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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 kick off our new series “Cultivating Community” with a special 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

MID-DAY PRAYER SERVICE
Tuesdays and Thursdays (12noon) via Facebook Live
This week, Pastor Molly is on retreat. We’re excited to have Rev. Dr. John Holbert lead the mid day prayer services in her stead. 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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GOD TALK – Meeting God
Tuesday, April 20th (7pm) via Zoom
As GodTalk nears its one year anniversary, it seemed important to share just how we came to this thing called faith, and the different ways that we see it as a lifelong trip, filled with hope, fear, wonder, doubt, and surprise. Join us for a session on “My Journey Toward Faith: By Way of Multiple Doubts.” 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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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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In these past weeks, as Covid infections continue to decrease and more in our community are vaccinated, it’s been a joy to begin to connect with others in physical space. Slowly, cautiously, we have been renegotiating how to be together. I’ve loved seeing your family reunions on Facebook and Instagram. I continue to find myself teary-eyed as I look, realizing how much I have missed these simple, embodied human encounters. It was beautiful to see some of you at church on Maundy Thursday–to watch you pray in the sanctuary and walk our outdoor labyrinth.
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I find great hope in the growing number of vaccinations in our community. As eligibility opens up to all people over age 16 next week, I encourage you to get vaccinated. Our best ability to stop this pandemic comes through widespread vaccinations; then, we will be able to move beyond these initial, careful encounters with widening circles of people, toward large gatherings.
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I am praying for our schools–as Los Angeles Unified School District re-opens its campuses over the next few weeks, I am holding prayer for all the people whose lives and schedules will continue to shift around. I pray health and safety for the teachers, staff and children. I pray for those who will continue to learn from home, too. This has been such a long and difficult season for families. I pray for still more patience and grace, and for freedom from anxiety through it all.
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We are, of course, thinking a lot about when and how to safely re-open our church campus for worship and other gatherings. Now that vaccinations will soon be available to all adults, and as infections continue to decrease in the community, we are getting closer to a time when it will make sense to gather together! As we negotiate ways to worship that allow both online and in-person participation, we know that whatever we do next will mean more adjustment for everyone. I encourage you to hold our church leaders in prayer as we try to wisely discern next steps in returning to campus, so that we can stay committed to our mission and work.
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The Church has never closed, of course–only our church building closed. Now, as we look forward toward reopening the building this summer, we do so while keeping focus on what God calls us to: doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God. May we seek ever greater ways to live out our faith in our building, as we live out our faith in the world.
grace and peace
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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