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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.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Dear <<First Name>>,
I pray that you are enjoying this beautiful day! 

I thank God for this beautiful day and I thank God for each of you! 

I have some wonderful news to share with all of you! 

Update from the Healthy Church Team 
If you missed the church email Saturday with updates from the Bishop responding to both the updated CDC guidance and subsequent response from the governor
click here to read.  

The Healthy Church Team (HCT)  met Monday, May 17, 2021, to discuss what is next for CCUMC as we begin to move forward relaunching, re-entering, and moving towards a post-Covid life.   

Let us be clear that this pandemic is not over.  
We believe it is important to continue to be vigilant, remain cautious, and do all we can to do no harm and protect the most vulnerable.  

The Healthy Church Team arrived at the following decisions through consensus, prayer, and consideration of our context.  

As of today, May 19, 2021, the current 7-day COVID-19 test positivity rate (PCR only) in Virginia Beach is at 4.6%.  

Here is a helpful link where you can see how the PCR rate has been consistently going down. 


Virginia Beach has administered 330,293 Vaccinations so far.  189,315 with at least one dose and 149,328 fully vaccinated. 33.2% of VB is fully vaccinated. 

We were also thankful that this past Sunday, when Pastor Beth asked the in-person 9:45 am worship service how many adults were fully vaccinated, every adult hand raised in a worship service of 75 people. 

 Our intention is to create opportunities for all people to worship in the way they feel most comfortable and safe (online, indoor, outdoor).  

Upon consensus of these decisions, we communicated with the Worship Team members to ensure that each person who gives so generously to make worship possible felt comfortable and in agreement with the HCT recommendations. 

 I am happy to share that the AV techs, musicians,  and worship leaders were all excited to offer in-person worship live and to stream these services live.   

Beginning this Sunday, May 23, 2021 - Pentecost Sunday
 we will offer the following: 


-Continued Traditional and Contemporary Online Services that will be available online live at 8:30 am and 9:45 am and posted to Facebook and then available on the CCUMC website for later viewing. 

-8:30 am In-Person Live (not pre-recorded) Traditional Service.
Vaccinated persons may be unmasked and we ask all others to remain masked.  

-9:45 am In-Person Live (not pre-recorded) Contemporary Service.  
Vaccinated persons may be unmasked and we ask all others to remain masked.  

-11:15 am In-Person Live Outdoors Service.  
Vaccinated persons may be unmasked and we ask all others to remain masked.  

-All may continue to wear face-coverings in any setting they choose to. 
-Worship will continue to offer Health Screening Acknowledgment upon entry.
-Worship will continue to abide by social distancing. 

What about singing? 
-Fully vaccinated people may sing unmasked indoors and outdoors. 
-All others are welcome to sing with a mask/ face covering on. 

What Happens Now? 
The Conference has asked churches to activate the Post-Covid Re-Entry Group (PRG) team (this is the team planned as the successor to the HCT).  This PRG team will review the newly released Technical Assistance Manual (TAM).  The PRG teams will continue to plan and execute safety measures for the church.   However, the scope of the PRG team will include more than safety measures, we will reflect, rethink, and reshape the best ways to effectively provide ministry in the Post-COVID era. We are thankful for the work of the Healthy Church Team (HCT) and are thankful to move forward with our new Post-Covid Re-Entry Group (PRG) to discern more ways to effectively reach disciples of Christ.

 The next meeting of the Post-Covid Re-Entry Group is next Thursday, May 27, 2021, and each week, they will share updates about additional ministry, missions, and programming. 

Please join me in thanking the members of the Health Church Team:
Rev. Beth Anderson
Paul Michaelian
Donn Lee
Fred Nunn
Jennifer May
Amanda Kutz
Carla Warnock

The members of the Post-Covid Re-entry Group who begin next week:
Rev. Beth Anderson
Donn Lee 
Fred Nunn
Amanda Kutz
Gina Lane
Myra Vidal 

As always-- if you have any questions about any of this-- or anything else for that matter- I am always here to listen, talk, pray, and remind you that God loves you and so do we!  If you would like to help be part of the PRG team, or if you have ministry ideas as we move forward, please let me know!  I am thankful for the way the Holy Spirit stirs in all of us! 

You can always reach me at betha@ccumc.net, call or text me at (804) 930-7627, and if you would like to set up a visit, please reach out to Stephanie Timmerman to schedule a visit with me at stepht@ccumc.net. 



In God's love,
Pastor Beth
Announcements
Thank you, Confirmands!
This weekend our confirmands worked to repaint the VB STRONG letters that were blown off the fence during a recent storm. We can't wait to see how they look when they are reinstalled! Thank you for your hard work, confirmands!
Growing in Our Faith

Adult Discipleship Classes

Good News Sunday School
10 am Sundays via Zoom

Email Bob Catlin for more information


Ladies Sunday School Class
11:15 am Sundays via Zoom

Email Roxzanne Amos for more information


Journey In Faith Ladies Study
10 am Thursdays via Zoom

Email Linda Robinson
for more information
Children's Ministry

Click here for the May newsletter!

