WUMC and COVID-19 Update, May 13, 2020

Hello Family,

As you may be aware our county is currently in the yellow phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the yellow phase many restrictions are still in effect. The one major change is that groups of 25 or less people may meet. These meetings are to adhere to the CDC guidelines of social distancing as well as proper sanitization of the space used. What does this mean for WUMC? We will continue Worshiping Together On-line and we will not have groups using our facilities. We need to work to ensure that we can have our space safe for all who might be with us. The leadership team will revisit this issue on a monthly basis to ensure that we are protecting the health and welfare of our family. We will continue to update on how things progress.

If you or someone you know is struggling to have decent meals please call the church and let us get our list updated with who we are helping.

Please remember to be a part of our Daily Devotions at 10:00 and Worshiping Together on Sundays at 9:30 via our website, Facebook, or YouTube. It would be a great help if you would also share these sites on your favorite social media platform!

Let me encourage you with Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC

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WUMC and COVID-19 Update, April 29, 2020

Hello Family,

This coming Sunday, May 3rd, we will be celebrating Communion together. This will be done via our live stream. You will want to have bread or crackers and grape juice or wine. We will follow the Great Thanksgiving of the Service of Word and Table II. This order of service will be project(stream) so that you can take part.

With it now being May, let us make sure we honor our graduating seniors. We have some completing College, others High School and a class of Happy Harbor Preschoolers! One way you can help honor them is sponsoring them. I know we are looking for 21 sponsors for the Happy Harbor Senior Preschool class. The sponsorship will allow us to purchase yard signs and gifts for the children and is only $20. Please let Camy or myself know if you would like to sponsor a child.

Please remember to be a part of our Daily Devotions at 10:00 and Worshiping Together on Sundays at 9:30 via our website, Facebook, or YouTube. It would be a great help if you would also share these sites on your favorite social media platform!

Let me encourage you with Psalm 31:24 “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC

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WUMC and COVID-19 Update, April 20, 2020

Hello Family,

As you may have heard our Governor has stated that we will be remaining in our current state of “Stay at Home” order through May 8th. I wanted to take some time and let you know what we have been doing in support of our community.
With our connections to the Food Bank, and the space we have available in our Family Life Center, we have partnered to help Shannon Smedley with the acquisition and distribution of food for families in need throughout our community without connections through the Food Bank. I think it is awesome that we are able to extend the work of Shepard’s Kitchen and Kidz Cafe into supporting what has been happening to feed those in need. We are adhering to the social distancing and mask wear guidelines that our government has instituted. I hope you are encouraged by this and excited to know that though we are distant, the Watsontown United Methodist Family of Families is still very active and supporting our community. With the way we are things are set up, we have all the people power that is needed, but your prayers are needed for those who are helping and those who are being helped. If you are interested in financially supporting this work please designate your gift with “COVID19 Food”. This can be done online HERE. You can also text your amount and Fund Name to 84321 or mail your gift to the church. Monies giving to this will be used to purchase food that we cannot get for free through the Food Bank.

If you or someone you know is struggling to have decent meals please call the church and let us get our list updated with who we are helping.

We are also starting a new “Family Cares Team”. I am looking for people who would like to make phone connections with our Family of Family through the week. If you are interested please let me know and you will be giving a list of names to call and pray for.

Please remember to be a part of our Daily Devotions at 10:00 and Worshiping Together on Sundays at 9:30 via our website, Facebook, or YouTube. It would be a great help if you would also share these sites on your favorite social media platform!

Let me encourage you with Psalm 103:2-4 “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,”

Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC

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WUMC, COVID-19 and HOLY WEEK Update, April 7, 2020

Hello Watsontown Family,

As we walk through Holy Week I am excited to share that we have been giving permission from our Bishop, Jeremiah Park, to celebrate Communion via a virtual setting. This means that Thursday night when we gather for Maundy Thursday, we will be able to partake in the Lord’s Supper. To do this we are asked to use “Bread or crackers, juice or wine that online worshipers have in their homes would be acceptable.”

Thursday night we will journey with Jesus and His apostles through this Last Supper reading from Matthew 26:17-55. During our journey we will join together in “The Great Thanksgiving.” I invite you to join us at 7 pm via our Website or Facebook.

Friday night we will come back together to walk through the Passion of Christ. I hope this will be a virtual Tenebrae Service. During this time, I will invite you to slowly turn off the lights in your home so that when “… it is finished” we all will be in a dark space. This dark space will help set the mode for our celebration Sunday morning.

Sunday morning at 9:30 we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Let me encourage you to celebrate. Embrace the joy that we have in knowing that death is defeat. We have been forgiven. Jesus is RISEN!

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Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC

WUMC and COVID-19 Update, April 2, 2020

Hello Watsontown Family,
We are living in a time when routines are changing rapidly.  Teachers are learning to teach in a very new way. Families are adapting to being at home together much more than normal. Our Governor has extended the “Stay at Home” order across our state.  We are asked to restrict our goings and coming to only the most essential reasons.  Worshiping together and doing so on-line is very essential. We will be continuing our Sunday On-line Worshiping together. God has assembled a wonder team within our Family of Families who are committed to making sure we all have the opportunity to celebrate God together.
To rightly live into the “Stay at Home” mandate we will not be distributing palms. This is not a choice that I have taken lightly. The reality for me is that I would hate for an action that we took to harm anyone.  Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wrote, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. (Romans 14:13)”
I want to encourage you to find or make or use your own Palms for this Sunday. Wave them during the service. Hang them on the door to your home. Celebrate the arrival of the King of Kings!

I believe that God will use this time and our experiences for His Glory. If we allow it, we will be drawn into a closer, deeper relationship with Christ. I pray that during this time you are able to have real, honest conversations with God as you read His Word.

With each new adaptation we are asked to live in, I look forward to the day when we are all together, celebrating how amazing of a God we have! We will continue with our Daily Devotions, Monday through Thursday and Saturday at 10. Our Worshiping Together On-Line will continue and be utilized as we go through Holy Week. We are adding YouTube to our On-Line streaming abilities this week. Please be sure to check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiLcR-lFFxdptcv8b2t00rA

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Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Brian Doyle
Pastor, Watsontown UMC

WUMC and COVID-19 UPDATE

Hello Watsontown Family,

I want to thank the team who came out yesterday to help us Worship Together. You all did a great job and you were a blessing to me! This coming Sunday we plan to live stream our worship again, hoping to have some improvements with the tech side.

I want to encourage you all to know that we are all in this together and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is right with each of us!

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and You in Me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26

If your interested in helping making sure our online worship works well please reach out to me.

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Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Pastor Brian

WUMC and COVID-19

Good Evening Watsontown Family,

I understand that there are many different opinions relating to what our government leaders are asking us to do. For me I think it is most important to follow what God’s Holy Word tells us. Paul writes to the Romans, “All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged.” (Romans 13:1-2)

During this time we have an excellent opportunity to live this out.

In light of the latest requests and recommendations from the State and Federal Governments, we as the Watsontown United Methodist Family of Families do the following:

  • Continue with the Fish Dinner as take out only. This is inline with our Governor’s mandate that bars are restaurants do take out only.
  • Cancel all activities at our facilities, except for the Fish Dinner and online worship.
  • Move to an online worship service via Facebook, this Sunday, March 22 and March 29 at 9:30.
  • Resume normal activities March 31, unless otherwise directed.

Here are some ideas as to how you can help during this unique time:

  • Call others in our family a few times a week, just to check in.
  • Setup “meal trains” for those who may struggle with food scarcity during this time.
  • Offering child care for a neighbor who will lose their job, and possibly much more, if they don’t go into work.
  • Share links to online AA meetings, seeking to come alongside those who struggle with addiction.

Please share how you are being the hands and feet of Jesus to your neighbors, friends and even enemies in these anxious times?

If your interested in helping making sure our online worship works well please reach out to me.

Check us out online at:
https://watsontownumc.org
https://www.facebook.com/WatsontownUMC/
https://watsontownumc.churchcenter.com/giving

Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Pastor Brian