A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Updates 4/30/2020

Hello members and friends of Love’s UMC,As we enter into May, I wanted to make you aware of a few upates!  
Church Continues to be Closed until 2nd Phase (June)

  • The Church Council decided to continue our canceling of all church related activities and worship until the 2nd Phase (June) 
  • The Church Council and other committees are discussing a plan for reopening
  • I know everyone misses the church!  We want to make sure it is safe for all our members and visitors before we reopen

Holy Communion & Honoring Graduates:

  • This Sunday, we will honor our graduates and participate in an at-home communion
  • I will bless the communion elements on YouTube and you will take them at home
  • Go to our website to the “Worship Online” page and download the
    “Holy Communion for COVID-19“ document.
  • Before you plan to watch the service, get your elements ready
  • You will want to gather: Bread/crackers and grape juice. If you do not have grape juice, use your best judgment on a replacement (i.e. juice, water).
  • I know this is a little unusual but these are unusual times

Mother’s Day:

  • Mother’s Day is a little different this year!
  • We will honor mothers in our YouTube Service on May 10th in pictures
  • Send a picture to me, Pastor Tracy, by email, tschumpert@wnccumc.net, or on Facebook or in the mail (PO Box 8, Walkertown, NC 27051)
  • Write a note with the picture telling me the name of your mother and who she the mother of
  • Last day to give me pictures is Wednesday, May 6th

Wonderful Wednesday:

Committee Meetings & Church Office:

Food Pantry:

  • Familis are continuing to receive food through the Food Pantry through appointment
  • Contact Sharon Tart, (336) 423-9302, if you have a need or know of someone with a need


  • Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you for continuing to give so generously to Love’s UMC! 
  • Contributions this week $4,689.97
  • Thank you for mailing in and giving online to the mission and ministry at Love’s!

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, love, care, and kindness toward your Pastor and each other during this most difficult time!  We are the church no matter where we are or where we meet!

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
See Below for At Home UM Love Feast Service

Groups Meeting Online or Teleconferencing

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.  

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
Text the word LOVESUMC to 84576 or sign up online at lovesumc.flocknote.com

Children’s Resources

Online Classes for Laity

Anxious for Nothing Bible Study for Wonderful Wednesdays

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.
 One Tap Call In if You Have No Video Capabilities Available:

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

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/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

HYMN ”We are the Church”

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​

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.


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.

COVID-19: Update from Bishop Leeland and Other Resources for Preparedness

April 1, 2020

UPDATED: March, 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
Dear Western North Carolina Conference UMC Family and Friends,
The decision to suspend all in-person worship and gatherings is an effort to assist in halting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This change certainly creates a new set of challenges for all of us.  We really are building the bridge as we are walking across it. One new challenge we are facing is addressing ministry needs in situations that are different from our traditional ways of doing ministry.  Our District Missional Networks are needed more than ever to meet the needs of your community, to collaborate on virtual offerings, and to provide care for one another.  Another challenge is how to offer the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This letter will provide suggested guidelines that should prove helpful.
Please know that your Bishop, Conference Staff, District Superintendents, Vitality Associates, District Administrators, and support staff are all available to assist and help. While we are available by email or phone, we want you to know that all in-person meetings at the Conference and District levels are either postponed or being held virtually. We strongly urge all our WNCC churches to do the same as we follow the advice of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Please continue to discontinue services until further notice.  We will monitor the CDC’s recommendations and will let you know when it’s appropriate to gather in person for worship once again.
During this unprecedented time of a global pandemic, the Church is more important than ever. Each church and ministry have a unique opportunity to serve as channels of grace, mercy, and love, as we do what Christ has commissioned us to do. If possible, please continue to offer food pantries and other resources following the guidelines of the CDC as well as these from Second Harvest Food Bank. God put us in our communities to offer Christ, especially in times of testing and crisis, and to be a shining beacon of hope in these dark times. 
As difficult as it is to suspend in-person worship and to practice social distancing, it is necessary to do so to protect the larger community and therefore save lives. As we hear the news of increasing cases of infection throughout our state, it becomes more apparent that these prevention measures will not end quickly. Thus, churches need to plan creative ways to worship and share the good news. We give thanks for the many other ways we can connect while being physically apart. The CHURCH has never been the buildings in which we worship.
By now you have heard the news that the Commission on General Conference has released a statement announcing the postponement of General Conference 2020. Please pray for Commission members as they work to schedule new dates. It is premature to make any decisions about our own Annual Conference at this point.  We will offer further information regarding the WNCC Annual Conference by May 1, 2020.  I will be meeting tomorrow, March 25, via conference call, with the College of Bishops to discuss plans regarding the rescheduling of General Conference and other events.
As you explore and use new technologies to engage in virtual worship, please ensure you are conducting your worship legally, as there are some different laws for livestreaming. If you are uncertain and need direction, Havaleh Havelka, our Conference Training and Resource Specialist, has compiled these resources for you.
Remember you can and should provide pastoral care by phone calls, cards, and letters. You are encouraged to connect with members and with each other in as many ways as you can. Make sure that your church leaders develop a plan for your church to care for the community while practicing social distancing.  Let this time be an opportunity to develop a network of care

