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The Week of March 16, 2020

A Word from the Pastor...

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4a
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 
 
I know we find ourselves in interesting times. COVID-19 has interrupted our world and our lives. Jesus reminds us that he is the vine and we are the branches. When the branch is separated from the vine there's nothing it can do. But, when we stay connected to the vine, even during challenging times, we find all we need to persevere. God is always faithful! 
 
As you know, over the weekend, the church leadership made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend Sunday morning worship and all gatherings until further notice. We believe in what John Wesley said, "DO NO HARM" and we want to comply with the recommendations of the CDC. It's imperative that we care for the well-being of each other and our community in days such as these. 

However, we are still the church! Rather we are together in person or we are apart - we are the church. And I am thankful for the church that you are! We will continue our feeding ministries and as long as conditions permit the church office will remain open during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm). We do ask that you help us honor the need for "social distancing" and call the office if you need anything and refrain from stopping by. Please let us know how we can help you and please be sure to call each other and check in on those who you know are most vulnerable during times such as these. 
 
Your church staff met this Monday morning (without touching and keeping our distance) to discuss how we will continue forward, especially in regards to keeping us connected to the vine and to one another. One of those ways is changing the format of The Pointer. Because we want to provide you with resources and tools to stay connected and grow in your faith we found it best to adjust how we send out information. Producing the weekly newsletter through email will provide us and you a better opportunity to click on links, watch sermons, listen to prayers, you name it. 

We do ask for your patience as we try some new things and experiment with new ways of communicating with you. Just as a reminder, email is our primary form of communication. But, we will also be using other means such as YouTube and Facebook. If you don't have a Facebook account, we want to encourage you to get one as we will also be sending out scriptures, uplifting words, and important information. Even if you aren't a fan of Facebook it is a great tool for us to stay connected and we want you to stay connected. To access the church Facebook page, click here. We will also try other avenues of connecting in small groups such as Zoom - so be on the lookout for that too. 

It is highly likely that our current plan will remain in place for the next few weeks. Yesterday we live streamed our worship service. We are aware that some of you had difficulty accessing the the video. We are working on providing an easier platform for it to be viewed and will keep you posted. The video from yesterday's service is now available on the homepage of the church website by clicking here.  But for your convenience, you can click the picture below. 

Once again, we will keep you updated and we ask that you help us, by letting us know how we can help you and how we can help one another. 

Faithfully,
Pastor Erik
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Third Sunday in Lent

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Online Giving Now Available

We invite you to give online! The work on the church must go on even though we might not be meeting in person. We have set up a secure and easy way for you to give online and encourage you to do so. Click here to be directed. Or you can go to the church website and click on the "Give" tab or click the picture above. Thank you for being faithful with your tithes and offerings! 

Homecoming Update

We are making plans for a very special Homecoming celebrating our church’s 190th birthday, and we want to invite ALL our family and friends—and that is where we need YOUR help!  Please call or email the church office (or fill out a slip  you will find in upcoming Sunday bulletins) with email/snail mail addresses for your family members or anyone you know who has a connection/history with First United Methodist Church of West Point.  We want to extend to them a personal invitation to join us for the festivities! 
 

Rev. Nelson Furtado

Congratulations to Rev. Nelson Furtado who was approved buy the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to be Commissioned as a Provisional Elder this June at Annual Conference! Join us in Congratulating him! 
Little Free Pantry
Thanks to all who have been donating food to the Little Free Pantry.  If you are unsure of what to buy, donations are welcome and needed. 
The Talent Show has been Postponed

We are hoping to reschedule in September, so get your acts together!  We can't do it without YOU!
Day Trip Rescheduled
The trip to Oakland Cemetery has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21.  If needs be, we will cancel and reschedule once again.  Stay tuned for updates.

Drive Thur Prayer

This Thursday (March 19th) Pastors Erik and Nelson will be available for something new - Drive Thru Prayer! Please drive to the turnaround located along Avenue C between the chapel and sanctuary.  When you arrive, Pastor Erik or Pastor Nelson will greet you and pray with you. You will not exit your vehicle.Use this as a moment to safely get out and about and to connect with them through prayer. 

ONLINE WORSHIP

Join us this Sunday for worship online starting at 11am. Please be on the lookout over the next couple of days for how to access the worship. 

Different Ways to Pray

As we continue in our Lenten Journey of prayer we invite you to consider how you connect with God. Click here for different ways to pray. Try something new! 

190th Anniversary

Blast from the Past
Homecoming 8-30-2020
A children’s group was formed June 2, 1884, named “Riverside Reapers,” and a Young People’s Society was organized in 1890.  There was an active Epworth League for the young people in 1900, organized some years earlier, continuing until 1941, and now is the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. (UMYF)
Source:  150 Years of West Point Methodism 1830-1980—William H. Davidson
 
Carole Wood tells us:
In the early 1940’s, I remember skating and playing in the basement area under the sanctuary on cold and rainy days.  I also learned to knit and crochet there [though not very well, she reports] in a program held by the West Point Recreation Department.  The area was used for arts and crafts at summer Vacation Bible School. 

As the local Catholic church didn’t have a resident Priest at that time, my mother took her children to the Methodist Church for their religious education.  Mrs. Mary Scott (Bill Scott’s grandmother) was my teacher and Miss Sissy Warner taught my younger brother and sister.
Prayer Concerns:
Margaret Bartlett, Cheryl Mays, Bennie Power, Robert and Michele Young, Nancy Althouse, Fletcher Helms, Marie Jeff, Jackie Hammer, Scott Gann, Terry Langley, Alice Ward,
Bentley Bryant, Jim Partain, Sarah Auler, Cody Martin, Lakin Rayfield, Jacob Grubbs,
Matt Edmondson and Family, Janice Keith

New Prayer Concerns: 
Beth Spooner, Health Care Workers
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