This week in Children's Ministry...
- Sunday, 5/23 Nursery 9:45 & 11:15
- Sunday, 5/23 Sunday School 9:45
- Sunday, 5/23 Children's Church 11:15


For more info email Gina Lane at GinaL@ccumc.net.




Click the image above to register!
Glory Sightings

We want to know and share the good news of Jesus Christ!  How are you seeing God at work here at Courthouse Community UMC? Click the image below to share your Glory Sightings with us!




"My neighbor had a massive heart attack and his family was told that he had brain damage, was without oxygen for 9 minutes, and would never be the same again! I seen him walk past my house yesterday and he may have some hurdles but I couldn’t stop smiling seeing him walking past me! God is good!" - Sandy Mealer


Starting Point



No matter if this is your first time here or if you have been worshiping a few months or years, we thank God for you and we love you! We invite you to learn more about Courthouse Community UMC at “Starting Point” on Sundays at 6pm. Nursery care will be provided.
Courthouse Christian Preschool & Afterschool - Kids Corner!

Click here to take a look at the May Newsletter for CCPA!
Caring for One Another

During this time when we are physically distant from one another, we are joined to one another in prayer.

Click on the image above to open our current prayer list.

We are looking for Prayer Warriors. People who love to Pray. Pray for what or who you ask? Pray over our weekly Prayer List, be willing to pray if an immediate need comes in. Pretty simple. If you are interested please click the image above.

Have you heard about Stephen Ministries?  They are people within your church providing one-to-one care to people going through a crisis or difficult time.  We currently have several people available to meet with you. 

For more information, call Sharon Potter at 757-630-4148.

You are loved. You are missed.

I'd like to Zoom/talk with you and pray with you and remind you that God loves you, so do I, so does your church.

If you would like to set up a time to talk, even for five minutes, click or tap the image above to email Stephanie.
Caring for Our Neighbors

For more information about any of the above opportunities, click or tap the image above to contact Elizabeth Snyder, Missions Coordinator.
Storehouse Food Pantry Donations



The Food Pantry Needs Egg Cartons!

We have an over-abundance of eggs! The Food Pantry is in need of dozen-egg cartons to distribute eggs to the community. Thank you for your generosity, church!
Midweek Meals Looking for Volunteers
 
If you are interested in learning and becoming a part of the midweek meals team if the need arises, please contact the kitchen staff at kitchen@ccumc.net.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to our Storehouse Food Pantry and Midweek Meals for receiving grants from the Elizabeth River District Board of Missions!

Both missions applied for grants earlier this year and both were awarded $1,000.00 each.

We are so excited to see these grants used to make disciples for the transformation of the world!
Virginia Conference News
VAUMC Response to Updated Governor's Order

Click here to read the Bishop and Cabinet's response to the recent updates to Governor Northam's Executive Orders regarding safety guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Post-COVID Re-entry Group (PRG)

Click here to see the newest information from the newly-formed PRG.

Weekly Webinar 
Each  Thursday the Conference Post-Recovery Group will offer webinars to help resource and equip churches. 


Change of schedule to the webinar resources – With all the changes that happened over the weekend, we wanted to offer a Q&A session for the leaders of our church. To allow for this, we cleared out this week’s webinar for the Q&A and pushed Kay Kotan’s session and Jason Moore’s session a week later than the original schedule.
 
     a. New webinar schedule
 
          May 20th – PRG new announcement Q&A
 
          May 27th – Kay Kotan – Rethink & Reshape/ Ultimate Relaunch Playbook
 
          June 3rd – Jason Moore Both/And Hybrid Worship
 
 
     b. Registration link for this week’s (May 20th) Relaunch Webinar – limited to 500 participants   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0EW8WiVESBC4kpN62Gz6ig

 

Elizabeth River District News



Minding Your Spiritual Business and Sacred Duties
May 22, 2021
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 


Virginia FOCUS invites you to mind your spiritual business and sacred duties! On May 22, Virginia FOCUS is hosting a group of speakers to share their vision for the church as we move into the next decade. Featured speakers are
  • Dr. Candace Lewis, newly appointed President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary
  • Brennen Boose, from GCFA, who will share about sharing the good news using technology in new ways
  • Jazmine Smith, who will draw on her marketing expertise to help churches expand their presence in the community
  • and Dr. Dana Lyles, of GBGM, who will discuss the church's role in community development and community engagement.
In addition to the speakers, there will be Master Classes, virtual booths, and opportunities to network. 

There is no cost for participants. For more information, see the website (
https://vaumc.org/vafocus2020/) or contact Dwayne Stinson at Influencing@vaumc.org. To register, click here


About Virginia FOCUS:
Virginia FOCUS centers Black voices and experiences while lifting up training events and issues that will assist all clergy and laity in areas of mission focus, generative stewardship, faithful evangelism, digital media, and community engagement. As we live through the affects and realities brought on by the pandemics that disrupted our complacency and norms, we have a unique opportunity to come together, learn together, and grow together. Every person with concern for what is next for you and/or your role in ministry must make every effort to participate in this groundbreaking (virtual) event.
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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