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Sunday Gatherings

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SUMMER LOFT
Sunday, June 20th (10:30am) In Person at The Loft

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There is no time like now to join the conversation in The Loft! This Sunday, Pastor Molly invites us into reflection about who we are and why our conversation matters.
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THE SANCTUARY – HEARTS OPEN WIDE
Sunday, June 20th (9:30am) In Person and via Facebook Live

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In the midst of challenge and change, the Gospel reminds us of its power to speak into every storm. Instead of retreating into ourselves or setting ourselves against one another, Christ’s love dares us to live with hearts wide open.

Watch Sunday worship from previous weeks on our YouTube account or listen to our worship podcast.


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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

WILL THE REAL GOD OF THE UNIVERSE PLEASE STAND UP?
Six Week Study on the Book of Job
Tuesday, June 22nd (7pm) via Zoom

The biblical book of Job is a complex, richly entertaining, and hugely challenging book that has generated myriad meanings over the centuries, some quite simple and others both contentious and downright inscrutable. Led by Rev. Dr. John Holbert, this class will read the entire 42 chapters in six Zoom sessions. Unfortunately we won’t have time to share all the wonderful details of the piece, but we will attempt to get a sense of the whole tale. You will definitely need a Bible handy, in a translation of your own choosing. When it comes to Job, translation is an immense struggle, given the very difficult Hebrew the book presents. Still, it can be read, and we will do just that. The study will end each session at 8:15pm to provide opportunity for questions and conversation. Everyone is welcome! Click here to download and read “A Guide to the Book of Job” by Rev. Dr. John Holbert. Click here to watch the previous weeks. Zoom link is available in your enews or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, June 27th (12noon) via Zoom

Starting in the month of June, we will be highlighting AAPI voices with Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s book entitled “Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love.” Please do your best to have chapters 2 and 3 read by our meeting. We will not be meeting on the first Sunday of July due to the holiday weekend. However, we will be back to our regular schedule starting August 1st. ALL ARE WELCOME to be a part of these important conversations! Zoom link is available in your enews or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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SUMMER ORGAN CONCERTS
Sunday, July 11th, July 18th, August 8th (3pm)
In Person and via Facebook Live

Join us for four 60-minute concerts by world-class organists performing on the landmark Shaffer Memorial Organ in a magnificent cathedral setting. FREE ADMISSION – www.SummerOrganConcerts.com
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MID-DAY PRAYER SERVICE
Tuesdays and Thursdays (12noon) via Facebook Live
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 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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JOB OPENING – YOUTH DIRECTOR
Westwood United Methodist Church seeks a part-time Director of Youth Ministry, to enable and oversee all aspects of youth programming and the spiritual growth of youth (Grade 6 through High School) in our congregation for the sake of helping them grow mature in faith through service, worship, study and fellowship. Click here for more information.
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RE-OPENING OUR CAMPUS
Our Re-Opening Team is working on details and plans so that we can return to campus this summer; we hope to resume in-person activities sometime in June. We also anticipate continuing to offer opportunities for worship, learning and community online. Alongside our reopening plan, we anticipate some changes to our Sunday schedule, including shifts in the time of our worship gatherings. Our thanks to Church Council members Jo Schiff, Eli Reynolds, Tom Burkhard and Rachel Gipson for working with Pastor Molly and the rest of our staff on this plan; our prayers are with them as they consider the impact on all the people involved as well as those who we hope to reach outside our congregation.
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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Starting this coming week, our church office will be open Tuesday – Friday from 9am-1pm. Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others.
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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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This Sunday, we get to welcome our congregation back to campus for worship in The Sanctuary and The Loft, and for children’s ministry and Grapple group. I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you there. If you’re able and ready, I hope you’ll consider coming–there is such gift in getting to share the same physical space. We are embodied humans, and there’s power in being in one another’s presence. Our church campus is a beautiful, sacred space, a spacious place in which we are privileged to connect to God and one another.
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I know, though, that some of us won’t be able to gather: our community includes some who have not been vaccinated, others who cannot develop antibodies, and still others who cannot be vaccinated. We include people who are off traveling, or not feeling well, or homebound. Some in our congregation live far away. I’m grateful for all the ways we’ll continue to offer online participation in the life of our church. The Sanctuary Gathering will be shared via livestream on our Facebook page. The Loft Podcast will share our center conversation. You can log in to John Holbert’s class on the Book of Job, and Mid-Day Prayers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Please note that we will continue to take extra precautions to guard the health of the whole community: we ask you to wear a mask when you’re at the church, and we will still refrain from eating and drinking, and congregational singing. Our Children’s Ministry will meet outdoors, with masks and social distancing. I ask you to greet one another with a wave, and to be considerate in asking permission before hugging or shaking hands with anyone else.
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I’m grateful for your help in proceeding with care and caution as we move into this next stage of our life together. None of us has done this before–we are all in new territory as we figure out how to be together. I’m glad we can do it as a community.
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I am also grateful to be able to take a vacation starting next week; I’ll be away from June 24 to July 5. I’m thrilled for the preachers who will be here while I’m gone: John Holbert and Jane Voigts in The Sanctuary, and Christopher Carter in The Loft. All three of them are people who’ve been influential to me, and I look forward to what they will offer to our community.
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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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