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SUNDAY, JULY 12th LIVESTREAM

WESTWOOD KIDS – Sunday at 9:45am

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THE LOFT – Sunday at 10am

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THE SANCTUARY – Sunday at 10am

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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

WESTWOOD KIDS
Sunday, July 12th (9:45am) Facebook / Website

Don’t miss the Westwood Kids message where we’ll hear about Jacob (Grabby) and Esau (Hairy, his twin brother). Find out what it means that even when we’re sneaky, God can love us, and we are enough. We’ll read a beautiful book by Grace Byers to help us learn this truth.
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THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, July 12th (10am) Facebook / Website
“In The Meantime” – Rev. Molly Vetter
God’s invitation to possibility, life and hope persists and grows, even through an ancient biblical story of tension and rivalry between twins.
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FOLLOW UP 
Sunday, July 12th (11am-12noon) via Zoom
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett will be leading a four-week reflection on Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, and “the significance of the religion of Jesus to the people who stand with their backs against the wall.” For this week’s discussion, please read chapter five. This book is out of stock in many locations, but it is available via Kindle, which can be read on any tablet, computer, or phone. Email Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org for the Open House Zoom link.
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THE LOFT GATHERING
Sunday, July 12th (10am) Facebook / Website
“Black Joy and Self Love”
Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter and Pastor Terence Hagans

This Sunday, we’ll continue our series exploring the lives and experiences of Black people in and beyond our community through a conversation on Black joy and self-love with our special guest Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Diego.
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THE LOFT CONVERSATION
Sunday, July 12th (11am) via Zoom
Connect and discuss the themes touched on during the Sunday livestream. All are welcome. Hosted by Pastor Terence Hagans. If you have any questions, contact Terence at terence@theloftla.org.
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MID-DAY PRAYER SERVICE
Tuesdays and Thursdays (12noon) via Facebook Live

In the middle of the day, we invite you to stop, take a deep breath, and join us for a few moments of centering scripture, reflection and prayer. Led from our beautiful sanctuary, Mid-Day Prayer is live at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the Westwood Church Community Facebook Group. Or, you can pray with us whenever you are able, later in the day. If you’re new to this group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/westwood.umc and click on the “Join Group” button at the top of the page.
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“GOD TALK” with Rev. Dr. John Holbert & Reg Gipson, JD.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays – Next Class: July 21st (7pm) via Zoom

Join us as we ask, “What are we talking about when we talk about God?” We will be comparing and contrasting the God of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Testaments with other ideas of God. All are welcome to join these compelling and thought-provoking Bible study conversations on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. For those of you who joined the discussion last time, we’ll be using the same Zoom link. If you need the Zoom link, contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY

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This week, I realized that one of the things I miss about not being together at church is the small, beautiful gift of seeing each other, saying hello, and checking in about how we’re doing.
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I’ve figured out how to make sure I’m doing these things with my family and closest friends, but I’m finding I really miss getting to do this with people I only know a little.
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This sounds weird to say, knowing that I also love how church is a place where some of my deepest friendships are located–where community is formed with people who are really there for each other through life. But I also treasure (and miss!) how church is where a rich diversity of people come together and offer support and encouragement to each other, even if we only know each other a little. Sometimes, church is the only place our paths cross, and it’s such a gift that they do.
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With infections with COVID-19 getting worse in our community, it looks to be a long while before we can all be together safely in the same physical space. So, I’d love to ask for your help in this meantime: would you figure out how to reach out to someone from church who you only know a little, to ask how they’re doing and say hello? Or simply to express a word of encouragement?
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grace and peace,
Pastor Molly
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OTHER RESOURCES

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COVID-19 ASSISTANCE
We are in the midst of unprecedented and uncertain times, and we know that a lot of us will face unforeseen circumstances and needs over the next few months. As a church community, we are committed to supporting our members, especially in times like this. As part of that commitment, we are making funds available to meet needs that have surfaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you find yourself needing assistance during this time, please let us know by filling out this Google Form or reaching out to Pastor Molly Vetter at molly@westwoodumc.org. This invitation extends to your communities as well—if you know of anyone in need, we want to try and relieve that need as much as possible.
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WATCH THE SUNDAY SERVICES ANYTIME
Did you know? You can watch our online worship services anytime! If you use Facebook, you can find them on our pages for Westwood Church and The Loft. You do not need to sign in to Facebook to watch, though you will have to click through several pop-up windows inviting you to sign in. Watching on Facebook on Sundays at 10am gives you the opportunity to see who else is watching, and comment in real time. Plus, watch videos anytime later, and you can see videos from previous weeks because they remain on our Facebook pages. If you do not use Facebook, you can also view them through our website at www.westwoodumc.org/livestream. Whether you watch on Sunday morning at 10am or sometime later in the week, you can view the videos directly on our website each week. Additionally, you can also find videos from the past few Sundays on YouTube. If you’re having trouble getting the videos to work, please reach out for help. It’s a great excuse to call a friend from church! We’re glad to help, too; our ministry assistant, Sabrina Simmons, is available by email at sabrina@westwoodumc.org on Sunday mornings or during her regular work hours (Tuesday-Friday).
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HOW TO USE ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING
To use zoom, you can download the app for free from the app store on your android or iOS device. You do not need to create a Zoom account to join a meeting. Once Zoom has been downloaded, go back to the e-news and click the link we provided in the descriptions above. You’ll want to be sure to connect audio and/or video so you can hear and see everyone, and then select “join meeting.” Please note: If the host hasn’t started the meeting yet, you’ll be sent to a virtual waiting room. Once the host has logged in to begin the meeting, they’ll enable the folks in the waiting room to join. Here’s a link with the above info if that’s easier. You can also contact Sabrina Simmons at [sabrina@westwoodumc.org](mailto:sabrina@westwoodumc.org) for assistance.
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