A Word from Pastor Dave…
Lent isn’t Magic
For nearly 2000 year’s Christians have observed Lent. It has functioned as a time to personally prepare our lives for the death and resurrection of Jesus. Lent was therefore a “means of grace” to be acted upon. However, like all ‘means of grace’, Lent is not magic. Lent is a time in which we are prompted to think about our lives (the good, the bad and the ugly) and find ways to confess it (offer it up) to God. While we will be doing some of that in our worship on Sundays, I would like to invite you to participate in our weekly: Thursday Testimony-Communion Service, that will take place for the next five weeks. Each week there will be one or two personal testimonies (personal faith pilgrimages) shared. The service will also include some music and close in communion — led by one of our four pastors at Point Pleasant—yes, we have four! The service will be by livestream . . . just like Sunday mornings. While we hope you will watch it live (6:30 – 7:15 p.m.) it will also be available afterwards on the Point Pleasant YouTube channel.
And while Lent isn’t magic . . . it actually is better than magic because it allows us to experience nothing less than the Kingdom of God.
Lenten Testimony Communion Service
Livestream on Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 pm.
As a congregation we have to be intentional about finding ways to fellowship and connect during this season of separation. For the next five Thursdays of this Lenten season we will be gathering together in a supplemental act of worship. Each week we will gather via live-stream (You Tube) and be treated to:
The sharing of personal testimonies by different members of the congregation you are likely not familiar with, singing, and Holy Communion, administered by one of the pastors (there are four) in their own, unique style.
The service will be brief (30-45 minutes) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Each week the pastor may ask for you to have different materials available for Holy Communion. In “meeting together” on Thursday evenings we can continue to respond to our call to be in community, regardless of our circumstances. The sharing of our stories of how God has made Himself known in our lives and the partaking of Holy Communion are acts of community and we pray that God will continue to grow us together during this time.
Please join us during this Lenten season.
Obtaining Vaccinations through Persistence and Timely Information
A big thanks to all of you that have let us know about vaccination options that you have successfully utilized. While many in our congregation have received vaccinations through their health care providers, an almost equal number have found success though open vaccination facilities that often require quickly responding when word of availability is discovered. Great persistence and patience have often been necessary for success.
In addition, the Elk Grove Food Bank (working with Methodist Hospital) has open vaccination slots for this Friday for persons 65 and up. If you or a family member would like to take advantage of this contact Pastor Neal or Linda Harrell (see numbers below) to schedule a vaccination.
And it you need help with transportation, navigating the sign-up process, or anything else in getting a vaccination, please contact one of us for assistance:
Pastor Dave (707) 834-9958
Pastor Neal (916) 539-3415
Linda Harrell (916) 539-1486
UC Davis Medical Center
Open Vaccination Facilities:
(sites include: California Expo and Sac. State University)
Sacramento County Instructions
California Northstate University (in Elk Grove):
Save Mart Pharmacy
Solvhealth Elk Grove (this website works with a number of providers)
CDC Portal (Tracy & Jan used this to get appointment at Consumes River Fire Dept.)
A source for local outlets can Newly Opened: Cal Expo Vaccine Center
G.R.O.W. Class This Week
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:30 pm
The Bible Project
Led by Ben Harrell
In this week’s study from Bible Project we will talk about trusting God in the wilderness. How does fear hold us back from experiencing God’s promises? We will be reflecting on God’s trustworthy character and how he responds when his people fail to trust and follow him. Join in!
For all of the weekly G.R.O.W. details, links, info, and videos, click the button below.G.R.O.W. Details
Parents with school-age children…do you miss the ability to slip away for an evening and enjoy uninterrupted conversation with other adults? You are not alone (that works on several levels)!! Join in with other parents on Tuesday nights (9:00 p.m. – Zoom) to share in some of that now-endangered time. Laugh a little, pray a little, spend some time in the Word and find out what new, painful item someone stepped on with their bare feet. Questions? Contact Ben Harrell (916-539-0146 or [email protected]). See you then!
Every Tuesday Night at 9:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 812 9916 7868
Top Secret Access Code: 587437
Pledging Our Time and Talents
Since we are not physically gathering right now for worship, I want to encourage you to use our online Pledging Your Time & Talents link (below). Please prayerfully reflect upon the ways that you would offer to God your time and talents in the coming year. Our brand new: “My Matthew 25 Pledge to God” is on the second page of the form. After nine months of this pandemic, I know it is hard to imagine life returning back to normal – a normal that includes each of us being able to freely share our time and talent in serving God as a church. However, . . . that day is coming!
We want to make this process as easy as possible for you. Since we now live in a socially distant world, there are two options:
Option 1: Click on the blue link and fill out the online form:Click Here
Option 2: Contact the PPUMC office we we can send you a form via email or regular mail.
Office: [email protected]
No In-Person Worship – Livestream Only
Sunday Worship Service
Sundays 10:00 a.m. by Livestream (plus, other at home worship options)
Home Worship each Sunday:
We will email out links to the sermon as well as our live stream page weekly to help provide a way to worship, find connection with God, and deepen your walk with Jesus. The entire worship service resources are also posted on the church website:
To find our live stream of the worship service each Sunday check out our YouTube page under “Point Pleasant United Methodist Church,” or click on the link below:PPUMC Channel
Community Group Gatherings
by Conference Call
We have numerous Community Groups that connect by conference call each week.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – Leanna Schulz (425) 436-6362 code: 331754#
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – Linda Harrell (425) 436-6388 code: 242505#
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – Ben Harrell (425) 436-6365 code: 550792#
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – Carl & Carol Rand (425) 436-6338 code: 563671#
Monday, 7:00 p.m. – Wendy Weller (425) 436-6329 code: 458128#
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – Rick & Chris Huffman (425) 436-6380 code: 888070#
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – Pastor Dave (605) 313-4464 code: 128198#
Spanish Language – Don & Elsa Eliason – Contact office with interest
Children’s Worship Activity Packets
are available each week for children of all ages. They are located on the turquoise table in front of the Ministry Center.
Sunday School Curriculum:
Parents, we have a Christian Education option for your family! We can text you a short video for your children to watch along with questions for you to ask them (with the answers) so you can make sure they’re learning the content and growing in their faith.
Sunday School Sigh Up
“Coffee with Pastor Dave”
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
This is another safe connection point with our church family! Call in to (605) 313-4464 and use code 128198#. Join Pastor Dave for conversation, stories, jokes and fellowship. Best of all the coffee will be perfect . . . because he’s not making it (He is famous for liking bad coffee).