"Drive-in church" Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10
Photography by Steve Lowry
"Drive-in church" highlight video
Filmed Sunday, May 10

Wondering what this new "drive-in church" is all about?

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This Sunday, May 17, drive-in services continue at 9:30 & 10:45 AM

Sermon: "Less Talk, More Action" by Clay Stauffer
Scripture: James 2:1-17
Sermon series "JAMES: Resetting Faith in Anxious Times"

Coronavirus
Q & A
by Woodmont's Board and Elders
The Woodmont Board and Elders have been in ongoing conversation about how to safely return to the church building for worship. Here is a helpful Q & A:

What is Woodmont offering during Phase I?  Virtual Worship Online, Drive-in Services, and allowing 10 or less people to meet in the building practicing social distancing and with face coverings. Must notify church office.

When will we be able to have worship services inside?  We don’t know a specific date yet. We are taking this slow, watching to see how things progress.

Since we could not have a regular stewardship campaign, how are we setting a budget?  We are asking members to continue supporting the church at the same level if possible or to the best of their ability. We are currently working on a responsible budget for the new church year.

What is the primary concern of coming back?  The primary concern is the health and well-being of our congregation. We would rather error on the slower side of getting back into the building.

What about announcing the new church leadership? A publication will come out very soon announcing this year’s nominating slate – Board, Elders, and Deacons.

When services return, will there be a nursery or kids Sunday School ? That is one of the challenging factors we are having to work through at this point. Currently, it is not recommended by health officials.

What if I have other questions?  Please do not hesitate to reach out to the church office or one of the ministers with questions.
A word from our 2020 stewardship chairs
A video update from Alex & Polly Ryerson
How Coronavirus Will Continue to Impact Christianity
by Clay Stauffer
Last week, I found myself on an evening Zoom call with our church’s Board of Directors talking about how to safely allow people to return to the church building for worship in the coming weeks. As many faith leaders have already figured out, this is a very complicated conversation with many challenges. 

Even with strong guidance from both the Governor and Mayor, questions still remain: How many can worship at once? How far does everybody need to be apart? Are face coverings required in the building? Can there be a nursery and children’s Sunday School? What about the choir? Are people allowed to sing? Should hymnals be removed? How do you take up the offering? What about communion? What if more people show up than are allowed in the space – are they turned away? 

Trust me, this is a complex topic and there are many thoughts and opinions being thrown around. One reality remains: “Without a vaccine, COVID-19 will continue to have a profound impact on worshiping communities if and when they open their physical doors.” 

In recent weeks, churches have been forced to become innovative, to enhance their digital game, and to find creative ways to connect and serve. Many congregations have been forced to make major advances in the online world. This is a good thing. However, Christianity has always been about the opposite of social distancing. This is part of what distinguishes organized religion from individual spirituality. We do it as a community. We pass the peace. We hug. We partake of the elements together. We sing hymns and songs together. Children go to Sunday School together. Small groups meet at church and in homes together. We baptize as a community together. We enjoy coffee fellowship together. Almost everything we do in the Christian tradition, we do together. 

For years, I have been saying that the church is a welcome antidote to a society that suffers from loneliness and social isolation. The church (synagogue, mosque) gives all of us a place to belong where we can love, support, connect, and serve each other. 

For those who don’t have any blood family, the church becomes their family. If we are honest, many of us took this basic opportunity to gather together for granted. Only now do we recognize how meaningful and important it truly was. 

There is no playbook for how churches should move forward in the coming weeks. Many things will be tried. We are in unchartered territory. Providing people with options is wise. One size does not fit all. This is also a time for everybody to practice the fruits of the spirit, specifically patience, kindness, and self-control. 

Churches need to communicate decisions that are being made and make decisions in the best interest of the common good. But remember, the church has never been a place or a building. The church is made up of people who gather together to worship God, follow Christ, and spread his love to a hurting world. We should never stop doing this even during a health pandemic. 

