Responding to COVID-19

 
 
The Wellspring Pastors, Staff, and Church Council are continually monitoring and responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Please watch this page for ongoing updates regarding our Wellspring community.

Primary Items of Note

  • All worship services, meetings, and additional in-person activities at the church (both hosted by Wellspring and by external groups) are to be suspended until further notice.
  • The Pastors and Office Administrator will continue to hold regular office hours Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm. You are welcome to contact them via phone (608-238-7753) or email (info@wellspringmadison.org) with questions, prayer requests, or other concerns.
  • Regular updates and communications will be sent via the church’s e-newsletter. Use this link to subscribe.
 

4/14/20 Note from the Finance Committee

Wellspring CARES

 
Wellspring’s leadership is looking for ways to support our congregation and community during these tough times of separation and isolation. We are hearing about the need for food, supplies, and Covid-19 testing for the less fortunate and most vulnerable populations in our community.

As part of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (CARES) act approved by Congress last month, Americans will soon begin receiving stimulus payments from the federal government. Many of us need these stimulus funds because of lost income/jobs related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Others are in a financial situation where they may not need some of or all the government stimulus funds.
 
Through our mission ministry, we have established relationships with Lussier Community Education Center and the Homeless Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church (operating through Porchlight, Inc.). Consider what you might have spent on OneThing items or on supplies for the homeless shelter meal through this time. If you can donate some of or all your stimulus payment to Wellspring, we will send those donations to support the food and other aid programs and services these organizations provide during this crucial time.

If you are able to donate, please send a check payable to Wellspring UMC with “Covid-19 Donation” marked in the memo line. Together we will all get through this with love and support for our congregation and community.

4/2/20 Note from the Pastors

Closings extended to the end of April

 
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has directed our United Methodist Churches in Wisconsin to remain closed to public worship through the month of April. The Church Council joins in this decision. Mel and I miss this congregation very much and everyone involved in it, but we know that this is for the best and allows us to be safe as we confront this global pandemic of COVID-19.
 
We ask that we all remain connected through online worship on Sunday, daily prayer, calls, email, and Zoom. Let us hold each other in the light of Christ who offers us the grace we need and long for in these difficult days that are also filled with hope and faith.
 
In the Peace of Christ,
Linda and Mel

3/17/20 Note from the Pastors

Wellspring Church Council Meets Online

 

All face to face services and meetings canceled for four weeks.

 
Our Church Council held an online meeting Monday evening. Following the advice of our Bishop, we canceled all face to face worship services and meetings here until Easter Sunday. Our Office Administrator, Amanda, will be working as usual and our office will remain open in the mornings from Monday to Thursday each week. Your pastors will be available for phone conversations with any of our congregation’s friends and members. You may call us during office hours at church or at home during other times.
 
During this emergency we will send a weekly YouTube devotional on Sunday mornings, which you will also be able to access on the Wellspring homepage. We will send the congregation’s E-News twice a week. Our Council members will write short articles to keep us connected as a congregation. People who have special prayer requests for our congregation’s prayer team may call the pastors. We will ask if the requests can be put on the prayer list, which will go out to our prayer team once a week. The Council has asked Amanda to inform all groups who meet here that our building will be closed during this four week period. This in compliance with the national direction that there be no meetings anywhere of more than 10 persons. During this time we ask you to continue your electronically sent offerings and those which come through the mail. We have assured all our staff that they will receive their regular pay in full during this time.
 
We need to be as available to each other as possible when various needs or problems occur among us. We discussed the need for our congregation to stay informed about problems that arise in our city and our world during this time. We will stay in contact with each other as we seek to be faithful disciples of Christ and servants of all. The Council will confer and revise our decisions as events warrant. Your Pastors and Office Administrator wish to thank the members who were able to join and hold this meeting. Your thoughtful leadership is deeply appreciated.
 
We, your pastors, are moved by the stories in the Gospels of ordinary people. Jesus called them into discipleship. At times their calling to be with Jesus was frightening. But through it all they came to sense that what they had seen, what they had felt, what they had been part, what they had been able to share with former strangers, was LIFE. . . life more full and secure than anything they had known before. It is our hope and prayer that all of us will experience this life that comes from God for the sake of God’s own world.
 
In the love of Christ, the fellowship of believers, and the community of caring,
Pastors Linda and Mel