Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
into this safe {and sacred} space.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to come and know the heart of God.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to share their lives in service with us
into ALL the world.

It is out of the heart of our collective understanding of God’s complete and unconditional love that we invite, encourage support, love, and welcome ALL in our Bay View, Milwaukee community.

Your Accountable Leadership Board has been meeting every two weeks online to discuss, and monitor the concerns of the church. As the various Orders from the State and local governments are set to expire this week, we want to share guidance on how we plan to continue church, and provide for the safety and wellbeing for all that would use our space. 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Resetting our Expectations 

Though in the beginning many of us had mental images of all returning at once to our churches in celebration, we are now recognizing that returning to church will have to happen in phases.

What future we will find ourselves in depends not only on the behavior of the virus, but on the actions of people – as individuals, churches, communities, and governments. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithfully discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly.  It has always been that way for the church: “You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown….”

Please understand: for at least the next year, we anticipate our lives to be shaped by the timeline set by COVID-19.  We face difficult choices between conflicting needs and imperatives. If we push the envelope too far by reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, we may unfairly force on our more vulnerable members the choice between keeping themselves and others safe and participating in congregational life like everyone else.

We are staying informed by following updates disseminated by local, state, and federal public health agencies, which is key to putting preparedness into action. We seek out and listen to trusted sources that have been monitoring COVID-19 and issuing updated information, resources, and recommendations.

We pray for a spirit of discernment, for wisdom, and patience. We pray for researchers and medical professionals; for the planners; for the ill and recovering; for those grieving and struggling with the weightiness of these times. We pray for the watchers and wonderers, and all those who wait upon the Lord.

07/14/20 Update

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Siblings in Christ, At our most recent Accountable Leadership Board (ALB) meeting on Monday (7/13/20), we discussed the re-opening of the church, as it was initially planned for this Sunday, (7/19/20).  After looking into the most current information available to us and seeing the cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, it is with sadness that we inform you, that we have decided to postpone the opening of Bay View United Methodist Church this weekend.  While re-opening the church and gathering together as one, is our ultimate goal, we also understand that in order for that to happen, we need to ensure the health and safety of all of our patrons. We are meeting bi-weekly to continue to monitor the situation and will continue to be transparent with you in our mission to get back to the church as soon as the ALB feels it is safe enough for us all to worship together. Our virtual services will continue to stream daily and each Sunday for you to worship until we are together as one, again. 
Join us on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am for worship. At 9 am we offer coffee fellowship on zoom which is great fun. During the week, tune into Pastor Kevin’s Daily Devotion at 10 am on Facebook. If you know of someone who does not have internet connection or a computer, please let Pastor Kevin know immediately so follow up can occur. 

Thank you for your time and continued support. We are in deep, meaningful discussions on how to continue to minister to the church and people around us while not being in the physical building (as well as how to get back into the building). As Pastor Kevin said, we need to take church to the streets. Church hasn’t stopped. Love of God and Christ hasn’t stopped. We thank you so much for your prayers and support as we figure out how to lead our ship through this.

In Christ’s Love,
Your Accountable Leadership Board