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Sunday Gatherings

KidsAlright_v8b

THE LOFT
“Are The Kids Alright?” – Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter
Sunday, October 17th (10:30am) In Person at The Loft

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This week we will begin our new sermon series Are the Kids Alright? This series will explore how difficult the past year and a half has been for some of the most vulnerable among us – kids. This Sunday Rev. Dr. Carter will be speaking with Regan Williams and Kristi Salmeron Meneses about the impact the past year has had on children and young adults from the margins, particularly those in foster care. Distance learning, recreational activities canceled, masking at school (or not), arguments about critical race theory: our young people are dealing with so much, probably too much. What short term impact might the pandemic have on them? And what might we do to compassionately attend to their needs? Join us as we spend the next few weeks discerning Are the Kids Alright?

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THE SANCTUARY
“Toward Our Common Good: Reenvision” – Rev. Molly Vetter
Sunday, October 17th (9:30am) In Person and via Facebook Live

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Click here to download the Worship Guide.

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Jesus’ teachings help us prioritize compassion and justice. They also require us to reenvision what leadership looks like: following Christ requires humble care-giving.

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


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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

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REFRAME – POSTER EXHIBIT
“REFRAME,” a poster campaign from Amplifier, features twelve visionary leaders who are working to restore our faith in each other. The REFRAME posters are currently hanging in our Sanctuary narthex, on the gallery wall near the bathrooms. Each art poster depicts one person who is contributing to conversation for our common good. Click here to read more about these twelve leaders and about the artists who designed the posters. Download the Amplifier AR app on your smartphone to access Augmented Reality when viewing the posters to see videos featuring the voices of each of these leaders.
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LA AGO MEMBER’S RECITAL
Monday, October 18th at Westwood Church
6:30pm – Reception in the Courtyard
7:30pm – Recital in The Sanctuary

Join the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on Monday, October 18th as they kick off their 2021-2022 season with a members’ recital hosted by Westwood Church. Our very own Yoojung Chung will be featured in recital with other LAAGO members Nicholas Galinaitis and Thompson Howell. The Members Recital is open to the public, and we invite Westwood Church to join with AGO members and colleagues as you enjoy an outdoor beverage-only reception prior to the recital from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The recital begins at 7:30pm. Masks are required throughout the Westwood Church premises and must be worn at all times when not actively drinking a beverage. Free parking is available in the parking structure adjacent to the church beneath Belmont Village. Visit www.laago.org for additional information.
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LOFTBALLERS SOFTBALL – COME WATCH THE TEAM!
Monday, October 18th (7:30pm)
Cheviot Hills Rec Center (2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles)
All are invited to come out and cheer on the Loftballers Softball Team as they play against other churches and synagogues in this interfaith league. All games are played at 7:30pm on Mondays at Cheviot Hills Rec Center – 2551 Motor Ave., LA 90064. Click for a list of upcoming games!
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GUEST PREACHER – REV. DR. SHARON RHODES-WICKETT
Sunday, October 24th (9:30am) The Sanctuary

Join us for worship as we welcome back former WUMC Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett. Currently in retired relationship with the California-Pacific Conference, she previously served in ministry at Claremont UMC (Claremont, CA), Westwood UMC (Westwood, CA), and Santa Clarita UMC (Santa Clarita, CA), among other local churches. In addition, she served as District Superintendent of the Long Beach District for four years, leading an area known for its great diversity and strong ministry potential. She earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Claremont School of Theology.
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SANCTUARY SESSIONS
Sunday, October 24th (3pm) The Sanctuary
Free Admission: In-person & Livestream

Violinist Liana Branscome presents an afternoon of the great works for solo violin. She will play Partita No. 2 in D minor by J.S. Bach, which includes his iconic Chaconne, the centerpiece of his solo violin writing, followed by the passionate Sonata No. 4 in E minor by Eugene Ysaÿe, written as an homage to Bach. Also on the program are virtuosic works by Fritz Kreisler and Jessie Montgomery. She will be joined by pianist William Chiang for W. A. Mozart’s Sonata in E minor for Piano and Violin, which, like Bach’s Chaconne, is a journey of grief and acceptance after the death of Mozart’s mother. Together these works will take us on a journey of triumph and hope. Please wear a mask if attending in person. Click here to learn more!
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ALL SAINTS’ DAY
Sunday, October 31st (9:30am) The Sanctuary

On All Saints Day, we give thanks to God for all those who have gone before us, remembering and celebrating their influence on our lives. If you lost a loved one this year, and would like to include them in our All Saints litany and worship guide, please contact Sabrina Simmons at sabrina@westwoodumc.org by Thursday, October 28th. You are also invited to bring mementos (photos, an object, a written page) of your saints and loved ones to place on an altar during worship on that day. Items may be retrieved at the end of the worship gathering.
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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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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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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 in The Loft, we begin a new three-week series, “Are the Kids Alright?” Inspired by a recent study by the California Partners Project, our conversations center the needs of young people in our communities, as we listen more closely to the ways they have been shaped by pandemic and social isolation. We believe this wellbeing of children matters not only to those of us who are parents, but to everyone. We look forward to hearing from community members who are dedicated to work with foster children and in mental health, and to hearing from some of our young people, in their own voices. I hope you will consider joining us for the conversation, in person or by our Loft podcast.
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The image that accompanies our current Sanctuary sermon series is a serigraph by John August Swanson, a Los Angeles artist who died just this past month. In this image, “Festival of Lights,” Swanson draws from both political marches and religious processions. You can read more of his words here. Looking at his work, I think of prayer vigils and protests, and of Christmas Eve candlelight.
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A serigraph is a silkscreened image, and Swanson’s works take form as they are printed, one layer of color at a time. “Festival of Lights” has 46 colors, each printed with an individual screen. The intricate details of this work form layers upon layers of color. This attention to each tiny gesture inspires me; it gives value to each small piece, and honors its part in a beautiful whole.
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I am so grateful for the contributions John August Swanson made to the world and our community. His art is beautiful, and he lived his life with a humble, gentle faithfulness, and used his art in helping work for social justice in the world. Swanson first got into serigraphy to print posters in support of farm workers’ rights, and he continued through his whole life to use his work in support of movements for social change.
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In our current Sanctuary sermon series, “Toward Our Common Good,” we continue to seek guidance in our Gospel for the challenges we face today. I am inspired by how relevant Jesus’ teachings are, as we face climate catastrophe, economic inequality, racism, and dehumanizing rhetoric. This series was inspired, also, by a contemporary art poster campaign called “REFRAME.”
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Starting this Sunday, the twelve posters from this campaign are displayed in our Sanctuary narthex, on the gallery wall near the restrooms. Each poster depicts a contemporary leader whose work inspires a hope-filled vision that reconnects humans together. You can view the posters on our campus, and read more about these twelve leaders on the campaign’s website. Additionally, by downloading and using an augmented reality app on your smartphone, you can access AR videos that let you hear each of these leaders in their own words, when you point your phone’s camera at their poster.
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These posters are being hung and shared in diverse communities across the US, in hopes that they will spark conversation about our common good. I hope you will take a moment to see them, in person or online.
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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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