When the word “church” comes up in conversation, the first thing we think of is a building. We have this mindset that church is a place we go to on Sundays. it’s easy to forget the fact that; We are the church.
In 1 Timothy 5, Paul describes the church as people dedicated to doing whatever it takes to reach out and help others. We are still able to serve and help others in need as the church. Caring for each other as well as those outside of the church is the quickest way to see Jesus change lives.
The people of Hemet United Methodist Church invite you to our Sunday morning worship via Zoom. We look forward to joining together at 10:30 for a time of worship and praise for the many blessings God has provided. We will worship God by singing, praying, reading scripture and listening to a message. In person at the Sanctuary and through Zoom, we also enjoy a time of fellowship after the service.
Zoom meeting information is available by contacting the office. You’ll be able to join us over the phone, computer or tablet. Watch for recordings of our services on Facebook.
SUNDAY WORSHIP – JANUARY 23
In-person and Zoom
3rd Sunday of Epiphany
“The Gift of Working Together“
1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a; Luke 4: 14-21
Rev. Val Weise
MINISTRIES OF HEMET UMC
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23
9:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School (Zoom)
10:30 a.m. Worship (Zoom)
11:30 a.m. Fellowship (Narthex, Patio & Zoom – no snacks this week)
MONDAY, JANUARY 24
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
11:00 a.m. Prayers & Care Ministry (Zoom)
7:00 p.m. 213 Assessment Team (Zoom)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
4:00 p.m. Happy Hour with the Pastor (Zoom)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28
10:30 a.m. Volunteer Cleaning Crew (Sanctuary)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
A PRAYER FOR OUR COVID WORLD
Adapted by a member of Hemet UMC*
We remember God of history and remembrance. We remember when we first read of the COVID virus. We remember when we first heard of the hundreds, then thousands, then millions who began to lose their lives. We remember with despair and grief, whether for our own loss or for the losses of so many others. We remember the sense of vulnerability and shock. We remember the numbness that overwhelmed us as we watched on our television screens – watching newscast after newscast after newscast for hours, waiting for an explanation and understanding that never came. We remember.
We remember, God of hope and presence, the heroes who rushed to help – the first responders, the doctors, nurses, technicians, other hospital staff, ambulance drivers and more. We remember those who held death in their hands at hospitals around the world. We remember the hours and days of holding in prayer those who were gasping for breath, perhaps being kept alive by your grace and love, and the help of ventilators. We remember trying to give comfort and drying tears. We remember the support and compassion from nations far and wide. We remember God.
We remember, in part, because we see the ripple of that tragic first day continuing to impact our world even 2+ years later…..long, long, long lines and hours of waiting to be tested or for getting vaccinated, something not available two years ago when COVID first began!
We remember, God of grace and mercy, because we have grieved for over 730 days and we’re still grieving, together wondering if there will ever be an end to this as we see strain, after strain, after strain emerge. Just as we wonder if this will ever end, dear God of love and acceptance, we wonder – as we see the world outside of the millions of windows of COVID – whether violence, hatred, and non-acceptance will ever cease.
We remember and grieve our world’s inability to learn (and put into action) what is needed to stay safe. We call to you now in our remembrance God of love and healing. No matter the length of time it takes, no matter how we struggle to understand the gravity of loss, please give us a will (forever) to truly pray that your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
*This prayer was adapted from a prayer offered for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 by Rev. Dr. Derek Weber. (Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.)
UPPER ROOM HAVE ARRIVED!!!!
Pick up a copy Sunday morning. A $2.00 donation will be greatly appreciated to cover the cost of this subscription.
Copies can also be mailed if necessary. Contact the church office and ask for one to be sent as soon as possible.
RE-OPENING — UPDATED — In-Person (on January 16th)
As you are all aware the cases of COVID are on the increase. Even with vaccines there are cases of COVID occurring. The safety and protection of all is most important. Masks are now required in the sanctuary. We will continue to follow CDC recommendations.
Again, masks are required for all. With the unknowns of the variant, please be cautious. By wearing masks we can hopefully avoid the closing of the Sanctuary and offering Zoom worship only.
We will also remain socially distanced in seating. Restroom policies remain the same. Fellowship Hour with coffee and snacks will not yet return.
The recommendations for the virus and its variants will continue to be monitored. Updates will be shared as soon as possible. Brighter days are ahead, please continue to be patient.
If you are interested in becoming a member or transferring your membership from a previous church, please contact Pastor Val.
FOOD & BABY PRODUCT DRIVE
Our last food and baby product drive of the year in the parking lot is complete. Items can still be placed in the donation wagon.
Thank you for all the donations. Once again, we filled the truck. Community Pantry is is need of all food items. My City Youth is in need of baby products: shampoo, soap, powder, wipes, socks, bibs, etc. The donation wagon is back in the Narthex ready to receive donations all month. There are also envelopes for monetary donations. My City Youth and Valley Community Pantry appreciates all our donations.
The need is especially great in our community.
Donations can be mailed to the church or dropped off in the mail box.
OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY PANTRY…..
Over a year ago the Community Pantry contacted faith-based organizations and other organizations with the need for financial support.
Financial donations, in addition to food items, are an excellent way for HUMC to support the work of the Community Pantry. There is great need in the valley and this is a good way for us to serve in the providing food and shelter to others.
There are donation envelopes available in the red food wagon in the Narthex and during our parking lot food drives. Donations can also be marked “Community Pantry“ and mailed to the church.
Did you know there are now several non-profit groups using our facilities for their programs?
EEK! (Exceptionally Excited Kids) An organization that provides exercise and adaptive sports to individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. EEK! offers a variety of sports programs at the park. Art classes in the Family Life Center will being this fall. Pastor Val is active on their Board of Directors.
4-H Club 4‑H provides kids with community, mentors, and learning opportunities to develop the skills they need to create positive change in their lives and communities. Currently 4-H offers archery in the park. Have you noticed the bales of hay and targets? Their club also meets in the Family Life Center
My Selfie Empowerment This is a newly formed group formed to support young people. They hold conferences that empower youth in decision making and offer support as youth navigate their way in life.
Other opportunities for groups to meet in our facilities are in the works. If you are part of a group looking for a place to meet, please contact the office.
LifeStream Blood Drive
Last donation of the year was
December 19, 2021
Thank you to all who supported our 2021 year drives. Please consider donating at our next drive or at any donation location. Encourage family and friends to donate. If donating at a donor center, ask that they credit the donation to Hemet UMC (Code RM34).
Sunday Morning: 9:00 a.m.
Email the office or Amber Potts. The ZOOM link will be sent to you prior to Sunday morning.
Please make note of the office emails and respond accordingly for bulletin, weekly reminders and calendar requests.
email@example.com—Email here with bulletin and weekly reminder information, calendaring, membership information, address & phone number changes, and any other miscellaneous items.
GrowWithUs@hemetumc.org – Spiritual Growth Team. Contact us if you have questions about Spiritual growing classes and activities available.
GROW WITH US!
Missions@hemetumc.org -Email for David Weise Missions and Outreach Coordinator.
Bobbie@hemetumc.org—Email Bobbie Christie for assistance with reimbursements, giving and any financial business.
firstname.lastname@example.org—Pastor Val’s email