Let’s Get Together
One of the hardest things about this pandemic is not seeing our friends. Notes and talking on the phone are nice, but not as nice as seeing each other’s smiling faces. For me, one of the blessings has been able to have virtual gatherings with friends and family through ZOOM. While it is not the same as seeing people in person, it does help to make that connection. Zoom is a free app that lets you visually connect with family and friends. It is used for meetings, virtual classrooms, and family and friend get togethers. On Sunday, May 17 we had our first virtual fellowship time @ 10 following the worship service. We shared laughs and checked in with each other and felt a sense of connection that we have been missing.
Here’s how ZOOM works.
You need to download the ZOOM app on your phone or tablet. It is free. Make sure you allow Zoom to access your microphone and camera. (You can do this by going to your settings, look for the ZOOM app, open it to allow access.)
On your laptop or computer, you should be able to click on the link I send you to go directly to the meeting. You just need to make sure your microphone and camera are turned on. (Again, go to settings to turn on microphone and camera.)
I will send you an invitation for the Fellowship Time on Thursdays so you can put it on your calendar. I will resend the invitation on Saturday night, so it is right there for you to access on Sunday morning. Just click on the link and it will take you to the meeting.
If you have any difficulties getting connected, please call me on my cell (517) 282-6827. I will have it next to me and can answer and help you get connected.
We look forward to getting together with everyone. Hopefully, we will see you
Sunday at 10 a.m.
This month’s mission article will be coming soon
THANKS FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS IN GIVING
Also, I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have mailed in their tithes and offerings and directory money to the church.
It is a wonderful sign of your support and our connectedness even as we are apart. There have also been some who have taken advantage of the electronic donation on Facebook and on our web page. Statements of giving for the first half of the year will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
MISSION AND LOVE DRIVE GENEROUS GIVING
Strong bonds of love
The Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis serves Dimondale UMC, Mid-Michigan District. “As soon as the shut-down came on March 11,” she recalls, “our leaders, especially the Ad Council Chair, and I began to discuss the implications of the COVID crisis for our church.” Dimondale has an average attendance of 45 and is situated in a small community adjacent to Lansing. “We are an older congregation, which makes us physically vulnerable but financially stable,” Farmer-Lewis explains.
While leaders worried that finances might tumble, that did not happen. “The reality is,” says the pastor, “we have a tremendously loyal church who love each other and the Lord and value being United Methodist.” They were able to act on that loyalty thanks to an offer from the Treasurer’s Office of the Michigan Conference to jump-start online giving with two free months.
“A few leaders front-loaded their offerings for the year in a lump sum to stabilize our revenue while we figured out the next steps.” Then something unexpected happened. “What surprised us was that despite the front-end loading, our rank and file membership not only continued to give at their normal level but upped it!” Added to that finance step, two other actions “might have enhanced our story,” Farmer-Lewis reflects.
On Day One of the shut-down, the Ad Council chair immediately put together a buddy calling system. Those in the congregation without internet were assigned weekly callers. “And we just finished a new pictorial directory,” the pastor adds. “We mailed it to each member.” While they were no longer worshiping in the building, they had each other’s portraits in hand. Worship, broadcast from the pastor’s home on Facebook, showed an increase in attendance online, averaging 12o views per week. “Of those new hits,” Farmer-Lewis says, “we have not seen new money, but we are getting favorable comments that provide the opportunity to reach out and connect.”
Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis, pastor of Dimondale UMC, has led worship from home during the weeks of no in-person gathering. Dimondale quickly embraced the PayPal option offered by The Michigan Conference. ~ Facebook/Dimondale UMC
Like pastors Charnley and Alghali, Linda Farmer-Lewis credits missional outlook as a significant factor in generous stewardship. “We desire to be of service to the community and the world and are active in that mission. This small congregation gives away around $1,500 a month in money and Pantry donations. It is what they do and who they are.” She concludes on a Wesleyan note. “They have kept steady in this crisis because they do all the good they can, all the time they can, for so ever long as they can. Praise God!”
