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by Rev. John Weston, Senior Pastor on March 19, 2020

It may seem counter-intuitive, but we need to more connected now in necessary physical isolation than ever before. Gotta do it. The writer of Hebrews warned Jewish Christians back in the first century about the temptation to pull back because life was getting more difficult for them:

Hebrews 10:25 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

SUMC is about serving Jesus, loving people, and living his word. Every time you pick up the phone, you are meeting with someone. Every time you do a video chat with someone, you are meeting with them. Every time you do a real-time text chat back and forth on Facebook, you are meeting with them.

We are quickly resuming our normal schedule while maintaining isolation precauations:

  • Sunday Worship happened via Facebook Live and telephone teleconference (we have resolved some of the call quality issues and are researching upgrades for the live stream).
  • OMG Choir met Sunday via Zoom.
  • Tuesday's noon and 7:00 p.m. Prayer meetings happened via teleconference.
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee is scheduled to meet tonight, 6:30 via teleconference.
  • Pastor Larry's Galatians Sunday School class is set to meet Sunday morning, 9:15 via FaithLife.
If you are in a group that didn't meet this week, our goal is to have your group up and running as soon as possible. If you want to help get your group up and going electronically (even if as simple as just using a group phone call), give Fran Donaldson a call (360) 710-9654. We will identify those in each group who are the most tech-saavy and determine the best method for bringing the group together with technology.

We are moving ahead and want everyone to come. This is no time to stop; simply a time to re-strategize. The Lord woke me up early this morning with a word for Sunday. Stream us or call in and you will get to experience this prophetic word at the same time as everyone else.

More to come,