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A Generous Undertaking

“Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
 
Don’t let it be said that the members of this church, when it comes to giving, stop at nothing. 
 
Of course, we’ve got to keep an eye on things around here; you never know what might happen. I heard that Leadership Circle might also consider sending a letter to parishioners who didn’t watch our Consecration Sunday Online Gathering, or who haven’t filled out a 2021 pledge card yet—either a printed one or the new online version.
 
This is what it might say: “Dear Members and Friends: We missed you on Pledge Sunday. Since you were not present to fill out your pledge card, we’d like to make it easy for you. We’ve gone ahead and completed a pledge card in your name. Thank you for being so generous. Signed, Leadership Circle.”
 
Remember my friends that generosity is a mark of God’s people. Not everyone can give regularly, and that’s ok. But if you can, be sure to do it with joy and thanksgiving.
 
It is said that there are ten reasons for pledging. (Jorgen Lissner) Number 1, it’s an act of faith performed for the sake of personal integrity and an expression of a personal commitment to the more equitable distribution of God’s resources. Number 2, it’s an act of self-defense against the mind—and body—polluting effects of over-consumption and greed.  
 
Number 3, it’s an act of independence from the achievement neurosis of our high-pressure, materialistic society. Number 4, it’s an act of solidarity with Christ’s people everywhere. Number 5, it’s an act of sharing with others what has been given to us.  
 
Number 6, it’s an act of celebration of the riches found in creativity, spirituality, and community. Number 7, it’s an act of loyalty, given from a deeply held sense of love for our church and community. Number 8, it’s an act of anticipation of the many ways we can work together in ministry and mission when we pool our resources.  
 
Number 9, it’s an act of advocacy to begin to change the economic fate of our brothers and sisters who are in such dire need. Number 10, it’s an exercise of following God’s vision, and to go where we should go as a community of Christ.
 
As one preacher so aptly described, “Every time I come to church,” she said, “I turn just a little. I turn toward who I was meant to be. Just a little more of who I really am and where I am supposed to be headed.”  
 
You my friends are headed in the right direction, and I am so grateful. Thank you for your generosity! Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  
 
Shalom, 
Pastora Robin

My 2021 Pledge Survey // Encuesta de Mi Promesa Financiera de 2021

You can now submit your 2021 pledge online! Simply complete our survey using the following link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RP2VZH2.
 
¡Ahora puede hacer su promesa financiera de 2021 en línea! Simplemente complete nuestra encuesta utilizando el siguiente enlace, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RP2VZH2

Politics is Not a Dirty Word (Usually)

“Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.  Anything more than this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37

I’ve always figured that politics was strictly taboo in a church setting, didn’t you?  We United Methodists are a free-thinking and definitely non-partisan denomination that welcomes just about everybody into the fold.  Our mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and we’ve been working on it as a congregation here in Watsonville since we started on the banks of the Pajaro River back in 1852.  Unlike others, we’d never in a million years—at least in my lifetime—tell you how you must mark your ballot.

So, what does politics have to do with our faith, anyway?  A lot! 

I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but here’s what historians say.  The people called Methodists have been actively involved in social and political matters from their founding in 18th century England.  Methodists were among the primary advocates for the abolition of slavery across the British Empire, the organization of labor unions to protect workers from dangerous working conditions, the ending of the debtors’ prison system, and the creation of new systems of care for poor children.  (umc.org)  Cool, huh!?

Given this heritage, we Methodists have continued to advocate for other social or political issues since that time – women’s suffrage (i.e. right to vote,) temperance (abstinence from alcohol,) civil rights, health care and care for the environment, to name a few.  In other words, believers like us have been stirring up political trouble for a long, long time!   And I believe that’s a good thing.   

As one preacher puts it, politics, (or política in Spanish,) is about people and the relationships between people or groups of people.  Life itself is political, and there is virtually no decision we can make, nothing we can say, no action that we take that does not have political consequences, for we do not live in isolation from other people.  When I sneeze, my neighbor catches cold.  Or the coronavirus.   

Honestly, the way I see it, there’s no part of our lives that isn’t concerned with politics, one way or the other.  And when I say politics, I don’t mean mud-slinging or other vicious rhetoric.  I mean exercising our democratic right and privilege to vote our conscience.  In my mind, it’s another version of asking ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”  (WWJD)  

And maybe, just maybe, with this approach we can make this whole presidential election season better than it is. 

Let’s keep in mind the advice that John Wesley (founder of the UMC) wrote in his journal on October 6, 1774 in reference to the British Parliamentary elections held in the fall of that year: “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

Sounds like a plan to me! 

As Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, General Board of Church of Society of the United Methodist Church explains, “Voting is a matter of faith, citizenship and democracy.  It is a kind of prayer and faithful testament to the belief that every citizen bears a responsibility and equal right to determine the future of governance in society.” 

I think they’ve got it right.    

