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SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th ALL CHURCH GATHERING

BIG ZOOM – SMALL CONVERSATIONS
All-Church Gathering on Sunday, August 9th (9:45am) via Zoom

We miss getting to see each other in church! We love having a big community of people who share a common love of God and care for one another. So, we are planning to try something different on Sunday, August 9. Join us for a Big Zoom – Small Conversations. That morning, log on via Zoom for a special, live, interactive worship community gathering, with both The Loft and The Sanctuary congregations (and anyone who’s found us online during this pandemic!) We’ll start at 9:45am with our Children’s Message, and then begin our Big Zoom – Small Conversations for all ages at 10am. Check your weekly e-news to access the Zoom link, or email Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org in an emergency.


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MIDWEEK EVENTS

FOLLOW UP and THE LOFT CONVERSATION will resume on Sunday, August 16th. 
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“GOD TALK” with Rev. Dr. John Holbert & Reg Gipson, JD.
Tuesday, August 18th (7pm) via Zoom

What exactly _is_ the Bible? As often as we refer to the thing, what are we in fact referring to? All are welcome to join these compelling and thought-provoking Bible study conversations on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. If you need the Zoom link, contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.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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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY

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I hope you’ll make plans to join us live this Sunday morning for Big Zoom – Small Conversations. A little like a family reunion, I’m looking forward to this chance to see each other and worship together as a whole church. With folks from The Loft, The Sanctuary, and some who’ve found us online during this pandemic, it will be a group of people who have never before assembled.
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During our time together, Pastor Terence and I will share a short message, we’ll pray together and share music. The special centerpiece of our gathering will be several short opportunities for you to share brief conversations in very small groups, with a mix of people from our diverse community.
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We’re using Zoom to host this meeting. When you log on and everyone’s together, we will all be muted (except whoever’s leading); when we break into small conversations, you’ll be able to see, speak with and listen to just a handful of other people. I hope that as many of us as are able will log on via computer, phone or tablet using the Zoom app, and with your cameras on so we can see each other.
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If you’ve never used Zoom, this is a great time to try. Anytime between now and Sunday morning, you can click the link for our Sunday gathering–it will prompt you to download and install the free app now, so you can participate fully later. On Sunday, we’ll open up the meeting at 9:30, so you can log on early and make sure it’s working. Below the announcement in this email, you can find additional information about using and troubleshooting Zoom.
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Even if you’re worn out on video-conferencing, I still hope you’ll join us. We are excited to share these ways of connecting, making use of the new possibilities they give us. We won’t do this every week, but we think it’s going to be a meaningful all-church activity.
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Log on any time after 9:30am on Sunday. At 9:40, YooJung will offer a prelude on the piano; we formally begin at 9:45, with a Children’s Time hosted by Pastor Diana. We plan to finish our time together at 11am, with an organ postlude.
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During this extended time of pandemic, I’m so grateful to be a part of a community that’s continuing to experiment with ways to connect to God and each other–while still protecting the health of our community. Thanks for helping make it happen.
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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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