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Sunday Gatherings

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SUMMER LOFT
“Being and Becoming” – Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter
Sunday, July 25th (10:30am) In Person at The Loft

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Dr. Carter leads The Loft gathering again as we continue our summer series, in exploration of who we are, who we are called to be, and how we get there. This week, we go deeper in exploration of practices of self-compassion, drawing wisdom from Dr. Howard Thurman.
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THE SANCTUARY
“Wider, Longer, Higher Deeper” – Rev. Molly Vetter
Sunday, July 25th (9:30am) In Person and via Facebook Live

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Click here to download the Worship Guide.

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This Sunday, Jesus’ miraculous feeding of a multitude of people and a prayer from Ephesians invite us to ponder and celebrate God, whose sustaining grace surpasses our ability to comprehend.


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


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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

SANCTUARY ALTAR FLOWERS
Ever thought about sponsoring the flowers on the altar? It’s a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one, celebrate a special event or milestone, or just make the Sanctuary space more beautiful! Cost is $85. You can even partner with a friend, committee, or other church group to help defray the cost. For more info or to sign up for a specific Sunday, please con­tact Sabrina Simmons at 310.474.451 or sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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SUMMER ORGAN CONCERTS
Sunday, July 25th, 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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PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, August 1st (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.” 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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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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As Covid infection rates increase again, I encourage you (if you haven’t already) to get vaccinated. I also encourage you to be proactive about wearing masks, and choosing when and how to be present with other people.
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While I’m grateful to be able to gather together in person for worship, I also encourage you to be thoughtful in making choices about how you will be involved in our church community at this time–we welcome your engagement online or in person.
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The Sanctuary Gathering is shared online via livestream on our Facebook page–you can participate with us at 9:30am on Sundays, or watch later; we upload recordings of worship to our YouTube account, as well.
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The Loft Gathering is recorded, and the readings, prayers, and center conversation are shared through our podcast; you can listen in and join conversation from wherever you are.
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Our Children’s Ministry offers Sunday school during each of our worship gatherings; there is a Time with Children included during the Sanctuary Gathering, and we encourage families who choose not to join us in person now to watch those lessons together!
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Whether you participate in our worship in person or online, please know that you are a valued part of our congregation; we honor the divine image in you, and believe that you have precious gifts to offer others as we seek to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God, together.
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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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