Reopening Updates

COVID-19 Church Update
As of 11/13/2020, we have had two daycare members test positive for COVID-19. We are following all health protocols and working closely with the Johnson County Health Department. If you have been to church recently and have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Melissa Truelove at melissat@mtauburnumc.org.

Latest News – November 13, 2020

As many of you know, Governor Holcomb limited the social gathering size to 50 in Johnson County due to rising COVID-19 numbers. Religious services are exempt from this restriction. We will still be having two worship services at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. We are following social distancing during services, wearing masks, and fogging the seats in between services. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 317-535-8555.
 
Please also be aware that there have been two confirmed positive COVID cases with exposure in the daycare at our Stones Crossing Campus. We are working closely with the Johnson County Health Department and following all necessary protocol.
 
Please remain in prayer for those affected by COVID.

Latest News – August 6, 2020

As we follow Governor Holcomb's mandate and continue with our phased restart plan for August, please note that some guidelines have changed.
 
  • Registration - You will not need to register for church anymore, but please make sure to check in at the Welcome Center when you come to church on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. so we can track attendance trends.
  • Masks - Please wear a mask or face covering when you enter the building. If you cannot wear a mask due to health reasons, please care for others by social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer - We will continue to provide hand sanitizer at each entrance and continue to have greeters open the doors for you to limit contact.
 
Thank you for your patience with us as we do our best to keep everyone safe during this time.


Latest News – June 4, 2020

Mt. Auburn's Stones Crossing and Trafalgar campuses will be reopening on Sunday, June 14. In order to track the amount of attendees, we will be asking all congregation members to register online earlier in the week. This registration will be open from Sunday to Wednesday (June 7 - 10). If you can't register online, please call the church at 317-535-8555.

Please be aware that church services will look different when we reopen as we attempt to limit the spread of the virus. We will still be continuing to post the sermons on Facebook Live.

All church staff will be returning to normal office hours beginning Monday, June 8. We will be taking appointments only until further notice.

We can't wait to see you face-to-face again!

Online Meetings
Pastor Jeff and his wife, Julie, are working through the Psalms every day except Sundays having live daily devotions at 9:00 a.m. on Jeff Buck’s personal Facebook page. Feel free to watch at anytime!
Sunday Worship Services Online
Please join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/mtauburnumc/) or in person to hear our sermons.

We recognize this time of uncertainty can make us uneasy, but it’s also an opportunity to remind us of the peace of Jesus Christ within us that we can share with others. Please continue to join us in prayer for all those impacted.

Previous Letter – May 21, 2020

The church staff have been discussing and planning the reopening of both our Trafalgar and Stones Crossing campuses. We know, at this point, that we will not be having regular services until after June 14. The bishop has been encouraging all United Methodist churches to remain virtual until June. We are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, especially those that are high-risk. Once we hear more news as June approaches, we will determine a set date to reopen.
 
Please be aware that church services will look different when we reopen as we attempt to limit the spread of the virus. Until then, we will continue to meet on Facebook Live.
 
We can't wait to see you face-to-face again! Please click here to take a survey regarding your feelings about returning to normal church activities.

Previous Letter – March 17, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship

We have moved our sermons online! Join us for Sunday worship on Facebook live at 10:00 a.m. We know this will be different, but we are lucky to live in a world that still allows us to connect in times like these. If you go to our Facebook page and click on videos, you will be able to find our live stream on Sunday morning. If you have any questions or prayer requests, feel free to comment below the video. Our pastoral staff will be monitoring all responses. Can't watch it at 10:00? We'll post the video on our blog afterwards.

We also want your feedback! Our staff is still learning how to transition our sermons online. Let us know how we did and what we can do to improve by emailing our Director of Communications, Samantha Gregory at samanthag@mtauburnumc.org.

Drive-In Prayer (Discontinued)

We are offering Drive-In Prayer (provided that no new restrictions are put in place) again this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This will be an outdoor, drive-up, prayer station outside door 1 in the parking lot. Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jeremy, and other members of our prayer team will be offering prayer for those who wish from an appropriate distance. This is a time for trusting the Lord, for prayer, and the peace of Christ. This is also a time to show the world we care.

