You are invited to the in-person Communion Sunday Service on February 11 at 10 am. The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE.
You can worship live on ZOOM by clicking the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9658816441 Meeting ID: 965 881 6441
You can also watch Sunday services at your convenience by going to our website “watsonville1stumc.org” and click YouTube or Facebook. Each Sunday worship will be uploaded on Sunday afternoon for your viewing.
Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday & Holy Communion
with Valentine’s Twist
Sunday, February 11, 2024, 10 am
This Sunday is Sunday School with Joan
First, children will be in worship. Following the Special Music,
the teacher, Joan Culbertson, will lead our children to the Sunday School Room.
Children’s Time: “The Diamond in Your Pocket” by Pastor John
Special Music (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons Vanessa Yearsley, solo
sung by Nat King Cole, composed by William Best, written by Deek Watson, 1946
Vanessa Yearsley (she/her/they) is a mezzo-soprano studying in New York City as a Master of Music in Classical Voice at the Manhattan School of Music. Yearsley holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Cal State University Fullerton and an A.A. in Music Studies from Cabrillo College. Her studies have taken her around the world from Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Jamaica, and recently, Switzerland.
Yearsley is currently teaching privately and collaborating with up and coming composers setting her original poetry to song. She is on leave of absence from MSM due to her fathers’ passing and will resume Fall ’24.
Message “Addicted to Love” Rev. John Song
This week on Feb. 14 is Valentine’s day. I want to take this opportunity to shed light on love dependency or love addiction. The Romantic novel industry generated over $1.44 billion in revenue in the last year, making romance the highest-earning genre of fiction. The romance genre had sold 19 million printed units over the last 12 months.
Are you romantic? Do you put your partner on a pedestal? Do you find yourself falling in love quickly and deeply? Is it a struggle for you to be alone and feel alone? There is an old joke. “What do you bring to your first date? A moving van.”
What is love dependency or love addiction? And what is a way to heal it? What is the path to liberation? How do you arrive at wholeness?
“Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)
“Stop looking for the one and become the one.”
~ Allana Pratt
““You are the sky. The rest is just weather.”
~ Pema Chödrön
Pictured above: Isaiah Gomez and his dad Isaias Gomez
Wear your favorite team jersey this Super Bowl Sunday!
The Super Bowl has become an American national holiday where families and friends gather to eat and watch the game. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford this luxury due to food insecurity. This Sunday, Feb. 11, is the Souper Bowl of Caring. Our church will be collecting money and/or food. All proceeds will go to our local Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be empty pots in the narthex as you leave the service. Thank you.