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8-03-20 FUMC Update

The Church Council met tonight, and after careful consideration of the Net Health seven-county numbers dropping and our strong protocols to keep everyone safe, we’re excited to reopen our sanctuary this Sunday, August 9, at 10:50 a.m.! I’M SO EXCITED! And the good news is, like before, you only have to wear your mask in and out. But once you’re seated and 6 feet apart from everyone, you can take it off!  Of course, for those in vulnerable health situations or who live outside of the area, we’ll be continuing to have Facebook LIVE, and as always, the AUDIOS of the weekly devotional and sermons are on the website. 
 
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS ~ This Sunday, August 9 ~ Teachers, School Employees and Kids, please sit as close to the front of the church as you can get so we can recognize and PRAY for you! Kids, bring your backpacks to church this Sunday and we’ll bless you AND your backpack as you prepare to return to school! PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS: Don’t forget to send me your pictures by this Thursday!
 
CORONAVIRUS FREE TESTING IN LONGVIEW ~ Because we know the virus can be spread by asymptomatic people, the Texas Department of Emergency Management is providing free testing, whether you have symptoms or not, every Monday through Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm.  (See below for details.)
 
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME THROUGH THE DRIVE THROUGH!  Mondays in August, 9-11 am ~ I loved being able to talk to so many of you, and I’ll be at the Church Street door every Monday morning in August!
 
LAST DAY TO BRING SOCKS AND UNDIES or Gift Cards; ~ Sunday, August 16 ~ School starts back on August 13, and we don’t want ANY child to be without such basic necessities!
 
ZOOM BIBLE TALK is on MATTHEW 5 on WEDNESDAY, August 5, at 10 am ~ 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 451 285 222 Passcode: 486447
OR … dial in by PHONE so you can listen and participate:
346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 451 285 222 Passcode: 486447  
 
This Sunday, we’ll finish our GOD in the MOVIES summer series with a look at “God’s Not Dead: Where is God When Life Falls Apart?” Can’t wait to see everyone!
 
GRATEFUL to be in MINISTRY with you all!
Pastor Debbie

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7-27-20 FUMC Update

It’s always great to get back to doing God’s work after having had a nice break over the last two weeks! I’m so grateful to Pastor Sue and Brother Henry for stepping in for me on Sundays and for Don Beaty and Cyndie Ewert who were on call. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful leadership in our church!
 
SUNDAY WORSHIP WILL REMAIN ONLINE THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ Your Church Council agreed to postpone our recent meeting until August 3 to wait to see how the COVID cases in East Texas have changed and to see what would happen when the Governor’s mandate to wear masks in all public places was in place through August 3. Although I have not seen an update from the Governor’s office yet, epidemiologists seem to believe the numbers ARE beginning to flatten again, so I sincerely doubt that mask mandate will change yet. In our seven counties of East Texas, July cases of COVID skyrocketed but in the week of July 24, there was a 14% drop in active cases from the week before. We certainly want to see this trend continue! Let’s continue to pray, pray, pray that we can get BACK to in-person worship again soon, and I will send you all an update as soon as we have a decision next week about moving forward.
 
BIBLE TALK ZOOM MOVES INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT, Wednesday, August 6, 10 am ~ If you have given ZOOM a try, now would be a great time as we turn a corner into the influential chapters of the Gospels. Here is a LINK with very simple getting started instructions, step by step, and it’s really easy! You DON’T need a tablet, laptop, phone, or desktop computer to join in. You can simply CALL in to participate although as these are verse-by-verse discussions, you’ll want to have your Bible open with us so you can follow along on your own. I do hope you’ll join us for an in-depth look at what John means when he talks about how the WORD BECAME FLESH.
 
Join Zoom Meetings ~ Wednesday at 10 am 
 
Meeting ID: 451 285 222     Passcode: 486447
 
OR, dial-in by PHONE so you can listen and participate:  346 248 7799  
Meeting ID: 451 285 222      Passcode: 486447
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdILMUXKgo 
 
MONDAY DRIVE THROUGH IS BACK!  9 a.m. ~ 11 a.m. through August ~ I truly MISS seeing everyone and since so many people are opting to stay safe at home even when the church is open, I’m moving our drive-through time to MONDAY MORNINGS when it won’t be as hot! I’d love to see you and you can drop off your socks and undies, pick up your Community Chronicle and say hello!
 
DON’T FORGET ~ We’re Collecting Socks and Undies for the Pre-K and Elementary Schools thru August 16 ~ Erika Martin, WISD campus nurse, tells us that this is a TRUE need and what a sad thing to even imagine! You can drop them in the red bin by the office door, or if you’d rather get gift cards to Dollar General or Walmart, etc. slip those in the mail slot or bring them to the drive-through on Monday, 9-11 a.m.
 
WE STILL NEED SPRAY DISINFECTANT and WIPES ~ If you’re in the store and happen to see Lysol or Clorox Wipes or equivalents, please pick up a few for the church!
 
THIS SUNDAY, August 2, 10:50 a.m. on Facebook, GOD’S NOT DEAD ~ We’ll finish up our God in the Movies series in the next few weeks with a much-needed reminder that God is definitely not dead! This movie (Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube) has led to some intense discussions over the years and today is NO different! 

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