Well, for the last couple of years this blog has been keeping us connected. And while I might continue to blog a couple more times before I leave to serve at Mt. Zion in Lothian, MD, this is the end of the weekly blog with the bulletin attached for Sunday. Some of it has to do with a very busy schedule that is coming up for me that continues until my last Sunday on June 4th. Some of it has to do with the fact that the bulletin for the week is available on the website already so I don't need to attach it to a blog. In addition, I don't know if this blog and creating one for each Sunday is a task Pastor Tom will want to continue or not. So this is the end of the weekly blog with the bulletin attached. If you want to look at the bulletin they are updated weekly and can be found here: https://www.tomscreekumc.com/bulletins. There is lots of great information on the website including an updated directory for those that are members of the website. It is really an underutilized tool we have to keep us connected and informed. Judy Coleman does a great job trying to keep it up to date especially with bulletins, newsletters, and directories.
The bulletin for this Sunday is attached for you to look at. This is a communion Sunday and the communion offering is going to Seton Center for community outreach. Remember that in the bulletin we have announcements, a prayer list, church attendance, the amount of offering that has come in that support our ministries, along with the outline of the service. We attach it weekly so that those of who can't be with us can keep up with the church and more fully join in worship online. We appreciate everyone who continues to worship and be a part of our community even if they can not come to the church building. While we always prefer to see people in person, we also love those who join us from afar and we are blessed to have you as part of our worshipping community!!
We are live-streaming the 8am service on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. For those that are watching when we live-stream we do have a person that can see the comments posted if there are sound or visual issues. While we don't want to fixate on every little issue we do want to know when something is way off and affects your ability to be able to enter into worship. Unless you are watching worship when it is live I would recommend watching on the YouTube channel because the quality is MUCH better.
We are not passing offering plates so the wooden boxes are available to put your offering in. Of course you can also give online, use text to give (844-406-0358), or mail the offering to church.
We will be collecting prayers in the prayer box on the table in the parlor. Also, if you have announcement that you need to be shared please write them down and give them to me before the service. This will be an ongoing practice for prayers and announcements to help ensure that they are heard and understood by all (especially those worshipping with us virtually).
While this is the last blog with the bulletin attached it does not mean we are done trying to find new ways to keep us connected. We are always trying to find new ways to keep all that are part of our church community connected. We also always want to invite new people to come journey with us. Worship is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to join our community. Hope to see you in worship this Sunday!