A publication for making disciples of the family and friends of
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, VA.
March 19, 2021
Dear <<First Name>>,
What door first brought you closer to Jesus?
Do you remember the first time you opened your heart to Christ?
I always knew God loved me. I was blessed to grow up in a family that took me to church and gave me the gift of faith. My parents, grandparents, and church family gave me a solid foundation in God's love. I knew God's love, but I had not opened the door to a deeper relationship until my teen years when I truly opened my heart to receive and accept God's unconditional grace and mercy.
Growing up in church, attending church camp, reading theology books, the bible, the hymnal, all of these became doors for me to a closer walk with Jesus.
What have been the doors that you have opened that led to a closer walk with Jesus?
Did you come to a Wednesday night dinner or an Upward Basketball game?
Did your children come to preschool at Courthouse Christian Preschool and Afterschool?
Did a friend give you a prayer shawl?
Did you receive a card of God's comfort from the church?
These are all doors, to a deeper relationship- deeper discipleship with Jesus Christ.
Often, there are other doors we have walked through before we walk through the sanctuary door.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday, March 21st online at 9 am and 11 am or in-person at 9:45 am.
For those worshiping with us online, I want to let you know that during my sermon I referenced the story of Zacchaeus who climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus better. I'm not sure if you ever say the wrong name when you are talking to someone or referencing someone, but I did this and I want to apologize and let you know so that there is no confusion. I had it written correctly and I knew what I wanted to say, but somehow... the wrong name came out and I didn't realize it until later. In the sermon, I said Zacharias instead of Zacchaeus-- perhaps I should have sung the song about the "wee little man" to make sure I said his name correctly. When you hear this, please know the correct person I am referring to, and thank you for your grace.
Essential healthcare workers have given so very much, even sacrificing time with their families so that they can care for those most in need.
You may remember that last spring we shared a kindness parade with our neighbors at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.
To continue to pray for and encourage them, let’s write a note of thanks and encouragement to each staff member at Sentara Princess Anne (SPA) starting with those who work on the COVID-19 related unit.
Knowing someone cares and is praying for you, makes a huge difference in our lives!
We may not have the name of every person who works there, but perhaps we can write, “Dear SPA Staff” so that they know that their neighbors down the street at Courthouse Community UMC love, appreciate, and thank God for them.
As your cards come into the office, we will deliver them to Sentara Princess Anne.
We will begin with the COVID-19 Unit and keep writing notes of thanks and encouragement until each person has been lifted up!
Thank you for your help in showing our neighbors we love them!
Beginning This Sunday, March 21st you can pick up a Holy Week Worship Packet or download items linked throughout this email.
If you would like the Holy Week worship packet delivered to you, please email Pastor Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at (804) 930-7627 and we will make sure you receive the Holy Week packet before Palm Sunday.
The Holy Week packet includes a palm cross for Palm Sunday, a Seder meal liturgy booklet, Good Friday Way of the Cross, and Holy Saturday prayers.
For Easter, we hope you will join us for worship in person or online.
Come by on Easter and place a flower in the flower cross and take a picture with your family by the Flower Cross to celebrate the Risen Christ!
Palm Sunday on March 28
In-person Worship @ 9:45 am
Online Worship@ 9 am and 11 am
We'll have Easter Egg Hunts @ 11:15 am and 12:30 pm
Holy Thursday, April 1, Join us for Seder Meal via Zoom
In preparation for our Seder, it may be helpful to understand the cultural and historical events that precipitated the Passover festival.
Read Exodus, Chapter 5 that sets up the persecution of the Jewish people in Egypt.
Then in Exodus Chapters 6-11 read of the dynamics between Moses and Pharoah.
Finally, in Exodus Chapter 12 there is the institution of the Passover celebration.
Then, turn to the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 26 for the significance of Jesus’ celebration of the Passover with his disciples prior to his arrest, torture, and crucifixion.
Click Here for more information on the Seder Meal.
Good Friday on April 2
In-Person Tenebrae Worship Service Online Worship @ 7 pm
Online Service @ 7 pm
Elizabeth District-Wide Virtual Good Friday Service -
Churches throughout the district will share prayers, readings, musical selections reflecting on the traditional “stations of the cross.”
Click Here for a Way of the Cross Stations of the Cross Devotional Guide
Holy Saturday on April 3
The Sanctuary and Prayer Labyrinth
will be open for Prayer from 1 pm - 5 pm
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God
the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick
and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Last week we had 46 people worship with us in-person, and 435 people worshiped with us on Facebook Live! The church also received a total of $21,815.34 in giving both electronically and in person.
Thank you for joining us and for your continual support - see you on Sunday!
Almsgiving Opportunity You may have heard of pastors excitedly challenging their congregations with a mission giving goal, culminating in the pastor dying their hair a particular color or shaving their heads! Friends, I have no plans to change my hair. Instead, let’s paint my front door! Every dollar given to CCUMC Missions during Lent will be equal to one vote to choose the color!
Here's how to vote for your favorite color:
Click here to add your email, select your color, and submit this form. Then click here to donate a dollar amount equal to the number of votes you would like to cast for that color. If you would like to vote for a rainbow door, send Stephanie an email at email@example.com.
On the First Sunday after Easter, I’ll paint the front door of my house (on Facebook Live) the color that received the most votes/dollars. My door may even become a conversational piece in my neighborhood and even open more doors/opportunities for me to share the love of Jesus with my neighbors!
Easter Sunday Worship Survey We look forward to you worshiping with us on Easter Sunday! And we hope you will invite friends to worship as well!
We want to hear from you! Please click or tap the image below to fill out a brief survey on how you plan to worship with us. (This is not a registration or RSVP - information gathered in this survey will help us plan for worship.)
Glory Sightings We want to know and share the good news of Jesus Christ! Glory Sightings are those small or unexpected places in our lives and churches where we see God working in noticeable ways. Some call them "God winks" or "shiny penny moments" - we call them Glory Sightings! How are you seeing God at work here at Courthouse Community UMC? Click the image below to share your Glory Sightings with us!
In-Person Sunday School We are excited to begin phasing back In-Person Sunday School beginning this Sunday, February 21st. Please see the graphic to see the phase back dates. Sunday School will be held in the FLC. Children will start out in service and after Kingdom Kids Sunday School teachers will escort them over to the FLC. Parents can pick up their children in the FLC at the conclusion of service. All children will be masked and we will follow 6ft social distancing.
We are so excited to be welcoming back our friends to in-person Sunday School!
Nursery Open This Sunday!
As a reminder, the Nursery has been open since mid-January for the 9:45 service. Due to social distancing guidelines there is currently a limit of 4 children at a time. Families can sign up ahead of time for the nursery to secure a spot, otherwise it is first come first serve. To sign up, please email Gina Lane at GinaL@ccumc.net. We are not using the children's wing right now so families must use the outside entrance to the nursery to drop off their children to the nursery. The Nursery is for children age 0-2. These children do not have to be masked. As an added precaution, since Nursery age children are not masked, Nursery staff will do a temperature check of each child entering the nursery.
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!