Dear Mt. Auburn family and friends

We are living in unprecedented times. Yet, our God is still God and our God is bigger than fear and even bigger than the coronavirus itself. So, praising the Almighty God, let us come together at this time and see how God is working and join in what is happening. My goal over this season of enforced isolation is for all of us as a church to stay connected to God and connected with each other. Here is how we are going to encourage all of us to stay connected:

  1. We are moving forward with The Story. Continue to do your daily readings. Remember that the daily Story questions found in your booklets are posted online under the "Blog" tab. Feel free to comment and leave your thoughts on each post.
  2. We plan to start posting sermons on our webpage www.mtauburnumc.org this Sunday. We will be using the scriptures planned to tie to The Story. We are finding these scriptures planned are amazingly pertinent to what is happening around us.
  3. Rev. John Wortinger prepares a weekly talk about the lesson and it will be posted on our webpage under the "Blog" tab and on YouTube.
  4. We are exploring ways to continue our Bible studies and small groups so please watch the webpage, emails, and Facebook for more details on when groups are starting.
  5. We are planning to use Zoom for all meetings for the church during this time. The Church will serve differently than we have ever had to serve.

The staff and I trust God without question, and we are working together to figure out how to be the church now. However, every member of the Mt. Auburn family is going to have to reach up and out to work together to address this time of crisis. I do mean everyone! Last Sunday morning we offered Drive by Prayer out in the Parking Lot. We had maybe 20-25 cars stop by, including a young man driving by who saw the signs. The best part was watching the responses of all the people driving by who honked or gave us a thumbs up. They saw us present and praying, and this fact encouraged those who drove by.

Now I ask each of you to pray. I would like you to pray for the world for healing and wisdom on how to deal with this crisis. I would ask you to pray for peace so that fear will not dominate our county and our world. Please pray for our country for humor and grace as we seek to live together in peace. Please pray for our church that we may be a witness during this time. Pray for our Pastors, staff, and all leaders for wisdom and mercy as we guide the church through these uncharted waters. Above all, pray that Jesus is lifted up and seen by all.

Please know I am praying for you all,

Pastor Jeff Buck

Church Office Hours

Church office hours are uncertain at this time, however staff are continually monitoring voicemails and emails. We are still here for you!

What About Giving?

One of the biggest ways you can help care for the congregation is to give online or mail a check into the church. We are committed to helping those inside and outside the church at this time. You may give online by going to our website and clicking on the "Give" tab. This tab will take you to the VANCO website where you can set up a one-time donation or recurring donations. You may also mail a check to the church at 3100 W. Stones Crossing Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Brenda Reynolds.

How You Can Serve & How We Can Help

We have this unique opportunity to support and care for each other during these uncertain times. It's been encouraging to see the outpouring of love and concern for the needs of others in our church. Whether you need help or want to give help, we want to communicate with you. If you need help: We are here for you. Whether it's picking up your groceries, making a phone call, a financial need, or simply prayer, we want to hear from you! If you can give help: There are many opportunities to serve. Such as picking up groceries, making phone calls, continuing to give your offering, and praying without ceasing. To help or receive help or to send prayer requests, please contact Melissa Truelove at melissat@mtauburnumc.org or at 317-535-8555 ext. 1304.


