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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Worship with us on Sunday at 10 am EST on YouTube at https://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube.
Please stay home 😉 for our Sunday worship service with Reverend Kathleene Card and her message That the World Might Be Saved Through Him.
Our scriptures will include Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.
Our hymn is Breathe on Me, Breath of God.
Our bulletin can be found here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-march-14-2021-pumc-order-worship/
The Sunday worship stream can be found here: https://youtu.be/95jYFlCiOzM (direct link). So please do watch the stream Sunday at 10 am EST.
Theo Cross has joined the Marines and leaves March 14! Congratulations Theo!
The church family may send congratulatory cards to:
15 Pine St
Peterborough NH 03458
EASTER BASKET REMINDER
Don’t forget, we are still collecting Easter basket contents, to be distributed to New Life Home, MATS, and Shelter From the Storm.
You can drop bags of candy in the food box at the end of the parking lot entrance, or write a check to Peterborough United Methodist Church with ‘Easter baskets’ in the memo line.
Contributions should be at the church by Palm Sunday, March 28.
GNOME ADOPTION SOCIETY OF THE MONADNOCKS
GASM supports homeless shelters in the Monadnock region by donating all profits to local shelters. Adopt a gnome and the proceeds are split between MATS and Shelter From the Storm.
UPDATE FROM THE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE RE-ENTRY TEAM
We want to extend our gratitude to the NEAC churches and leaders who have been part of the solution in containing the spread of COVID-19. The difficult choices you have made have and continue to make a difference.
We are receiving many questions about whether or not the availability of the vaccine and the decline in infection rates in some areas of the Annual Conference mean churches should consider returning to in-person worship.
The Re-Entry Team does not make decisions for your church about whether to hold events or gather for worship as allowable by CDC, state and local guidance. We do urge extreme caution. The only “safe” choice is not to hold indoor, in-person, events until the CDC demonstrates that a significant immunization level has been reached. Estimates on when that will be vary from late summer to November.
It does seem appropriate to plan for summer outdoor gatherings with precautions. And we do need to start thinking now about what ministry with indoor gatherings will look like when the time comes, especially in the hybrid model that will likely be our new reality.
It is very important to remember that no configuration or set of risk reductions will create a “safe” space. Do not invite people to any in-person event, particularly indoors, by saying that the precautions you are taking make it “safe” to attend. If you choose to hold in-person gatherings, be honest and say that you have taken the best “risk reduction” measures possible.
Every assessment of the efficacy of an in-person gathering needs to include the question:
“What are we willing to risk for ourselves, those who would be with us, and the community we will interact with?” However unintentionally, people without symptoms continue to be the primary spreaders of contagion.
Many innovative practices have developed for worship, discipleship growth, and staying in touch. You’ll find many workshops and resources for strengthening your ministry in these areas on the conference website at www.neumc.org – including training events and webinars by the Office of Congregational Development on digital ministry.
During these days of Lent, we accompany Jesus and learn from his time in the wilderness. We see him tested by competing demands. I trust that each of you have your heart in the right place, God’s own heart, even as you are also tested.
May the mind of Christ, through his present and living Sprit, guide you as you seek to be his hands and lead his people. Remember that you are held in the strong and loving hands of our creator God every single day, not only on Sundays.
New England Conference Re-Entry Team
Announcements & Upcoming:
*all times are in EST
daily 7a Daily Devotional online via Rev Card’s Facebook
daily 7a Grand Sweep bible study online via Rev Card’s Facebook
Sun 10a Worship service online via YouTube
Sun 1p Fellowship hour online via Zoom
Mar 17 10a Savior bible study online via Zoom
Mar 18 7p* Pray Act Pray Again Lenten bible study online via Zoom
Mar 28 Easter Basket contributions due
Mar 28 10a Palm Sunday service online via YouTube
Mar 30 Newsletter submissions due
Mar 30 1:30p PUMC Book Group online via Zoom
ONLINE FELLOWSHIP HOUR
Please join our hosts this Sunday at 1pm on Zoom for online fellowship with the PUMC church family.
Consult your What’s Happening email or contact the church office for Zoom meeting details.
Stay Involved with PUMC:
Sunday Worship streaming on YouTube Sun 10a https://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube
and posted online (after Sunday) http://bit.ly/pumcworshipvideo
Online Fellowship Hour Sun 1p https://bit.ly/pumcfellowship Zoom meeting ending in 8974 *contact the church office if you need meeting details
Daily Morning Devotional & Grand Sweep Bible Study 7a http://bit.ly/revcardfb
Book Group online https://bit.ly/pumcbookgroup
Digital Welcome Card http://bit.ly/pumcwelcomecard
Children’s Bulletins http://bit.ly/pumckidsbulletin
Sunday School To Go https://bit.ly/sundayschooltogo
Online Giving http://bit.ly/pumconlinegiving
*New weekly emails posted Thursdays
Submissions for the What’s Happening email are due on Tuesdays.
ALL announcements and submissions should now be sent to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-924-4294.
Virtual office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am to noon.
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This message was sent to you by Melissa French for the Peterborough United Methodist Church.