Sunday, April 15, 2018

Orlando, Fla. Church,100,Closes Down Abruptly; United Methodist Church Was "Inward Focused"

A nearly 100-year-old Orlando, Florida church abruptly shut down on April 13, with leaders emailing parishioners to tell them that Sunday services would not be held, the Yahoo News website reports today (April 15, 2018).

Yesterday, church leaders at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church said the facility has become too "inward focused" but that they will reopen the church eventually.

"The intent is to get back on mission, which is making a difference in the community," said Bob Bushong, who has been district superintendent for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for three years. "We have gotten away from that."

Despite Bushong saying the church would come back, the email hinted at a permanent shutdown. Church membership  has been on the decline, with Reeves right now serving roughly 30 people, Bushong said.

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