May 13, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Well – finally!!!! What we have all been hoping for is in the process of beginning.

It is finally the time when we have been lawfully approved to resume in-person worship.  We WILL RETURN TO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, MAY 31 – PENTECOST SUNDAY.  What a great day to return on – the Birthday of the Church – What a day to celebrate!!! We are looking so forward to seeing all of you. Be sure to wear red – the color of the Holy Spirit.

However, with that said, there are going to be regulations and guidelines provided by the State of Louisiana for Phase One re-opening, and by the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist that we must abide by.

Here is what your pastors and church leaders propose:

• Two services will be offered.  9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

• Those whose last names begins with “A through L” will be requested to worship at the 9:00 time. 

• Those whose last names begin with “M through Z” will be requested to worship at 11:00. 

• We will also still be broadcasting on Periscope.  If there is any problem with these times for you or if you are still wanting to quarantine, please worship with us on Periscope.

• We will have masks available but are requesting you bring your own mask.  It will be required that masks be worn by everyone, including the children during the entire service.  We cannot make any exceptions on this. 

• We will strictly adhere to the social – distancing regulations especially regarding seating.  An usher will show you to your seat.  So please understand, you may not be in the same seat you always sat in.

• We must greet each other without the customary hugs during this time.

• There will be no congregational singing or children’s time during Phase One.

• The service length will be shortened to 45 minutes. This will give us time to disinfect between services.  Unfortunately, during Phase 1, we will not be serving communion, celebrating baptisms, passing the offering plates or passing the sign of peace.  The offering will be received in baskets at each door.

• Also during Phase 1, we will not be opening the Grace Center or Agape Center for Sunday school.  We know everyone is anxious to get back, and so are we.  We especially cannot wait to get our children back in Sunday school, but for the month of June, during this Phase 1 process, we felt it much safer not to have the meeting spaces open.  This will also save us a lot of  disinfecting time and effort.

Friends, we know this is not quite how our we normally conduct our worship service,  but we have quite a bit at stake here – and that is each of you…. and your health.  You matter to us, and we are doing what we believe is for your best and within the realm of the law and the procedures as set forth by our denomination.

Once again, as a reminder, if you have any reservations about returning to worship, please join us on Periscope.  If you need help setting up Periscope, please call the church office at 985-863-4752 and we will be happy to help.

We are so excited to see you on May 31.  May God bless you and keep you in great health.

In His Love and Service,

Pastor Susie Thomas and Pastor Cindy Kaupp

Our buildings are closed but we are still a Church.  Check out the calendar to see what’s happening & how to attend.


Dear PRUMC members and friends,

I hope this  finds you doing well and staying safe. As the chairman of the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee at our church, it is my responsibility to update you all as we receive information on Rev. Susie’s replacement.


As you all know, she will be moving to Virginia the end of June to begin serving a new congregation. The SPPR committee met with our District Superintendent, Reverend Jan Curwick, on Monday evening via Zoom. She informed us that  Rev. Cindy Kaupp will remain at PRUMC as our co-pastor. We will receive a new local pastor on July 1, 2020. Her name is Reverend Kathy Pfleider. She has been serving at Varnado United Methodist Church for the past 5 years. I have attached her picture with a biographical sketch. (see below)


It is my understanding that Reverend Cindy and Reverend Kathy will serve as co-pastors at PRUMC. Reverend Kathy will be the Senior Pastor at Varnado UMC and Reverend Cindy will be the Associate Pastor at Varnado. It is my understanding that Varnado is a much smaller congregation that does not require a full-time pastor.

I am sure that we will be getting more information in the near future. Please take a look at the attachment. I, along with the SPPRC, look forward to navigating the changes ahead with you all, following God’s lead as always. Please feel free to contact me by phone, (985) 285-9117, or by email

May God continue to bless you all,
Valerie Little
               Chair, SPPRC

Welcome to Pearl River United Methodist Church, Pearl River, Louisiana! The friendliest church in town. We are located in the heart of the Honey Island Swamp area and just minutes from the Pearl River itself. Whether you’ve walked through our doors or are coming in through the window of your computer screen or smartphone, we’re glad you’re here. We are a family of faith who welcome all seekers into an abundant life with Christ. Wherever you are on your life’s journey or faith walk, you are welcome at Pearl River United Methodist. We call it PRUMC, for short. We invite you to explore our website and worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. I invite you to contact me to arrange a coffee or a visit by calling the church office at (985) 863-7452 or emailing Blessings for your journey, Susie Thomas, Senior Pastor

65480 Highway 41, Pearl River, LA 70452  Phone: 985–863-7452,
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