Here's What's Happening at VUMC
Good afternoon everyone,

We are doing our best to streamline our messages so that we don't fill up your inbox, but want to be sure that we are sharing important information with you as well. We continue to navigate un-chartered territory with online worship services, seeking and implementing ways to keep us together as a church family remotely, and doing our best to understand and meet the needs of our congregation and community as well. As we do so we find even the best laid plans can change frequently and great ideas are coming in daily that we are prayerfully putting into action as well. We want to thank the many, many people who have offered these wonderful ideas as well as those who have offered help in so many ways. Please continue to share your ideas and feedback with us.
We hope that you will participate, if possible, in the opportunities that are here, and most of all, we pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

There is a lot of information for you, please be sure to scroll all the way down to the end.
Information on how to access Zoom is at the bottom of this email. . The link for video participation is: https://zoom.us/j/6077853368 . The Meeting ID is 607 785 3368.
Palm Drive Through Pick UP

Two people from the Worship team will be in the church parking lot this coming Saturday, April 4th, from 10:00 - 11:30 am and from 3:00 - 4:30 pm for our church family to drive thru and pick up their palms. Precautions will be taken for everyone's safety. 
Flowering the Cross

The Flowering of the Cross has become a beloved tradition at Vestal UMC and one that we certainly don't want to miss!

The cross will be on the front lawn of the church beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11th for you to stop by and put your flowers on. We ask the following of those who wish to participate:
  • Observe the social distancing rules that are in place (6 feet) .
  • Bring sturdy-stemmed flowers to place on the cross. (A limited number of flowers will be available to those who don't or can't find some)
  • Be sure to remember to take your family photos (of those you have already been in constant!)
Pew Bible Order Deadline Extended

The deadline for order pew Bibles in honor or memory of a loved one has been extended. The order form was in the March Evangel or you can print one here. The cost is $25 each and they form, along with your payment, can be mailed to the church office.
Easter Family Photos Wanted

We are asking everyone to send us one photo of you or you and your family taken at Easter in recent years. We plan to use them during worship on Easter Sunday and could possibly use them for worship in the future or for other publications. By sending us your photo you are giving us permission to use it for these purposes.

Your photos can be emailed to the church office (office@vestalumc.org) no later than Thursday, April 9th.

We can't wait to see those smiles!
LENTEN FOOD DRIVE
The OLS Food Pantry continues to serve our community during this time of crises for many families. Because of safety mandates by our local and state officials as well as safety measure their church is taking they would prefer to not have food delivered to them. However, their need in the coming weeks will still be great. They have asked for people to give monetary donations at this time as that is the best way for them to be able to purchase both shelf-stable and fresh foods as they need it. You donation can be mailed to Vestal UMC (check payable to VUMC with OLS Food Pantry in the memo, please) and we will ensure they get the funds.
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