Previous Letter: March 13, 2020

Greetings, Mt. Auburn Family!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds ... (James 1:2-4)
Stones Crossing Campus, Trafalgar Campus, Daycare Families, Scout Families, MAMM Guests, and our entire Mt. Auburn Community, we are so thankful for you! We are privileged to stand with you in perseverance and faith as we address this Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat to our community. Every time we’ve drafted an announcement to send out this week, the situation has changed. Please begin reading by noting key information related to this Sunday and the Daycare. Thank you for your grace and the flexibility that a faithful response will require of us.
At present, we are implementing a streamlined approach to focus on the priority of worship.
  1. Our Foundation: As the Church, it is our joy to respond differently than the world around us. Please pray with us for those affected by this disease or the fear surrounding it. For ways we can bless our community, please see NOTE 1.
  2. Sundays: This Sunday, we will worship together as usual, and Journey of the Heart will meet. Children will meet together in the Chambers, age 2 through 5th Grade, from 9:00am to 10:30am; parents, of course will certainly be able to pick-up or drop off children between 10:00am and 10:30am, if they prefer. We will not offer nursery care for the next few weeks, however, and Youth Group will be cancelled. As of Monday, March 16th, no Mt. Auburn activities beyond Sunday mornings and Daycare will take place, with the exception of drive-thru MAMM service. In other words, all weekly gatherings and extra-curricular activities at and of Mt. Auburn will be cancelled through Palm Sunday, April 5th, at which time we will re-evaluate. We are also looking into possibly implementing some virtual solutions to facilitate our ministries.
  3. Mt. Auburn Daycare: It is important to note that at present, the Mt. Auburn Daycare is running at capacity; this is a good problem to have, but it means that currently we are unable to serve children who are not already enrolled in our services. Unfortunately, this means that even if area schools or other daycares close, we are not in a position to accept additional enrollments. Of course, we will do our best to continue to serve our Daycare families in their daily needs as best we can, and as permitted by our local governing authorities.
  4. Guidelines for healthy fellowship and worship:
  • We as a church facility are taking steps to prevent the spread of germs: See NOTE 2 for some of the steps we are taking.
  • As of March 15, 2020, we strongly encourage a friendly wave or an elbow “bump” in place of a handshake or hug. Greeters, please open and hold doors as people enter to minimize the number of hands touching door handles. For now, we will suspend the in-service friendly greeting time.
  • As of March 15, 2020, we plan to offer only coffee, tea and water (and only at the Café) as part of our Sunday morning hospitality ministry, in order to minimize the handling and consumption of food items in a group setting.
  • If you (or your child) has symptoms of illness, please rest at home until you are free of symptoms. If a child is on campus and found to have a fever, we will ask that the child’s parent pick up the child. This will pertain to Sunday mornings and Daycare, in particular.
  • Click here and here for more information on the Coronavirus.
  • Please watch our website and Facebook for additional information. As we pray and worship, it may become clear that additional steps are necessary. You may be contacted by Mt. Auburn personnel to request your assistance in helping us respond prudently to the circumstances. Note: Due to adjusted cleaning schedules, we may have to ask you to use a door or space we recently secured. Please pardon any inconvenience.
Your Mt. Auburn Leadership and Staff have worked together on this response to the situation at hand. Friends, this is what we live for . . . As more than conquerors, may we pray and watch the Lord intervene. To God be the glory, and may we give thanks in all circumstances!
In Christ,
Pastor Jeff Buck
NOTE 1
  • Pray for our leaders who must make difficult decisions. Pray for the health and healing of our neighbors. Pray for every individual to have a relationship with God that allows them to live fearlessly in uncertain times, and that our readiness to persevere, suffer, or even face the realities of life and death. Perhaps we could even develop prayer networks to conquer the threat of the virus and the fear.
  • Praise the Lord! Let’s take time in our families to make a list of things for which we are grateful. Let’s focus our minds and our speech on things “above,” not on the things that trouble the world. Let’s sing or hum songs or hymns of praise, worship, and joyful celebration. Let’s make worship our priority. Let’s be a light in a dark place, reflecting the hope we have in Christ Jesus!
  • As other persons hoard supplies, what can we give? Do we have supplies we would be willing to share with our neighbors? Could we donate items to a school or medical center or charity that is unable to get enough of the resources they need? If you would like to remain current in your giving to God’s work at Mt. Auburn during this tumultuous time, you can do so through online giving and through the mail.
  • How can we help? Are we willing to volunteer our time to an organization that needs help during this challenging season? Can we be a calming influence in our neighborhood, workplace, or elsewhere? Might we use Facebook or Instagram or texting to encourage people around us?
NOTE 2
We are monitoring CDC and local health department recommendations; proactively contacting our church family; increasing our daily cleaning and disinfecting regimen; turning off drinking fountains; discouraging the sharing of food during gatherings; working to minimize situations that foster the sharing of harmful viruses; and evaluating virtual solutions and processes that could be modified, such as passing the offering plates and attendance binders or the Communion elements. MAMM, for example, will be offering “drive-thru” meals beginning tonight.