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.

 

Epiphany sermon series "Follow Me!"

There’s nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time anymore. But then it was never really “ordinary.” The season of Epiphany has always been about seeing the light that is Jesus the Christ breaking forth into the world in which we live. Seeing is only the first step, however. We don’t see the light of Christ the same way we see the beauty of the Grand Canyon, for example, or a particularly beautiful sunset. While there is beauty in the presence of Christ, it is a beauty that calls forth a response. There are many ways to respond to the presence of Christ. In this series, we focus on the invitation to follow. It is the mission of the church to make disciples, even as we are being made disciples. It is an ongoing process to follow Jesus; a transformation that continues through every stage of our lives.

 

 January 17: “Follow Me! Anything Good" (1 Samuel 3:1-10 & John 1:43-51)

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” That is the guiding phrase from our gospel text this week. “Anything good?” Surely you can hear how that sounds; the sarcasm and even prejudice tucked within this question. We are potentially dealing with some difficult topics this week; not because they are difficult but because they may seem threatening and personal. Using the story of Samuel’s calling and an interaction between Jesus and several disciples the answer present within our service for today to the question “Can anything good…” be a resounding yes! Yes, there is always good in us, even as flawed as we are. This Sunday’s service will hopefully serve as that reminder that through God’s grace we are renewed and restored once more.  

 

January 24: “Follow Me! Follow Me!" (Jonah 3:1-5, 10 & Mark 1:14-20)

Fishing for people. What images come to mind with this phrase? How can we move beyond the simplistic “rounding people up for Jesus” and instead talk about making connections? Within our Gospel lesson today we are moving well beyond the numbers to include acceptance and hospitality. Jesus is inviting his followers to a life of engagement. How might we as the church, even in the midst of pandemic still remain engaged with one another though fellowship, accountability, and spiritual growth? How might we as the church once again explore how God, through Christ and the Holy Spirit might be calling to us as disciples AND as the church? 

 

January 31: "Follow Me! What Have You To Do With Us?" (Mark 1:21-28)

 We are a people on a journey of transformation, and it isn’t always easy. Today we acknowledge the hard work of becoming disciples and of setting aside the weight that clings so closely, and of handing over the reins of our lives so that we can be led to wholeness. And so, we can proclaim wholeness to the broken world around us. Today the disciples in our text, as well as each of us, are confronted with the question, “what have you to do with Jesus of Nazareth?” How are we living out what it means to overcome evil, and bring justice to an unjust world?

 

February 7: "Follow Me! She Began To Serve" Mark 1:29-39

Follow Me” is the call we respond to every time we say yes to Jesus. This week we once again make our commitment to serve. Not only because we have been healed in so many ways but also because we have been claimed and loved and accepted in ways that still surprise us. While Peter’s mother-in-law does not have any lines in our gospel drama, her witness is strong. As soon as she got to her feet her first action was to serve. Let us celebrate service today, but not as only as a call to do more, work more or fill our schedules with more work to do. May our celebrations instead focus upon our thanks for both the small and large acts of service that others do. Who has served us recently and how might we offer thanks?

 

February 14 (Transfiguration Sunday)"Follow Me! But Only Jesus" Mark 9:2-9

Transfiguration Sunday may not feel like a common observance for many within the UMC, but as a close to the “Follow Me” series, we do that very thing as we consider this event in the life of Jesus and his disciples. While it is not the task of leadership to explain the transfiguration, we as a congregation are called to stand in open-mouthed wonder at the fullness of the Christ we worship. In this in-between moment, before we launch into Lent, we catch our breath by standing on the mountaintop with Peter and John and James. And we watch Jesus do something unexplainable. Now is the time to follow Christ down the mountain and to remember that the commandment to not tell was given to them, but not to us. We are called to tell anyone and everyone. We are called to live our telling, and walk our proclamation. How will we do this very thing as we prepare to enter into the Season of Lent?   

 

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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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