Please continue and encourage Christian stewardship, making every effort to support your church’s financial obligations. Urge your people to be faithful in giving and wise in spending.  For this reason, our WNCC has established an on-line giving portal available to all our congregations, but especially to those who do not currently have a way to receive electronic contributions.  Use this link and follow the prompts.  Your contribution will then be forwarded to your local church.
Furthermore, the Council on Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table will be asked to set up the WNC Connexion Clergy Relief Fund to assist churches who are struggling to pay clergy salaries due to this crisis.  An on-line portal will be established to make gifts that will help our congregations support clergy and their families as they continue to lead our ministries.

I give thanks for the innovative ways that you are adapting to this new reality, which thankfully, will not last forever. Please know that you are prayed for daily as you care for those around you. You are not alone. Especially now, we find great hope in the promise of Jesus, “I am with you always, to the end of this age.” (Matthew 28:20). “The Best of All is God is With Us.” (John Wesley)
God bless,
Bishop Paul L. Leeland

Worship, Bible Study & Prayer Requests

Why do we focus on prayer? Scripture says to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) There are many scripture passages that stress the importance of prayer. Prayer is the building block to our relationship with Christ.

How can we say we know Christ if we don’t spend time with him?

📣Today’s challenge: Pray quietly for 30 minutes.

I continue to pray for our church and community as we enter another week of isolation and safety while trying to lower the curve and eradicate COVID-19. I wanted to let you know of some offerings and updates to keep us engaged as the church this week:

Every Sunday at 8 am a new YouTube video will be available for viewing with a scripture, message and prayer. You can connect through our website: http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/worship/ or go directly to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzs8QEVxYwHynFu2KVQAblg .

If you are connected to Facebook, like and follow our Facebook page for daily updates and other information throughout the week: https://www.facebook.com/lovesunitedmethodistchurch/

Please send your prayer requests to me through email: tschumpert@wnccumc.net or reply to this announcement. I’ll make a prayer list to send out to everyone so we can be in prayer for one another during this time of isolation.

Join me for a digital Wonderful Wednesday! Connect by video to meet for a Check-In, Bible Study and Prayer at 6 pm this Wednesday, March 25th. Our Bible study will use the book by Max Lucado “Anxious for Nothing.” If you have any issues using the video, please let me know by emailing or replying to this announcement. Use the link below: Join Zoom Meeting

A teleconferencing meeting of the Church Council is this Thursday, March 26th at 6 pm. We will make some decision about the weeks to come and next steps. Use the instructions below to join: Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6306
Access code: 885781#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/tlschumpert
Online meeting ID: tlschumpert
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/tlschumpert
For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Help” to the Dial-In number above. Message and data rates may apply.

Giving Your offerings to Love’s UMC are crucial during this time that we are unable to meet together in person on Sundays. Please continue to give by mailing in your offering: PO Box 8, Walkertown, NC 27051 or going online through our website and clicking on the “Give Online” button: http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/ Thank you for your generosity, flexibility and patience! The Staff/Parish Committee decided that while we are away from the church the secretary/treasurer, Brenda, will only be in the office on Thursdays for 8 hours.

Stay safe! Wash your hands! Have Faith! Pray More!

Peace, Pastor Tracy

Evening Prayer March 23-27, 2020

Every night this week at 6 pm join me for prayer through teleconferencing. This will be a short prayer time and check-in every night this week. Call in tonight! Pass on this information for those you know who do not have Facebook access.
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6306
Access code: 885781#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/tlschumpert
Online meeting ID: tlschumpert
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/tlschumpert
For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Help” to the Dial-In number above. Message and data rates may apply.

