Worship Reopening Guide (Summer 2021)

Rules for in the building worship:

1. Congregational Singing is once again back in place: The congregation will once again be invited to join in congregational singing. We ask that worship attendees remain in masks but we look forward to once again hearing your voices in our praise back to God.

2. The restrooms are once again open: We appreciate your patience but please note that all restrooms in the building ARE once again open for use. Please spread the word! 

3. Dean Summer Office Hours: Dean will be working in person from the office beginning Tuesday June 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday. Any visitors to the office are asked to please wear a mask

4. Communion reboot: While it has been important to continue celebrating in communion this past year we recognize that the "to-go" communion kits are not an ideal way to receive communion. We will once again be inviting people to come forward to receive communion with pre-cut pieces of bread and individual juice cups. (For those worshiping from home or the parking lot we will still have "to-go" communion kits available for use)

5. In-Person Meetings Once Again Allowed: While the AdCo will continue to meet virtually for the time being other ministry groups of the church are allowed to resume in-person meetings in the church. Please make sure to schedule with Dean through the church office so we are aware of who is using the building. 

6. Children's Time Resuming: It has felt very strange to not have the kids join Pastor Ross for Children's time during worship. Pastor Ross will be resuming "Children's Time" very soon. We hope the children of our church are excited to come join Pastor Ross during worship in a safe and fun way! 

 

Soon but not YET: Church leadership will continue to evaluate recommended guidelines through the CDC and our local county health department. While we are not quite ready to resume passing the offering plate, indoor fellowship time, and shaking of hands during passing of the peace" we will still encourage creative ways for you to engage in these important practices. We thank you for your patience and please know EVERY decision we make is keeping the safety of each of you in mind! 

 

Guidelines for Drive-in 9:00 am Worship:

  • As you drive into the church parking lot, please check in with the greeter standing on the porch.

  • In addition to taking note of attendance, Greeters will have the following items: extra masks, a few worship bulletins, pre-packaged communion supplies (on Communion Sunday), a notebook to write down any joys or concerns, and a collection box (to collect any offering).

  • An Usher will direct you to your seat.

  • Please maintain 6' distance.

  • If exiting your vehicle, please wear a mask.

‚óŹ Radio transmission of service is available by tuning the radio in your vehicle to 88.7 FM.

Stay at home request: Please stay home if you or a member of your household are experiencing or have been experiencing the following symptoms such as cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, shortness of breath or other illness within the past 14 days, have been exposed to or are residing with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, traveled out of the country or to “hot spots,” or you are at a higher risk for severe illness.

(detailed guidelines available upon request).

 

                                        September Sermon Series: "God's Big Story"

 

Some people refer to the Bible as a book of stories for children. But what if there’s more to the famous children’s stories of Scripture than we realize?  What if these stories aren’t simply harmless adventures, but true, powerful and even dangerous stories of God at work in the lives of people like us? Experience famous biblical stories with all of the richness and nuance and universal human emotion they deserve.

September 5 "A Bigger Boat" (Communion Sunday)

Scripture: Excerts from Genesis 6-8. Two by two, the story tells us - every kind of living thing boards the boat. At the end of the great storm, God sends Noah a sign in the form of a rainbow. Animals, boats and rainbows may decorate our nurseries, but is this the worst children’s story ever? It’s the time when God was so frustrated with humanity that God wiped everything out and started over.

 

September 12 "Killer Fish"

Scripture: Excerpts from the book of Jonah. In the famous story, Jonah is swallowed by a whale. But the Bible actually tells us that it's an unspecified "big fish" - like a killer whale, except what is getting killed isn't Jonah or the sailors on the ship, but Jonah's insistence that he ought to go his own way in life.

 

September 19 "Best Dressed Brother"

Scripture: Excerpts from Genesis 37-50. Born in his father Jacob’s old age and by his father’s first love, Joseph was both set apart from and despised by his older brothers from the start. When Jacob gives Joseph a luxurious, ornamental robe (the famous “coat of many colors,” as described in the King James Bible), his older brothers plot to kill him. But from the things people plan for evil, God turns to good.

 

September 26 "Sticks And Stones"

Scripture: Excerpts from 1 Samuel 17. It’s the original underdog story. The enemy Philistines stand before King Saul and the Israelites in the Valley of Elah. For weeks, the massive Philistine warrior Goliath calls for the Israelites to send out a challenger. Saul is afraid, but offers a reward to anyone willing to fight Goliath. The young David hears and accepts. He declined the king’s armor and takes only his staff, a slingshot and five smooth stones.

  

 

 Welcome

Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church's rich history.   We're a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God's love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others.  We experience and share the presence of God's spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages.  Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the  year.

Looking for a new church home in which to grow and share? Come visit and discover your place here!