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Worship Update:

Worship Update:

INPERSON/ONLINE

Pertaining  in-person  worship
   beginning August 2 January 17, 2021                                     

  • Exercise care and prudence as to your attendance.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well should not be in attendance;  as is the case for anyone who has knowingly been exposed within the previous two weeks.
  • “Social distancing”  is expected from people you do not live with;
  • The wearing of masks is expected and affirmed;
  • Online worship will continue to be offered.

1. Be creative with greetings and “friendliness.” Refrain from greetings requiring physical contact.

2. Participants will be encouraged not to touch anything they don’t need to. Doors from narthex to sanctuary will be left open before, during and after the service.  

3. The nursery is not available for use.

4. There will be no printed ‘worship programs.’  Projection will include all congregational participation. There will be available, at the exits, a paper with any calendar items, announcements and prayers.

5. People are expected to find seats at least 6’ from any persons other than those they live with. (It may be most effective if large family units sit in a ‘clump,’ some in back, some in front.)

 6. There will be a “children’s lesson,” but the children will remain at their seat.

 7. For public address use, i.e. prayer concerns & announcements, corded microphones will be placed on stands, at the front of the aisle, one on each ‘corner’ of the platform. No touching needed.

 8. Bold, loud singing by the gathered congregation will not be encouraged. ☹  Rather, we will seek “singers” and place them well-separated from the gathered people.

9. Offering plates will not be passed person-to-person but will be placed by each of the sanctuary exits and one in the narthex.

10. At the conclusion of the service, persons will be asked to leisurely exit, back seats to front.  No “fellowship time” will be hosted.                         

Live-streaming is still a work-in progress but some improvements have been completed during our shut-down.  We are still seeking persons to be trained. 

SMU worship presentations will continue Wednesday eve and Thursday mornings.

Catch the Spirit will continue for the time being. Please remember that this entails a cost of $60/Sunday. Good way to honor or remember someone or an event.

NEW: Before the sermon we will announce, for livestream worshippers, that prayer concerns may be submitted to prayersforworship@gmail.com.  Someone will be watching that address and after the sermon, present submitted items, which is where we will place the prayers of the people in the service.

Many of your friends should not yet be attending worship nor going out into public spaces.  Reach out to those you know, neighbors or even strangers (pick a name out of the 2017 church directory!) YOU might be THE person through whom God works to connect with certain people.


Ponderings

Ponderings

Pastor Paul Frederiksen

Wow!  Here we are in the midst of a pandemic; record profits by many companies that trade on the exchange; while so many small businesses and individuals are struggling for basics of life!!  One of our Christmas songs proclaims, quite accurately, “Christ was born for this.”

It is a time for so many “firsts,” from Thanksgiving on Zoom to over-run hospitals to rationing medications to measuring gas consumption ‘months per gallon’ to Christmas Eve worship online to …   Oh my, we can each add to the list, can’t we?

Yet, this is a time for much discovery as life becomes more intentional as the “way we’ve always done it” is no longer an option.  We may have discovered the difference between quality time and quantitative time together. We may have discovered or renewed appreciation for going for a walk, even in a chilly evening.  How ‘bout the possibility of the family working together to prepare, eat and clean up from a home-cooked meal, without the hustle and bustle of having a ballgame, concert, meeting or social engagement to run off to?

Another way to look at this extended COVID season is that we who have pretty much had the ability to do what we want when we want to do it, and have been blessed with the resources with which to do those things, are having a season of sacrifice.  Sacrifice is central to Christian living, but in our “normal” lives we could mostly avoid sacrifice. Another term for living in COVID might be fasting.  The practice of going without, whether by choice or forced, it can be a time to grow a deeper spirit; to grow deeper in our relationship with a God who promises to provide and never to leave us or forsake us.

Sonya Renee Taylor wrote this, and it has caused me to be more reflective of life after COVID, whenever that is!  If you want to look up her scriptural reference, go to Luke 5:36-39.

We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.

This new year provides a blank canvas upon which we get to “stitch that new garment.” Take advantage!!

Pastor Paul


"Mission Quilt" Silent Auction

"Mission Quilt" Silent Auction

Bidding closes February 1, 2021 @ 5 PM

Mission Quilt Silent Auction
  • Size is King (97” X 110”)
  • 100% Cotton batting
  • Long arm quilted
  • Over 1000 hours to make this beautiful quilt.
  • Proceed go towards the following Mission Projects:
  • Weighted Works with Love & Shesler Hall
  • Bidding starts at $1,000.00 (less than $1.00 an hour)
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Send bids only to office@spencergumc.com
Must Include Name (first & last), phone, address.

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  • Auction ends on Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 5 PM.
         

January Zoom Class- Racism!

January Zoom Class- Racism!

Question contact Pastor Paul

The impact of these sessions will be much increased if we have some differences of opinions and experiences represented among participants.
  
January 31st, 4th and final(?) session: By this time I hope each participant has done some reading and reflecting about racism in America.  We’ll share from those perspectives.
 