For some churches and ministers that have become complacent, this serves as a wake-up call. Innovation is essential. In many ways, it is also a test to measure the depth of the “ties that bind.” 

At some point, we will return to a time that feels more “normal.” In the meantime, the church must continue its vital mission. The world is hurting. People are scared. The need is great. Love and compassion are essential.    
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Welcome new members!
Joe and Anna Richard
Jason & Alex Fisher with Jackson
Courtney & Jim Fitzgerald with Evan 
My Book Recommendations
by Justin Gung
Every summer, the staff compiles a list of books that it recommends to church members as they travel on vacation or sit on the beach. This year, with the spread of the coronavirus, the staff compiled its list earlier than usual. I’ve been carefully considering what titles to add. After all, the time in which we live is unlike any in recent memory, so the books I’d recommend for this time should be different than the ones I’d recommend for the pool or back-porch.

In the end, I wish to add three titles to the reading list: one a work of history; one a work of epidemiology; and one a work of theology. I list them in reverse-order of importance.
Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel smartly summarizes the last 15,000 years of world history. About a half a million years ago, humankind was born in the Edenic garden of Africa. Human beings then immigrated to different parts of the world in search of new sources of food or other living conditions, which eventually led to the creation of various civilizations.

But why did some civilizations flourish while others die? Why did some peoples develop immunity to disease while others remained vulnerable to germs such as smallpox? Why did some societies develop agriculture, language, technology, and government while others did not?

In his widely acclaimed book, Jared Diamond, geographer, anthropologist, historian, and one of the world’s leading public intellectuals, offers insightful answers to all of these questions and more.
Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germ s by Michael Osterholm

This is simply a must-read for anyone who wants to understand current events. Osterholm is a brilliant epidemiologist who began his career when the virus spreading from country to country and preoccupying everyone’s thoughts was H.I.V.—Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Ever since then (over forty years!), he has been at the forefront of infectious disease research. Currently, Osterholm is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

As I read this book, I had to pick my jaw off the floor a number of times. So often since the spread of the coronavirus, pundits have said, “No one could have seen this coming!” Actually, that’s not true. Osterholm did; he saw it coming from a mile away. Even though he wrote this book many years ago, he describes in vivid detail what would happen in society if there were ever a pandemic. All that he has said has since come to pass. Less book and more crystal ball, The Deadliest Enemy is prescient.

For anyone who cares to know precisely how we found ourselves in this terrible mess and, just as importantly, how we can find our way out, The Deadliest Enemy is required reading.
The Holy Bible

Of course, there is no greater book than the Bible. The Bible is a book not just for the summer, but all times and seasons. The Bible is a book not just for days of health and plenty, but days of sickness and want. It is God’s loving word to us.

For many of us, a pandemic represents unchartered waters. We’re all navigating these waters in our own unique ways. But in whatever direction our boats point, and whatever the state of our anchors and sails, we can find in the Bible something to edify our faith: prayers of praise and petition, words of courage and consolation, expressions of visceral emotion and poetic lament, and powerful stories to instruct and inspire.

If anything qualifies as a must-read, surely it is the Bible. I commend it to you again and again.

Happy reading, my friends!
Construction update
Clay & Roy Stauffer on the construction site on Tuesday, May 12
An "At-Home Intro to Woodmont" is Monday, May 18, at 6 PM via Zoom

This month's Intro to Woodmont will be hosted online via Zoom video chat and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive the Zoom link!

Woodmont staff members Clay Stauffer, Roy Stauffer, and Anne-Marie Farmer will be hosting this "At-Home Intro to Woodmont" at 6 PM on Monday, May 18. To register, email annemarie@woodmontcc.org before noon the day of the event, (this Monday, May 18).

Intro to Woodmont is a great opportunity to learn more about the purpose & mission of our Church. During “Intro,” Clay Stauffer, our senior minister, answers all your questions and walks us through what God is calling this church to be and do, in order to help you make an informed decision about joining us in fulling our mission here at Woodmont. It’s a great opportunity to discover more about our church and if God is calling you to make this your church home!
Campbell West is the former parsonage house located behind the church, 2103 Valley Brook Rd, Nashville, TN 37215  
Second coronavirus food drive at Woodmont this Sunday, May 17

Our contact-free, drive-up food drive last month was so successful that we're doing it  again this Sunday, May 17 from 9 AM to 3 PM! 

