Thursday, March 4, 2021
The Foolishness of Overturning Tables
Update on our next steps toward returning to Worship in our Sanctuary:
Last week I met with our Reentry Team, chaired by Rev Tom Mattick to discuss the next steps toward in person worship.
After that conversation and a conversation with our District Superintendent, Rev Dan Morley we will begin to worship outdoors on the patio on Palm Sunday, March 28. You will need to register and sign a covenant online (you will still need to register if you signed up saying you are interested in attending outdoor worship).
Our worship times will be 9:30am and 11:00am
You will need to bring your own lawn chair.
We will be live-streaming each of these worship services
Below is a letter I wish to share with you from Rev Morley saying more about the reasoning behind our decision.
If you have questions feel free to email me at email@example.com
May the remainder of this season of Lent be one that brings you closer to our loving Christ!
Because of Jesus,
Hello Pastor Mary,
Greetings in Christ this season of Lent as you prepare for Holy Week and Easter. I know you and Green Valley UMC leadership are working through next steps in ministry and gatherings as we see improvement in the Covid condition in our communities. These are challenging and complex decisions with many implications. I am confident that you are seeking to make the best decisions for both the health of individuals as well as the community.
I offer several recommendations and considerations as you and your team discern the timing and the particulars of in-person gatherings.
1. Before initiating inside worship, take steps to prepare and practice through outdoor in-person worship and small group in-person gatherings. It is experienced that these gatherings help a congregation and leadership to “rehearse” best practices. They work out the kinks and gain confidence that those who gather will do so in the best way.
2. Outdoor gatherings are known to be safer than indoor because of air circulation and space. Because of this, there are people who will be able/willing to attend outside but are not ready for the higher risk of indoor meeting. Gathering outside will be a sign of welcome and hospitality.
3. Palm Sunday and Easter typically have a higher guest attendance. This is good and yet will add significant challenges, such as, when guests arrive who have not made a reservation and who push the count past the 25% occupancy. I have also observed that the reservation system can be experienced as off-putting, unwelcoming, or exclusionary, especially for those who are new or guests. When you do begin indoor worship, a reservation system will be important, especially in the beginning weeks – however, initiating on a lower attended Sunday, like beginning the Sunday after Easter, it can be eased into it and it is generally a Sunday of mostly familiar folks.
I know you and your leadership are aware of the needs and concerns of the people of Green Valley UMC and will make your best decisions about gathering with safe practices. I am confident in your leadership and trust your discernments. I am always available for further conversation or questions.
I continue in prayer that the Spirit moves mightily among you this season of Lent, through Holy Week, and into the Easter celebration.
Blessing in Christ Jesus, Dan
This Week's Scripture Verse
It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple those who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as those involved in exchanging currency sitting there. He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, including the cattle and the sheep. He scattered the coins and overturned the tables of those who exchanged currency. He said to the dove sellers, “Get these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a place of business.” His disciples remembered that it is written, Passion for your house consumes me. Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?” Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.” The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
We Are Hiring!
As we look to reopen our facility we are needing to hire the following:
Part-Time Children's Ministry Director (initially 10 hours per week)
If you know of a person with a degree in early childhood/elementary education, vibrant personality, loves Jesus and desires to help children grow in their faith, please have them send a letter of interest and their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Part-Time Custodian (10 hours per week)
Looking for a reliable person who is attentive to detail. Send letter interest and job experience to email@example.com
UMCOR Sunday is one of six special offerings in The United Methodist Church that supports ministries shared by all churches in the denomination. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, acts on our behalf when there is a crisis.
UMCOR’s 80-year history is grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ, “created to do good things” (Ephesians 2:10) that alleviate human suffering. Responding to people suffering from the effects of war, civil unrest, hurricanes, wildfires, famines or floods, and, yes, the Covid-19 pandemic, UMCOR steps in on your behalf in times of crisis to help individuals, families and communities too overwhelmed to recover on their own.
And UMCOR doesn’t just respond to the emergency for the short term. Working with local organizations, churches in the community and United Methodist volunteers, UMCOR cultivates relationships and helps communities rebuild, often for years after the disaster.
UMCOR can do this because the communion offerings we receive this Sunday join with those of millions of United Methodists to help cover the costs of doing business. From training volunteers to keeping the office lights on, the UMCOR Sunday special offering equips the organization to respond quickly when disaster strikes.
New Member Class
Several folks are interested in becoming members of Green Valley UMC
If you are also interested please email your interest to Pastor Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women of Spirit
Join us via zoom Wednesday mornings at 9:00am.
New Members Always Welcome!
Please contact Laura Puckett for book/class information. Justlauranow@gmail.com
New members are always welcome.Contact Linda Eads at Lreewe@aol.com for welcome information or roster.
All other questions contact Elizabeth DeYoung at Elizabeth.email@example.com
United Methodist Women is an organization
of the mission oriented group of women in the United Methodist Church.
Click HERE to view this week's UMW Prayer Calendar
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