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.
I pray you all are well and must tell you that I miss seeing you. Hope this isolation ends soon. Tell you a little secret, I am very boring and tired of myself. As I was complaining yesterday about six feet of water from the river in my backyard I learned our neighbors in Midland have it so much worse, and I need to be thankful that I only have a few feet and so far nothing in the house. With the virus, flooding and all the other disasters going on UMCOR is busy and needs our help. The month of June we will continue to support UMCOR with our gifts. We have so much to be thankful for and need to share with those less fortunate.
I am praying that we will be able to meet face to face soon. I ask and remind each of us of the need to be careful and for a while remain vigilant in wearing masks, washing our hands and not go overboard with social engagements. It is better to be a healthy butterfly than it is to be a social, sickly butterfly. Our future depends on each of us to do our part. Thank you for your faithful giving to our Mission projects and for June’s project, UMCOR. God Bless, stay safe and hopefully we will worship together soon.
Annual Conference in May at Traverse City is postponed until further notice
General Conference, our Worldwide United Methodist meeting has been postponed until 2021
MAY/JUNE 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 cell phone number is (517) 282-6827.
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 the electronic donation on Facebook and on our web page. That is great to see.
I long to see all of you and miss our gathering and connecting. I long for the day when we can come together in worship and celebrate that we are an Easter People, who believe in the power of Resurrection and the triumphant love of our God.
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.