SUNDAY WORSHIP 3/29
SUNDAY’S SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM AT 10:00 AM SUNDAY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Due to the governor’s executive order and the guidance of our bishop the service will be pre-recorded rather than live streamed.
PLEASE SEND PRAYER REQUESTS TO: DFHILLS@GMAIL.COM by 7:00PM Saturday night
THIS WEEK’S ORDER OF WORSHIP
“THE RISK OF LOSING FRIENDS”
ENTERING THE STORY*
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION*
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
TELLING THE STORY THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES
LISTENING FOR THE STORY IN LUKE 4:16-21
HOMILY: “THE RISK OF LOSING FRIENDS”
THE BODY OF CHRIST PRAYS*
THE LORDS PRAYER
We Hope You Will Join Us For Worship!
WEEKEND UPDATE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Spring Rummage Sale will not be held in April. It will be rescheduled, perhaps in May. The silver lining may be the extra time we have to purge closets, drawers, basements, and garages. Possibly we will have a big mega rummage sale this summer! You will be notified when a new date is set. The rummage sale committee is sending you safe, online hugs.
Child Care Center
Our Child Care Center will be re-opened on Monday, March 30th to provide care for the children of those parents whose work makes them “essential employees.” For the safety of all, at this time NO ONE other than our Child Care Staff and the children are to be in Fellowship Hall, the Kitchen, or Classrooms for any reason while the Center is operating.
Extra Mobile Food Pantry Opportunity
Several Mobile Pantry’s in Berrien County have had to be cancelled this month. We have been offered the opportunity to provide an extra Mobile Food Pantry funded by grants from other sources. Obviously if we are to do this well, we will need helpers. If you are willing / able to help us serve, please contact Kellie or Wanda by Wednesday 4/1.
Prayer for An Unusual Time
Lord Jesus, give us wisdom, patience, and comfort in this unusual time in our lives and our world. We pray for the whole human family, as well as our own families, and especially for those health care providers who continue to put their lives on the line to care for the sick and dying. Help us to remember you are always with all of us, even when we cannot gather together. AMEN.
A Message from Pastor Hills
As you are probably well aware the coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic is changing things in our life on an almost daily basis. With Governor Whitmer’s decision to close public schools and the latest communication from Bishop Bard, an emergency meeting was called on Friday (3-13-20) evening by Pastor David Hills. The intent of the meeting was to get as many committee chairpersons and representatives as possible together to discuss what the planned response of the Stevensville United Methodist Church would be.
As a group, we have decided to ask all our congregation not to attend Sunday Morning Worship Service for the Month of March!
-We will have a Worship Service this Sunday, March 22th, at 10:00am using the new Live Streaming technology our Tech Team has been working on. We ask that those who wish to view the service on Facebook, to click on the blue button to the right. This will take you to the videos section of our Facebook page where you can connect to our live stream feed. To be ready, just log on a few minutes before 10:00am.
This link below will also take to our Facebook page.
-Worship Services will be available via a live stream only at 10:00am on March 22nd and March 29th. We will make a decision and let you know in advance what our Worship Service plans are for April.
-As always, audio of Pastor David’s sermons will be here on our website where you can listen to them anytime.
Beginning with the March 15 service, a video of the sermon will also be available.
Here is that link:
-The Church office will be open for prayer requests and other information via phone call (269-429-5911) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do as much by phone and email as possible. For those not using Automatic withdrawl for the weekly offering just mail your offering checks to the Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville, MI 49127.
-The Children’s Center will be closed for at least two weeks.
-Our Bishop has asked us to not have in church gatherings until April 2020. This includes not only worship but bible studies, small groups and all other activities as well. Here is a link to the Bishop Bards message. Our Committee Chairpersons and Staff will be in contact with the various ministry teams to determine the best approach for the safety of everyone moving forward.
We apologize for any inconvenience. We are in unchartered territory and many questions are still to be answered. We are at a critical time where we can help to keep this virus from spreading. Please know that we are serious about keeping the effects of this virus to a minimum and that the health and well being of our church, the community and the world are our priorities. Like Bishop Bard it is our prayer that we can all join together in joyous face-to-face worship when Easter comes around.
Grace and Peace,
The Leadership of the Stevensville United Methodist Church