This Sunday our service will be about being about to give praise to God in the good and bad times. That in both the good times and bad we lift our voices in heartfelt praise and raise our Hallelujah to the Lord. There is some exciting announcements you are not going to want to miss, and yes, I am going to make you wait until Sunday morning worship!!
We have installed a new camera for our live-streaming. Now that we know what we can do and that we are able to sustain a good quality livestream we are investing in a camera that will be more permanent. This new camera will allow us to zoom in and get closer if needed and it has many options the last one did not. In addition it has much better video quality. I know we want to get back into the sanctuary but in the process we are developing a strong online worship opportunity. The plan is even when we have the sanctuary fully opened up we will still have a high quality livestream presence for when people are not able to come to church or are away on vacation or are spending a couple of months a couple states away. So for now we all get to enjoy it!!
We are continuing to offer many ways to worship. The downstairs Fellowship Hall is available to worship and there is plenty of room for all who come to have safe space between others. I know those that have come have enjoyed being able to be in community with others and that their souls needed that. At this time we are still not in the sanctuary because it cannot be done safely and at the same time me be able to fully connect with the many who still wish to worship from home. Our Fellowship Hall worship space with altar allows people to come together in a space where everyone is masked and all can easily maintain safe distance. To give you an idea of numbers, we have had between 12-17 people worshipping in Fellowship Hall and can safely accommodate double that (if not more). So if your soul needs to be with others for a time we offer this but know that for now it is safer to stay at home and utilize the many other ways we offer for you to worship together.
We will start the Facebook Livestream at @8:50am and you will see message on the screen and hear music playing. This is the best option if you want to interact with others online. Feel free to chat to each other before and during the service. You can put prayer requests in the chat. This is great way to be able to interact with others if you watch it live with others in your church family who are staying home but want to worship as part of an online community. It will continue to be there to watch later and feel free to share or create watch parties in order to share it with others.
You can catch this livestream on our Toms Creek UMC channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6E7eCwH2ZGYspkSCF0CGw/featured. We will start the YouTube Livestream at 8:50 am and you will see announcements scroll and hear music playing. This format is best if you are watching on a television or large screen with lots of people gathered around. You can have it fill the whole screen and just watch it without any distractions. There is a way to chat on YouTube but it normally has a lot less people and is normally a lot less chatty than the our Facebook livestream. If you subscribe to our channel it will let you know when we go live in future weeks. Later in the day another shorter version of the service is posted but for this coming series I recommend taking in the entire worship experience.
You can go to our website here https://www.tomscreekumc.com/service-videos and by Monday morning there should be a version of our service. Sometimes the whole service is there instead of the shortened version depending on different factors.
You can also use a phone to listen to our service by calling 857-799-9465 from any phone starting at 8:50 am. This will only have sound coming through and you will not be able to see anything that is occurring. If you would like we can we make a DVD of the service for you to watch just let the church office or Pastor Heath know.
you can go to our website and hit the donate button on our webpage
you can mail your offering to:
Tom's Creek United Methodist Church
10926 Simmons Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Get ready for amazing worship Sunday. Get ready to raise a hallelujah to God. Yes, you might have lots of things that are bringing you down. But worship is a time to remember that even the worst of times we have something to give God praise for.