HYMN SING SUNDAY, July 25th:
This past Sunday, I announced that our Music Director, Brenda Kenyon, will be leaving us at the end of this month. She has been given a new opportunity to share her musical gifts elsewhere. Brenda has been with us for 3½ years and has been a tremendous gift to this congregation, through her music and through her caring heart.
So, before Brenda leaves, we are going to celebrate her ministry here among us and send her forth with our love and blessing. And we’ll be doing that with a good old fashioned Hymn Sing followed by refreshments at our 10am worship service on Sunday, July 25th.
Here’s what I’d like you to do. Please send me the names of your favorite hymns/praise songs at email@example.com. We will be singing the ones most requested. Or you can call the church office at 708-672-8353 to make your request.
Please know that now we are hard at work to find a replacement.
Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
There will be no Wednesday evening worship service during the summer.
- UPDATE ON CUMC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS -
On Sunday, June 27th, the next phase to loosen safety precautions will be in place.
What will be different?
• A return to pre-pandemic Summer Worship hours: One service on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be no Wednesday evening worship service during the summer.
• The length of the service will extend to 45 minutes (rather than 30).
• Seating restriction to every other row in the sanctuary will be eliminated. Tape on those pews will be removed.
• Joys and Concerns will return to pre-pandemic practice of individual sharing. An usher will bring a microphone to you and will hold it for you while you speak.
• Congregational singing will return. Yeah!
• Hymnals and Bibles will be back in the pews for those who wish to use them. We will continue the use of screens. No bulletins will be used.
• On the first Sunday of every month, we will return to receiving Holy Communion up front, with individual, pre-cut bread and individual cups. Servers will wear gloves in the distribution of the elements. Baskets will be placed to return cups prior to returning to your seats.
What will stay the same?
• Attendance will continue to be taken at the entry doors of the church in order to maintain contact tracing.
• We will continue the use of one entrance/exit to the sanctuary.
• Collection of offering will continue to be received in a plate on a table just outside the entrance to the sanctuary.
• We continue with no pencils, envelopes, things to write on or attendance pads in the pews. Please bring what you need with you.
• Directioning decals will remain in place.
• Coffee time before and after worship will not yet resume.
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“He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’” Mark 6:30
Jesus was a big proponent of getting away, finding a change of scenery, taking rest and renewal. And he practiced what he preached. The gospels record that he frequently took time out for rest and time alone with God. Here are just a few examples:
*Matthew 13:1, “Jesus went out. . . and sat beside the sea.”
*Mark 1:35, “In the morning. . . he got up and went to a deserted place.”
*Luke 6:12, “He spent the night in prayer.”
*John 12:36, “He departed and hid from them.”
So, my question is, when was the last time you got away and rested? Really rested.
Last Sunday, we looked at this passage from Mark’s Gospel. Jesus’ disciples had been gone and on the move for a couple of months at least, going from town to town, healing the sick, casting out demons and sharing God’s good news. When they reported back to Jesus all they had done, Jesus’ response was, basically, “Boy, you’ve done a lot of stuff. It’s time to rest now.”
I imagine you thinking, “Well, I haven’t done a lot of stuff. All I did last year was sit a lot and watch the world go to pot.” And, yes, maybe we’ve all felt that way. But, my friends, you’ve been through a marathon. It’s been crisis after crisis and from everything I’m seeing, it’s not over yet. There might never have been a time when we’ve so much needed to practice self-care.
It’s been encouraging to me to hear that some of you have been taking little road trips lately, or going to see family members you haven’t seen since this all began. I hope you’ve done some of that this summer. But as I look at the calendar, I’ve suddenly become mindful that we’re approaching the dog days. Summer will soon be over.
Even if you’ve already taken time away, I want to encourage all of us to take some of this precious summer time we have left to rest, maybe go on a road trip, or a retreat, give yourself on a retreat day for alone time with God. Jesus did that a lot, you know. And he would say to us, “Boy, you’ve done a lot of stuff. It’s time to rest now.”
Yours in the journey,
THIS SUNDAY IS HYMN SUNDAY, July 25th: We will celebrate the ministry of Brenda Kenyon, our Music Director, as we sing our favorite hymns and send her forth with our love and blessing. A brief time of hospitality will follow, where you will be able to offer your personal well wishes.
UPPER ROOMS FOR JULY-AUGUST are available for pick up in the church narthex. If you would like one delivered to your home, please contact Pastor Kristen on her cell phone or the church (708) 672-8353 ext. 2 and she’s happy to drop one off for you.
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