September 11th, 2020
I am teaching a class right now on NT Wright’s book God and the Pandemic (Which I highly recommend!). Throughout the book, Wright examines the wide variety of Christian responses to the Coronavirus.
Some popular, and well-explored responses obsess over asking the questions: “Why did this happen to me?," or "Who is God punishing with this virus?" Some Christians also simply ignore the severity of the virus.

Wright offers up a different response that highlights how he believes Jesus would respond. He states that "as Jesus was to Israel, so the Church should be for the world." Jesus came into a world not unlike our own, with people who are focused on themselves and were consistently arguing with others who thought differently than they did.
They, like us, needed an attitude adjustment.
However, when Jesus was approached by a person seeking healing, he didn't accuse them of sinning, instead, he simply healed them. When he came across people who were hungry, he didn't reprimand them, he fed them. When he met people without hope, he proclaimed hope.
We, Church, are called to follow the example of Christ.

Today, I encourage you to think about your response to the virus. Are you busy laying blame? 
Are you ignoring it? 
Are you spending time complaining? 
Or, are you seeking to follow the example of Christ and proclaiming hope and love in the midst of a difficult time? 

If we band together and choose love and hope amid chaos, we will bring the peace of Christ to a chaotic time. I have seen you do this. I have heard you in classes and seen you in our community live feed as you pray and support each other. Continue the good work and it is good to be in ministry with you all. 

Blessings
Pastor Carrie
This Sunday in Worship at Memorial... Join us Sunday at one of our three worship opportunities: online at 11:00AM or, if you reserved a spot, Backyard Worship at 8:00AM or 9:15AM. Watch the video at left to learn more!
Access the worship guide for the September 13th, 11:00AM Facebook Live service at mumconline.com/connect
or download it HERE.

Find the feed HERE OR join us later on YouTube . The worship service will be posted there by Sunday afternoon.

No matter WHEN you worship, please record your attendance in worship with our online form: tinyurl.com/Memorial9-13
RSVP HERE for 8:00AM Backyard Worship
or HERE for 9:15AM Worship
Want to learn more about what to expect at Backyard Worship? Click HERE.
Our pastors mentioned during worship last Sunday that you should be on the lookout for a mailing from the church. It's an update on the many things happening at Memorial and what we planning and hoping for the near future. If you did not receive it in the mail yet, you can view it HERE.
COMING IN TWO WEEKS!
Out from Obscurity-- Biblical Heroines You May Not Know
Begins Sept. 23rd 
Learn from many of the women in Bible times whose stories will inspire and encourage your own faith journey. This interactive 12-week study will explore the times, cultural context, lives and faith of six Old Testament and six New Testament women. Most of the women you will learn about are not as well-known as many of their male contemporaries, but each one’s story is compelling, often intriguing and remarkable in its own way. Each woman’s story will open your mind, open your heart and open your hands as you relate your own journey of faith to theirs.
The class will meet weekly for 1.5 hours and will be facilitated by Pastor Alyce, the author of the study.   It will begin on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:00PM (log into the main Wednesday Night Class Zoom). Please note that this class is NOT just for women! It’s a class intended to strengthen and deepen anyone’s faith. 
"The Grace
of Les Miserable" Begins in September This unique study was written by United Methodist minister Matt Rawle and brings a creative approach to six important Biblical concepts, the most important of which is grace. Pastor Rawle combines examples from both the classic novel by Victor Hugo and the popular musical with appropriate scripture to help put the grace of God into a fresh perspective. This will be offered in 2 different ways - Via ZOOM on Thursday nights at 7:00pm - Sept. 24th-Oct. 29th and in person class on Tuesdays - 1:30PM-Sept. 22nd-Oct. 27th (limited to 20 or less) in the Multipurpose Room.
Read Through the Book of Job, Beginning in October Pastor Drew will be leading a six week class reading through the book of Job. This class will explore the theme of unjust suffering and why bad things happen. The class will be over Zoom starting at Wednesday October 7th at 6:00PM. 
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LOOKING FOR EVEN MORE ON CLASSES? Download our Fall Class Flier HERE.

