Worship Reopening Update (Fall 2021)
Rules for in the building worship:
1. Congregational Singing is once again back in place: The congregation will once again be invited to join in congregational singing. We ask that worship attendees remain in masks but we look forward to once again hearing your voices in our praise back to God.
2. The restrooms are once again open: Please note that all restrooms in the building ARE once again open for use. Please spread the word!
3. Office Hours: Our administrative assistant Dean Manwaring will be working in person in the office from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday. Any visitors to the office are asked to please wear a mask.
4. Communion reboot: While it has been important to continue celebrating in communion this past year we recognize that the "to-go" communion kits are not an ideal way to receive communion. We will once again be inviting people to come forward to receive communion with pre-cut pieces of bread and individual juice cups. (For those worshiping from home or the parking lot we will still have "to-go" communion kits available for use)
5. In-Person Meetings Once Again Allowed: While the AdCo will continue to meet virtually for the time being other ministry groups of the church are allowed to resume in-person meetings in the church. Please make sure to schedule with Dean through the church office so we are aware of who is using the building.
6. Our nursery is open again: Our nursery is fully open and back in the normal location. We have Dylan Schmidt and Taylor Neis ready to care for your little ones during worship service if you would like to utilize their services. Children 5 and under are welcome to join while you enjoy worship time
7. Sunday School: Sunday School for ages Preschool-12th grade is once again back in operation from 9:45-10:15 am.
Soon but not YET: Church leadership will continue to evaluate recommended guidelines through the CDC and our local county health department. While we are not quite ready to resume passing the offering plate, indoor fellowship time, and shaking of hands during passing of the peace" we will still encourage creative ways for you to engage in these important practices. We thank you for your patience and please know EVERY decision we make is keeping the safety of each of you in mind!
Guidelines for Drive-in 9:00 am Worship:
As you drive into the church parking lot, please check in with the greeter standing on the porch.
In addition to taking note of attendance, Greeters will have the following items: extra masks, a few worship bulletins, pre-packaged communion supplies (on Communion Sunday), a notebook to write down any joys or concerns, and a collection box (to collect any offering).
An Usher will direct you to your seat.
Please maintain 6' distance.
If exiting your vehicle, please wear a mask.
● Radio transmission of service is available by tuning the radio in your vehicle to 88.7 FM.
Stay at home request: Please stay home if you or a member of your household are experiencing or have been experiencing the following symptoms such as cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, shortness of breath or other illness within the past 14 days, have been exposed to or are residing with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, traveled out of the country or to “hot spots,” or you are at a higher risk for severe illness.
(detailed guidelines available upon request).
October Sermon Information
October 3 (World Communion Sunday) "Communities of the Broken and Blessed"
Scripture: Mark 10: 13-16. We all have “baggage” we carry with us and yet we are reminded continually within the Gospel of Jesus who accepts us for who we are. Join us this week to celebrate in our Unity as one body regardless of our race, age, gender, religion preference, socio-economic status, etc. Within our message for today Christ is reminding us that we are called to welcome all, yes, even the youngest amongst us.
October 10 (Blessing of the Pets) "“Birds, Fish, Cats and Dogs Too!”
Scripture: Psalm 148: 7-14. One of the Early Church Fathers, St. Francis, sought to recognize all of creation as a beautiful, beloved creation. So often we may look past our furry, feathered, and scaled friends without looking to them for who they are, a beloved creation of God. You are invited this Sunday to lift up any of your pets, celebrating in who they are, how they are a part of your life, and bringing them along with you (as you feel comfortable) to receive a special blessing on this Sunday.
October 17 "The Beloved Seat"
Scripture: Mark 10:35-45. Talk with any parent and they will share with you at least one story of how their child or children have fought over the prized seat within the family vehicle. I too remember the days my younger sister and I fought over who got to ride in the front seat of the car. In our lesson for today we have a similar problem. Two of the disciples, James and John, are fighting over who will have a seat next to Christ in the heavenly kingdom. In the end Christ reminds each of the disciples that it is not his to grant, but for those to whom it has been given. Reminding the disciples of humility, within the heavenly kingdom it is often not where we are in line or the vehicle that matters, but where our heart is in relationship with the Lord.
October 24 "From Seen to Seeing"
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52. What are the moments in our life when we have been noticed, seen? For many of us we each have had those instances in life when someone or something has passed us over without anyone taking notice. When it comes to Christ, however, we are never looked over. Join us as we turn to the story of Bartimeus, a blind man who only wants to be recognized by the Lord, seen for who he is. A wonderful story of healing and the power faith in Christ might have in our lives.
October 31 (UMW Sunday)
Scripture: Psalm 68:11 & Proverbs 31:20. We hope you join us for this very special service honoring the many women within our congregation who serve their church and community through United Methodist Women. Not only will we be blessed to have several of the UMW members lead us during the various parts of worship, we will also be blessed to have special guests, “Hands of Glory” a signing group from the area that uses sign language through music and movement to share Christ’s message of love to all.
Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church's rich history. We're a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God's love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others. We experience and share the presence of God's spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages. Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the year.
Looking for a new church home in which to grow and share? Come visit and discover your place here!