There will be no required reading, but it is recommended.  I am asking for pre-registration so the zoom link may be sent.  If there are a few people who want to join but might not have access to zoom, I am willing to host in the Narthex over zoom. 
 

OLDER ADULT WEBINARS - DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES

OLDER ADULT WEBINARS - DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES

3 Webinar Sessions

Discipleship Ministries is producing a 3-session “Things We Can Do” webinar series to explore new and innovative ways to meet the needs from caring for the grieving to comforting the lonely.  This webinar will focus on ways churches can be in ministry to/with/for Older Adults and Boomers during these challenging times.   If you are a leader or would simply like to see Grace’s older adult ministries expanded, come to the Narthex so we can watch and discuss these webinars together.  Webinar & discussion will last 1 ¼ hours.  You may also register for these webinars through umcdiscipleship.org and watch in the comfort of your own home.   

Questions?  Contact Jane Moen.

  • Ministering to the Grieving During Pandemic, Thursday, January 28, at Noon
  • Ministering to the Isolated during the Pandemic, Tuesday, February 23, at Noon
  • Let Older Adults Lead Ministries, Thursday, March 25, at Noon

GriefShare

GriefShare

Grieving the loss of someone close to you?

Starting Soon!!
The GriefShare Group will begin a new cycle. It will be entirely online via Zoom.  GriefShare is a nationally recognized support program featuring  recognized experts on grief recovery topics. There are 12 weekly seminar sessions which include the following topics: “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.” Anyone suffering from the loss of a friend or family member is welcome. Here is what you need to know:
  • January 27, through April 21, 6:00PM to 8:00 PM
  • Online Only
  • Workbooks $15, scholarships are available. 
  • Register by calling the church office, emailing spencergracegriefshare@gmail.com,  or by talking to Sheryl Larson or Dorothy DeGroot

Lenten Devotional

Lenten Devotional

3rd Lenten Devotion Book

Grace Lent Devotional

The Adult Discipleship team is putting together a booklet of devotionals for Lent, written by anyone affiliated with the Grace congregation.  This devotional will be used during Lent, from Ash Wednesday (February 17) thru Easter (April 4). 

Thanks to all who’ve committed to writing a devotion.  Please turn them into the office by February 1.

If you would like a copy of the Grace devotional to use during Lent, copies will be available in the Narthex anytime after  February 7. 

 

 


Lent Study 2021

Lent Study 2021

FORGIVENESS

LENT is ‘early’ this year, with Ash Wednesday the 17th of February and  Easter April 4. My first thought about that is… I hope my statement of March 15, 2020 proves prophetic that, “I hope to see you on Easter.”  Nope, I wasn’t thinking it would be a year and 100’s of thousands of deaths later!

The theme for Lent this year will be FORGIVENESS.  Small groups will be asked to use the book The Way of Forgiveness from the “Companions in Christ” series.  The Introduction of the text includes this line: “Forgiveness and reconciliation say something extremely profound about the way we are called to live out our faith in the world of daily realities, few of which are ideal.”  Do I hear an “AMEN?!”

Small groups can be formed to meet at any time. It’s preferable if you have 7 to 12 persons in a group. We will include a Zoom link whenever possible. One class will be meeting Sunday mornings. Another will be held in the evening, perhaps Tuesdays, but we’ll go with what works for those who register.  It would be great to have one during the day, again whatever day works best for those who sign up. With choir starting February 3, we hope to also have one Wednesday evening if a leader comes forward. (YOU? perhaps?) 

The Wired Word

The Wired Word

Facilitator: John Rahn

The Wired Word class is meeting socially distanced Sunday mornings at 10:45 AM in the Fireside Room.  John Rahn is the leader.  The Wired Word lessons link two current events with relevant scripture and discussion questions. The Wired Word provides great thought-provoking reading for individuals and/or small groups.  Contact the church office with your current email address at office@spencergumc.com or 262-5970 if you’d like to receive these lessons.  You do not need to be a part of the group to receive these lessons. 


Women's Conference

Women's Conference

Grace upon Grace (Virtual & In Person)

Friday, February 19: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, February 20: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

All women are invited to Inspired for Life Women’s Conference hosted by the Church of the Resurrection. "IFL" is a weekend experience for women that includes fun and meaningful connection through guest speakers, worship, inspiration, prayer, and special elements. And this year it is all online so it can be enjoyed by friends both near AND far!

This year as much as any other, we all need grace upon grace. Get inspired, with messages from nationally recognized speakers, including Diana Butler Bass and Jo Saxton, among others.

Grace UMC will pay the registration fee of $50 for any women affiliated with Grace UMC using foundation funds. In person attendance will be limited to 18 people (1 per table except if from the same household).  The in person event will be held in the BenTena Room.

More details are available at https://IFL.cor.org or contact Jane Moen with questions. 

Register by Wednesday, February 10, by calling the church office at 262-5970 or emailing office@spencergumc.com Connect and inspire one another in bold, confident faith!