What a lovely night for an outdoor worship service! It was a deep delight to actually be with some of the family of EPUMC last night. We sang (though briefly and through our masks). We worshiped together. We soaked in the community we had been missing. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen (it took a lot of people doing their individual tasks!) and to everyone who came to worship. It was a delightful evening.
We are launching a new series in September and we need your help. We are looking for your unique and creative pictures of YOU making a heart with your hands (or with your hand and someone else’s hand). Use your creativity. There can be something you love in the opening of your heart, or something that makes it artistic and beautiful from your perspective. We could search the internet for such pictures, but we would love to have YOUR hands in the pictures. It will be the hands of the family of faith at EPUMC demonstrating B.E. L.O.V.E. You can send your pictures to Becky in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Maybe take this holiday weekend to create a few pictures and email them to the church!
You may have noticed the “Save the Date” notice in the newsletter for Rally Day. This year the staff and leadership of the church chose to delay our typical Rally Day excitement. We wanted to give families a chance to settle into their school routine before we launched any additional programming for families. Wednesday Night Live will look different. There are plans for exciting additions to our on-demand Sunday School. We are thrilled about the opportunities coming for children and youth. The Grow Team invites you to save the date of October 4th at 1 PM for a socially distanced and fun Rally Day experience in our church parking lot. Following Rally Day, we will launch some Wednesday Night Live-ish programs for children and youth.
We are here to serve you, to connect you to one another and to grow your love of Jesus. That has not changed. But, as with most things in our lives these days, how we deliver those opportunities has changed. Our commitment to you and your family remains steadfast. Thank you for all the ways you are engaging in community, worship and growth through EPUMC.
As always, this weekend provides you an opportunity for Bible Study (Sunday at 8:15 AM on Zoom), for Fellowship and Prayers (Sunday at 9:30 AM on Zoom), for on-demand Sunday School (on the private EPUMC Sunday School page – email Rachel for access), and for a special children’s message (available on our website). Worship is ALWAYS available on our website. I hope you will find your time this weekend to join us for worship online. Consider inviting a friend personally or inviting friends through sharing a link on social media. You are the best witnesses to Jesus possible. I encourage you to witness through invitation in this season when folks are looking for more meaning and purpose in their lives and just waiting for someone to show them the way.
Pastor Becky Jo Messenbrink