- Clean your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds .especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Who Is GMUMC?
A Progressive Christian Community …
… A Place to Call Home
We consider ourselves a progressive Christian church, yet we also have great respect for the traditions of the United Methodist church and their doctrine of “Welcoming EVERYONE with Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors“.
Our Hearts, Minds and Doors are open to you …
… if you want to be welcomed into a community or family …
… if you are Christian or any other religious background …
… whatever your race or ethnic background …
… whoever you love …
… wherever you live …
… wherever you came from …
… whatever your abilities or disabilities …
Be a community where faith in Christ is a verb; serving, discovering, questioning, growing, caring …
We are proud of our affiliation with the following progressive Christian organizations:
The Story of the Window on the Hill
A bright and beautiful stained glass window adorns our sanctuary, shining in on us and shining out to the rest of our community.
This window has a message – that God’s spirit filled Jesus Christ and he became “the light of the world.” That same spirit and life have come into our lives and our church. It then flows out as a stream, taking life to those in our community and our world.
The bright colors are the colors of nature – the gold of the sun, the blues and greens of the ocean and the sky.
The white light of our sun shines through the glass and is transformed into the colors of the rainbow. Remember that God put the rainbow in the sky as a symbol of hope.
The brilliant circle of light and its rays symbolize Jesus, the Son of God, who said, “I am the light of the world.” He also said we are the light of the world and should not cover our light but let it shine for all to see.
Inside the glowing light are two images. One is a descending dove, a bird that is flying down to the earth, a symbol of God’s power and love. Remember in the Bible it says after Jesus’ baptism that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove.
Surrounding the dove, if you look closely, you may be able to see the shape of an angel, one of God’s helpers and messengers in heaven.
The green ripples running down and outward from the light represent the water of life which gets deeper and wider and brings life to us all.
The black circles describe our expanding care and concern for all people and for our world.
This window is strong, like our church, made of glass of many colors and epoxy and encased in steel and anchored to this building whose foundation goes deep into the ground. We build our lives on the firm foundation of God’s teachings.
This wonderful window was a gift to the church in 1979 from the family of Jim and Shirley Core in memory of their parents.
A prayer of thanks: We thank you, God, for this window and its message. Help us to be brighter lights and streams of caring and sharing as we open our lives to God’s spirit and power. Amen.