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I Will Not Let You Go! w/Communion Online Gathering

It’s time for communion and another Watsonville First Online Gathering on YouTube and Facebook, linked at this website. This week we’re focusing on Jacob wrestling through the night in Genesis 32:22-31, with the theme: “I Will Not Let You Go!” We’ve also got new special guests and surprises in store. Be sure to get your bread and juice ready–or whatever food you have at hand, so you can join in.

As the words for communion so aptly put it: “Among the living you made and called humankind imprinting upon us your image, to be bearers of your glory in the world.  Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us, you continued to call us into fellowship with you and to fulfill your mission for us through prophets, scriptures, priests, and a people you redeemed for yourself.”
  
What are you wrestling with this week?  God’s calling!  How will we answer?  Let’s worship God together in the name of Jesus Christ! 

A Compass & Native American Ministries Sunday Online Gathering

Dear Ones:

We are excited to update you on our latest Online Gathering, slated to premiere this Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 am.  See the links on this website for easy access.  But I have a question first.  Do you have a compass? 

You know, one of those little dealies you might have used as a Boy or Girl Scout, to find your way around in the woods? 

These days, most of us don’t have an actual compass sitting around the house.  But there are plenty of ’em in the App store of your smartphone.  They’re free and easy to use, and they help us figure out the 4 directions: North, East, South and West.  

HINT: If you’d like to join me this Sunday, please use your compass to determine the directions at your home before we start.  There’s a special blessing in store for you, and you’ll be able to join right in.  

I’m also thinking maybe we need to make better use of our spiritual compass, too.   United Methodist Pastor Charley Reeb puts it this way: “A compass always points to magnetic north to help us travel in the right direction. The good news is Jesus gave us “true north” in his teachings. When we are lost and confused all we have to do is remember Jesus’ most important lesson and we can get on the right path again.”  That sounds good to me!

This week in our Online Gathering we celebrate Native American Ministries, one of the special offerings taken in United Methodist Churches to benefit Native people and their communities within our denomination.   But that’s not all.  My Native American friend Derrick Rainbow will be sharing a special prayer with us, too.  Plus, there’s beautiful music and messages brought to you by our Worship Team.  It’s definitely a group effort, and we hope you’ll come.  Can’t make it Sunday?  That’s okay too, as our Online Gatherings are posted on Facebook and YouTube, giving you plenty of time to find us.   See you soon!

Peace,

Pastora Robin

“It is time for humanity to reset our spiritual compass from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.” Bernice King

 

 

COMMUNITY DRIVE-THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION! // DISTRIBUCIÓN COMUNITARIA DE COMIDA!

COMMUNITY DRIVE-THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION!
We are having a special Food for Families drive-thru food distribution TOMORROW (Thursday, April 23, 2020) at the Watsonville First United Methodist Church back parking lots, 229 Stanford Street, Watsonville, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Please patiently wait in line inside your vehicle and groceries will be put in your trunk. Blessings!

DISTRIBUCIÓN COMUNITARIA DE COMIDA!
Tendremos una distribución de alimentos para familias MAÑANA (jueves, abril 23, 2020) en los estacionamientos traseros de la Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Watsonville, 229 Stanford Street, Watsonville, de 4:30 pm a 6:00 pm. Espere pacientemente en la fila dentro de su vehículo y se colocarán los alimentos en su cajuela. Bendiciones!

We’re Almost Ready for Our Easter Online Gathering April 12

Dear Ones:

We’re almost ready for our Easter Online Gathering, featuring our talented worship team and musical guests!

But that’s not all. Over the past two days, we’ve given away 65 lilies to local church families plus our Watsonville NETworX families, along with over 440 plastic Easter eggs, candies, and the written story of Easter for kids in English and Spanish, for those with children in the home.

This was one special Holy Saturday I can tell you!

Premiering at 10:00 am, all of our Sunday morning Online Gatherings can also be viewed later on our Facebook Page or YouTube. To make it easier to find them, both our Facebook and YouTube pages are now linked to this website! One click and you’re there. 

I can barely wait! See you then.

