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Worship Materials for Sunday Worship

As a reminder, we will hold Sunday worship online through Zoom and Facebook live. Here is how each service works:

Facebook Live

If you are interested simply in watching the worship service, you can do so easily through Facebook live. You may add comments to the video feed, but we may not be able to respond to them until after the broadest. To watch worship on Facebook Live, simply visit our church’s Facebook page at To follow along with prayers, readings, and hymn texts, download our worship packet.


Zoom is an online meeting and conference calling application. It allows you to participate in the worship rather than simply watching the service. There are three ways to use Zoom:

  • Smartphone or Tablet—allows participation with video and audio
    • Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting app from your phone’s App Store or similar outlet.
    • Sign into the meeting using the meeting ID: 286 301 975
    • Or, click on this link from your phone
  • Computer—allows participation with video and audio
  • Telephone (mobile or landline)—allows audio participation only, may incur long distance charges
    • Dial: 1 (646) 558-8656
    • When prompted for the meeting ID, press 286301975#

The prayers, hymn texts, and readings will all be shared on the Zoom screen during the service, but if you'd like the materials in advance, you can download the worship packet.

I am grateful to you all for your willingness to try this new way of worship and, in so doing, to seek to protect the most vulnerable among us.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at

See you online tomorrow!

Grace and peace,

Rev. Mark Schaefer
Pastor, Cheltenham UMC

Why We Engage in “Social Distancing”

Absent a vaccine or martial law, the coronavirus is going to continue to spread. But there are some things we can do to slow down the spread of the virus. You might think, ‘We’re all going to get it; why not just get it over with?’ The reality is, even if ultimately the same number of people get infected, it matters when they get infected. If a lot of people get infected right away, it can overwhelm the healthcare infrastructure and there won't be enough hospital beds or ventilators for the very ill. However, if we take prudent measures, such as avoiding large crowds, cancelling large gatherings, washing hands, and other steps, then we “flatten the curve” and give the healthcare system the space it needs to treat everyone in need. 
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