Jesus is Risen!
Greetings! it's January and a New Year has begun.Though we continue to hunker down to keep each other safe during this time of the COVID pandemic, we know that God is good and we should give Him thanks for all things.
If you didn't know, we have a
NEW WEBSITE

One of the key ways to reach the those under fifty is to have a front porch in the virtual world of the internet. Without a website the potential of reaching the next generation for Christ is near zero. Because of that I dusted off some of my old website building skills, did a little online training, and built a simple but an effective means of inviting people into a relationship with Christ through the good people of Reliance and Ridings Chapel Charge.

So I invite you to visit the website at Reliance-RidingsChapelUMC.org and see it for yourself. Also, feel welcome to make suggestions in order to make it a more attractive front porch for those who might visit.
As every one of you knows, we have suspended in-person worship for the present in the face of rising cases and deaths in our immediate area. Our first concern as Christians should always be to take care of each other, especially the most vulnerable among us. Thus: below are the available virtual worship venue and times:

Sunday Worship: Gather Around the Word 10:00 am
available on Facebook and YouTube Live.
Every Weekday Scripture and Prayer at 7:00 am available on Facebook Live
From
Pastor Andy's Desk
Friends, our calendars tell us that we have entered into a New year, 2021. But for most of us, it will look a lot like the old year, and if some are right, January will be worst than December. The COVID pandemic will continue to rage on; more people will become sick, more people will die from the virus.

But we also know that hope is in the air. The government has rolled out vaccines that will help control the virus. Yet we still all need to participate in taking care of each other: we need continue for a little while longer to wear our masks, wash our hands, practice social distancing, and not gather in groups. Since this is where we are, there are no current plans to begin in-person worship for January. BUT, there is hope that as we enter into the Lent Season in mid-February, we can resume in-person worship in a limited manner once again.

I want to take the opportunity to tell you what I am thinking and what I see ahead for us. First, of primary importance to me is to open up more conversations with you as we get into the year. At first, these conversations will be most likely be by phone, email, or even Zoom. Once the COVID cases begin to decrease and the infection rates lower, we can consider in-person informal meetings. What I want to talk about is "What God is doing within Reliance and Ridings Chapel", along with "What God is doing in Frederick and Warren County."

Another meaningful conversation I want to have with you is about the legacy of Reliance and Ridings Chapel. You are a congregation that is in decline and this has been so for several years. You are a congregation without three important generations children, youth, and middle-aged families. Yet, you can play a positive role in building a legacy for these groups who will become the future church. The truth is that you can play a huge role in being part of what God will do in Fredrick and Warren County as these generations are formed and become witnesses to God's presence in this particular place and in their particular time. I believe this is the most important conversation we can have today and for this year.

To start the conversation, I want to offer you a prayer for you to use daily for this year. It is a prayer that has been attributed to John Wesley, and I think it will prepare our minds for the conversations ahead.


A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will,
place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you.
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen

Ways to Stay Connected
There are many porches and front doors to churches today. One of them is social media like Facebook. We invite you to visit it, Like it, and Share it with your family.Facebook page called:
Like with Facebook, we have created a new Google account for email and to establish a YouTube channel for the church. Consider this yet another porch and front door for the church. The email is

The YouTube Channel is
January News:
Did you know:

  • That every weekday we offer scripture reading and prayer on Facebook Live and YouTube Live at 7:00 am.
  • That every Sunday you can join us in Gathering Around the Word on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for a time of music, Scripture reading, a message, and prayer.
  • That on Thursday at 10:---11:00 you can join Pastor Andy at ZoomCafe on line. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81576770222?pwd=YlczSUZqMmRYclM4WkZJbkg5Q2N1Zz09
  • That from Sunday 10:00 pm - Sunday 4:59 pm, if you miss the message you can by phone listen to an audio of the reading of Scripture and the weekly message from Pastor Andy by dialing 540-225-1073. (This may be a toll number to some land lines. If so, I advise you use a cell phone to call the number if you do not have a long distance plan on your landline.)

This Month's Meetings:
  • Parsonage Trustees - TBD
  • Ridings Chapel Admin Council - Thursday Jan. 21, 2021 at 7:00 AM (ZOOM meeting)
Reliance - Ridings Chapel Charge
Pastor Andy Brock
andybrock@vaumc.org
540-336-3794