Yours in Christ,

Pastora Robin

Online Gatherings // Reuniones en Línea

Eleven Tips for Responding to Children’s Fears and Concerns Following a Disaster

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/eleven-tips-for-responding-to-childrens-fears-and-concerns-following-a-disa

  • Parents, teachers and caregivers are the key to helping children work through their feelings following a disaster.
  • Pray with children for the victims of the disaster. Simple prayers, like: Dear God, help and bless the people who lived through the storm. Guard them all with your care. Amen.
  • Discuss openly with children what your family and church are doing to help those who have been hurt by the disaster.
  • Limit trauma by protecting children from ongoing media images of the disaster that may only contribute to fear and helplessness. Limit exposure to continuing news stories and hold adult conversations only when children are not present.
  • Reassure children as you listen to their fears. Children experience the same feelings as adults, so it is important and reasonable to validate their feelings while keeping a positive future orientation.
  • Contact organizations in your area that address the needs of children.
  • Provide structure through routine and activity. Routines and activities help regain a sense of control when all else feels out of control.
  • Make objects that encourage play reenactment of the images children observe during and after a disaster.
  • Let children draw pictures or journal about the disaster. Ask children to draw or write whatever comes to their minds, or give them a question or topic to draw about. Create a group mural or collage that illustrates the images children have seen. Follow up with a discussion with a parent or small group.
  • Group discussions are helpful for validating children’s feelings about the images they see or the conversations they hear about the disaster. Most importantly, end the discussion on a positive note by assuring children of God’s love. Scripture, like “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” from Psalm 46 is one example of scripture that can bring children comfort.
  • Develop a family disaster plan for the types of natural disasters that may happen in your area. Role-play some possible situations. Knowing that you are prepared will help children cope with fears that they may find themselves separated from family in the event of a disaster.
  • Do good. Doing good for others help children overcome the sense of powerlessness. For example, let children help purchase and assemble health kits, layettes or flood buckets. See UMCOR.org for information on how to assemble kits.

 

Coronavirus Update: Message from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Greetings Friends,

As instruction to ‘shelter in place’ continues to come from counties across California and Nevada, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a special video message with our faith families across the connection requesting that church buildings be closed.

Please share back with us the many ways in which you are continuing to worship in new ways and to serve your communities during this time in which we are needing to distance ourselves physically from one another. Post your tips and ideas on the California-Nevada Facebook page.

Here are some things that all of our faith communities could consider doing during this time.

  • Deliver meals
  • Donate to open food banks or food programs
  • Deliver pharmacy orders
  • Do doorstep check-ins
  • Provide text or phone check-ins
  • Donate blood (there is a real shortage)
  • Put together and deliver hygiene kits to shelter

Let’s stay connected as a conference family, especially in this time.

Your Sister in Christ,

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

 

“No Matter What Happens We Are Together”

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”                                                          Psalm 46:1-3

It is written that people often define their lives by some major event or experience.  This is especially true for a life-shaping disaster.  I know that you’ll agree that this is happening to us—and the rest of the world, with the onslaught of the coronavirus. 

It seems almost impossible that this is happening, and certainly in my lifetime I’ve never seen anything like it.  It reminds us of 9/11, and some of us have experienced other disasters.  Yet, COVID-19 seems different in so many ways. 

I was in a conference call today via an online application called Zoom with other COPA (Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action,) leaders led by our very own Mayra Bernabe, to talk about what is happening in our local institutions.  We shared how people are panicking, hoarding food and supplies, and basically freaking out as they shelter in place.  Now that all the schools are closed, parents are trying their best to maintain order in the home, and lack of childcare is an issue.  Some who are financially secure feel like they will get by okay, but others, especially families in poverty with little financial reserves, face inescapable suffering ahead.  Plus, we know the virus causes many deaths.  We’re not at the end of this crisis. 

Sheltering in place is absolutely the right thing for us to be doing now as we attempt to “flatten the curve,” and lessen the impact of the disease on the population.  But I’ll be honest; it feels totally weird.  Sure, some industries are exempt, and for good reason, including food production, emergency responders, hospitals, etc., but the rest of us must now physically and socially distant ourselves from everyone—six feet minimum!—unless it’s a close family member.  And that’s hard.

