It was wonderful to see so many Monticello folks on Sunday for our Communion drive-through. Thank you to everyone who was able to pick up Communion bags after worship. If you weren't able to pick up a Communion bag and would still like to share in Communion at home, you may pick up a Communion bag this week at the church office Wednesday or Thursday between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We have some extras and will be glad for you to receive this gift. (Upper Room devotional booklets are available, too.) On Thursday, I will be dropping Communion bags off to our homebound folks.
CONGREGATION SURVEY AND REGATHERING: Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We are currently gathering the results, which will be available to Monticello Leadership as well as the Regathering and Safety Team in their efforts to plan and prepare for regathering in person. In light of the extension of phase two in NC, Monticello Leadership will meet next week and update our plans for July.
JULY MISSION OF THE MONTH: Our July mission of the month is Back to School Bash. On Saturday, July 25, the Bash will welcome students and their families for the sixth year at Statesville High School. The Bash will provide school supplies for students, to-go meals for students and accompanying children and adults, and shoes through local schools outside of the day-of event. We will not be collecting shoes this year and will welcome your mission of the month gifts by check to the church (designate “Bash”) or online at https://www.paypal.me/Monticello2002.
TECH MINISTRY SERVICE: We are very excited that we have been able to upgrade and add new audio-visual equipment to our gathering space, which enables us to use our gathering space for online worship Sunday mornings. If you have an interest in being a part of this tech ministry, please contact Kallie in the church office. Training will be provided.
SMALL GROUP ONLINE GATHERINGS: **No 5:15 Prayer and Fellowship—We will not gather on Zoom for 5:15 Prayer and Fellowship this coming Sunday, July 5. **Saturday, July 25 @ 6:30 p.m.--We invite your preschool or elementary age child for the next Monticello Children’s Time Saturday, July 25 from 6:30-6:45 p.m. **If you would like to connect with any of our small groups, contact Kallie in the church office.
UBUNTU PLANS: Ubuntu will begin virtually next Monday, July 6 with 15 students. Please pray for these students, families, and our Ubuntu teachers and leaders. Each Thursday evening from 6 – 6:30 p.m., parents will drive-through at the Monticello UMC facility to collect supplies and have distanced conversations with teachers as needed. Donna England will lead our congregation in reaching out to the students and families. We invite you to serve as well. We would welcome 1 – 2 people each Thursday night (July 9, 16, 23, 30) to be outside and represent our church, distributing supplies and kindness. Contact Kallie in the church office to indicate your willingness.
UPCOMING VBS: Plans are underway for Monticello UMC’s Wilderness Escape at-home VBS experience for kids—July 19-22. Save the date and be on the lookout for registration info!
MONTICELLO PRESCHOOL—ENROLL NOW: If you have a child, grandchild, neighbor, relative, or friend, who has a 2, 3, or 4-year-old, invite them to consider Monticello UMC Weekday Preschool. Registration is open for the upcoming 2020-21 preschool year. http://www.monticelloumc.org/preschool
SPIRITUAL GIVING: Thank you for your ongoing generosity and faithfulness to our mission and ministry. You may continue to give by sending a check to 308 Island Ford Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or by very easily set up a recurring gift online or give a one-time gift at http://www.monticelloumc.org/online-giving. If you have questions about either of these online options, please call Kallie at 704-924-8322.
ALUMINUM CANS: We have had a couple of individuals thoroughly clean the trailer and area around the trailer at the back of the church facility. Until we create a new process for collecting and removing cans from the trailer, we would ask you temporarily to hold off on leaving aluminum cans on the trailer. Thank you!
We extend our prayers and sympathy to Owen and Faye Fair, following the passing of Owen’s sister, Thelma Bruner, last week. If you would like to send a note or card to the Fairs, you may mail one to 127 Miller Farm Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
As we seek to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, may the love of Christ be with you so that we may share that love with others.