Join the fun this Summer at Vacation Bible School!
¡Únase a la diversión este verano en la Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones!
We are now offering an outdoor Lawn Chair Service on Sundays at 9:00 am. Afterwards, we hope to watch the premiere of our Graduation Sunday Online Gathering together in the sanctuary, masks on and social distancing protocols adhered to. It will be so much fun to see one another in person again!
Here’s what you need to know about the service:
• The Lawn Chair Service will be outdoors on the front lawn and under the “U” shaped breezeway on Stanford Street.
• Bring your own chair and dress warmly; the fog can be cold!
• A COVID-19 release must be signed, available here in English and here in Spanish.
• Masks are required to be worn at all times once on campus.
• Keep 6 feet distance from those outside your household.
• There will be no bulletins.
• We will not collect tithes or offerings, so please continue to give online, drop your check off in an envelope through the office door mail slot or send in via mail.
• There will be no access to the buildings or restrooms.
• The service will be 20-30 minutes.
• We will set up a piano and sound system outside.
• Our Music Director Mike Locke-Paddon will lead us in songs played by our pianist Marina Thomas, so feel free to sing along if you know the tunes!
• We are excited to worship safely with you once again
Please see the attached flyer for more details. Questions? Let us know. We hope you will join us!
Ahora estamos ofreciendo un servicio al aire libre con sillas de jardin los domingos a las 9:00 am. Luego, esperamos ver el estreno de nuestro encuentro en linea del domingo de graduacion juntos en el santuario, con mascaras puestas y protocolos de distanciamento social adheridos. ¡Será muy divertido volver a vernos en persona!
Esto es lo que necesita saber sobre el servicio:
• El servicio al aire libre con sillas de jardín será en el jardín delantero y debajo del corredor en forma de “U” en Stanford Street.
• Traiga su propia silla y vístase abrigado; ¡la niebla puede ser fría!
• Se debe firmar un comunicado de COVID-19, disponible aquí en inglés y aquí en español.
• Se requiere el uso de máscaras en todo momento una vez en el campus.
• Mantenga una distancia de 6 pies de las personas que se encuentran fuera de su hogar.
• No habrá boletines.
• No recolectaremos diezmos u ofrendas, así que continúe dando en línea, deje su cheque en un sobre en la ranura de la puerta de la oficina o envíelo por correo.
• No habrá acceso a los edificios ni a los baños.
• El servicio será de 20 a 30 minutos.
• Instalaremos un piano y un sistema de sonido afuera.
• Nuestro director musical Mike Locke-Paddon nos guiará en las canciones interpretadas por nuestra pianista Marina Thomas, ¡así que siéntase libre de cantar si conoce las melodías!
• Estamos emocionados de poder adorar de manera segura con ustedes una vez más.
Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más detalles. ¿Preguntas? Haznos saber. Esperamos que se una a nosotros!
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Mark 10:35-39a
I have some questions for you. Are you ready and willing to return to worship inside and in-person (distanced and masked)? Have you had a COVID-19 vaccine? If no, are you planning on getting the vaccine? These are the questions we’ve all been asking each other.
At our church, strategic ministry planning is an annual, on-going process. The question is how to apply the principles of strategic ministry planning in this ongoing and seemingly endless season of the coronavirus amidst the changing protocols we find ourselves in. We start where we always start – with mission. And what is our mission? Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And for extra credit in Spanish: Hacer discípulos de Jesucristo para la transformación del mundo.
This has not changed because of the pandemic, but the world around us and perhaps how we make disciples has changed. People are showing up to our virtual ministry settings at unprecedented levels; over 7,000 views per YouTube Stats! We are thinking about how we grow deeper in our discipleship in this virtual setting, and how to be in meaningful, virtual or hybrid large and small discipleship groups and committees. Our world has shifted, so to be a contextually relevant church fulfilling our mission to reach new people for Jesus, we must engage in our community in new ways.
This is our challenge and our gift. Can I get an amen? Amen!
It is within this context that we have developed a relaunch plan that has been approved by our Cal-Nevada Annual Conference to open in-person worship and ministry activities, as well as our extensive outreach in the community, as the restrictions continue to ease.
Of course, our overriding concern is the safety of everyone involved.
