Pastor Cindy’s Epistle for July 31st

Pastor Cindy’s Epistle for July 31st

Dear Friends:

First let me thank you for your cards of care and concern.  I have appreciated knowing that you have been keeping me and my family in your prayers.

We are continuing to experience waiting and watching for our world to get back to “normal.”  I am not sure when that will be.  But in the interim we keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and staying safe as is necessary to do no harm to friends, neighbors and the others that we encounter during our day.

I will begin next week calling people from our church to get acquainted.  I will also be setting up a series of ZOOM “cottage meetings.” This will allow me to get some small groups together in a safe manner. I am eager to get to know you and I don’t want the pandemic to serve as an excuse for saying that we can’t get to know another. I know that some are not as tech savvy as others. If you are unable to do Zoom, I will be calling you and talking with you by phone.

Zoom works much better if you install it on your computer, tablet or phone if you have an android phone or I-Phone.  www.zoom.us.com is the link that will let you download ZOOM to your device.  When I set up the Zoom meetings, I will send you a meeting ID number and password.  When you get to Zoom you will click join the meeting.  It will ask for the ID and Password.  Follow the instructions and prompts that appear on your screen.

When I send out the Zoom invitations, I will have a set of questions for you to think about for our meeting. This information will also help you get to know one another and learn something about the church that you may not have known. The questions will also identify where you see the church going over the next few months and coming years.

I will look forward to talking with you by phone or will see on Zoom very soon.  Until I see you again, stay safe, wear your mask, and we will continue to grow in Christ and make Christ known to others the best way that we can.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Cindy

Prayer Concerns: Please keep all these persons and their families in your prayers.

  • Bonnie Blasdel – University of Louisville Rehabilitation.
  • Joann Fredrick – Norton Hospital – Louisville.
  • Carolyn Lindsey – home with care by family.
  • Urbie Keithley Family – continue to remember them in your prayers.
  • Mike Sandlin – Home continuing recovery.
  • Billie Boone Family – recovering at home.
  • Sandra Beckett.
  • Rosetta Harvey – Jefferson Manor – Louisville.
  • Eudell Wathen – Emma’s Place Assisted Living in Pekin.
  • Larry Wagoner – home.

 

Prayer Concerns: Please keep all these persons and their families in your prayers. {Continued}

  • Titus – home.
  • Brenda Wilson’s niece – {Heather} – Hospitalized.
  • Earnest/Nancy Bastian – home.
  • Judy Cook – Lung problems.  Next week, she will continue to have tests and treatments as well. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Cindy Cook’s mother, Brenda Payne, passed away.  Cindy is still on kidney transplant list.  Please keep Cindy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Businesses trying to survive these times.

Financial Information:
General Fund Giving 7/26/20: $5,338
Needed Weekly Normal: $6,348
Needed Weekly Critical Expenses Only: $5,729

Mortgage Payment Fund Giving 7/26/20: $785

We Miss You! Regathered Church:

  • We will continue our regathering of the 9:00 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. services for our members that feel able to attend.  We are social distancing with plenty of additional room for you to join us.  Masks are provided if you come and forget your own.  Anti-viral solution is sprayed on all surfaces between the two services.   No gathering in groups allowed.  We hope that, for all ages, if you do not have any underlying health issues, you will come join us in worship.
  • Sunday school classes are not meeting at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.  Some of the classes are meeting at homes, the shelter, or on Zoom.  Check with your class leader.
  • This regathering is not:
  • For those with a compromised health.
  • For those who live around those who are compromised.
  • This is required for health:
    That you feel good.  If you do not feel well, (or have been ill in the last 7 days), please worship online and take care of yourself.
    That you follow the social distance guidelines.

Required:

  • That you wear a breathing mask – to protect one another.
  • Sanitize your hands as you enter.

As you come into the church:

  • Use the main entrance – Door 2
  • The doors will be standing open.
  • There is a hand sanitizing station just inside the door.
  • There are no-contact and limited-contact thermometers at the station as well.
  • There are face masks available at the station (please bring yours if you have one), but we will have a limited number of disposable available.
  • Go directly to your pew:
  • Please move to the front/sides to avoid sharing the virus.
  • Distance your family from others by at least 6 feet.
  • If you sing, please wear your mask.  This will help keep the spray from gathering distance.
  • An Offering basket will be at the door as you leave.
  • We will be dismissed starting from the back of the church to the front/sides – Ushers will dismiss you from the service
  • Pastor Cindy will greet everyone outside the front doors of the main entrance as you leave worship.
  • The church will be sanitized between services.

NEWS and UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

Contemporary Music Leader Position Open
Paid part-time position.  Averages Less than 10 hours weekly.  Background check required.  Express interest to SPRC, Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 4830 SR 62, Georgetown, IN  47122.

EUMC is seeking a Contemporary Music Leader for their 11:11 service.  This staff member coordinates the songs for each Sunday service, working with the Pastor and other musicians.  Individual should be able to communicate to the participants the reason for the song selection, instruct congregants in learning new music, and lead the congregation in singing the selected songs during the service.  Position start date September 1st.

Candace Lee Griffin
SPRC Chair
Phone: (812) 725-8585
FAX: (812) 725-7133

Stephen Ministry Training has been set to begin Wednesday October 7.  We will need a minimum of six persons who are willing to commit to the training of 20 weeks and a 2-year commitment as a Stephen Minister.  If you believe that God has been calling you to a new way of sharing your Christian faith, please contact Pastor Cindy Osgood {cindy.osgood@inumc.org} or Mike Cunio {mikecunio@sbcglobal.net}.

Habitat for Humanity – Here is your chance to leave a legacy for our community.
Habitat for Humanity is behind in the building of the Apostle’s Build Home, due to the virus pandemic, but NOW they are off and running. We sent a team to Falls View Drive in Clarksville on May 27 to work on the home, and we have more opportunities to help build this home. The future owner, Whitney Stover and her son, Roman, have already sent us a “Thank You” card for our involvement.

The work coordinator, Nichole Jones, is sending out requests each week to fill up their roster, with just a day or two’s notice. If you would like to be contacted to work on the house with a short-term notice, contact me and I will start a “quick-response team”.

Here are some upcoming dates that we have committed to work:

August 14 and October 10.

Let’s get this home built for Whitney and Roman. We need 6 workers for each day. Please sign up as often as you can. Contact information: bobyouell@gmail, 502-664-3108. Thank you, Bob Youell 

Shelter House
Several families have used the shelter house to gather in for meals or chats over these last couple of weeks. If you want to be sure it is available for your family, Sunday School class, meeting, or group, please email the church office and reserve it.  Otherwise, it is first come, first serve.

Children’s Message and Nursery Servants
As we begin gathering back in the church, we need some help with the children’s message for first service.  Contact Joann Fredrick if you can help or would like to take a few minutes to teach the children.

Our Ad Board has decided that it is not the right time to re-open our nursery.  But when the CoVid is in remission, we will re-open the nursery, and we will need help to do so.  If you are interested in helping in the future, please let Jessie Townsend know.

Please keep in your heart:

  • All of those in the parish who serve in the medical arena.
  • All who are in law enforcement as they try to keep the peace.
  • Those who feel shut out in our society and are trying to have their voice and concerns heard.  Please listen to them and try to understand.
Edwardsville UMC
eumccommunications@gmail.com
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