March 20th, 2020
We will join again online for live worship Sunday morning at 11:00AM on our Facebook page, HERE.
Over these past several days, I have been reminded of the Mr. Rogers quote so often used for natural disasters: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”
As the media shows pictures of the scientists working to manufacture a vaccine or produce more tests, as I see blog posts from doctors with helpful, accurate information for their communities, as I walk downtown and see the usually busy streets more empty as people stay home and follow the social distancing guidelines, I am reminded that each of these groups are helping in different ways.
In our congregation, we have had our teachers, UMW circle leaders, and volunteers reaching out to check on our church family, we have had people asking how they can support those who are in isolation, others have been mailing in their offering or giving online so that we can continue to support our staff and ministries. All of this reminds me of how fortunate we are to truly be a “grace-filled family.”
This is a truly unprecedented global and national event. And, we are just in the very early days. My prayer for each of us is that we have patience as new systems and procedures get off the ground, that we have encouragement as the isolation takes its toll, but most importantly that we would have gratitude for God’s faithfulness in and through this, as well as gratitude for all those in public and private ways who are helping us keep each other safe and healthy.

Gratefully,
Pastor Drew
Tuesdays, 12:15PM
Exploring Prayer with Pastor Drew, Tuesdays at 12:15PM. (Contact Pastor Drew for the invite.)

Wednesdays, 6:00PM
Faithlinks with Carrie Mac,
Book of John with Pastor Charlie,
Middle School Boys,
High School Girls
Use the Wednesday Night Group Meeting Code: 920 047 271

Thursday, 10:00AM
Carrie Yoder’s Thursday Study
(This class is full. She will send invited to those who have registered.)

Sundays, 9:30AM:
Reading the Gospels
with Andy Foote
(Contact Andy for the invite and for the gospels to read before the class.)
 
Tuesday, April 7th, 6:00PM
Wilma Bunch Circle
(Carrie Mac will send meeting invite to members)
 
 TBD: ZOOM Prayer Gathering with Pastor Charlie
We are joining together again for worship over Facebook Live this Sunday at 11:00AM. As you prepare for worship, we remind you to grab a candle, have a Bible opened to Psalm 23, and get comfortable.   You can download a copy of the opening prayer and the lyrics to the songs we'll be singing HERE.

Thank you for signing the online attendance form. Here is the new one for this Sunday: https://forms.gle/W6CJfJB2oBSyuWyJ6

We appreciate all the feedback that you gave about our first live worship on the attendance forms! We are going to do our best to address the sound issues and also employ some of your suggestions. Filming using Facebook Live is new to us. It allows us to be with you in the moment of worship, but it does not allow us to make edits in real time or add in worship slides. We are concentrating on make the worship authentic and engaging. Please bare with us as we learn as we go and discover more ways to make our worship together feel authentic and personal.

Thank you for sharing your worship picture online with us. Please continue to post your "worship selfies" for us on our Facebook page this Sunday! It's a great way to connect with the rest of the congregation!
The ZOOM app is helping groups and classes at Memorial meet virtually. Though it might not be exactly the same as meeting in person, it's safer right now. Plus, you'll be surprised at how much even a virtual connection can lighten your spirit and fill your soul!
We've made it simple to get set up! There is now a "test" ZOOM class you can access at any time to let you practice getting into a class. You can see how the app works and get familiar with it. You can do it right now!
 
Click on this link from your laptop, phone, or tablet:
 
If the ZOOM app pops up to download then allow it to download. It is a free, safe app and won’t spam you.
 
If you get into the app and don’t know what to do, click “join” and put in this meeting number: 464 587 393. Then, whatever name you want to list yourselves as can be typed in the box when prompted (whatever name you put in will show up under your face in the ZOOM meeting.)
 
Allow the app to use your camera and computer audio, if asked, and then BOOM you should be in ZOOM! You should see your smiling face!
 
