From Pastor Ron July 2, 2019

What's Going On Daily Worship Join us each morning at Ocean Shores United Methodist Church FACEBOOK Group for worship. Worship will start at 10:30 A.M., but you can access the recording following the live broadcast. Sunday Service Join us for Worship on FACEBOOK on Sunday, July 5. This week’s sermon is on Freedom. 10:30 a.m. Ocean Shores United Methodist Church Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/OceanShoresUnitedMethodistChurchOSUMC OSUMC Community The Administrative Council and Pastor continue to work on a phased plan for reentry into the worship space. We are working with the District Superintendent to get a plan approved for reentry. At this time we do not have an anticipated date for in-person worship. We are using this time to develop an online presence. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ron Myers, rrpmyers@gmail.com or call 907-947-4650 (cell). Upcoming Event ZOOM COFFEE FELLOWSHIP HOUR Description: This is an opportunity to engage in an online conversation with one another utilizing the ZOOM Platform. Date: Thursday, July 9th Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ron,...

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From the Bishop, April 24, 2020

United Methodist Clergy and Laity of the Greater Northwest Area, By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, guide our feet into the way of peace.    Luke 1:78-79 EXTENSION OF WORSHIP SUSPENSION AND BUILDING CLOSURES As bishop of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church, I am extending the suspension of in-person worship in United Methodist Churches and other ministries and the closure of church facilities to all but essential services throughout the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences through May 30, 2020, until and unless state government and health officials lift restrictions based upon their published criteria for re-opening. This date may be reconsidered as circumstances change. How did I come to this decision, and what does it mean? MARCH 24: Suspension of In-Person Worship and Closure of Buildings. On March 24 I directed that in-person worship and other gatherings be postponed in United Methodist Churches and other ministries through April 30, 2020. At the same time, I directed that all Church facilities were to be closed except for essential services. These actions were taken to protect the health of vulnerable people, to slow the spread of the disease, and to prevent health care systems from becoming overwhelmed by a sudden surge of cases needing hospital beds and equipment. You helped keep people HEALTHY! You did it! You made adjustments and found ways to be church without gathering for worship. Your actions, and the general populations’ compliance with the orders of the governors appear to have slowed the spread, flattened the curve of the crisis, and averted a crisis in our health care systems. I thank God for the incredible ways you have contributed to these outcomes. At the same time, we grieve over people who have contracted COVID-19, some of whom have been hospitalized and even died. And we continue to hold in our hearts and prayers all who are at risk for this disease because they render essential services, or have compromising health conditions, or who, because of systemic inequities in our society live with little or no social safety net. EASTER: You celebrated Resurrection in the Shadow of Death. Alleluia! You found ways to overcome all kinds of obstacles to celebrating Easter. Your clergy and lay leaders have demonstrated an adventuresome spirit, as you learned how to care for one another, conduct worship and support vulnerable people in your neighborhoods, while maintaining physical distancing and suspending all gatherings. Christ the Lord was Risen again this Easter, with shouts of Hosannah!, prayers for strength and healing, and acts of generosity....

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From the Bishop, April 23, 2020

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET? Sharing what we have with those who have less. Members and friends of The United Methodist Church in the Greater Northwest, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required and from the one to whom much has been entrusted,                        even more will be demanded.” – Luke 12: 48b “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.”  – John Wesley, “On Money” There is nothing fair about COVID-19.  People are not equally vulnerable to it or protected from it.  People don’t all have the same supportive community, the same emotional and spiritual resources.  People don’t have equal access to health care. People do not all have the same resources to endure an economic downturn, unemployment or closed schools. COVID-19 exposes injustices that are embedded in our social, economic and political systems.  For some, this pandemic means an immediate survival crisis. Sharing what we can when people are suffering comes as second nature to people who follow Jesus.  If you have the ability to give money at this time of crisis, I am writing to do so.  If you are able, please consider one or all the following actions. Support your Local Church. Your church needs your support for as long as this crisis lasts and beyond. A check in the mail is a blessing. After you have given to your local church, if you can do more, please give a “thank offering” to the FUND FOR FAMILIES. Text the code “GNWFFF” to 44-321 or visit http://bit.ly/gnwfff to give. Local Churches will partner with community organizations to “practice being human” with people who are especially vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. If someone else may need your Stimulus check more than you do, consider “passing it along” to the FUND FOR FAMILIES (above). Begin now to think now about whether you can share your salary if local churches become unable to support their clergy or lay staff salaries. And, finally, if you can’t make financial contributions, offer what you can. Life-saving social distance. A prayer. A phone call. A kind word. A letter or note card. An email. FaceTime. Help with groceries. A favorite poem, book, song, photo or TV series. Weeding a garden. Blood donation. God is counting on us to share what we have. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give…. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. – 2 Corinthians 9:7, MSG Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky...

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United Methodist Committee on Relief

As each of us shelters in place to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we cannot help but be impacted by the scale of illness, death, and financial distress all around us. We could even be led to believe that this is a hopeless situation. But, thank God, that is not true! Together, we can give compassion and care to others in this time of great need. Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators, and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease. Now it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and demands a greater response. Even as you shelter in place, you can be there for others. The new UMCOR COVID-19 Response fund will equip partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist our most vulnerable populations. Grants from this fund will be disbursed quickly and efficiently to address health concerns, food insecurity, water and hygiene limitations, and other pressing needs. When you say “yes” to supporting the UMCOR COVID-19 Response, you will help bring God’s love to life for those who need it most. Join the UMCOR COVID-19 Response with your gift today. Give to the most vulnerable who don’t have a safety net and need compassion and care as a result of the pandemic. You are part of an extraordinary legacy of undauntable human beings—people of action, people of compassion, people of mercy. UMCOR was founded by courageous men and women who did not sit idly by when confronted with World War II and unprecedented global humanitarian crisis. They took extraordinary action to do what they could to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR 458 Ponce De Leon Ave, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30308 Need Help? donationhelp@umcmission.org Have questions? 800.862.4246 To give by check, please send checks payable to Advance GCFA to: Global Ministries | UMCOR GPO P.O. BOX 9068 NEW YORK, NY...

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