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THE LOFT ONLINE

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While we all stay safer at home, The Loft community invites you to join us for online conversation and engagement. Click here to join us on Sundays at 10am for our live, interactive conversations each week via Zoom.
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We also upload parts of the Sunday Loft conversation, so you can catch them any time, here on our website and on Facebook. Plus, find our Mid-Week Drop on our Facebook page and Instagram.

THE LOFT LIVE – Sunday at 10am

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WESTWOOD KIDS – Sunday at 9:45am

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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

GOD TALK – Starting Over
Tuesday, January 19th (7pm) via Zoom
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

How will we and the world be both different and the same after COVID loosens its grip? Are there biblical resources that offer insights about moving forward after disasters? Can we go back to “normal,” or might there be a “new normal,” a better normal calling to us? Time for some future speculation! Join Rev. Dr. John Holbert and Reg Gipson, JD as they lead this twice-a-month study. Everyone is welcome! The Zoom link is available in your weekly e-news or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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ANNUAL CHURCH CHARGE CONFERENCE
Tuesday, January 27th (7pm) via Zoom

This annual meeting gives us an opportunity to formally elect leaders for our administrative committees, report in on our ministries, support candidates for ordained ministry, and more. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Nakagawa, will preside. The meeting is open to all, and all church members have a vote in our proceedings. The Zoom link is available in your weekly e-news or by contacting Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org.
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PEOPLE OF COLOR THEOLOGY GROUP
Sunday, February 7th (12pm) via Zoom
Led by Bryan M. Montano-Maceda and 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. All are welcome and encouraged to join this fascinating conversation. For more information, contact Pastor Terence Hagans at terence@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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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 weekend, as our nation celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, we are painfully aware that there is still so much to do to dismantle the destructive power of racism in our communities and nation. This moment in the world holds incredible challenge, as we try to be compassionate community while staying separate from one another; it’s hard to navigate this time of isolation and heart-breaking losses.
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The coronavirus pandemic has exaggerated inequalities in our economy, our health care system, our schools, and more. As we all bear the accumulating grief of this season, it can be hard to feel hopeful about what will come next.
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In this political moment, I feel like I’m holding my breath, trying to make it through this space between last week’s siege on the Capitol in Washington, DC, and next week’s inauguration; I know that whatever these next few days hold, there will be so much work to be done in coming weeks and months, as we seek to repair harm and build a world that reflects the values we have yet to embody fully.
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I am finding courage in the words of MLK today, listening to the “Give Us the Ballot” speech he gave in May of 1957. I offer these words from the end of the speech as an invitation to keep going, today:
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“I conclude by saying that each of us must keep faith in the future. Let us not despair. Let us realize that as we struggle for justice and freedom, we have cosmic companionship. This is the long faith of the Hebraic-Christian tradition: that God is not some Aristotelian “unmoved mover” who merely contemplates upon Himself. He is not merely a self-knowing God, but an other-loving God, forever working through history for the establishment of His kingdom.
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“And those of us who call the name of Jesus Christ find something of an event in our Christian faith that tells us this. There is something in our faith that says to us, ‘Never despair; never give up; never feel that the cause of righteousness and justice is doomed.’ There is something in our Christian faith, at the center of it, which says to us that Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the drums of Easter.”
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In this difficult time for our world, as we press on toward justice and beloved community, may we do so with confidence and joy, claiming a power of divine love greater even than death.
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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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