COVID-19 Updates & Litany

Hello Love’s UMC Church Family,

This is an unprecedented time in the life of the church and world. We are doing our very best to be the church during this time of uncertainty. I will try my best to keep everyone in the loop with updates and developments. I pray for everyone at Love’s UMC and around the world. I pray that everyone is staying inside and safe. If you have any questions or needs, please contact me (336) 422-6807 or tschumpert@wnccumc.net . Peace, Pastor Tracy

Church Council
A Church Council meeting is called for March 26th at 6 pm by teleconferencing to determine next steps and if all church activities will continue to be canceled. The call in information is below:
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6306
Access code: 885781#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/tlschumpert
Online meeting ID: tlschumpert
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/tlschumpert
For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Help” to the Dial-In number above. Message and data rates may apply. In the meantime, a Church Council group chat is set up with those cell phone numbers I had available. If you are on the Church Council and are not a part of the chat, please send me your cell phone number and I will add you to the group.

Easter Lilies
Since we do know what the future holds and it is time to tell the florist know how many we would need, Junie is canceling the order of Easter Lilies this year. If you gave toward the purchase of an Easter Lily, please consider redirecting that donation to the General Fund.

The UM Conference Office and all District Offices are closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Everyone is working remotely including myself. Please contact me by phone, email or text with any needs.

Meals on Wheels
As of this moment, Meals on Wheels is still delivering meals and distributing food from our church. They are putting the food in plastic bags and putting it on porches of those needing meals. There is no human contact.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry (including AA, Girl Scouts, Yoga) is closed and canceled. However, if there is a need for food, please contact myself or Sharon Tart. Sharon will make a bag of groceries and place on the porch for the individual to pick up without entering the house.

Before & After School
The Before & After School program is closed as long as the schools are closed for the safety of the children and workers.

Online Giving
Please continue to give to the ministry and mission of Love’s UMC. The weekly offering supports our church. Thank you to those who give so generously and are finding new ways to give. If you have not tried online giving, this is an opportunity to do so. All you need to do is go to our website, http://lovesumcwalkertown.org/, and click the giving online button.

Litany Amidst the Covid-19 Outbreak by Michael Kurth
(on the Earth & Altar website)
God the Father,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Most merciful God, we come to you in this time of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. As the sorrows of our heart and mind increase, we beseech you to save us from all trouble and fear. Cast away all works of darkness. Be our rock, a castle to keep us safe. For the Lord is our stronghold and sure defense, and he will be our Savior.
For all who have died: receive them into the arms of your mercy, grant them eternal peace, and surround those who mourn with your healing grace.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those directly infected with the virus: help them recover in good health and restore them in body, mind and spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those at high risk of infection, especially the elderly, those with underlying illnesses, the marginalized, and the poor: keep them healthy and free from all sickness.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those in quarantine, the shut-in, and the infirmed: help them find peace, keep them in good health, and renew their mind and spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all hospitals, doctors, nurses, and staff: protect them as they minister to the sick, relieve all stress, and provide the resources and space to meet the needs of all the infirmed.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For first responders: guard them from all harm, and grant them strength and courage as they respond to all calls for help.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For service industry workers and those forced to work as their community shuts down: keep them healthy, bestow the resources to best care for themselves and their families, and assure them in times of financial and medical anxiety.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For those experiencing financial loss and uncertainty of resources: have mercy on them, alleviate any fear, and provide for them daily bread and wage.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of this nation and the world: help them make sound and safe decisions to best secure the future of our planet.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all schools, students, teachers, administrators and school staff: as schools remain open, keep them healthy and in good spirit to learn; as schools close, feed those who will go hungry without guaranteed meals and shelter all students have no place to live.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all scientists and those working to find a cure: inspire them towards your truth, and help them discover and disseminate a vaccine and cure.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all media and journalists: protect them from all harm in their reporting, and move them to be a vector of truth and certainty, and never fear or panic.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all places of worship: embolden them to be beacons of hope and love, and help us to gather however and wherever we can – be it in person or online – to give you praise.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of our church: help them minister to their flock; fortify them to be faithful pastors, to persevere in prayer, and to build up the family of God in new and creative ways.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the young: spare them from harm and fear, and keep them a joyful sign of your love and light.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For all parents: build in them strength and fortitude for the time ahead, and give them the words and witness to be wise counselors and compassionate caregivers.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For calm amidst the storm: as the waves toss our boat and we wonder “do you not care?”, remind us to not be afraid, that with you all things are possible, and that even the wind and sea obey you.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Stir up in us a spirit of compassion and tenacity for the time ahead.
Move us to check-in with loved ones at high risk of infection and those in quarantine.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Peace, Rev. Tracy Schumpert