Begins Sept. 23rd
For ZOOM meeting IDs or to RSVP for any class, email RSVP@mumconline.com

Sundays, 9:30AM:
New Testament: Chronological Reading Study with Andy Foote, Via ZOOM

Yokefellows Class
with Carol Carroll, via ZOOM

Tuesdays, 12:15PM
"Everything Happens"
with Pastor Drew, via ZOOM

Wednesdays
Scripture & Prayer
with Pastor Charlie
11:00AM via ZOOM

Mom's ConneXion Group,
1:00PM on ZOOM 

Reading Though the New Testament, with Pastor Alyce,
5:00PM via ZOOM

Wednesday Night Classes, 6:00PM
Grateful with Pastor Carrie
Faithlinks with Carrie Mac
Book of Revelation with Pastor Charlie
(Use the Wednesday Night Group Meeting Code for all Wednesday Night classes: 920 047 271)

Thursdays
Men's Bible Study
with Dave Bowers, 7:00AM, in the Multipurpose Room

God and the Pandemic,
with Pastor Carrie, 10:00AM, via ZOOM

Grateful by Diana Butler,
with Pastor Carrie, 11:30AM, via ZOOM
BEGINNING NEXT WEEK!
NEW Study with St. Peters and First Pres. COMING SOON! Community Conversations on Race, Launching September 14th & 15th
We are teaming up with St. Peter's and First Pres. to launch Community Conversations on Race, an intentional partnership where our churches dive in and discuss the topic of race. We're beginning with a book study on Jennifer Eberhardt's work Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. This book study will be facilitated by a group of Memorial and St. Peter's pastors and staff and meet in virtual small groups via Zoom. The small groups will meet for 6 weeks on Mondays from 6pm - 7:30pm or Tuesdays from 11am - 12pm. You can sign up online HERE and select the time that works best for you.
Check out some more highlights from last Sunday's Online Worship!
Clip 1: A wonderful video made by our handbell choir.
Clip 2: Joan leads us in songs of praise.
Clip 3: Pastor Carrie's children's message.
Clip 4: More beautiful music from our handbell choir.
CALLING ALL YOUTH, 6th grade - 12th grade!
Youth will resume Sunday night gatherings THIS Sunday, September 13th, 5:00-7:00PM Sunday nights. 
BLOODMOBILE ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bloodmobile scheduled to be at Memorial on September 20th will now be in the parking lot of The Loop on Sadler to accommodate more people. If you already RSVPed, your appointment will still be held at the new location.
Wednesday Night Dinners are back!


Come and pick up a delicious meal prepared by Chef Mike and the students of the Culinary Arts program at FBHS. All proceeds will go to support our feeding ministries of the church. We will have a limited number of dinners available, so reservations are very important.
Pick up is at the 6th Street door to Maxwell Hall, NOT the portico (due to Lamb students being picked up at the same time.)
You can pay online or at the door. Dinners are $8 each.
Make your reservation at: https://tinyurl.com/WNDSept16
(RSVP is needed EACH week. You do not need to print out your ticket)
Mom's ConneXion Group: Are you a mom who needs to connect with other mom's? Join our Mom's ConneXion Group and spend time just chatting and sharing ideas with other mom's. We are currently meeting on ZOOM on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00PM.
For more information or the link to join contact Pastor Carrie or Kate Vollmers.
  • Are you feeling worn out? Frustrated? Lonely? Scared? In need of someone to talk to? Our Stephen Ministers are here to help. Memorial has a great team of Stephen Ministers who are extensively trained and gifted to help walk with you through this challenging season of life. Stephen Ministers meet with people one-on-one to provide spiritual care and comfort. To request a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Drew or the Church office.

  • Pastor Alyce is also available by appointment for pastoral counselling via phone. You can contact Pastor Alyce by calling: 850-544-482 
  • The Sanctuary and Chapel are Open for times of personal prayer two days a week. Mondays will be only for those ages 65 and over, from 10:00AM - 12:30PM. Wednesdays are open to all from 10:00AM-12:30PM.
Please pre-register your spot by calling the church office (904-261-5769) or signing up online HERE.
A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
O God, our hope and refuge, in our distress we come quickly to you.
Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided, replaced now with an emptiness, a longing for an innocence lost.

We come remembering those who lost their lives in New York,
Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants who demonstrated the greatest love of all by laying down their lives for friends.

We commit their souls to your eternal care and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.

We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you.

As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,
we are reminded of the illusion of security.
In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.

-The Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon is District Superintendent of the Pensacola District of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
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Your financial giving is still very important to our church. Giving online is easy & a good option at this time. Contact the church office with questions.

Ways to GIVE @Memorial.


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

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

  • Bring your donation by the Partin Center and drop it in the mail slot. Offering envelopes are now available outside the front door.
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