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Upcoming Sunday Gatherings

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THE SANCTUARY – A NEW POINT OF VIEW
Sunday, June 13th (9:30am) via Facebook Live

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Broadcast live from The Sanctuary, this Sunday will mark a shift in our gathering times in preparation for us to return to in-person worship on Sunday, June 20th. Don’t miss this special message from Pastor Molly Vetter on “A New Point of View.”


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THE LOFT MIXER
Sunday, June 13th (10:30am) In Person at The Loft

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Don’t miss our first opportunity to re-gather in The Loft at our new Sunday gathering time! Reconnect with friends, meet new ones, and bring the kids. (Children’s ministry will be available starting on Sunday, June 20th, in the courtyard.)

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


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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, June 20th (9:30am) In Person and via Facebook Live

We welcome our community back to campus on June 20 at 9:30am, for our first fully hybrid in-person and online worship gathering in the Sanctuary. As we continue to seek to live out God’s compassion and justice, we rely on the abounding love of God to be our foundation–we live with hearts wide open. (Sunday School for children ages 2-5th grade begins following a Time with Children during worship.)
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SUMMERS IN THE LOFT
Sunday, June 20th (10:30am) In Person at The Loft

We’ll be back in The Loft on June 20 at 10:30am for new and renewed conversation about who we are and who we’re called to be. Pastor Molly will lead our gathering, and the Loft Band is back. We’re ready to practice radical welcome, to work for justice, and to offer gracious space for re-thinking faith together. (During The Loft Gathering, we offer outdoor Sunday School for children ages 2-5th grade, and indoor Grapple Group for grades 6-12.)
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RE-OPENING OUR CAMPUS
Our Re-Opening Team is working on details and plans so that we can return to campus this summer; we hope to resume in-person activities sometime in June. We also anticipate continuing to offer opportunities for worship, learning and community online. Alongside our reopening plan, we anticipate some changes to our Sunday schedule, including shifts in the time of our worship gatherings. Our thanks to Church Council members Jo Schiff, Eli Reynolds, Tom Burkhard and Rachel Gipson for working with Pastor Molly and the rest of our staff on this plan; our prayers are with them as they consider the impact on all the people involved as well as those who we hope to reach outside our congregation.
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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Starting this coming week, our church office will be open Tuesday – Friday from 9am-1pm. Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others.
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WILL THE REAL GOD OF THE UNIVERSE PLEASE STAND UP?
Six Week Study on the Book of Job
Tuesday, June 15th (7pm) via Zoom

The biblical book of Job is a complex, richly entertaining, and hugely challenging book that has generated myriad meanings over the centuries, some quite simple and others both contentious and downright inscrutable. Led by Rev. Dr. John Holbert, this class will read the entire 42 chapters in six Zoom sessions. Unfortunately we won’t have time to share all the wonderful details of the piece, but we will attempt to get a sense of the whole tale. You will definitely need a Bible handy, in a translation of your own choosing. When it comes to Job, translation is an immense struggle, given the very difficult Hebrew the book presents. Still, it can be read, and we will do just that. The study will end each session at 8:15pm to provide opportunity for questions and conversation. Everyone is welcome! Click here to download and read “A Guide to the Book of Job” by Rev. Dr. John Holbert. Click here to watch the previous weeks.
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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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JOB OPENING – YOUTH DIRECTOR
Westwood United Methodist Church seeks a part-time Director of Youth Ministry, to enable and oversee all aspects of youth programming and the spiritual growth of youth (Grade 6 through High School) in our congregation for the sake of helping them grow mature in faith through service, worship, study and fellowship. Click here for more information.
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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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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY

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I feel like I should be really good at it by now, but I keep discovering that change is still hard. Even when I’m really ready for things to be different, leaving the security of what was known usually stirs up some anxiety; re-negotiating what the formal and informal rules are takes continual attention.
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When I meet up with a vaccinated friend, do we hug? How do I balance keeping my unvaccinated child safe from Covid with tending to his emotional well-being? How do I helpfully process all the layered emotions I’ve been piling up during this long pandemic?
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It helps to know that we’re not in this alone. Though each of us has a particular and different story, we’re all trying to figure out what’s next.
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More than ever, I believe this is a time when we need the gifts of our church community. As we come out of pandemic separation, I’m more vividly aware of how we humans are created for community. And, having survived this season by leaning on the people closest to me, I’m aware of how my life is richer for belonging in community with people who aren’t so close to me; I like to say that one of the things I most love about church is that it puts me in contact with people who I probably wouldn’t otherwise be in community with. In church, we are asked not only to tolerate each other, but to see God more clearly through each other. This is wild, beautiful, and difficult, and so worth the effort.
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We are preparing to shift into a hybrid community life together; this Sunday, instead of sharing a pre-recorded worship gathering, we’ll stream worship that’s happening live in our sanctuary. I hope you’ll participate from home (or wherever you are!) via Facebook life. As usual, you can also watch later, too. Then, next week on the 20th, we’ll give folks the chance to participate from home via livestream, or from the sanctuary in person. We continue to make efforts to ensure that worship is accessible, and value including people who are ready to gather in person as well as those who are not.
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Whether you’ve been a faithful regular during our online worship or you haven’t connected at all during this season, I want you to know that you are welcome now. We continue to be a richer community because of the participation of each person.
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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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