UPUMC UPDATES FOR WORSHIP SERVICES AND GATHERINGS
No Sanctuary worship services this Sunday, July 12.
Church offices are currently closed but church is not. We are still here to support you, care for you, pray for you and resource you in the days ahead. Our staff will be working from home during the regular church office hours so please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs you may have.
To view our most recent worship services and Bible lessons, please use the links below:
To view a schedule of our online Sunday school sessions, please visit our calendar here>.
MOST RECENT UPDATE FROM REV. KEITH BOONE AND REV. VICTORIA ROBB POWERS
Dear UPUMC Family,
Grace to you and peace in Christ Jesus! Little did we know last March when we made the decision to suspend gathering for worship, our path would take us into week eight. For two months we have not been able to see one another face to face for study, worship or fellowship. While we understand the reasoning, it still does not sit well with our hearts.
Yet in this very trying time in which we find ourselves, we have learned to adapt, and adjust to this new normal of living in a COVID-19 era. I still do not know when we will be able to gather again, as is our custom, on Sundays. However, we have received word from our Bishop directing us to not resume worship for the month of May.
Be assured we are working on a plan to reopen when it is deemed safe enough to gather once again. In the meantime, I want to express my deepest thanks to Noah Bunn and Arc Productions, and Michael and Melissa Fleetwood for offering their gifts to us by providing weekly worship experiences from the UPUMC Sanctuary. I’m also appreciative to the rest of the staff for their creative and innovative ways of assuring our worship remains uplifting, inspiring and reverent.
We miss you, and we love you. We hope if you have any need you will relay to us your concern so we may respond in a timely manner. May God bless us and keep us, one and all.
We give thanks to God for each of you!
Rev. Dr. Keith Payne Boone and Rev.Victoria Robb Powers
Looking for spiritual nourishment this week? Consider these options.
1. Watch a video from our Summer Speaker Series The Story of a Soul. The Story of Soul is the UPUMC Summer Speaker Series. Each week in July, we will hear from a powerful and insightful individual as they tell their story of what inspired and shaped them into the leaders they are today. Listen here>.
2. Enjoy the Upper Room daily devotional for July/August here>. If you prefer a print copy mailed to you please email Monica Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify whether you would like a regular size or large print copy.
3. Each day at 11am, the Upper Room staff hold a prayer time on their Facebook page. To see a their list of resources for spiritual wellness and join their daily prayer click here>.
4. Watch a video bible lesson led by Charles Hosch. Available here>.
5. Join us again this Wednesday for Rev. Victoria Robb Powers’ midweek Scripture study on Facebook live at noon. Follow us on Facebook by clicking here>.
Need activities for kids at home? Check out these resources.
1. Need a safe outdoor place to play? The UPUMC Caruth Boulevard playground is available by reservation. To see guidelines and to make a reservation, click here>.
2. Enjoy videos and age appropriate activities by our Sunday school curriculum provider, Orange. Each week they release new content so be sure to check out the links below for fun activities you can do at home.
PreSchool activity guide here>.
Elementary activity guide here>.
4th & 5th grade activity guide here>.
Got youth at home?
1. On Wednesdays, our youth Zoom with the youth from Hamilton Park UMC for a midweek devotion time. For more information or to get involved, contact Beth Johnson, email@example.com.
2. Keep connected to our church family by signing up for our youth newsletter or our UPUMCYouth Instagram and Facebook pages.
Youth newsletter click here>
Facebook: UPUMC Youth Ministry
Group text: Text @upumcyouth to 81010
Feeling like you want to serve or do something to help? Take a look at these ideas.
1. Help Wesley-Rankin supply 150 students with uniforms for the 2020-2021 school year through their Back to School Project Care incentive program. Due to the increased financial hardships incurred by so many families this year, the need for support is more critical than ever. You can give online here> or you can mail donations to the church notated with Wesley-Rankin. For more information, please contact Monica Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Austin Street Center has several needs during this time of crisis. Below are ways you can help:
Donate books and magazines to help guests pass the time during social isolation. Contact Monica for contact-free porch pickup, email@example.com.
Immediate need for bar or hand soap for our homeless neighbors. Drop off at 2929 Hickory St, 75226. See full wish list here>.
Purchase needed donations from their Amazon wish list here> that will be sent directly to Austin Street Center.
Donate funds or purchase meals to help feed 250 residents breakfast or dinner. For details contact Libby Card, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Please consider joining one of our newly formed care teams. Care teams include a pastoral care team, a prayer team, a food and supplies care team, and a community support team. We need your help to remain the church we’ve always been. Fill out our connection survey here, and let us know how you can help.