March 16, 2020


Dear St. Matthews UMC church family,

We have again made the difficult decision to cancel all of our in-person worship services for Sunday, March 22.  We will also be cancelling all activities at both of our campuses this week, March 16-22.  This decision comes in response to Bishop Leonard Fairley’s urging that church’s cancel worship services and all large, in-person gatherings.  Please see a link to his letter below, as well as a YouTube link to a video of his message.   


However, I want to celebrate some creative ways that we are inviting you to be the Church during these uncertain times:

  • Join us for worship online!  This week we will again be providing online worship opportunities for Sunday, as well as a Wednesday Night Live! prayer service via Facebook Live at 7pm.  

  • Join us in serving!  Our church was approached by The Pointe apartment complex to see if we could help provide meals for some of their kids over the next two weeks.  Our goal is to partner with other organizations in the community to provide 50-75 prepackaged meals daily.  For more information on this outreach, CLICK HERE.

  • Join us in leaning into community!  Part of our concern with so many resources being digital is that we want to be sure to include members of our congregation and community that aren’t online.  Our care coordinator, Kate Shafferman, is in the process of compiling a list of people that we want to stay in touch with through telephone or letter writing.  If you know someone that would like to be placed on this list or if you would like to volunteer to write letters or make calls, please call the church office or email me at

  • We can still give!  The week-to-week ministries of our church depend on your continued generosity.  You can mail checks to 319 Browns Lane, Louisville KY 40207.  You can also give by CLICKING HERE

  • We can still pray together!  You can email your prayer request by clicking HERE, or by clicking “Contact Us” on the River City page.

  • Ideas for Worship in Solitude:  Pastor Derek has written a blog post with different ideas for how to worship from home.  It includes things like prayer walks, Scripture reading, and other creative ways to stay centered on your relationship with God.  Click HERE for suggestions.


We will continue to communicate with any updates!  

I am deeply grateful for your flexibility, understanding, and positive spirit as we encounter these changes together.  I have been blessed by seeing so many of you worship online and by all the calls and messages sharing encouragement and ideas for how we can continue to be in ministry together.  You are a blessing!  In Christ, Adam

Click here for a letter from Bishop Leonard Fairley:

Video message from Bishop Fairley: