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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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This Sunday, we’ll continue our live, interactive service format on Zoom. We’ll also dive deeper into our series “Cultivating Community” with a conversation between Pastor Molly Vetter and Pastor Terence Hagans. Click here to join us on Sundays at 10am.

WESTWOOD KIDS – Sunday at 9:45am

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SUNDAY & MIDWEEK EVENTS

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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GRADUATION SUNDAY
We are working on plans for Sunday, June 6th, when we will celebrate with those in our community who are graduating this year–if you or someone in your family is graduating this year (from high school, college or graduate school), please let us know by emailing the information to sabrina@westwoodumc.org by Tuesday, June 1st.
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WILL THE REAL GOD OF THE UNIVERSE PLEASE STAND UP?
Six Week Study on the Book of Job
Starting Tuesday, June 1st (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.
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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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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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Again, in reading scripture and praying this week, I find myself grateful for how God works to give me new perspective. Especially when I’ve been frustrated by the continuing losses and changes required during pandemic, God keeps reminding me that the Church exists to offer love to others.
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I need to hear this over and over, or else that call from God gets dropped in favor of my own, personal needs: I focus myself on what I want to get back, or add back into my life, or enjoy. The Gospel keeps on broadening my view, reminding me that I most experience joy when I seek the well-being of others; I experience forgiveness as I offer it to others; I find my belonging as I extend hospitality to others.
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As we emerge from our pandemic isolation, I invite you to join me in making intentional effort to seek the well-being of others. Ask to hear the experiences and perspectives of someone who’s in a very different place in life, and listen for what they have to say. Reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long while, and let them know you’re thinking of them. Do something kind for someone you know has been struggling.
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I’m grateful to be with you in this time.
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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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