A Note from Pastor Dave . . . Thank God for SSP!

Someone said to me recently that 2020 feels like “The Lost Year”. Undoubtedly, this year will certainly be remembered as the Year of the Virus; however, one of the most painful realities of the virus is ‘the loss’ of so many important parts of our lives: birthday celebrations, graduations, baby showers, wedding, funerals, retirement parties just to name a few. At Point Pleasant we have had to either cancel or postpone four major events in the life of our church:

The Mexico House-Building Mission Trip (rescheduled for October if possible)

Shasta Children’s Cam

VBS

(2) Walk to Emmaus Weekends

Yet, if you participated in worship last Sunday (on the grass, in your car or livestream) you heard testimonies from Patty King, Mae Burnett, Thi Samelson, and Amanda Smith about the SSP event this summer . . . that didn’t get cancelled!. It took a lot of hard work and creativity but SSP managed to create a safe online missional event that was well attended and sucessful. In addition to Mae, Thi and Amanda — Sophie Wood, Riley Karnes and Marina Williams participated. Patty King (as an adult volunteer) and Alli Meusling and Will Wood (as staff) helped make the week happen as leaders. Finally, it took the SSP Board (that includes Russ King and Amanda Smith) deciding not to cancel, but instead to creatively design an alternative SSP experience online.
This last Sunday it was wonderful to hear about young people having a great experience in the middle of a pandemic–that has forced so many other events to be cancelled

No G.R.O.W. Class This Week
We sent out an earlier note that there is no G.R.O.W. Bible Study this week, as Teacher Ben Harrell is on vacation. However, the G.R.O.W. Bible Project Study will return next week from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Next Tuesday we will send out the zoom link.

Service Times for August:
We will continue our 9:30 a.m. start time for worship and remain outdoors with our drive-in option, as well as our live-stream option, available. These options allow each of us to make the best decision possible in how we worship together during this time. The 9:30 a.m. start time allows us to beat the heat during this summer month.
New ways to do church outside in August:
…and we’re not just talking about worship

Sunday, August 16th (2:00 p.m.):
For kids of all ages – 30 minute magic show by Pastor Karl via zoom. More details to come – you won’t want to miss the fun!

B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Grill) Men’s Night:
A socially distant bring your own grill night at the church. This event will take place in August – be on the lookout for more details soon!

Paint Night:
Another event to be on the lookout for more details. This event will take place in August as well, outside, socially distant.

Coming up for PPUMC:

Outdoor Worship Service
(Sundays at 9:30 a.m.):
We will continue our outdoor style of service for worship through the month of August. The service time will begin at 9:30 a.m. This earlier time will help with the heat for those in attendance on the grass and those cleaning up after the service. The drive-in option will continue, as will the live stream option. We will provide some pop ups, but feel free to bring your own shade (umbrella, pop up, etc.) and your own cold beverage, if you’d like.

Community Group Gatherings
(by Conference Call):
We have numerous Community Groups that connect by conference call each week. Know that there is opportunity for each and every person to have this powerful form of Christian community at this time. Contact the church office if you are not connected with a Community Group conference call and would like to be: [email protected]

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: www.ppumc.com/alternative-worship-resources. 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

Children’s Worship Activity Packets
are available each week for children of all ages. The supplies are in a self-contained packet each week, one per child, and safety measures are used when they are assembled. The activity packets coincide with the sermon each week. They are located on the turquoise table in front of the Ministry Center. Feel free to grab one for your child as you’re able throughout the week.

Sunday School Canned Food Drive
During the Month of August
The Canned Food Collection Box is on the Turquoise Table. Pearl has a video message to share about the Sunday School Canned Food Drive:

Pear Samelson’s Sunday School Canned Food Drive Video:

Click to view

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. If you would like to receive these weekly texts, please click on the link below to sign up (All you need to enter is your name and cell phone # to receive the weekly text). Don’t miss out on a great option for family faith education!
Sunday School Sign Up Link

Sign Up

Youth Fellowship Zoom Game Nights
(Sundays at 7 p.m.):
Contact Ed Young: (916) 895-4291 or Karen Snyder: (916) 769-9204 for more information. This is a great opportunity to invite friends!!

“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). All are welcome to this casual and informal time of connecting whether you call in every week or have not called in yet – you are welcome to join the fun!

Updated 8/6/20

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