The "test" class site is open now so you feel free to try to get in now and see how it works.
Join Pastor Drew for a Virtual Class on Exploring Prayer. Join Drew for a 30-minute ZOOM discussion based on a series of messages on prayer by Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The class is designed to take a few minutes in the middle of a busy schedule to pray and study together. The group meets Tuesdays at 12:15PM via ZOOM. Contact Pastor Drew for the group invitation.

Wednesday Groups and Classes Continue!
Two of our Wednesday night studies and two of our youth groups are still meeting on Wednesday nights! Those who wish to participate in Faithlinks with Carrie Mac, Book of John with Pastor Charlie, the Middle School Boys group, and High School Girls group are all meeting via ZOOM on Wednesday night. Join the Wednesday group via Meeting Code: 920 047 271 for a quit prayer with Pastor Charlie. Then, the members will section off into their separate groups.

9:30AM Sunday Morning Study Via ZOOM with Andy Foote
Andy Foote is leading a Sunday Morning study reading through the Gospels. Contact Andy for the weekly scripture to study BEFORE the class and for the ZOOM invite.
Our pastors went downtown today to visit as many of the shop-keepers and businesses on Centre Street as they could.
They spent time with the staff and owners of the shops and let them know they are praying for their survival and success through this crisis. People were glad to see them and happy to be thought of in that way.
These are difficult times for us all, and particularly so for small, local businesses (and non-profits too.) Let’s do our best not to forget them.
Pastoral Counseling Services for the Church Family
Our pastoral counselling ministry will also be available by appointment via phone and online. You can contact Pastor Alyce by email at PastorAlyce@mumconline.com or by calling:850-544-4826.
Y our financial giving is still very important to our church. Giving online is easy and a good option at this time. Contact the church office with questions.
Ways to GIVE @Memorial.


  • If you bank through Thrivent, Memorial is enrolled in Thrivent Choice

  • Mail in a donation to Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034

*By using the app or website, you may designate your givings to Missions, Operating Budget, Capital Campaign, and more, or set up automatic giving.
Ladies Liturgical Dance
All women are invited to participate in the Ladies Liturgical Dance group. Rehearsals are Thursdays 10:00AM – 11:00AM in the Multipurpose Room & Sundays from 11:00AM - 12noon in Maxwell Hall.
PARENTS: Sign up for Children and Family Ministry Text Reminders Using the Remind system you can stay up to date on what is happening with the children and family ministries. Sign up by texting @memorialcf to 81010.

YOUTH, PARENTS and VOLUNTEERS: Sign up for Youth Text Alerts We are disabling GroupMe in a couple of weeks. Sign up for our new Remind system. This is the same system schools use for teachers and our church uses for emergency alerts. This system allows the leader to send out texts and the reply only goes to the leader- it is not a group chat format. Youth, Youth Parents, and Volunteers are encouraged to sign up!
Click here: rmd.at/memorialyo or text @memorialyo to 81010
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Memorial United Methodist Church is heeding the recommendations of The State of Florida, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church by closing our campus, canceling events, and moving worship and classes online for at least three weeks. The church office is currently closed to visitors. Pastors and staff may be reached by phone (904-261-5769) or email. Memorial’s campus, including Lamb, have been cleaned and sanitized. Our pastors, staff, and online worship team are practicing social distancing and safe hygiene procedures.
 
We ask our congregation to please heed these recommendations: If you have underlying health conditions, avoid leaving the house and being exposed to others. Those at lower-risk should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, practice social distancing (especially from those who are high-risk), wash your hand often, and avoid touching our face. If you think you may be showing symptoms of the coronavirus, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your doctor BEFORE you go to see them. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
 
Looking after your mental health is also important during this time. If you need specific support in this you will find some here.  Our pastoral counselling ministry will also be available by appointment via phone and online. You can contact Pastor Alyce by email at PastorAlyce@mumconline.com or by calling:850-544-4826.