While we are anxious to have life return to “normal,” so far this summer we are continuing to see increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases in California. Even so, we are considering how we could return to in-person worship. Our California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church has been testing re-opening protocols by working with 8 small churches in rural areas.  In weekly webinars, they are sharing what they have learned about the planning, training, and communication needed to provide a safe setting for in-person worship services.  (See more here.) In our church, a reopening plan has been developed by Matthew Hendrickson (as Chair ofRead More →

At the May Leadership Team meeting, we gave thanks that “the church” remains open and active despite COVID-19, even though we are unable to meet in person in our church facilities.  Looking forward to a relaxation in shelter-in-place, we brainstormed questions we need to consider as we prepare to return to in-person worship services.  For example: How many people can be allowed in the building at a time, and how do we limit them? Will masks be needed?  If yes, do we need security to protect from “mask deniers”? How to sanitize the pews, bathrooms, etc.?  How to keep bathrooms sanitized while the building isRead More →

Phyllis Bellet, an icon of the Morgan Hill community, died quietly on March 17th, 2020.  She was 97. Born and raised in Upper Lake, California.  Phyllis settled in Morgan Hill, as a newlywed, shortly after World War II.  From that time on, the Morgan Hill community loved and respected Phyllis for her “can do,” “will do,” and “let’s enjoy doing it together,” way of living. Early on, Phyllis and husband Edmund faced the challenge of parenting a child with disabilities, in an era when many would have given up the struggle.  Two more sons followed, making a busy household with 3 boys under the ageRead More →