Montrose United Methodist

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Welcome!

As of Sunday, November 15, 2020 we have returned to the online service only due to the upsurge in Coronovirus.

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Dear Church Family and Friends, 

When I graduated from seminary, I had learned how to do life rites such as weddings, funerals and baptisms, how to listen and sit with the grieving and dying in many life circumstances, and how to talk about deep theological and existential questions. What I did not learn was how to lead a congregation through a pandemic, how to spiritually and financially guide individuals who are struggling due to a pandemic, or how to do nearly anything when the world seems to have turned upside down. 

It grieves me that we are going back to entirely virtual worship. As I mentioned last week, I am weary. We all are probably weary for many different reasons. Our own life and circumstances do not stop just because of a pandemic. We are still paying bills and buying groceries. We are still going for chemo treatments and doctors’ appointments. We are still losing loved ones and struggling with loss. 

We are called to love our neighbors well, and at the moment, that requires a larger sacrifice than any of us are really wanting to give. We want to “go back to normal” and yearn for the days of a packed sanctuary to worship in and raise our voices high. Friends, I will stay, and I will sit with you in this grief. I will also do everything I can to encourage safe habits and small gatherings. On a call with the Governor’s COVID-19 Response team this week, faith leaders across the state were asked to help our communities by ‘leading by example,’ encouraging people to stay ‘safer at home,’ and to continue to wear masks when we gather in buildings while keeping our distance.

Our ReLaunch Team has made the difficult decision to try and help keep people safe by not gathering in worship together, and instead, offer virtual worship only. I share this all with you so we may offer one another grace as we move forward in more uncharted waters. We’ve never been through a pandemic together! We will learn and grow. What we will not do, is stop sharing our gifts and graces with one another.

For as we look at our gospel text from the week, we are assured we are to share and use our gifts, the Good News of Christ, and the grace of God. We are not called to bury our gifts, or deny they exist, or “take our toys and go home.” WE are the people of God, and we are called to multiply our impact! Even though we will delay our in-person worship, this does not mean we will delay our worship of our beautiful God, or care for one another. It is precisely the time to keep up with the phone calls, text messages, and cards of care to one another as we deeply regret not seeing each other in person.

May we be ever diligent in sharing, and in our love and care for one another. There is no class in seminary for doing this well either, but I know we can do this important work if we commit to it all together. If we commit to staying and sitting and learning and loving. Thank you all for your understanding, supporting and loving as we approach this holiday season like no other.

You are blessed to be a blessing. Be one this week.
Pastor Lisa

 

Children and Youth Sunday School will meet in Baldridge Hall from 9:45 to 10:45 am. 

Adults are encouraged to Zoom

 

Below are links to our online worship and online giving on our website. (You do not have to have a facebook account to watch!) For now, I need you to do three things: 

1. Call someone in the congregation you know does not receive/have an email address and let them know that they can join us on Facebook, Sunday morning at 8:15 am.  Possibly ask to help them if they have a computer and if you know how, to set up a bookmark with our online worship.  If they do not have a computer, work with them to contact the church.  We've bought several chromebooks, passed them out to folks without computers and they are able to enjoy the worship service.

If you have a computer, link to our facebook page (you don't have to have an account to watch!): WORSHIP AT 8:15 AM

Worship online via live stream at 8:15 or watch it later. Step by step instructions: 

1. Click the above link 

2. When you see our brick sign from outside, scroll your mouse down to see the live feed (or the video later) of worship. 

3. Make sure your computer volume is turned on and up.

4. You may also need to click on the video for it to begin playing. 

5. Hover over the screen and the buttons for volume and screen size will appear. You may need to turn the volume on the video on or up and enlarge the video if you'd like. 

If the video pauses or stops, you may try to refresh your page. 

(We are going old school and new school. OLD: call your circles, committees, friends. NEW: online worship) 

2. Grant those around you in stores, restaurants and out and about the community some grace, we are all operating under a little stress and under constantly circumstances. The peace of Christ is passed by our loving words and actions. 

3. Send your prayer requests to:  office@montroseumc.org or text them to 970-765-0557. Pray for those who are in need as well as make calls to people in our community you know are isolated and may need an extra hand because they can't get out and about. 

Link to our online giving: ONLINE GIVING LINK 

You are all in my prayers. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. 

We love each one of you and want you all to be safe and well. Jesus knows our hearts and desires, and calls us to care for ourselves and one another. Be well my friends.

I look forward to being in your living rooms, in your kitchens via online and in person.

 Pastor Lisa

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00am-12pm
Friday: Closed
19 S. Park Ave., Montrose, CO 81401
P: (970) 249-3716
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