Sunday Gatherings

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THE SANCTUARY – 9:30am
In Person and via Livestream on YouTube

Sunday, June 26th
“Guided by Goodness” – Rev. Molly Vetter

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“If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit,” Paul writes in Galatians 5:25. His words are a reminder that the Spirit invites us not to a static faith, nor to a faith that is primarily about our belief. Instead, we are invited to a faith that is lived out. He invites us to take up mutual care for one another, and embody qualities like kindness, generosity, and gentleness. As those who have tasted and seen how sweet it is to live like that, we let ourselves be guided by goodness toward mutual love and compassion.
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THE LOFT – 10:30am – In Person
Sunday, June 26th
“Queer Theology in Post-Roe America” – Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter
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The overturning of Roe v. Wade will have devastating consequences for millions of people in America. The loss of constitutionally protected bodily autonomy will have lasting implications for marginalized persons – women, people of color, the disabled, and queer persons. You may be wondering “what does this have to do with Christianity or Christian theology?” The approach the conservative justices used to interpret the constitution and make their arguments has its roots in the fundamentalist interpretation of the bible. How and why did the traditionalist approach (a relatively new approach) to reading the bible emerge and how are we to push back against it? Join us this Sunday as we explore how queer theology can help us learn how to read the bible in ways that draw us closer to the God revealed through the biblical witness.

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Watch Sunday worship from previous weeks on our YouTube account or listen to our worship podcast.


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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP
Sundays (9-11am) Courtyard

This past Sunday, we launched our new schedule with a continental breakfast on the courtyard including bagels, pastries, granola, and fruit. Feel free to bring other ready-to-serve dishes to share, potluck style. Simply bring them to the courtyard when you come.Sharing breakfast outdoors allows us to enjoy food and fellowship while minimizing Covid risk. If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: COMPASSION CAMP
Sundays, June 19th – July 17th (9-11:45am)

Vacation Bible School is coming! A continental breakfast will be available starting at 9am. Bring your Westwood Kids to The Sanctuary at 9:30am, and pick them up on the patio at 11:45am. It’s time for fun and COMPASSION! Register your children at the sign-in table over the next two Sundays or by emailing Pastor Diana at diana@westwoodumc.com.
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SUPPORT YOUTH SERVING AT SIERRA SERVICE PROJECT
The Sierra Service Project has an over 40 year tradition of performing home repairs and other services in Native American and urban communities in the Western US. After 2 years of a limited on-line program, this summer our youth return to the in-person experience. On July 2nd, a total of 9 youth and 2 adults (Keith Price and Molly Vetter) from Westwood Church will depart for a week in Smith River, CA (in Del Norte county) where we will work on home repairs, building community gardens, environmental restoration on the coast or in the redwoods, and building community with youth from other parts of the western US. Support for the trip comes from the youth parents and from you! Consider making an additional contribution to your weekly or monthly giving. Every little makes a difference in our community and the communities of those we’re helping. To make a donation, you can mail in a check or click here to make a donation online.
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE, UMC?
Tuesdays, June 28th (7-8pm) via Zoom
Fifty-four years after it was officially formed, our United Methodist Church faces real challenges. Theological tensions, frequently visible in disagreements about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ members, gave rise to a brokered protocol that would allow conservatives to leave to form a new denomination. Then, the Covid pandemic further disrupted all of our lives, and prevented the UMC’s General Conference from meeting. Now postponed to 2024, questions about our denominational life remain. Despite the anti-gay policies that remain in our UMC Discipline, more and more of us continue to move forward with the work of full inclusion, including not only Westwood UMC, but our Western Jurisdiction as a whole. Conservatives, previously organized as an Association, on May 1 formally named themselves a separate denomination. So, as people committed to our grace-filled way of living the gospel, where do we go from here? Join Pastor Molly for a series of Westwood UMC Conversations about the UMC. For each online class session, Pastor Molly will share highlights from interviews with denominational leaders, and will engage our community conversation.
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CLOUD OF WITNESSES – Part 1
Sundays, 26th & July 3rd (11am) The Sanctuary

Like the medieval churches of Europe, our church’s sanctuary honors “great leaders of the ongoing Christian Church in and near our own time.” We call them our “cloud of witnesses” after the opening of Hebrews 12. The men and women who watch us from above include political leaders, scientists, social workers, and preachers, and some of them were still alive when their windows were installed. Join us on Fathers’ Day for a look at the first five of these historical figures, beginning with John Wesley, the Father of Methodism, and his mother, Susannah. Led by Nancy Price.
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THEOLOGICAL CONCIERGE
Sundays (9:50-10:20am) The Courtyard
Please join Rev. Dr. Carter for the first of a few conversations on the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision. How might Christian tradition and theology help us make sense of the theological arguments being made? When does “life” begin and how do we know? What are the theological arguments for allowing abortion? How did the pro-life movement become aligned with evangelical Christianity? Join us as we discuss this difficult topic with openness, compassion, and love.
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2022 SUMMER ORGAN CONCERTS
Join us in person at Westwood Church or via YouTube for three free 60-minute concerts by world-class organists performing on the landmark Shaffer Memorial Organ in a magnificent cathedral setting. Click here for more information.
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Sunday, June 26th (3pm) – Weicheng Zhao
Sunday, July 10th (3pm) – Edward Murray
Sunday, July 24th (3pm) – Collin Boothby
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CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, July 6th (7-8:30pm) in person and via Zoom
The church council committee exists to create and supervise the strategic plan for an effective congregation through envisioning, planning, implementing, and annually evaluating the ministry and mission of Westwood UMC. Regular meetings are held once a month on the first Wednesday at 7pm via Zoom. RSVP to Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org if you plan to attend.
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TRUSTEE MEETING
Monday, July 11th (7-8:30pm) via Zoom
This committee, subject to the direction of the charge conference, has oversight and care of all local church property, buildings, and equipment to further the mission of the church. This work is done in consultation with the pastor. All are welcome to participate. RSVP to Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org if you plan to attend.
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MID-DAY PRAYER SERVICE
Tuesdays and Thursdays (12noon) via Facebook Live
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 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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SANCTUARY ALTAR FLOWERS

Ever thought about sponsoring the flowers on the altar? It’s a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one, celebrate a special event or milestone, or just make the Sanctuary space more beautiful! Cost is $85. You can even partner with a friend, committee, or other church group to help defray the cost. For more info or to sign up for a specific Sunday, please con­tact Sabrina Simmons at 310.474.451 or sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
During this unusual time of pandemic, our Covid-19 Relief Fund has been able to provide needed assistance to fill unmet financial needs for congregation members and others in our community. Moving forward, this fund is now able to provide assistance where needed, not only related to the Covid pandemic. So, we are renaming the fund as our Good Samaritan Fund. We will continue to use it to assist with unforeseen circumstances and needs. To that end, we want to encourage you to donate to the fund as you are able. Every recipient has been deeply appreciative of the assistance we have been able to provide. We invite you to make donations to the church marked “Good Samaritan Fund” so that we can continue to meet needs as they surface. If you find yourself needing assistance during this time, please let us know by reaching out to Pastor Molly Vetter at molly@westwoodumc.org or Rev. Dr. Carter at christopher@theloftla.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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COMMUNITY UPDATES
We invite you to share updates about yourself with our Westwood UMC community to be included in this weekly church eNews–to keep us connected in this time of physical separation. (Please send updates to sabrina@westwoodumc.org.)
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PRAYER LIST
If you would like to be added to our church prayer list, please let us know via this online form. (You can indicate whether you want your name shared here in the e-news or just with our pastors.)
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