Sunday, April 5th (9:45am) The Loft FB Live (click here)
Join Pastor Diana for an engaging teaching for kids and families – available via livestream on Facebook. . THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, April 5th (10am) Westwood FB Live (click here) “What Will You Give?” – Rev. Darin Arntson
Join the livestream from our beautiful sanctuary. Click here to download the worship guide. . THE LOFT GATHERING
Sunday, April 5th (10am) The Loft FB Live (click here) “Nothing Is Normal” – Bo Sanders and The Loft community
Palm Sunday teaching, conversation, and an experiment in online communion. (Have your own bread and juice/tea/coffee ready.) . THE LOFT CONVERSATION
Sunday, April 5th (Immediately After the Gathering) via Zoom
Connect and discuss the themes touched on during the Sunday livestream. All are welcome. Hosted by Pastor Molly. Contact email@example.com for the Zoom link. . FOLLOW UP
Sunday, April 5th (11am-12noon) via Zoom “Palm Sunday” – Rev. Dr. John Holbert
What exactly is going on in this famous parade? Why is Jesus on a donkey? What are the crowds saying about him, and what do they mean by it? Why are the four Gospels so different in their portrayals of the event? Grab one of your homebound Bibles, and let’s dig into these texts. Trivia question: which Gospel speaks of palms? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. . BREAD FOR THE RESISTANCE
Sunday, April 5th (11:30pm) via Zoom
Led by the People of Color Theology Group, this group is reading a 40 day devotional book entitled “Bread for the Resistance: Forty Devotions for Justice People.” Everyone is welcome. Contact email@example.com for the Zoom link. . GRAPPLE LUNCH
Sunday, March 29th via Zoom 12:00-1:30pm – All Grades
Join other Grapplers as we eat “together” via video conference call. For the Zoom access link, contact Ryan Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org. . WESTWOOD KIDS CHECK-IN
Sunday, March 29th (1-1:30pm) via Zoom
Join Pastor Diana and connect with other Westwood Kids! For the Zoom access link, contact Diana at email@example.com. . CHANCEL CHOIR CHECK IN
Thursdays (7:30-9:30pm) via Zoom
For the Zoom access link, contact Andrew Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org. . LOFT GROUPS
Some groups are meeting online. Contact email@example.com for questions. . COFFEE AND KAREEM NETFLIX WATCH PARTY
Friday, April 3rd (8pm)
Join us online tonight to watch the premiere of “Coffee & Kareem” – an inept Detroit cop must team up with his girlfriend’s foul-mouthed young son when their first crack at bonding time uncovers a criminal conspiracy (rated TV-MA for language and violence). Click here for a helpful article explaining how to use Netflix Party. Remember to download the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome and to use your computer to participate. Once you download the NP extension, CLICK HERE for the link to the movie at 8pm tonight. For questions, contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
HOLY WEEK EVENTS & RESOURCES
EVENING PRAYER – TUESDAY & MAUNDY THURSDAY
Tuesdays & Thursdays (6pm) Facebook Live
Join Pastor Darin Arntson each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6pm for a short time of Scripture reading and prayer in the Westwood Church Community Group Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/westwood.umc (If you’re not already a member, simply click the link and request to join.) .
SEVEN MOVEMENTS OF GRIEF
Holy Week Book of Prayers featuring art by Deborah Chi
In this online Book of Prayer, you will find one of Deborah’s paintings, alongside a scripture passage from Holy Week and a short description that invites you to consider connections between gospel, image, and life. Visit the pages all at once, or read one page each day through Holy Week. Let yourself be drawn to images and ideas that resonate with you. Notice where you are experiencing these emotions. Spend as much time with each image and idea as you’re able. Write in a journal, sit in silence, talk with a friend. Click here to access the book and accompanying family resources. .
EASTER ONLINE AT WESTWOOD
Join us for three online experiences on Easter Sunday at Westwood Church. All will be streamed at www.EasterAtWestwood.com. . CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – 9:45am
Join us for a special Easter message for kids by Pastor Diana Holbert. . The SANCTUARY – 10am
Experience a traditional Easter service with an inspiring message by Pastor Molly Vetter, liturgy, music, and resounding organ. . The LOFT – 10am
Experience Easter with our innovative, inclusive, conversational community. Even in the Bible, we get four versions of the story; join Pastor Molly Vetter and three Loft leaders to hear four more. .
A NOTE FROM PASTOR MOLLY
This is definitely the strangest week before Holy Week of my 19 years as a pastor; there’s a familiar level of busyness as we work out details for all these once-a-year celebrations, but everything else feels strange. .
In a phone conversation this morning, I recognized the awkwardness of even familiar, every day greetings. “How are you?” becomes an uncomfortable question, as I acknowledge that I’m both weary and heavy from the burdens and concerns of this pandemic and very keenly aware of the gift of small joys I was in the habit of taking for granted. .
This Palm Sunday, we won’t gather in the sanctuary to wave palm branches together. From our separate homes, though, I suspect some of us will be crying “Hosanna!” with even more feeling than usual. I’ve often lost the significance of the meaning of the word, as I smile to see beautiful children annually reenact Jesus entry into Jerusalem; “Hosanna!” is a cry to God that means “Save us!” .
Crying “Hosanna,” then, is as good of a prayer as I know to offer: it’s an acknowledgement that we need help, it speaks to our being a part of a complex global community that we can’t alone control, it honors our human limitation and mortality. .
Through the imperfect medium of the internet, we invite you to join us for online worship this weekend, so we can sing “Hosanna!” together. Our worship is streaming “live” on Facebook, and is available to watch anytime afterwards, too. (This week, we’ll embed the video link directly on our website, too, in hopes that will make it easier to access for folks who don’t use Facebook.) I encourage you to share it with a friend who might be feeling more isolated than usual, or be looking for a grace-filled, open-hearted church with whom to worship in this strange time. .
I have been delighted by how good if feels to watch live together–to see the names of friends who are watching with me at the same time, and to be reminded that we really are in this together. I am grateful for the creative ways we’re figuring out to be community together. Thank you. .
grace and peace,