"The Shoreline" Weekly News, Eastern Shore District United Methodist Church
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DS Joyner to preach this Sunday on the District!
Can I take a minute to give a shout out to all of the clergy and worship leaders on the Eastern Shore? This Sunday, I am offering a worship and sermon resource for use on May 17. District Superintendents around the Annual Conference are doing this as a way of saying thanks to our pastors, musicians, and other leaders who have been learning so much and working so hard to provide us worship experiences by other means. I have huge respect for what you have been doing.

Unfortunately, I’m behind the curve! Putting together this service was a joy, but it certainly reminded me that there is a whole lot that goes into these video productions and I have not been keeping up with these new times. Fortunately I had the able production help of Michael Henry, director of Camp Occohannock on the Bay, to work with me. He spent hours getting a final edit done.

You can access the service in at least 4 ways Sunday, May 17:

1. Live Service on Zoom, 10 am -Sunday morning at 10 AM I will be offering a live Zoom where you can see the service with me. Persons who need to call in by phone can also use one of the phone numbers with the link below to access that Zoom.

Topic: ES Worship May 17 Zoom
Time: May 17, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 862 1990 1753
Password: 223259
or Phone in
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
2. Facebook Watch Party, 11 am  --I am working on a Facebook watch party at 11 AM on Sunday. Look for a link on my Facebook page  

3. WESR Radio, 12 noon -The Rev. Cathy Fielding has also given me the time she usually has on Sunday at 12 noon on WESR 103.3. You can hear the sermon portion at that time on her “We Are the Church” program.

4. YouTube recording-The worship will be on YouTube for you to watch at your convenience at the following link:

*You’ll find a pdf copy of the service and sermon at our website:

Stand firm (and wash your hands),

Just Released! A plan to oversee how churches would safely return to in-person worship!
In a letter from May 9, Bishop Lewis shared that a return to in-person worship would be phased beginning with "drive-in" worship for all churches under strict guidelines and the authorization of some "pioneer" churches to open on May 24 under strict guidelines.
A workgroup of church leaders, medical professionals, and legal professionals have prepared a comprehensive plan which includes: summary of the plan, handbook, visual presentation, and more for churches to plan on how to approach this phased return to in-person worship. Details are available on the Virginia Conference website at
DS has scheduled Sat., May 16, 2 pm to present the "Plan for Return to In-Person Worship
Join DS Joyner this Saturday in Zoom Session with clergy and laity!

I encourage all clergy and church leaders to join me this Saturday, May 16, 2 pm for a presentation of the just released "Embrace the Now, Prepare for the Next" --Bishop Lewis' plan for resuming in-person worship.  The Zoom Session will be recorded for those who would like to watch it later. Recording will be posted later at our district website:

Topic: Return to In-Person Worship ES Zoom
Time: May 16, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 3234 1571
Password: 321913

or phone in 
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 841 3234 1571
Password: 321913
Eastern Shore District
Virginia Conference of
Phone: 757-665-6295
Rev. Alex Joyner, District Superintendent
Jennifer Hume, District Lay Leader
Connie Owens, District Administrative Assistant
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