This week in my devotions, The Upper Room led me to Colossians 1:1-14 and this verse jumped right off the page into my heart. “May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints of the light.” Currently we are needing to “endure everything with patience.” This pandemic has long lasting implications for how we live day to day. Everything has been disrupted and is requiring us to adapt. And we need strength from God to help us! The author went on to describe patience. “The word patience refers to being able to accept or tolerate delay without getting angry or upset. It can also mean cheerful or hopeful endurance.” (The Upper Room May, May-June 2020, p.15) In these days it is natural to feel anxious or irritable. How are you managing your irritability and temper? How are you maintaining hopeful endurance? Remember you are not alone. We have one another. And, the Spirit of God is with you every moment of every day. As close as your next breath.
This Sunday we will gather for worship on Zoom at 9 am. We will explore how we can continue to deepen our relationships and connections so that we can emerge stronger from our covid-19 experience. Feel free to invite others to join us via Zoom. Note: they have put out an update, 5.0.2 which has stronger security. I recommend updating your app to this newest version. Be assured that I have added security measures to assure our worship time is not compromised.
We are also gathering at noon for lunch and conversation on Wednesdays. As well as Thursday evenings at 7:00 for Hymns and Prayers. Join us anytime as we journey with one another virtually through this pandemic. Email Pastor Patti for the Zoom link information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for my sermon from last week, Emerging Stronger: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. Here is a link to the song I shared, The Blessing (UK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U
Sending my prayers with this greeting,
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My friends and family of faith here in Livingston and beyond,
I am sitting here lifting each of you in prayer this morning. These are anxious times. I remember hearing a month or more ago, “life will be disrupted by Covid19.” At the time I didn’t really comprehend what that might mean. But now we are living into this new reality of increased hygiene and social distancing. I am committed to both in order to prevent the spread of the disease and ease the load on our medical system. Therefore, all in-person meetings and worship gatherings are suspended until our situation changes. We can expect this to last through Easter, so we will have to adapt and get creative. When we do get to gather in person together, it will be a grand celebration!
Meanwhile, we will gather for worship via video conferencing this Sunday at 9:00 am. We will be using the Zoom platform. It is safe and simple. If you have a phone or a computer, you can join us! The instructions are at the end of this letter. Many churches are broadcasting livestream worship through Facebook, YouTube and other means. We may move to that, but for now I like the interactive feature Zoom allows for us. If you want to enjoy a full service, this link lists United Methodist Churches in our conference doing livestream worship. https://www.mtnskyumc.org/worship-resources-in-crisis Bozeman UMC services can be found anytime at https://www.bozemanumc.org/live/
In anxious times, I am reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 4:6-7 NLT He writes, “6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” It is natural to be consumed with worry and fear for these are difficult times. Paul reminds us to turn those worries into prayers. Then the peace of God can soothe us.
I volunteered at the Food Resource Center yesterday. They have simplified and adapted their systems in order to make food available for anyone who needs it in a safe manner. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5pm, anyone can drive up and receive food. The Pantry Supper Club provides frozen meals for seniors. This is now open to anyone over the age of 60. Meals are delivered to your home. To sign up or get more information on any of their resources, call 222-5335. I am also happy to run errands, go to the grocery story, pick up medications for any of you. Feel free to call me for anything at (406)333-1388.
Also, a friendly reminder, while we are not gathering physically for worship, our expenses remain the same. Please mail in your financial gifts as you are able. We will adapt and find new ways to be the church in these days.
Grace and love,
On Friday, Feb. 28, Holbrook United Methodist Church completed its tree removal and wood collection project. Pine Creek United Methodist Church was also on-hand to help with the project. Lunch and snacks were served.
Donations are still being accepted to cover the project and a big thank you goes out to all of those who donated funds. Holbrook will be paying the tree service following the removal of the tree stump taking place here soon.
Office hours for Park County United Methodist Ministries will continue as listed through the winter. This means that office hours will be from 1:30p to 4:30p on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The office will closed on New Year’s Day.
Bulletin items will be due by 3 p.m. on New Years Eve for the Jan. 5 bulletin. You can call during office hours or email Jack with questions.
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