September 18th, 2020
This Week's QUICK LINKS:
RSVP to Backyard Worship: 8:00AM 9:15AM
RSVP for Wednesday Dinner HERE

September 20th, 11:00AM Worship Guide HERE

Virtual Attendance Pad for September 20th HERE
How are you doing?

No. Really though. How are you doing?

We often get asked that very question and almost automatically speak the same old answer (or a form of it): “I’m fine, thank you!” Sometimes we really are fine, and other times we are not. If you had asked me this question during the month of August you would have received the word “Fine” from me in response, but you might have been able to tell that I was not really feeling “fine” at all because the truth is that I was tired, fed up, distressed, feeling like I was a little bit lost, and doubting the effectiveness of my response to the pandemic. In the last couple of weeks I have called it my “COVID Funk” or my “COVID Haze.” Whatever it was, I was deep in it and even though I was showing up each day, I really didn’t feel like I was at the game at all.

By way of some excellent support at home and through friends, taking time to dive into the Scriptures seeking God’s word to me for this moment, as well as the excellent and caring leaders of the grace-filled family at Memorial, I can confidently report that I am not in the same place today at all. Thank God!

Why do I tell you this? First, I tell you this to remind you of something that we spoke of together back in January of this year during our worship series on mental health matters: it is okay not to be okay. All of us have moments when our confidence wobbles. All of us have moments in which we wonder what we are doing has any effect. All of us have moments when the pressures of this world (of which there seem to be an abundance these days) just get on top of us. It’s okay not to be okay.

I also tell you this to remind you that when we do experience those moments, the most important thing we can do is to reach out and get the support we need. This week in church we will read together some words from the letter to the Philippians, in which Paul reminds the church that he is there for them “to continue with [them] for [their] progress and joy in the faith.” (Phil 1:25). He exhorts them to stand together in unity, “striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil 1:27) That image of striving “side by side” is a powerful one. I am thankful to be part of a church that deeply desires to embody this day in and day out. I hope you are too.
I cannot wait to see you all on Sunday and share some more.

Blessings,


Pastor Charlie
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 20th, 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/Memorial9-20
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.

***Coming to Backyard Worship this Sunday?
Bring a percussion instrument (a small drum, maracas, a pot and spoon) or a scarf to wave during our special music! It will be a way to participate without singing during one of our songs!
This Saturday is Florida Annual Conference

You can read more about what's going on at our virtual 2020 conference here....

Read more
www.flumc.org
Florida Annual Conference usually happens in June. In this not-so-normal year, Annual Conference was been moved online and will take place this Saturday.
Anyone can watch the live feeds.

Pray for our delegates from Memorial as they do the work of our church:
Tricia Harrell
Larry Mobley
Mary Negron

And our two At-Large Northeast District Delegates:
Mattie Scruggs
Jessica Barber Scott
Bishop's Offering at Annual Conference:
Each year at Annual Conference, the Bishop highlights a special ministry of the Florida Conference to raise awareness and givings for. This year's Bishop's Offering is for Fill the Table. (Learn more HERE )
To give to this special offering, designate "2020 Bishop's Offering" on your check or select that option in Give+ or through Vanco at mumconline.com/give.
Beginning This Week!
Out from Obscurity-- Biblical Heroines You May Not Know
Begins Wednesday
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 Tuesday or Thursday 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.
COMING SOON: 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. 
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

The Grace of Les Miserable,
in the Multipurpose Room with Dr. Joan, 1:30PM

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
Out from Obscurity, Pastor Alyce
(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

The Grace of Les Miserable, via ZOOM with Dr. Joan, 7:00PM
Did you know that during Backyard Worship last week we welcome in EIGHT new members?? And one of them was our 800th member!!

So many wonderful things are happening at and through Memorial right now, even during this unique time of distancing! We have much to be thankful for!
Check out some more highlights from
last Sunday's Online Worship!
Clip 1: A beautiful video made by our praise band!
Clip 2: Praise songs with Jeanie and Joey.
Clip 3: Pastor Carrie's children's message.
Clip 4: A musical reflection from our praise band.
CALLING ALL YOUTH, 6th grade - 12th grade!
Youth have resumed Sunday night gatherings. Join them at 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. Those who give will get a $10 gift card and cancer awareness socks. You can still sign up to give at oneblood.org.
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/WNDSept23
(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.
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FLUMC

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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.
The United Methodist Church has its own news service!Methodist New Service website, umnews.org,
or the Florida Conference Website, flumc.org.