Annual Conference in May at Traverse City is postponed until further notice
General Conference, our Worldwide United Methodist meeting has been postponed until 2021
JULY/AUGUST UPPER ROOM IS HERE
If you are one that uses the Upper Room, the latest issue is here. I will take them over to the church and leave them on the little table in the vestibule for you to pick up. To protect everyone else, please put on gloves to open the front door. I will try to wipe it off every night. If you do not have a key to the church, please give me a call and I can arrange to either have the outer church door open or for you to pick up your copy at my house. My number is 282-6827. Judy Entenman
DUMC Mission Projects for 2020
January Food Pantry Competition
February Blanket and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
March Personal Needs Pantry
May Conference Project
June Methodist Children Home, Detroit
July School Supplies
August School Supplies
September Guatemala School
October Hats, Gloves, Socks, and Trick or Treat Candy
November Thanksgiving Baskets
December Christmas Joy
Core Values and Bed-Rock Beliefs
Our Church Council is continuing the work of refining and consolidating our work as a congregation in defining our Core Values and Bed-Rock Beliefs. We will be bringing this work before the congregation again to get as much response as possible before we formally adopt them. Once adopted they will be included in all our publications and on our website and Facebook communications in order to help people looking for a church understand who we are. They will also be used as a measurement we will use to keep ourselves on track with matching our values to our programing and decisions. Thank you to all of you who have offered your thoughts, we hope you will see them reflected in the work Council has done with them. It is important work that will have long lasting impact in our future. Thank you!
Prayer Fellowship Mondays at 5 P.M.
Prayer Fellowship is a small group ministry that meets once a week to write prayer cards to our shut-ins and to those who have been lifted up in prayer. It is also a time of fellowship. We are a fairly flexible group and would love to have others join us in this prayer ministry. If you would like a vital way to connect with the church, please come. If you have questions, please contact Judy Entenman (517-282-6827).
In February we expanded our ministry to our shut-ins by taking them communion monthly. We spend time visiting with them, making important connections with the church and then sharing with them the grace and love received through Holy Communion. Thanks to our nine volunteers who have made this possible: Connie Bliss, Jean Creyts, Judy Entenman, Doris Krepps, Tonie Lokker, Carol Moore, Sherrie Teesdale, and Sandy Winchell.
If you would like to share in this important ministry, please let Judy Entenman know at (517) 646-0265. There are other shut-ins who we would like to visit. If you know of a shut-in who we should include in this ministry, please let Judy know.
Thank you for all the support for our Personal Needs Pantry. We serve on average 23 very appreciative local families each month. We could not do this without your help.
Every Monday at 5pm, Dimondale United Methodist Church members gather in prayer, lifting up the joys and concerns of people in our congregation, our families, our communities and around the world. In addition to praying for them, we send a personal prayer note to each person who desires one. If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, you can call the church office (517) 646-0641 to relay a prayer request. If you would like us to send a personal prayer note for someone, please include the person’s name and address. People enjoy the cards that the group sends out and they need your help. If you have some time please come and join them. To make a prayer request, click on the Prayer Request tab on this website and share your prayers. If you have questions, please contact Judy Entenman (517-282-6827).
The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Join Us At Prayer Fellowship
10. We have lots of Fun.
9. You get the latest news about our church family.
8. Many hands and prayers make light work.
7. It is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with lots of laughter.
6. So Judy and Tonie don’t get writer’s cramp.
5. An opportunity to fuel your faith.
4. There is strength in numbers – especially in prayer.
3. To do one of the things the New Testament asks us to do: “Pray without ceasing.”
2. To make a difference in people’s lives.
1. To become a part of a significant ministry of this church.
WE NEED YOU!
Prayer Fellowship meets every Monday at 5:00pm.
United Methodist Men
Dimondale/Grovenburg/Mt. Hope United Methodist Church Men’s Fellowship Group. Breakfast meeting every third Saturday, 8:00am at MorningLory in Dimondale. All men in the community are invited.