Shalom,

Pastora Robin 

Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia // COPA: Police & Safety House Meeting

Acompañenos para una Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia organizada por Watsonville Networx este viernes 23 de octubre a las 6:30 pm a través de zoom. Esta reunión se realizará únicamente en español. Preinscríbase aquí https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdw7wPjtsQkWo…/viewform
 
Please join us for a COPA: Police & Safety House Meeting hosted by Watsonville Networx this Friday, October 23 at 6:30 pm via zoom. This meeting will be hosted in Spanish only. Pre-register here https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdw7wPjtsQkWo…/viewform
 

Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering

It’s time for the Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:00 am, and available thereafter, on our Facebook and YouTube pages. I love this service and hope you do, too. It’s clear our task is to project and care for the animals–even the wild ones. Or to put it another way, we all have a place in the choir–or congregation! If you have a pet and want to join along, please do. We are also offering free “Certificates of Blessing” for those who are able to bless their animals with us. Just let us know the details of your animal–name and date you join in. 

I leave you with this blessing:

“God, the Divine Eagle, is strong enough to care for you and me. The mighty Creator of this vast universe has wings strong enough to save you – from your fears, from your present trouble, from your weakness, from yourself, and from your sins.

All of us have sins which enslave us, that hold us captive in weakness. But this God, who majors in strength, bursts asunder the chains of our bondage. So strong are the wings of our Eagle-God that even [God’s] name carries deliverance for us.”

I pray you are delivered by the Holy One. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Peace,
Pastora Robin

Virtual National Night Out Today!

Today is our Virtual National Night Out event! Please join us!

Starting at 3:00 pm all videos will be available on the City of Watsonville – City Gov’t, Watsonville Fire Department, Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) and Watsonville Police Department Facebook pages! 

You’ll also have the opportunity to enter a raffle by participating in a short trivia quiz following the videos. The winner will be announced during a Facebook Live on Watsonville Police Department’s page on Friday, October 9th at 4:00 pm

Trivia Rules:

1. Must be a resident within the city of Watsonville limits.

2. 1 Submission per person in the household.

3. Must watch all safety videos.

4. Must answer all the questions in order to qualify.

¡Noche Nacional de Salir 2020 Ahora es Virtual!

A pesar de los muchos desafíos y obstáculos que todos hemos enfrentado este año, ¡todavía encontramos una manera de traer el evento a usted!
 
Únase a nosotros el martes, 6 de octubre para una serie de videos de seguridad pública presentados por la Policía de Watsonville (WPD) y el Departamento de Bomberos.
 
WPD le presentará su unidad de perros policía y cómo entrena para dar con los delincuentes, cómo la tecnología avanzada se utiliza para mantener a los oficiales seguros durante algunas de las situaciones más peligrosas y lo que los peatones y conductores deben saber.
 
También los llevaremos en un recorrido exclusivo de la estación 1 del Departamento de Bomberos de Watsonville y le daremos un vistazo a uno de los camiones más grandes de toda la ciudad. Los videos comenzarán a las 3pm y se publicarán cada media hora hasta las 6pm. Tendrán acceso a los videos en la página de Facebook de la Ciudad de Watsonville, el Departamento de Policía de Watsonville, el Departamento de Bomberos de Watsonville y Watsonville PAL.
 
También tendrá la oportunidad de participar en un sorteo, en el que tendrá que llenar un breve cuestionario de trivia después de los videos. El ganador será anunciado durante un Facebook Live en la página del Departamento de Policía de Watsonville el viernes 9 de octubre a las 4 p.m.
 
Reglas de Trivia:
1. Debe ser un residente dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Watsonville.
2. Solamente una (1) entrada de rifa por hogar.
3. Debe ver todos los vídeos de seguridad.
4. Debe responder a todas las preguntas para calificar.
 

National Night Out 2020 is Going Virtual!

Despite the many challenges and hurdles we’ve all faced this year, we still found a way to bring NNO to you!
 
Join us on Tuesday, October 6th for a series of public safety videos hosted by Watsonville Police and Fire Departments.
 
WPD will give you an inside look at how their K-9 unit is trained to sniff out the bad guys, how advanced technology is being used to keep officers safe during some of the most dangerous situations and the dos and don’ts for pedestrians and drivers.
 
We’ll also be taking you on an exclusive tour of the Watsonville Fire Station 1 and giving you a peek at one of the largest trucks you’ll see around town.
 
This virtual event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a Facebook post every half an hour until 6 p.m.
Videos will be streamed on the City of Watsonville, Watsonville Police Department, Watsonville Fire Department and Watsonville PAL Facebook pages.
 
You’ll also have the opportunity to enter a raffle by participating in a short trivia quiz following the videos. The winner will be announced during a Facebook Live on Watsonville Police Department’s page on Friday, October 9th at 4 p.m.
 
Trivia Rules:
1. Must be a resident within the city of Watsonville limits.
2. 1 Submission per person in the household.
3. Must watch all safety videos.
4. Must answer all the questions in order to qualify.
 

Watsonville NETworX Open House // Casa Abierta del Programa de NETworX de Watsonville

COPA: Police and Safety House Meeting // Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia

Join us this Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm via zoom for a COPA: Police and Safety House Meeting. Please register at https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM

Únase a nosotros este jueves 1 de octubre del 2020 a las 6:30 pm a través de zoom para una Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia. Regístrese aqui https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM