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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, July 9, 2021
Dear <<First Name>>,

I pray that this week you have experienced the power, presence, and peace of Jesus Christ and that you know how much God loves you! 

This Sunday at the 9:45 am service, we have the great joy to welcome our confirmands as full professing members of the church!  They will share their belief in Jesus for themselves this day and I am so proud of each of them! 

Each confirmand wrote a faith statement in three parts. 

They wrote these in their own words what they believe, why they believe that. 

The last card was "So..."  meaning so what? 
What will you do now that you believe this? 
How do you respond because of this belief? 
Why does believing in Jesus matter? 

The experience of writing a faith statement throughout our lives, helps us understand and experience how we are growing in our faith.  




These confirmands have decided that believing in God makes a difference in their lives. 

They each know that Jesus Christ came, lived, died, and rose for them.

They know they are forgiven and set free. 

They know the Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, challenges, and leads them in this life to share the love of God, make disciples, and transform the world! 




As they gather this Sunday to profess their faith, we pray God's blessings upon them, and we remember that we too are on a journey to keep growing in our faith. 

I pray that as you see them profess their faith, that your own faith is renewed and inspired! 

Faith is not merely about the final destination of "getting to heaven,"  it is about the ongoing journey growing in the grace of Jesus Christ as we grow in love with God and one another.  

These youth have experienced the power of learning and growing in faith together.  I hope that each of you will be encouraged to be part of a small group where you can grow in your faith!  



As we pray for these confirmands we remember that each of us is called, Spirit filled, and Spirit sent! 

I hope to see you Sunday for worship either online or in-person!

My Sermon this Sunday is "Spirit Sent" based on 
 1 John 4: 7-21 and Acts 8: 26-40.  


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 Indoors for worship at 11:15 am.  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!
The Second Quarter Heartbeat Update will be held on THIS SUNDAY, July 11 at 2pm, in person and over Zoom. The in-person gathering will be held in the Studio, and those wishing to join over Zoom can click or tap the image below or visit https://bit.ly/JulyHBzoom. Links to view documents and submit questions are available below. The Leadership Board looks forward to this time of conversation and collaboration with our church!
 
        
 
         

Last week we had 130 people worship with us in-person, and 33 people worshiped with us on Facebook Live*! The church also received a total of $17,729.65 in giving both electronically and in person.

207 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!


*The way we are collecting online views has been updated.

Ordinary Men Dining Out (OMDO) will meet on Monday, 8/2/21 at 6:30 PM.  It will be at Lucky Oyster Seafood Restaurant on General Booth Blvd in Virginia Beach. No reservations are required, but if there are questions, please call Nick Moore at 757-419-1461.
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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