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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29th LIVESTREAMS

THE LOFT LIVE – Sunday at 10am

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WESTWOOD KIDS – Sunday at 9:45am

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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

THANKSGIVING OFFERING
We invite you to make a special offering to the church this Thanksgiving, as an expression of gratitude to God. You can give to our Thanksgiving Offering online or by mail.
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2021 GIVING GOAL
We encourage you to set a financial giving goal for 2021, as our Stewardship and Finance Committee works to set a budget for our ministries and mission. You can submit your Giving Goal by mail or online. Click here to set your giving goal.
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FOLLOW UP
Sunday, November 29th (11am) via Zoom

Pastor Molly will host a Follow Up on Sunday, where you will be invited into several small group conversations, for further conversation about our scripture passages from worship this week. If you need the Zoom link, it is available in your weekly e-news or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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SCATTERED FOR SERVICE – ONLINE
November 29th – December 20th

Shop online for family and friends at the ultimate Advent Giving Marketplace with two types of Christmas gifts available: Impact Gifts – make a donation to an organization impacting our world, and receive a personalized card to give. Fair Trade Gifts – purchase a wide variety of certified fair trade and sustainable products from all over the globe. Shop now at www.ScatteredForService.com.
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BIPOC HEALING CIRCLE
Monday, November 30th (7pm) via Zoom

In honor of Indigenous Heritage Month and Family Stories Month, we will converse about land sovereignty and solidarity within the context of our holiday cultural traditions. Here are some of the artists that will be performing during our time of ancestral celebration and communal eating: Kenny Copeland Jr. is an actor and poet from Los Angeles, CA. He is also a life lifelong Christian with a passion for creativity and community activism through art. Nadi Nevarro and Josue Nevarro are LA-based singer-songwriter duo called NSWAY. They are known in the LA suburban independent music scene for integrating spirituality with social activism. To create a brave space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), the BIPOC Healing Community is for ‘self-identified’ BIPOC only. White allies, friends, and family are asked to respect the intention for this group by not attending. Please check the weekly e-news and our social media platforms for other events. If interested, PLEASE CLICK HERE for more information.
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GOD TALK
Tuesday, December 1st (11am) via Zoom

Join Rev. Dr. John Holbert and Reg Gipson, JD as they lead this twice-a-month study. How has our Christian church understood the Virgin Birth in the past, and how do we think about the Virgin Birth today? God, Mary, Jesus, you, and me. What, if anything, is important to keep in mind as we consider if and how Jesus is related to God, and the impact of this on if and how we are related to Jesus, to God, and to each other? Everyone is welcome! For the Zoom link, check your weekly e-news or contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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WESTWOOD GROUP
Tuesday, December 1st (7:30pm) via Zoom
Contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org for more information or the Zoom link.
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EASTSIDE GROUP
Wednesday, December 2nd (7pm) via Zoom
Contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org for more information or the Zoom link.
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CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
Sunday, December 6th (3pm) via Facebook

The Westwood United Methodist Church Sanctuary Music Program presents “Carols of Christmas Past.” Join us online for an afternoon of music celebrating the Christmas season with Grammy award-winning harpist, Alison Bjorkedal, chamber ensemble Mixtape, and carol sing-a-longs led by Westwood UMC organist Yoojung Chung on the Shaffer Memorial Organ. Led by Director of Sanctuary Music, Andrew Schultz, the program will also include features by our Chancel Choir Section Leaders, guest pianist Dr. Joshua Tan, and highlights of the wonderful history of choral music at Westwood UMC. This program is made possible by Westwood UMC Friends of Sanctuary Music. Consider becoming a “friend” at www.westwoodumc.org/give and selecting Friends of Sanctuary Music.
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PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, December 6th (12noon) via Zoom

All are welcome to join us for our next book, The Brown Church by the Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero, a professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA, immigration lawyer and pastor. Contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org for the Zoom link.
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POSADA CARD OUTREACH
Cards Must Arrive by December 6th

This Christmas season we are partnering with our colleagues from the Echo Park Refugee Welcome Center (EPRWC) to gather at least 80 Christmas cards/Target gift cards to distribute among refugees in the greater Los Angeles community. You are welcome to send the Christmas card/s and gift card/s together or separately. Cards can be written in English or Spanish. Although sending a card is less relational than our previous outreach efforts, it is the safest way to show our love and solidarity during this time. Please send cards to the church office – Westwood UMC (Attn: Posada Card Outreach), 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. You can also drop off cards at the church foyer/main entrance from 11am-2pm on Sundays, November 29th and December 6th. The refugee individuals vary in age from children to adults. Most have migrated from Central America fleeing violence and political turmoil. Some are here in seeking asylum and others are looking for better economic opportunities. This outreach effort will help to remind our refugee neighbors that they are not alone during this difficult time of isolation and uncertainty. It will also help the EPRWC to build relationships and connections with the refugees as they initiate their Welcome Center in January 2021 to offer legal aid clinics, educational/vocational training, mental health resources, and spiritual community. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.
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VIRTUAL POSADA
Friday, December 11th (7-8pm) via Zoom

All are welcome to join the bilingual virtual Posada, a Latinx tradition which commemorates the Christmas story when Mary and Joseph found refuge to birth the child of God. This virtual gathering will be a recontextualization of the Posada tradition by highlighting some of social realities that refugees face today and culminate with reflections about Christmas from the perspective of some of the refugee families that we are gathering Christmas cards for. To RSVP for the virtual Posada or if you have any questions, please contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.
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CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Thursday, December 24th via Facebook

5pm – Children’s Pageant and Candlelight Worship
8pm – Christmas Eve Carols and Candlelight
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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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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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Getting ready for Advent this year, I find myself deeply grateful for so many things. The limitations on our activities during this pandemic have heightened my gratitude for simple things: for the gift of community, for the peace that comes through prayer, for the beauty of music.
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I feel especially grateful for the incredible music that is a part of our church; even when we have to connect to it online, music has such power to create transcendent space during our worship. What a rich blessing, in these days when we need to stay separate from one another.
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During Advent, our worship will include poetry, too–our Grapple Group is creating video interpretations of Maya Angelou poems for each week between now and Christmas. Like music, her poetry opens up a gracious space for contemplation and connection. I hope you will join us as we gather in The Loft and The Sanctuary, enriched by this beauty.
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I pray that you are able to receive the gifts of prayer, music, poetry and contemplation this season. May this strange Advent be an opening for Christ’s love to arrive in your heart and home, and our community and world.
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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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