It has been a joy to see many of you in person on Sunday mornings. Join us for worship outside this coming Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. at our church facility.
**Bring chairs for you and your family. We will provide individual activity bags for children. **There is room for several cars to park, if you would like to remain in your car. **Socially distance from folks outside of your household when entering, exiting, and while seated. We encourage you to wear masks unless seated. **If there is inclement weather and it is necessary to cancel outdoor worship, we will communicate on Sunday morning no later than 8:00 a.m. by email, by phone call, and on Facebook. **There will be one, single-stall restroom available but only in case of necessity. The church facility will not be open otherwise. **Please read the health screening information at the end of this email before attending on Sunday. **Come with open hearts for one another and for God, as we celebrate being together and worship!!
I am thankful that we also continue to share worship online. Join us on the Monticello UMC Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. Monticello Leadership continues to discuss and make plans. We will keep you updated about next steps in the coming weeks. As we seek to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, let’s continue to share ministry and remain connected in love.
MONTICELLO PRESCHOOL THANK YOU: Our Monticello Preschool has been in session for a week and a half, and preschool staff has been working joyfully and diligently to create a fun and safe learning environment. I want to share this special message from preschool staff.
Dear Monticello Family—Thank you so much for the lovely gifts for all of the preschool staff to start off our year. It is very much appreciated. We also thank you for your donations for cleaning supplies for the preschool. We will continue to do our best to keep our staff and families safe. We appreciate your prayers and support as we minister to our preschool families.
Love in Christ, Amy Gooden-Director Jennifer Southern-4’s Lead Teacher Cindy Whitson-4’s Asst. Teacher Leigh Allen-3’s Lead Teacher Missy Wells-3’s Asst. Teacher Jessica Holstein-2’s Lead Teacher Elaine Fulp-2’s Asst. Teacher
YOUNG ADULT SMALL GROUP: Our young adult group is making plans for a new discussion group, starting tomorrow Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Email Tim Moore with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRITUAL GIVING: Thank you for your ongoing generosity in giving, as we continue to be the church and live out our mission. You may 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.
GIVING ENVELOPES: Giving envelopes help families or individuals remain consistent with spiritual giving, and Monticello UMC makes envelopes available for anyone. If you are currently using giving envelopes and want to continue to do so in 2021 or if you would like to use envelopes and haven’t used them previously, please contact Kallie in the church office. She has begun to organize these numbered envelopes for next year.
SMALL GROUP ONLINE GATHERINGS: **Wednesday Bible Study—Join this group on Zoom tonight—Wednesday, September 16—at 6:30 p.m. Email me for connection info (email@example.com). **Thursday Discussion Group—We invite young adults to a Zoom gathering starting tomorrow Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. (Zoom info provided above.)
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES—Sunday, September 20: **Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.—We will gather in person for outdoor worship. **Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.—We will worship online on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to access the Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/MonticelloUMCStatesville)
I want to share several prayer concerns. First, please continue to pray for Monticello Preschool—teachers, students, and families. Second, pray for those who are experiencing devastating effects from wildfires in the western US and those at the Gulf Coast in the path of Hurricane Sally (For more information about disaster response through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), visit this web link. https://www.umcmission.org/umcor We will also share more information in the weeks to come. Third, pray for Darla and Bill Sittman, as they face the tragic loss of their home from the wildfires in CA. Bill is Nina Haynes’ cousin. Fourth, pray for Lauren and Ryan Simmons, as they await the birth of a baby boy in October. We look forward to welcoming this little one into our church family. Fifth, pray for Jim Stamper, Linda Boan’s brother, as he receives cancer treatments and for his family after the passing of his grandson. Sixth, pray for my dad, Wayne Spivey, as he prepares to have surgery to receive a pacemaker next week. As a reminder, you may submit your prayer requests online at http://www.monticelloumc.org/share-a-prayer-now.
**Health Screening for Sunday Worship Gathering: If you plan to attend outdoor worship this coming Sunday, please be sure that you and anyone attending with you can answer "no" to the following questions before attending on Sunday.
1. Have you had prolonged exposure to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19? 2. Is there any medical reason you think that you should not be around others? 3. Are you showing any flu-like symptoms? 4. Have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 14 days?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we ask that you worship with us online on Sunday. Thank you.