This  time we have a special request from our adopted school, Fall-Hamilton Elementary, for toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and soap/wipes (especially antibacterial) for families in need. We will also be collecting canned/non-perishable food for Second Harvest, which is helping feed children from Fall-Hamilton and other Metro schools during this time. 

Place your food/supplies in the trunk of your car and bring it to the circle drive at Campbell West (the former parsonage house, located behind the church at Woodmont & Valley Brook Road). Pop your trunk and a volunteer in masks and gloves will remove the food from your trunk and send you off with a virtual hug of gratitude! 

All canned/non perishable food is welcome The most desperately needed items are below.

Toilet Paper
Hand Sanitizer
Antibacterial soap (especially liquid soap)
Antibacterial wipes
Canned tuna, chicken, etc. 
Peanut Butter 
Canned fruits/vegetables
Packaged pasta/noodles
Cereal 
CWF's May Zoom meeting with Jenny Simmons rescheduled to Tuesday, May 19
Jenny Simmons is Woodmont’s newest staff member serving students and their families as our Youth Ministry Coordinator. A Dallas native, Jenny has spent the past twenty years in the music and book writing industry as a musician and author. She is currently in seminary getting her Masters of Divinity and hopes to serve in hospital/hospice chaplaincy in the future. When she’s not with students or in school, she is enjoying time with her daughters, Lucy (3) and Annie (11) and probably eating Mexican food somewhere. As the upcoming guest for CWF’s May Zoom meeting, Jenny will be reading excerpts from her books,  The Road to Becoming  and  Madewell  and talking about the gift of remembering God’s faithfulness.   
Sunday worship
Thank you
Thank you so much to Deb and Steve LeForge and Hope Force International for helping with our storm damage cleanup. We really had no idea what to do or where to start, but they came in with friends and got the job done.

We were humbled and grateful to all the church members who came to help which included kids from the youth group all the way up to a 90-year-old retired doctor!

Thank you also to those who called us, prayed for us, and fed us. We are blessed to have such a caring church family. We may have lost some trees but we gained many new friends. 

God bless Deb & Steve, and God bless Woodmont Christian Church. Thank you for just being Jesus.

Sincerely,

-Rick Slaughter & Heidi Kessler
Prayers for our church family

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Gloria Jackson on the birth of her son, Brian Thomas Jackson, on May 12.  

Bethany and Kyle Drury, on the birth of their son, Theodore Joseph Drury. Big brother is William.


SYMPATHY TO:
Thereza McCoy on the death of her cousin, Erika Muller Carioba, on Wednesday, May 6th in Florida.


IN THE HOSPITAL:
Beth Shelton - Skyline Medical (no visitors)


CONTINUING CONCERNS:
Pat Bell
Betty Brent 
Ben Curtis 
Laura Hobson - Outpatient surgery on Tuesday, May 12th
Gary Thompson


FAMILY/FRIENDS OF MEMBERS:
Karen Conrad's niece, Kayleigh Matus, Pittsburg, PA - complicated high risk pregnancy with twins
Chip Phinizy's daughter in law, Kim Phinizy, surgery on Monday, April 27th
Wills Morgan, Camille Morgan's husband 
Amy Shaffer's brother, Mike Yarbro, in Birmingham, AL - chemo for cancer
Jane Malin, Julia Tanner's sister in Houston - pulmonary disease
Giving

April 19: $51,158
April 26: $18,568
May 3: $77,847 
May 10: $31,274
Need inspiration?

Check out our new COVID-19 resource page - New content continues to be posted every week!
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike | Nashville, TN | 37215 | www.woodmontchristian.org 
Growing Disciples of Christ by Seeking God, Sharing Love, and Serving Others.