Church & COVID-19 Updates

Love’s UMC Church Family & Friends,

This is an unprecedented time in North Carolina.  On March 25th, a person from Cabarrus County died from complications associated with COVID-19.  On March 26th, another death occurred in Harnett County.  I and Love’s Church Council, along with so many other clergy and churches in our state, are taking extra precautionary measures for the safety of our members, community and world.All Church Worship, Activities and Groups are Canceled within the Church Building Until Further Notice.  Please do not enter the church building unless necessary as we are trying to keep our utilities down to a minimum and everyone safe.The Before & After School Program is Closed Until Schools are Back in SessionUMW (United Methodist Women) canceled their April and May gatheringsThe Church Secretary/Treasurer will be in the Church Office only on Thursdays from 8 am-4 pm. Now is not the time for any of us to play hero or think that COVID-19 will not affect us.  I am asking all of our members (older and younger alike) and especially those with underlying health issues to stay home.  If you need anything, please call, text, or email me and I will bring supplies to your porch.  If you need to talk or a prayer, please reach out to me.  If you you do not have a computer or any way to watch our worship online, please let me know and I will do my best to find a way for you to connect.  Some have asked what they can do to help – use the church directory and pray for one another, text or call each other, send cards to one another, continue to support the church financially.  For the foreseeable future, we are going to do what is recommended by our Governor, the CDC, our Bishop and do our best to shelter in place.  

Pray!  Facts not Fear!  Clean Hands!  Open Hearts!  Stay Safe!  God is with us!

Peace, Pastor Tracy

Worship on YouTube after 8 am on Sundays
http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/worship/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzs8QEVxYwHynFu2KVQAblg
See Below for At Home UM Love Feast Service

Groups Meeting Online or Teleconferencing
http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/groups-online/

Prayer Requests
Text (336) 422-6807 (my Cell Phone) or email tschumpert@wnccumc.netwith any prayer requests.  Please specify if they are are to be private or public.  

Giving
Go to our Website and Click the “Give Online” Button on the right side of the site http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/
Mail in your offering to Love’s UMC, PO Box 8, Walkertown, NC 27051
Thank you for giving generously during this crucial time in our church, community and world!

Updates & Information
https://www.facebook.com/lovesunitedmethodistchurch/
http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/blog/
Text the word LOVESUMC to 84576 or sign up online at lovesumc.flocknote.com

Children’s Resources
https://www.bible.com/kids

Online Classes for Laity
https://www.beadisciple.com/

Anxious for Nothing Bible Study for Wonderful Wednesdays
https://www.studygateway.com/online-bible-studies/anxious-for-nothing-study-home/?utm_source=studygatewayobs&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=afnobs20200325&utm_content=afnobs

Wonderful Wednesday 6 pm Every Wednesday on Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Instructions: You will need to go to Zoom.us or download the app on to your phone to participate on video.  I suggest you log in on your computer so you have a larger screen if you can.  I also suggest you close other WiFi devices in your home for a stronger signal. Enter the link below into your browser or simply click the link.  It will ask you to allow the camera and you respond – Yes.  It will ask you to allow the microphone and you respond – Yes.  If you can not get this option to work, you can use the one tap call in option or call +1 929 205 6099 and enter the meeting ID 423 519 867.  If you you need any help or have questions, please call me directly (336) 422-6807.
Video:
https://zoom.us/j/423519867
 One Tap Call In if You Have No Video Capabilities Available:
+19292056099,,423519867#

Teleconferencing Information for All Meetings at Love’s UMC
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6306
Access code: 885781#
Trustees Meeting Wednesday, April 1st at 7 pm
Finance Meeting Monday, April 13 at 10 am

Holy Thursday & Good Friday Services
Holy Week at Home Resources
Maundy Thursday. (printable PDF) (Google Doc Link, make copy and edit)
(Bread recipe from the Seminary of the Southwest, though any recipe can be used.)
Good Friday. (printable PDF) (Google Doc Link, make copy and edit)
The Easter Vigil. (printable PDF)(Google Doc Link, make copy and edit)

