,

The health and safety of our congregation and staff are of utmost importance to us at Lake Magdalene UMC. We are closely monitoring the details and information related to COVID-19 and following reports and updates from Hillsborough County, the Florida Department of Health, and the World Health Organization with regards to this issue.

As of now, Sunday services will continue as planned.  We encourage anyone who feels that they are at-risk to stay home during this time.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely, and will continue to follow CDC health and safety recommendations. We will provide updates via email, our website, and social media with any changes.

In His Service,

Pastor Steve Langford
Associate Pastor

Update: 3/12/2020

Dear Lake Magdalene Family,

I want to update you on what’s happening at Lake Magdalene UMC in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States. Like you, we have been following this evolving story with great concern. We’ve also reached out to the district and Florida conference and spoken with a number of other pastors in the area to gain perspective on how to best move forward.

At this time, the local officials and the Florida UMC Conference are not recommending the cancellation of public events or Sunday church gatherings. Lake Magdalene will remain open and we will continue to have services on Sundays and midweek programming. In the event that local and state health officials and/or the Florida UMC Conference do recommend closure or we determine it is in the best interest of our Lake Magdalene family to close, we will inform everyone to the best of our abilities through our website, emails and social media.

During this time, we are committed to continuing best practices and keeping our campus clean. Everyone is encouraged to maintain safe “social distance.” As normal, on the first of the month (April 5) we will offer communion. We are currently processing how to move forward and the congregation will be notified by March 22nd.

Watch Weekly Sermons Online:
Some people over the age of 60 may choose to “self-quarantine." If you or a family member are sick or need to stay home during this time, you are welcome to watch the sermons from our Sunday services online. Use the links below to access the sermon from each Sunday. The sermons will be available on Monday afternoon after each Sunday service.

Questions or concerns?
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email slangford@lmumc.org with any questions or comments.

Please continue to pray for those impacted by the virus, their families and loved ones, and Lake Magdalene UMC as we discern how we will move forward.

God Bless You.

In His Service,
Pastor Steve Langford
Associate Pastor

Update: 3/6/2020

Dear Lake Magdalene Family,

At LMUMC, we want to take care of our congregation in all respects, including the well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please be mindful of the guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, including:

  • - Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • - Stay home when you are sick.
  • - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • - Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If you or a family member are sick or need to stay home during this time, you are welcome to watch the sermons from Sunday online here.

Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.

In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

In Christ,

Victoria Richards
Communications Coordinator