Besides fear, we can feel lonely, isolated, and overwhelmed.  When we listen to the news, we feel bombarded by conflicting reports and panic.      

What’s a believer to do?  We must turn to God.  We must turn to God.  As the Scripture says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  There aren’t many guarantees in life, but “what is guaranteed is that when we trust in God, God will be with us.  God never meant for us to be alone, ever.  God is with us in the worst and in the best of times.  Even in death, God promises to meet us on the other side.”

I pray we reorder our priorities, take stock, and prepare to live as Christ taught us in this new world.  Won’t you join me?

Shalom,

Pastora Robin

 

ACTUALIZACIÓN DE COVID-19

Queridos:

Quiero ponerles al día sobre el estado de nuestra iglesia durante esta pandemia de COVID-19.

Cuando el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Santa Cruz nos comunicó el lunes por la tarde la Orden de cierre, tomamos medidas inmediatas.

  • Cerramos nuestro edificio y cancelamos la adoración hasta el 6 de abril, o hasta que se levante la prohibición.
  • Hemos cancelado todas las reuniones en persona y otras personas que usan la iglesia, incluidos los grupos AA / NA, Girl Scouts, etc. Nuestra oficina de la iglesia, el equipo de limpieza y el personal de NETworX, ahora se están refugiando en sus hogares.
  • Estoy trabajando desde la casa y estoy disponible por correo electrónico (pastor@watsonville1stumc.org). Llámenme cuando quieren.
  • Un miembro de nuestra Directiva que vive cerca de la iglesia está a cargo de mantener la instalación segura.
  • Nuestra Coordinadora de la Oficina está respondiendo a cualquier consulta o pregunta que tenga sobre los procedimientos por correo electrónico desde la dirección de correo electrónico de nuestra iglesia: office@watsonville1stumc.org.
  • Solo estamos abriendo el edificio para nuestra alimentación continua de personas sin hogar en el Ejército de Salvación y otras necesidades.

Pero eso no es todo. ¡Aunque nuestro edificio permanece cerrado, puede estar seguro de que nuestra comunidad de la iglesia todavía está aquí!

 Nuestro equipo técnico y yo estamos explorando nuestras opciones digitales para reunirnos en línea. Hay muchas pautas legales que deben cumplirse, por lo que nos estamos poniendo al día sobre la mejor manera de proceder.

Además, nuestros líderes están comenzando a reunirse a través de Zoom en línea, que proporciona una forma segura de comunicarse como grupo, ya sea mediante audio simple (teléfono) o con capacidades de video utilizando la aplicación Zoom. Nos estamos comunicando con otros y haciendo planes sobre cómo podemos seguir conectados.

O para decirlo de otra manera, estamos tratando de amarnos unos a otros y hacer el trabajo de Cristo en este mundo aterrador de maneras nuevas, creativas y significativas.

¿Su parte en esto? Sus oraciones y apoyo son definitivamente necesarios. También sepan que estamos pensando en ustedes y que los amamos y oramos por ustedes. Por favor, manténganse en contacto y díganos cómo se está enfrentando la situación, si usted o su familia necesitan ayuda y si conoce a alguien más en nuestra comunidad de la iglesia que necesita nuestra ayuda.

Y finalmente les dejo estas palabras tranquilizadoras de la Escritura:

“¿Quién nos separará del amor de Cristo? ¿Las penurias, la angustia, la persecución, el hambre, la desnudez, el peligro o la espada? … No, en todas estas cosas somos más que vencedores por medio de aquel que nos amó porque estoy convencido de que ni la muerte, ni la vida, ni los ángeles, ni los gobernantes, ni las cosas presentes, ni las cosas por venir, ni los poderes, ni la altura, ni la profundidad, ni ninguna otra cosa en toda la creación, podrán separarnos del amor de Dios en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor “. (Romanos 8: 35-39)

Manténganse al tanto.

Suya en Cristo,

Pastora Robin

Watsonville First United Methodist Church

229 Stanford Street Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: (831) 724-4434   Fax: (831) 724-8602

pastor@watsonville1stumc.org

watsonville1stumc.org

 

 

New Watsonville Youth Chorus Session! // ¡Nueva Sesión del Coro Juvenil de Watsonville!