What a worship we have in store for Sunday! We have some great music planned and a powerful service in our Lenten Holy Vessels series. If you remember a couple of weeks ago Chris Dillard joined our Director of Music Ministries, Holly Phillips, to sing a couple of songs. It was not planned, the microphone did not pick him up well, and during the first song a guitar string broke. We have fixed some things so I hope you will be able to hear how amazing they fuse together when leading musical worship. I was blessed to be in the sanctuary next to them and I have to tell you when they are together the music is just magical (even down a guitar string) and I am excited that he is going to be stopping by again to sing. He is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at one of the largest churches in our conference and between him and Holly they have so many musical gifts and love of Christ! He will even be singing a song that he wrote himself so you will be blessed with an original song that goes along with the sermon series. You are not going to want to miss this!!
Some people have said they are having issues being able to watch the video when it is live-streaming. We can monitor if it is on our end and the last couple of weeks it has not been. If for some reason your internet is slow at that time and it is freezing up on you, BREATHE. First, just give your internet some time to buffer and catch up because we increased the quality of our stream it does take up a good bit of bandwidth. Remember the services are available to watch later and if there ever is an issue on our end we have the video file available and we can post later. I know it helps connect us on Facebook when we are able to experience it with others and we are glad some community has been found there but sometimes the internet just doesn't play nice. Don't give up and please, please go back and watch the whole service later because you might miss something that really touches your soul. Please know we are continuing to try to improve the online service and your ability to hear and see it like you were in the sanctuary. Some churches have paid teams who are doing what are volunteer team does and they sometimes have had more issues than we have! AND please share and let people know about our worship wherever they are around the world!! So now onto the many ways you can worship with us this Sunday.
We will have worship available downstairs in Fellowship Hall. There is plenty of room for all who come to have safe space between others. 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. The plan right now is to open up the sanctuary for worship on Palm Sunday (March 28th) but more details will be coming out later.
We will start the Facebook Livestream at @8:50am and you will see messages 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 text 844-406-0358 with an amount as the text. It will set up to give over text and from then on you just put in the amount and your donation to the church will go right through
you can go to our website and hit the donate button on our webpage, https://www.tomscreekumc.com
you can mail your offering to:
Tom's Creek United Methodist Church
10926 Simmons Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
God is calling us to gather together and to restore our souls. God promises us that God will ultimately keep us safe. Christ came so that we may know that we have the assurance that we are safe with God. So let us be bold knowing that we are kept safe by God!