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THE WEDNESDAY WORD

because waiting ‘til Sunday
is waiting too long!

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

 

Greetings Friends,

 

The past month has been a roller coaster ride from beginning to end with regard to worship. As you have likely heard, the Worship Restart Team decided together to postpone our start of in-person worship services until August 2, which was closely followed by the Bishop and the Cabinet making that recommendation as well. I am so sorry that we need to wait. In the meantime, there is a new option that’s outlined in our member's Newsletter that will help us connect between now and the beginning of August. Of course, as it’s been all along, it always depends on what is happening with the spread of the virus. The virus, though, does not impact our relationship with Christ for he is always with us through the Holy Spirit in all seasons and all times regardless of what else is going on. He doesn’t need to be socially distant nor must he wear a mask. We can talk to him anytime and anywhere, without cost and without a telephone, smartphone, table or computer. While we may not be able to be together, we are still the same congregation that met weekly before this all started and we are loved by the very same God who has held us in the palm of his hand throughout, saved by the very same Savior and made one through the same Holy Spirit as before.

 

I hope you have been receiving your copy of our new midweek communication called THE WEDNESDAY WORD by email or if you do not have an email address, by mail. Basically, if you don’t receive it by email it is because we do not have your email but we’ll be happy to enter it so you may receive the Newsletter as soon as it comes out each month and the same is true for THE WEDNESDAY WORD. Or, you can let us know if there’s someone you know who doesn’t get the Newsletter either by email or by mail and we’ll get them set-up to receive both communications. Simply contact Joy at secretary.eumc@gmail.com.

 

As we head into the week of the July 4th celebrations, we remember the freedoms we have in the U.S. to worship as we choose, to vote in freely held elections and to hold opinions that are different from our neighbor’s. We also remember that just as in our faith, the freedoms we enjoy also come with responsibilities. One of those responsibilities at this time includes loving our neighbors and helping to protect them by wearing a mask and by keeping at least six feet away from others when away from home. For the most part this is not mandated and it is one way that we can put feet to our faith as we put others’ needs above our own in solidarity with Jesus, who put the needs of all of humanity above his own in his death on a cross for our sakes.  

 

Look for more updates

in next week’s
THE WEDNESDAY WORD!

 

With love in Christ,

Pastor Kim Uchimura

Emmanuel United Methodist

Welcome to Emmanuel UMC.

We're glad you're here.

We are a growing body of Christ-followers committed to building the kingdom of God and we welcome you – just as you are. We recognize we are all here by grace and believe spiritual growth takes place best within a community of love centered on Christ. Together, we strive to be the people God is calling us to be.

WORSHIP WITH US

Sundays at 10:00 AM

Sunday School at 8:30 AM

 

5115 Cortez Rd W

Bradenton, FL 34210

941-792-3497

secretary.eumc@gmail.com

A note from Pastor Kim

 

We hope you'll join us for Traditional Worship each week at 10:00am 

with Adult Sunday School at 8:30am. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit the website to learn more about us.

When you come to visit Emmanuel, please introduce yourself to me. I cannot wait to meet you!

 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Kim Uchimura