Last August – September, 2020 we conducted a detailed online survey of our members and friends about your feelings and expectations on how we would worship in the future in light of the pandemic. The results were revealing. Although a small percentage were ready to return right away, most indicated they did not plan to attend in-person worship until a vaccine becomes widely available, stay-at-home orders have been lifted and other public gathering have resumed.
Well folks, that time has come!
We are preparing our sanctuary to do worship in new ways. Our leadership has approved the installation of PTZ cameras (pan-tilt-zoom) and the necessary equipment to make ‘em work. Our online Editor Antonio Pantaleón is involved in this effort. We’ve also ordered another line for our Internet service, so we’ll soon have the capability to live stream worship from the sanctuary.
We’re moving in the right direction folks, both for you and our upcoming new pastor to come, as yet at the time of this publication, unknown. For more details on that please see my sermon dated May 16, 2021 “Hugging the Monster,” available online here or in print form from the church office.
We ask you to continue to keep us both in your prayers!
Here’s what’s coming next:
LAWN CHAIR- IN PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE
We are officially starting our outdoor Lawn Chair Service on Sunday, June 6th at 9:00 am. Leadership is doing a run-through practice session—come try it if you want to help—the week before on May 30.
Here’s what you need to know about the service:
In addition, on Sunday, June 6, 2021 a limited form of in-person worship will resume at 10:30 am at 50% capacity to watch the pre-recorded streamed service according to current state guidelines. All indoor guests at this point must wear a mask and social distance between families. A trained team of volunteers will be responsible for implementing and monitoring healthy hygiene behaviors. A signed release for COVID will also be required.
Signage has already been developed and placed in appropriate areas as members enter campus and the worship space per county guidelines, including mask and social distancing requirements, and reminders of healthy hygiene practices. We are following strict workplace standards including mandatory self-check for COVID symptoms and the requirement to stay home when ill. These apply to all of us. We also have new waterless hand cleaning stations installed by the Trustees throughout the buildings.
In lieu of hymnals and bulletins, we encourage everyone to follow our in-doors service on their personal digital devices and/or screens within the sanctuary. We will have an offering box to establish touchless giving. Pre-packaged communion elements have been obtained, and will be hygienically placed on seats before service.
Congregating before and after worship will not be permitted on church property at this time. Children will be welcome and engaged in our service with their families. Caregivers will be permitted to exit the service with their children as needed, however the church nursery will remain closed at this time.
Attendees not following safety requirements will provided with a mask or asked to leave if they are not willing to comply. We will supply free masks, if needed.
We’re so looking forward to welcoming you all back to our indoor and outdoor in-person services! With the health and safety of our entire church family being of paramount importance, and in accordance with government regulations, we’re on track to be together very soon.
Please know that there is no pressure for anyone to return to “in-person” worship. If you are anxious and do not feel the time is right, or you have concerns because you feel it might put you or a family member at risk, please continue to watch our prerecorded online services from home, and return at a time when you are most comfortable. In fact, if you are considered “high risk” should you contract COVID, we encourage you to remain at home and enjoy the service online, linked to our website here.
Are ye able to take this all in? We sure hope so! This is certainly a time of transition on all fronts, and we want to do it right. As the song so aptly puts it, “Lord, we are able. Our spirits are Thine. Remold them, make us, like Thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.” (Are Ye Able)
The Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry is announcing the Online Nomination of Youth and Young Adult Members of the 2021 Annual Conference Session of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The elected thirty-five (35) youth and twenty (20) young adult members of the Annual Conference Session will create a great impact in the decision-making process of our beloved California-Nevada Conference in thriving for growth in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through our work in social justice, dismantling racism and decolonizing the church. Elected five (5) youth and ten (10) young adult alternate members could create additional impact and inspiration.
The 2021 ACS of the California-Nevada Conference will take place in two sessions (one online and one in-person) in June and October of 2021.
Deadline of Submission of Nomination: JUNE 1, 2021, AT 5 PM (PST)
Let’s get our camping ministries up and running again! Faith, community, and lots of fun. Come enjoy one of our New Camping N.O.W. opportunities this summer!
Please join us for an informational zoom where you can learn about our plan for Toyon Camp 2021!
WHAT: Toyon 2021 Information
WHEN: Sunday, May 30, 2021 @ 1pm
Meeting ID: 522 370 4772
REGISTER FOR CAMP 2021!!
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