Worship Reopening Update (November 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. Our nursery is open again: Our nursery is fully open and back in the normal location. We hav 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.

4. Office Hours: Beginning November 29, our administrative assistant Dean Manwaring will be working in person in the office from 9:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday.  Any visitors to the office are asked to please wear a mask.

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. Sunday School: Sunday School for ages Preschool-12th grade is once again back in operation from 9:45-10:15 am.

7. Indoor Fellowship Has Resumed: We are once again gathering for a time of food and fellowship inside of the building. We appreciate those who are assisting in providing pre-packed snacks. 

 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.

‚óŹ 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).

 

                            Christmas Eve Worship Information December 24

Join us for a time of worship celebrating the birth of Christ, Emmanuel, God is with us! We will celebrate through song, the Christmas Story, celebrating in Communion, and Silent Night by Candle Light.

Pre-Worship Christmas tunes featuring Don Bradshaw, Kevin Hoehns and others will begin at 5:00 pm with worship beginning at 5:30.

Livestream for 5:30 Service available on EUMC YouTube page:https://www.youtube.com/.../UCa2egsN3IW7cVVctEkot4cg/videos

 

 

                                      November/December Sermon Information

   

November 21 (Christ the King Sunday): “More Questions than Answers"

Scripture: John 18:33-37. Sometimes in life we have far more questions than answers. Such is the case on this final Sunday of the church calendar year, Christ the King Sunday. Join us as we focus on Christ the King who both came into the world fully human as well as fully divine. “So you are a King?...You say that I am a king...I was born and came into this world...to testify to the truth.” While we may not discover many answers, we will explore what it means to follow “the truth” that is found in Christ the King, as we prepare for the coming King, during the Season of Advent. 

 

November 28 (1st Sunday of Advent) Sermon Series: "The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith In The Story Of The Grinch. Week 1 "When Everything Is Wrong."

Scripture Romans 12:9, Isaiah 61:1-3, 6-7, Isaiah 9:6-7."It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Right? With so much joy and happiness being spread how could anyone not love the Christmas Season? One of my favorite Christmas stories is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a classic Christmas story that focuses on a fictional character, the Grinch, who hates Christmas, and the natural question is, "Why?" Why does the Grinch hate Christmas so much, and for those of us who struggle with the question of "why" at other times of the year, why does anything happen at all, good or bad? While, yes, this time leading up to Christmas is often full of joy and happiness, within the secular world, many of these early Advent texts focus on the unknown, suffering and loss. Advent is a season of waiting. In a world that is dark and full of longing, we are waiting to celebrate in the Savior who came into the world...to bring light into a world of darkness. How do we on this first Sunday of Advent wait with anticipation for the coming of the light while recognizing that some within the world, like the Grinch, may still be in the darkness? 

 

December 5 (2nd Sunday of Advent) "The Heart that Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith In The Story Of The Grinch. Week 2 "Looking The Part."

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12 & Isaiah 61:1-7. This week you will invite you to consider the authenticity of Christmas celebrations. What does it mean to celebrate Christmas? What looks like Christmas but isn’t, and conversely what doesn’t look like Christmas but does tell the Nativity story? You are invited to join us on this Second Sunday of Advent as we reflect on what it means to consider Christ as the “Prince of Peace.” How might Christ coming into the world be that opportunity for us to consider how even in the “unexpected” we might experience the hope and peace this Season has to offer? 

 

December 12 (3rd Sunday of Advent) "The Heart that Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith In The Story Of The Grinch. Week 3 "When You're Sure You're Right."

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 & Luke 1:26-38. We all have blind spots, and how the Christmas story reveals just how vulnerable God’s love for us is. How might your own spiritual blindness be impacting an even deeper relationship with Christ? Join us this 3rd week of Advent as we look to the promise found in the story of Mary; even as she moved into the unknown, she did so in trust, she did so in love. While love doesn’t mean everything will work out as we plan, it does guarantee that in God’s eyes, we will always be valued. 

 

December 19 (4rd Sunday of Advent) "The Heart that Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith In The Story Of The Grinch. Week 4 "The Heart That Grew Three Sizes."

Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10 & Luke 1:39-56. How do we understand joy? Join us on this final week of Advent as we consider what it means to find and experience joy even when the world around us may seem to be in a place of conflict or sorrow. Advent is not a time of waiting for gifts. Advent is a time of waiting to recognize that the Giver is the gift. God is the gift and the gift is an invitation to participate in God’s story. Because Christ came, we can experience joy. Joy in the steadfast assurance that God is with us. Joy is not something we can do. Joy is simply found! 

 

Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve at  5:30 p.m. (Family-friendly worship service).

Scripture: Luke 2: 1-12. You are invited to come and join in the hope, peace, love and joy of this Season. Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child through song, story, communion, and Silent Night by Candlelight. Make sure to join us beginning at 5:00 pm for some pre-worship Christmas favorites led by Kevin Hoehns, Don Bradshaw and a few other special guests!

 

December 26 (First Sunday of Christmas) 9:00 a.m. 

Join us on this 1st Sunday of the Christmas Season as we lift our voices with a few extra holiday favorites. We will also enjoy a message from our very own, Janet Gabriel.

 

  

 

 Welcome

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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