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SUNDAY, JULY 5th 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 5th (9:45am) Facebook / Website

Pastor Diana will be talking about baby Isaac growing into a man – and also about Audrey Hendricks, the youngest marcher in the Civil Rights Movement, who was inspired in 1963 by her older friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to march and be put into jail for her beliefs that laws should be changed. At age 9, she was inspiring. So pull out your Sunday school boxes and see how you can respond!
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THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, July 5th (10am) Facebook / Website
“A Love Story for the Generations” – Rev. Molly Vetter
We get a love story this Sunday, as our “Checking the Roots” sermon series continues: Abraham’s servant, Rebekah and 10 camels all participate in God’s promise of generations. Also, we remember Jesus’ invitation to us: to receive rest as we labor together for the sake of love.
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FOLLOW UP 
Sundays, June 21st – 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 four. 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 5th (10am) Facebook / Website
“Black Value” – Julia Black and Pastor Terence Hagans
This Sunday, we’ll be kicking off our series exploring the lives and experiences of Black people in and beyond our community, beginning with a conversation between Julia and Terence on Black achievement, value, and opportunity.
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THE LOFT CONVERSATION
Sunday, July 5th (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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GRAPPLE MOVIE NIGHT
Sunday, July 5th (7pm)

Attention all youth!! Get your popcorn ready and click “play” at 7pm as we watch the newly released HAMILTON! After the movie, we’ll connect via Zoom with Avril Z. Speaks, a producer, director, and film educator in Los Angeles, to talk about the musical and what it has to say to us about current events! Avril brings a wonderful perspective to the conversation – she is a current 2020 Sundance Momentum Fellow, has produced several feature films, and was formerly a professor of film at Howard University. For more information, contact Ryan Dobson at ryan@westwoodumc.org.
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BURYING WHITE PRIVILEGE – A POC BOOK STUDY
Sunday, July 5th (12pm) via Zoom
The People of Color Theology (POCT) group is currently reading and discussing Miguel A. De La Torre’s poignant and timely book “Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity.“ Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre currently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. All are welcome and encouraged to join this fascinating conversation. Please read Chapter 3 entitled “Maintaining and Sustaining Self-Deception” for our July 5th discussion. Email Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org for information.
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“GOD TALK” with Rev. Dr. John Holbert & Reg Gipson, JD.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays – Next Class: July 7th (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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EASTSIDE GROUP
Wednesday, July 8th (7pm) via Zoom
For the Zoom access link, contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@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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VBS – REGISTER YOUR CHILD NOW!
Starting the Week of July 12th for Four Weeks

This year, Westwood Kids is offering a special way for our congregation to build relationships during this “safer at home” time. Instead of Vacation Bible School…we’re hosting Virtual Bible Stories! Envision an older adult from our congregation (with a Ministry Safe background check) paired with your child for a weekly Zoom connection of 10-15 minutes where they’ll develop a cross-generational friendship and learn more about the Bible for four weeks (day/time that works in your schedule). It’s short. It’s fun. It’s personal. It’s constructive. It’s worth your time. And it’s just what the doctor ordered for our church community this summer!  We would love for all children (4 years old to those going into 5th grade) to participate in this awesome VBS if possible! PARENTS – please contact Pastor Diana at diana@westwoodumc.org by Tuesday, July 7th to indicate if your child can participate, and be sure to let her know if you have a special friend you’d like your child to be paired up with.
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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY

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We made it halfway through 2020. This has been an especially big week for me: July 1 marks my one-year anniversary as Senior Pastor here at Westwood Church. I have to say, this has been a year full of much more than I expected; I have to assume it’s the same for you. I remain deeply grateful for the privilege of being your pastor during this time. In the midst of so much change and challenge, I’m ever more aware that our work together matters.
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I’m also aware of my deep gratitude and excitement about our incredible staff. The beautiful gifts and deep commitments of the staff who have continued from before I came to the church are so rich, and I am enthusiastic about the new folks who have joined our team or stepped into new roles over this past year.
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Terence Hagans arrived as a new Pastor last month, and has jumped in to the challenges of meeting and leading our Loft congregation with energy and care. I cannot overstate how grateful I am to work with him. I am also excited about the gifts Josh Lopez-Reyes brings to our work–he’s shifting roles with Terence’s arrival, but remaining committed to helping us love out the call to become what Martin Luther King, Jr called “Beloved Community,” sharing in mutual work for justice. Ryan Dobson continues to create meaningful connections with our youth in creative new ways, and Diana Holbert and her children’s ministry team are innovating ways to share God’s love with our kids. (As one fantastic example, you’ll read more about the radical, new ways she’s set up “VBS” this summer…) The diversity of this team–in gifts, skills, gender, race, sexual orientation, and age–is such a blessing.
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And, we get to work with amazing team members, many of whom were already in place when I arrived. I won’t list them all; I trust that you’re able to see some of them in your mind as you think of our incredible musicians, dedicated children’s ministry staff, office staff, communicators, sextons and more. Plus, our volunteers, who keep ministries running–our faithful finance department, leaders of small groups, members of our leadership committees, lay leaders and others.
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I’ve been reflecting on the values that this congregation carries: of open-minded and open-hearted welcome for all people, of deep and thoughtful engagement with our faith and the world, of genuine care for one another. I am excited to get to be your pastor as we continue to let those values lead us forward.
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This Sunday, we’ll be celebrating Holy Communion in our online worship (both from The Loft and The Sanctuary). I invite you to gather elements that you can use from your help to share this sacrament–some bread or bread product, and a cup filled with juice, wine or other drink that comes from the earth. The communion liturgy reminds us of our belonging together in the one body of Christ. Especially as we are physically separated, this sacrament comes as a particular gift that overcomes our isolation and reminds us that we belong together–not only in this Westwood Church community, but in the whole of Christ’s church. Thanks be to God.
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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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