Pastor’s Page

November 2020

Dear Nameoki Friends,

Thank you to everyone who supported the Dwelling Places event with prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness! We are collecting final surveys this week, and I will be reviewing responses, summarizing the results, and working on my final papers. In the Spring, I will defend my dissertation and, God willing, graduate in May with a Doctor of Ministry! Yay!! I could not do this without your prayers and support. Thank you!!

Update on Covid and Worship:

I am grateful that everyone is caring for the health and safety of others, as we have gradually returned to more in-person worship. Everyone is wearing masks and observing social distancing. We are permitted 25% of our capacity for worship, and we still have plenty of space to spread out. When our region goes to increased restrictions, other gatherings are subject to the tighter restrictions of 25 people or 25% of capacity, but our worship limits do not change. We will continue to offer online worship for all who need to remain at home and we appreciate your help staying connected, whether in person or at home.

UPDATE 11/15/20: Due to the rise in cases in our region, we are encouraging everyone who can worship online to do so.

Niedringhaus UMC

Niedringhaus UMC is closing this month, and their property is being sold. The remaining memberships of Niedringhaus UMC will be transferred to Nameoki unless the members request to be transferred elsewhere. We are happy that several Niedringhaus members have expressed that they are planning to become part of the Nameoki community. Please be on the “lookout” and help them to feel welcome and included at Nameoki as this will be their new church home, too. We hope to recognize the Niedringhaus transfers in worship later this month or once it is safe to gather again in person as before.

We have also received several items from Niedringhaus in honor of Nameoki’s “mother” church, including the baptismal font that was donated by the Niedringhaus family and a lollipop cross.

Please stay connected with one another and with God. We have a Wednesday morning Bible study and a prayer group that meets MWF, and I am happy to start or help start more small groups and provide resources. There are still prayer books and prayer walk cards available in the church foyer.  If you have a prayer concern or other need, please call the church office or my cell, which is included in the bulletin to church family weekly or email me at pastorsusan@nameokiumc.org or call/text.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Susan

 

 

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