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E-Circuit Rider

A publication for making disciples of the family and friends of
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA.


Friday, May 28, 2021
Dear <<First Name>>,
Who are you?  Where are you from? 
Who is Jesus?  How has Jesus worked in your life? 
What are the stories we tell ourselves and what is the truth we need to hear? 

Sometimes we speak to ourselves in ways that Jesus never would.  
Do you know how God speaks to you?  
Do you know what God thinks about you? 

Last week, the confirmands and I read Isaiah 43: 1-7 which says: 



But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Ethiopia[a] and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
    and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
    I will bring your offspring from the east,
    and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
    and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
    and my daughters from the end of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

When you hear your story- I pray that you hear the truth that God loves you. 

We need reminders of who we are and why we are here.  

My Sermon this Sunday is "The Stories We Tell, the Truth we need to Hear" based on 
Romans 8: 22-27 and  Acts 2: 22-42


I hope to see you this Sunday so that we may worship together either online or in-person!  

In God's Love,

Pastor Beth


We will have five opportunities to worship this Sunday!  

You can worship ONLINE for the Traditional Service at 8:30 am
(Note this is a change from 9 am) 

You can worship ONLINE for the Contemporary Service at 9:45 am
(Note this is a change from 11 am) 

You can worship IN-PERSON Indoors for the Traditional Service at 8:30 am and those who are Fully Vaccinated may worship without masks. 

You can worship IN-PERSON Indoors for the Contemporary Service at 9:45 am and those who are Fully Vaccinated may worship without masks.  

You can worship IN-PERSON Outdoors for worship at 11:15 am.  You can bring your own chair (but if you do not have one we are happy to provide one) Those who are Fully Vaccinated may worship without masks. 
 
You may wonder- How do we know if someone is Fully Vaccinated? 

We will continue to utilize our Health Acknowledgment Screening whereby we ask for an affirmation to the following statements: 
1) I am not experiencing two or more symptoms of COVID-10. 
2) I have not been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 
3) I have not tested positive for COVID-19, nor am I awaiting test results. 
4) If I have tested positive for COVID-19 I have complete resolution of symptoms OR (if asymptomatic) I have completed 10 days of self-isolation. 
5) I will immediately notify the pastor if within 5 days after attending this event I develop 2 or more symptoms of COVID-19. 

We will not be asking people to show proof of vaccination, we will rely on the mutual trust we hold in one another as sisters and brothers in Christ and children of God in this worshiping community to love and care for another.   We ask that if you are not yet fully vaccinated, that you wear a mask for the care and protection of those who are most vulnerable.
Click here to view the bulletin for this Sunday!
Many people wonder-- what about Sunday School? 

You may already know that at every 9:45 am Service we have been offering Children's Sunday School and at the 11:15 am service we have been offering Children's Church. 

Adult Sunday School classes are discerning when they plan to return to in-person Sunday School. 
This may be as soon as next week- please stay tuned!  

As we begin to move into worship allowing those who are Fully Vaccinated to be unmasked in worship we recognize that some parents may not yet be comfortable with their unvaccinated children worshiping in a space that is not fully masked. 

In an effort to accommodate everyone where they feel safe to participate, parents can choose to drop off children for Sunday School at 9:45 am, upon entry to worship.  Children who go to Sunday School at this time will have the chance will experience worship with the Children's Ministry before beginning the Sunday School lesson.

Parents are always welcome to have children with them throughout the whole service.

We will continue to have Children's Ministry Volunteers in worship so that those children who choose to stay in worship for the beginning of worship, may go to Sunday School later. 

What about the Kingdom Kids time? 
Pastor Beth loves Kingdom Kids!  At this time we will have kingdom kids by allowing each person to stay in their seats.  Children can go to Sunday School or stay in worship after the Kingdom Kids time. 


We are so glad that we are able to welcome everyone to come and experience God's love through both in-person and online opportunities!

As our community gathers we are aware that not everyone is able to be vaccinated and we seek to continue intentionally caring for and protecting those who are most vulnerable in our community.  We also know that when our community reaches a vaccination level of 75% and higher in our community, we reach a level of herd immunity.  

On Sunday, May 16th at our 9:45 am service, Pastor Beth asked how many people were fully vaccinated, and it appeared that almost every adult in the worship service raised their hand in a worship service of over 70 people.  This was great to see! 

We have an honor system when it comes to being unmasked asking that only those who are fully vaccinated remove their masks.  We will not ask to see vaccination cards.  All may continue to wear masks and we ask those who are unvaccinated to continue to wear masks as we love and care for one another.  

To help us understand where we are as far as herd immunity here at Courthouse Community UMC, we invite you to participate in an anonymous survey regarding vaccination.  

Knowing this information can help our PRG team plan opportunities for gathering with greater wisdom.  

Please help us by taking the time to take this and click here.  

 


Last week we had 135 people worship with us in-person, and 465 people worshiped with us on Facebook Live! The church also received a total of $6,013.52 in giving both electronically and in person.

168 individuals were helped by the Storehouse Food Pantry and Midweek Meals this week. Praise God!

Thank you for joining us and for your continual support - see you on Sunday!

We are excited to honor all our graduating High School Seniors and College Graduates! 

If you have a graduate you would like to honor, we would love to celebrate them! 

Graduation Sunday is Sunday, June 13th. 

We would like to celebrate our graduates in each service and we will also have a slide show.  

To participate in the slide show, please click here and add your Graduate's pictures and information.

We ask that you complete the slide shows by Wednesday, June 9th. 


 




Courthouse Community UMC will be hosting the American Red Cross in the Family Life Center for a blood drive on June 8th from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment. If you would like to volunteer, contact Louise Midland at mark_midland@hotmail.com or (757) 635-4447.

We are so excited for VBS this year! Click the image on the left to sign up, and the image on the right to volunteer!
 
           
During this time when we are physically distant from one another, we are still joined together in prayer.

Click on the image to the left to open our current prayer list!
The deadline for submissions to the E-Circuit Rider is Wednesdays at 10 am. Please send any submissions to stepht@ccumc.net. Any submissions received after that time will be added to the following week's email.
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