SAVOR LIFE THIS LENT
This Lent, God beckons us toward deeper attentiveness of the divine presence in our midst. It gives life here, now. We encourage you to notice signs of beauty, kindness, mercy, and joy. And, we invite you to share them with others. There are lots of ways to do this, personally or publicly; we hope you will consider sharing some of them online and tag them with #savorlife and #westwoodumc. You can take a photo or write a haiku or sing a Psalm–there’s no wrong way to do this!
SEEKING ARTISTS TO #PrayForLA
We are working with several other congregations in LA to create and display (on our campuses and online) art images and accompanying text as prayer stations for sharing grief during the Covid-19 pandemic. We seek artists to respond to words of prayer from our memorial service liturgy, and to the Covid-19 pandemic. This effort is inspired by the invitation to #PrayForLA, issued by the Crenshaw Dairy Mary. If you are interested in participating or knowing more, please contact Pastor Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUEST SPEAKER – DR. MONICA A. COLEMAN
Sunday, February 28th (10am) via Zoom
Monica A. Coleman is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware. She spent over ten years in graduate theological education at Claremont School of Theology and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Answering her call to ministry at age 19, Dr. Coleman brings her experiences in evangelical Christianity, black church traditions, global ecumenical work, and indigenous spirituality to her discussions of religion. Dr. Coleman is the author or editor of six books and several articles that focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social and philosophical issues. Her memoir Bipolar Faith shares her life-long dance with trauma and depression, and how she discovers a new and liberating vision of God. Her book Making a Way Out of No Way is required reading at leading theological schools around the country. Dr. Coleman speaks widely on navigating change, religious diversity, mental wellness, and surviving sexual and domestic violence.
STAND WITH WORKERS AT CHATEAU MARMONT
You are invited to sign on to an advocacy campaign regarding unjust labor practices at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, from Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). CLUE advocates for workplaces that are free from abuse and that recognize and elevate the dignity and humanity of all people. Learn more and take action today, at www.bit.ly/pledgechateau.
PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, March 7th (12pm) via Zoom
Led by Joe Aumentado, the People of Color Theology Group will be reading and discussing “The Black Trans Prayer Book“, an interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditation, spells, and incantations of Black Trans and Non-Binary people. Here’s a link to a short video of J Mase III, one of the editors and contributors of TBTPB. Here, he speaks on the intersection of faith and social justice, and the spiritual realities of black trans people. Give it a watch if you’d like to learn a bit more about the book and the reasons for its creation. All are welcome and encouraged to join this fascinating conversation. For more information, contact Pastor Terence Hagans at email@example.com.
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSIONAL – FILMING
Saturday, March 13th (10am) Westwood Church
Clear your calendars! All children and parents are invited to participate in the filming of our Palm Sunday processional, which will be used in our worship services on March 28th. Please meet at the Warner entrance, and wear Easter clothes if you like!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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.)