Watch the Live-streaming of Holy Week Services at Calvary Moravian Church
http://calvarymoravian.org/online-services/

Easter Sunrise Service
Moravian Easter Sunrise Service Online (248 Years – One of the Oldest Easter Sunrise Services in America)
Sunday, April 12th at 6 am
Audio broadcast live on WSJS AM 600khz
Live webcast: http://www.moraviansunrise.org/

After 8 am, Tune in to Love’s UMC YouTube Channel for Easter Worship

Resources for Assistance
http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/food-pantry-clothes-closet/
http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/assistance/ Call 211 for assistance or questions on COVID-19, including: Food assistance, Assistance with paying rent or utilities, Support for families with other basic needs

COVID-19 North Carolina Updates
Text COVIDNC to 898-211 to start receiving regular updates via text.


At Home United Methodist Love Feast for Sunday, April 5th

Explanation of Love Feast
The Love Feast, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ.Although its origins in the early church are closely interconnected with the origins of the Lord’s Supper, the two services became quite distinct and should not be confused with each other. While the Lord’s Supper has been practically universal among Christians throughout church history, the Love Feast has appeared only at certain times and among certain denominations.The modern history of the Love Feast began when Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians in Germany introduced a service of sharing food, prayer, religious conversation, and hymns in 1727. John Wesley first experienced it among the Moravians in Savannah, Georgia, ten years later. His diary notes: “After evening prayers, we joined with the Germans in one of their love–feasts. It was begun and ended with thanksgiving and prayer, and celebrated in so decent and solemn a manner as a Christian of the apostolic age would have allowed to be worthy of Christ.”The Love Feast may also be followed by a full meal, in which case persons or families may bring dishes of food for all to share. During the meal there may be informal conversation in Christian fellowship, or the leader may direct the conversation by suggesting matters of mutual concern, or there may be spontaneous witnessing and praise. If there is food left over, it may be taken as an expression of love to persons not present. At Home Love Feast

Service
HYMN ”We are the Church”

PRAYERS
One or more persons may pray aloud, the others responding with Amen, Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, or other responses as the Spirit moves, or one of the following or another prayer or table grace may be spoken or sung:Be present at our table, Lord;
Be here and everywhere adored;
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee. ​(JOHN CENICK)

The following prayer by Charles Wesley was written especially for the Love Feast and recommended for use at all Love Feasts by both John and Charles Wesley.Father of earth and heaven,​
Thy hungry children feed,
Thy grace be to our spirits given,
​That true immortal bread.
Grant us and all our race
​In Jesus Christ to prove
The sweetness of thy pardoning grace,​
The manna of thy love.

SCRIPTURE Suggested lessons:
Psalm 145:8-21 God’s abounding love​
1 Corinthians 13​ The gift of love​
2 Corinthians 9:6-15​ Our generous sharing glorifies God.​
Philippians 2:5-11​ God’s self–emptying in Christ Jesus​
1 John 4:7-21​ God is love
Matthew 22:34-40​ Love of God and neighbor​
Luke 9:12-17​ Feeding the five thousand​
Luke 14:16-24​ Parable of the great dinner​
John 6:25-35​ Jesus the Bread of Life​

PERSONAL WITNESS TO THE SCRIPTURE​
One or more persons may give a personal witness to the scripture.PASSING OF THE BREAD
The bread (any type of bread) is passed from person to person. Each person may be invited in passing the bread to quote a scripture verse. The leader may receive last and close with a few words, a short prayer, or an invitation to new commitment to Christ and a holy life. PASSING OF THE CUP
The cup (preferably grape juice) is passed from person to person. Each person may be invited in passing the cup to quote a scripture verse. The leader may receive last and close with a few words, a short prayer, or an invitation to new commitment to Christ and a holy life.

TESTIMONIES OF GOD’S GRACIOUSNESS, PRAYERS, SINGING

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in the name of Christ, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Copyright: “The Love Feast” Copyright © 1992 UMPH.