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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 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, September 27th (9:45am) Facebook / Website

Join Ms. Deanna to hear the story of how God gives Moses the ten best ways for God’s people to live together, now known as The Ten Commandments. You will even hear the footsteps of the people as they continue their journey through the desert, and then discover the true heart of the story.
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THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, September 27th (10am) Facebook / Website
“Salvation, Together” – Rev. Molly Vetter
As our scripture describes and celebrates Christ Jesus, it becomes a clear reference point in our disorienting time, giving us direction about how to live our salvation in Christ, together.
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FOLLOW UP
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Small Accountability Groups
Sunday, September 27th (11am) via Zoom

Drawing from our Methodist roots, we encourage you to participate during Follow Up in a small accountability group for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. We will begin all together for a short time with Pastor Molly, and then divide up into several small groups–meeting with the same group of people over the four Sundays of September. Each week, you’ll check in with each other for encouragement, mutual accountability and prayer. The Zoom link is available in your weekly e-news or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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THE LOFT GATHERING
Sunday, September 27th (10am) Facebook / Website
“Blending In or Speaking Out: Assimilation, Passing, and White Silence”
This Sunday, we’ll be concluding our Dismantling White Supremacy series by engaging scripture and conversations on “Blending In or Speaking Out: Assimilation, Passing, and White Silence” with Matthew Lum, Mari Baldwin, Kathleen Rodgers, and Pastor Terence Hagans.
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THE LOFT CONVERSATION
Sunday, September 27th (11am) via Zoom
Connect and discuss the themes touched on during the Sunday livestream. All are welcome. Hosted by Pastor Terence Hagans. The Zoom link is available in your weekly e-news or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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THE LOFT GOES LIVE
Starting on Sunday, October 4th (10am) via Zoom

The Loft will be kicking off a new live, interactive service format on Zoom that will replace our current, pre-recorded Facebook streaming services. Come join us for new music, an engaging dialogue with Pastor Molly and Pastor Terence, and live breakout conversations with fellow members of The Loft community. The Zoom link is in the weekly enews email, or you can contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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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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WESTWOOD GROUP
Tuesday, September 29th (7:30pm) via Zoom
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EASTSIDE GROUP
Wednesday, September 30th (7pm) via Zoom
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WE NEED YOUR RECIPES
Deadline to submit – October 17th

We are compiling an All Church Cookbook sponsored by the Children and Youth departments…..but it’s for all ages! Our very own Westwood UMC cookbook is for cooks throughout our church. But we need YOU — all of you! Submit to Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org by October 17th. Please support our Westwood Kids (nursery to 5th grade) AND the Grapplers (6th-12th grades) by submitting recipes. And for children, please submit drawings of food or people eating together. You might just get a prize for being the first one to get these in! The Fall Festival began with Pastor John Woodall, so we’re hoping he and his family will offer a few of their prize recipes, too.
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BIPOC HEALING CIRCLE
Monday, September 28th (7pm) via Zoom

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, this month’s guest speaker will be Erica Rey, a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, founding member of the Dancing Diaspora Collective, and organizer with the immigrant rights movement. 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 enews and our social media platforms for other events. If interested, PLEASE CLICK HERE for more information.
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PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, October 4th (12noon) via Zoom
All are welcome to join us for our next book, The Brown Church by the Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero. Robert, is a professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA, an immigration lawyer and pastor. If you are able, please read the Introduction to Chapter 3 before our October 4th gathering. To receive the Zoom link, contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.
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PRAYER?!?! GROUP
Monday, October 5th (7pm) via Zoom

1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month
During these difficult times filled with fear and unknown, it’s helpful to talk to each other and to God. For many people, prayer has been used as a weapon to shame or exclude. Some feel strange praying corporately, some even feel awkward praying alone. We promise not to make anyone pray out loud in this group! 🙂 If you are able, order the book, Scared Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton. We’ll be using it as a guide for these intriguing conversations. ALL are welcome! Contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org for more information. To receive the Zoom 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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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY

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I want to acknowledge and give thanks for the 101 people who have signed onto our 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Today is day 20. I’ve been heartened by the honest, difficult conversations about race, power and privilege that I’ve been able to be a part of during this time, and pray that this work will continue.
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Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and the other creators of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge designed it to help us build a habit–of seeking greater understanding and of listening to more voices. For me, these 21 days have required opening myself to perceive the experiences of others.
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My spirit has been especially heavy this week, from news that continues to break my heart; increasingly, this heaviness comes not only because of things that affect me directly, but because of their impact on others. Having listened to the words and stories of Black mothers whose children have been killed by police, I cannot read announcements from Kentucky’s attorney general without thinking of Breonna Taylor’s grieving mother, Tamika Palmer.
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It doesn’t always feel this way, but I’m aware that this sadness is a sign of hope; this heartbreak comes because of the shared gift of compassion. We are better humans, and more faithful to Christ, when we are able to experience sorrow with those who mourn. If we want to have hope of sharing in Beloved Community, we have to be ready to sit with one another in grief.
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I’m aware that so many of us are struggling these days, from the traumas of racism, grief, job loss, loss of security, and more. I’d like to ask your help: can you do something this week to reach out to someone else? Whether it’s a phone call or socially distant visit, a card or a delivered meal, can you offer intentional compassion to at least one person this week?
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I pray that you would know the gift of divine love, present with you where you are. May you experience the space held open for you.
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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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