Worship Reopening Guide (Fall/Winter 2020)
- Eudora UMC Color code for church will be set each Thursday and governed by the color status of Lawrence-Douglas County Health Education Response website at https://ldchealth.org/457/Smart-and-Safe-School-Reopening. This color coding will be sent out on Friday through the various communication tools now in place for EUMC.
Code Green: If outside temperature is 40 degrees or less, worship will be held inside with a limit of 45 attendees which includes the pastor, praise band and support staff. Radio transmission will be available for those who wish or need to worship from their vehicle.
Code Yellow: If outside temperature is 40 degrees or less, worship will be held inside with a limit of 34 people which includes the pastor, praise band and support staff. Radio transmission will be available for those who wish or need to worship from their vehicle
Code Orange: If outside temperature is 40 degrees or less, there will be no indoor worship. Pastor and praise band will conduct worship from the sanctuary and it will be available by livestream. Radio transmission will be available for those who wish to worship from their vehicle.
Code Red: There will be no indoor worship. Service will be virtual or pre-recorded. No radio transmission.
*Special Note: Weather determination for outdoor worship will be based on predicted weather for Sunday morning. Praise Band will remain outside when predicted weather at time of worship is 40 degrees (with wind-chill), little to no precipitation and no thunderstorms or severe weather in the area.
Rules for in the building worship:
● No congregational singing.
● No nursery provided.
● No Sunday School.
● Will have bathrooms closed except for a single-person bathroom near the playground door (for emergency use only).
● No bulletins or bulletins placed in seats on Friday afternoon.
● Communion will be by to-go cup only.
● No passing of the offering plate.
● No Fellowship time.
It is also the recommended that as until as such time as the pandemic is deemed under control and a safe vaccine available, that the church be used only on Sunday by EUMC as indicated above with additional guidelines and as shown on the EUMC Updated Worship Guidelines - COVID-19 (detailed guidelines available upon request).
Guidelines for Drive-in 9:00 am Worship:
● Please RSVP your attendance prior to the worship service: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-in-worship-service-tickets-111846315340
● Please check the weather: Worship will not take place if there are thunderstorms.
● As you drive into the church parking lot, please check in with a greeter.
● 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 parking space in front of the church.
● Please stay in your vehicle or in lawn chairs by your vehicle. Everyone needs to stay with the people with whom they came.
● Restrooms will NOT be available. The building is closed.
● Please maintain 6' distance.
● All persons who leave their vehicles are asked to wear a mask ○ Exclusions: Those under age 2 & anyone with a Medical Condition in which a doctor has recommended NOT wearing a face mask.
● Radio Transmission of Service 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.
November sermon series "There" Is Now"
November 8: “There" is Now: The Shout at Midnight” (Matthew 25:1-13)
How do we prepare? How do we get ready? These are a few of the many questions being asked by our Gospel writer for this Sunday, and the two Sunday’s that follow. As we prepare to ready our Spirits for the Season of Advent we do so within a focus from Matthew 25. As we are reminded with Matthew 25:13, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” we are asked to prepare ourselves for the coming of the King. How might we prepare ourselves as we enter these cooler months of November? How might we, “Keep your lamps, trimmed and burning?”
November 15: “There" is Now: Enter Into the Joy” (Matthew 25:14-30)
There is no entry fee for the Kingdom or (kin-dom). Our “net-worth” has nothing to do with our eternal value. This is our proclamation for today. We were chosen not for our ability, but simply because we are loved. What would it look like to flip the “Parable of the Talents” and look at it from another angle? To see its value in more than a story about those who give/do more will receive more and instead see it in a different way. A manner of seeing that God gives each of us gifts, things to be used to help build up the body of Christ. As we draw ever closer to the Season of Advent how might we see the Season of Preparation as one in which we prepare to help build up the kingdom. Build it up through our acts of preparation, love, service, and joy.
November 22: “There" is Now: In Christ’s Glory” (Matthew 25:31-46) Christ the King Sunday
The Reign of Christ or Christ the King Sunday are wonderful reminders of the “one we have chosen to follow.” It is an opportunity to give thanks for the author of salvation who has given us the gift of the church and the fellowship of the body that we celebrate each time we gather in person or online. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to give thanks for all that we have been given. The question being, how do we give thanks when there are some who do not have enough? Our text this week invites us to see Christ in the faces of “the least of these.” How might Christ be inviting us to be thankful in this Season of thanks? How might we live out gratitude through our gifts, our service and our love? May we on this last Season of the Church year look to all that has gone before us, as we seek out a Christ who meets us where we are, yes even in the midst of a Pandemic. May we give thanks for our place in the body of Christ.
Advent sermon series "I Believe, Even When..."
November 29: (First Sunday of Advent): “I Believe, Even When…” Sermon Series
Week 1: “I Believe in the Sun: Hope for Tomorrow” (Mark 1:1-15 & Isaiah 40:1-11)
This Advent, we are looking to hear some comfort, some challenge and some good news. The prophet Isaiah and the four Gospel authors were writing in a time when people needed desperately to hear all of these as well. This first week, Isaiah and the gospel writer who published first–Mark–reassure the people that good news is beginning and yet they both say, “make yourself ready!” Raise your voices, change your hearts, get ready to be transformed, because now is the time. Have hope that we can do what needs to be done to bring more light into the world.
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.
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