Pastor's e-Note
July 28, 2020
Dear Church Family,
 
May the coolness of Christ be with you! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer season with your loved ones. 
 
I am very happy to share a Good News with you today. As you know, BUMC welcomes all God’s children and wants to be an inclusive and reconciling congregation. We took a straw poll survey last week and the result was very positive: 84 responses, with 96% of the total responses in favor of joining the Reconciling Ministry Network. Now all church members are invited to attend a Special Church Conference via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 10. At this time, we will take a final vote to join the Reconciling Ministry Network . Our District Superintendent, Rev. Sang Won Doh will preside over this conference. 
 
I am deeply grateful to all of you for your faithful service and generous support of our congregation and its ministries that transform lives and communities. Please remember that I pray for each of you every day for your good health and well-being. May God richly bless you and keep you now and always.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Jennifer
This Week's Services
Family Friendly Devotional Service
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.
This service will be offered through ZOOM. Rev. June will bring her devotion, "Anywhere, Everywhere and Anyway You Can!" Holy Communion will be shared virtually.  

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

View bulletin.
Join this service online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87366815597
or by phone by calling 1-646-558-8656.
Meeting ID: 873 6681 5597
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 am
This Sunday we will begin our new sermon series, “Moving Forward to the New Normal.” Rev. Jennifer will share her message, “When God Seems Absent,” and the Suozzo family will read the scripture, Matthew 11:2-6  Revs. Jennifer and Brandon Cho, Lori Dowles, Emily & Hans Brinks, Mary Beth Gruber, Karl Dietel, Johnny Tamburro and Margin Alexander will present special music. 

You can view this worship service through our Facebook page and You Tube Channel . You will also find a link to the You Tube video posted on our website .
Worship Update
Letter from the BUMC Reopening Committee for possible Outdoor Worship Service & Volunteer Needs
 
In response to congregational requests, the Reopening Committee would like to consider starting an outdoor Sunday worship to be held in shaded area of the parking lot  at 9 am from August 16 through October 18. Rest assured, the prerecorded Sunday services will continue to be offered online for those who prefer to remain home; the same sermon offered online will be presented at the outdoor service.  We need your help to make this happen . Please see the details below.

  • Masks will be required for all adults and encouraged for children.
  • The church building will NOT be open for any reason (including bathrooms), no exceptions.
  • Designated seating areas will be marked to ensure proper social distancing; attendees must bring their own chairs.
  • Worship leaders will use a microphone system, bulletins will be accessed electronically through phones/tablets, and singing will not be encouraged.
  • Services will last approximately 30-40 minutes and participants will be asked to depart within 10 minutes following the service.
  • Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on the church website and Facebook page by 8 am.
  • Holy Communion will only be available through the online service on the 1st Sunday of the month or weekly at the Wednesday ZOOM devotional services.

A minimum of 5 volunteers will be required each Sunday. We must have a firm commitment from volunteers in order to move forward with this plan.  Volunteers will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to the service and remain approximately 10 minutes after for the following tasks (instructions will be provided): 
 
  • Set up of electronic equipment/microphones and extra batteries
  • Mark designated seating areas with chalk 
  • Direct the flow of traffic 
  • Assist pastors with offering baskets and other worship preparation
  • Break down electronic equipment and return to storage

Please click here to sign up to help. We are asking that you share your intent to volunteer by August 4th so that the Reopening Committee may evaluate the responses in early August to determine if this outdoor service is a viable possibility. 

Our goal is to joyfully worship God as a community of faith while maintaining the highest safety protocols for your protection. We give thanks for your continued support of BUMC and its ministries throughout this challenging time.
                                                                                                                          
Yours faithfully,
 
BUMC Reopening Committee & Pastors
Coming Soon to BUMC
30-Minute Online Prayer Group
Thursdays at 10 am
We invite you to join this ZOOM prayer group on Thursdays at 10 a.m. We will read the scriptures from the Book of Psalm and lift up prayers together. 
Join this service online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85486554411
or by phone by calling 1- 929-205-6099 .
Meeting ID: 854 8655 4411
Virtual Vacation Bible School - Register by July 30th!
August 3-7
Join us for a virtual "Compassion Camp." This inclusive curriculum, geared toward preschool through 5th grade, will explore what it means to be compassionate and how to show compassion to ourselves and others. There will be a daily Zoom session (one in the morning and one in late afternoon) to check-in with others, hear Bible stories, and sing songs. This event is being hosted by Bridgewater UMC and is FREE and open to all! 

Please register by July 30th, by clicking the button below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Veronica Sydlowski.
Special Church Conference via Zoom
August 10, 7pm
There will be a Special Church Conference on Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. All full members are invited to attend this conference and vote to determine if BUMC is ready to join the Reconciling Ministry Network and become a Reconciling Congregation. The meeting information will be shared next week. 
2020 Harry Denman Evangelism Award


Friends, I would like to share with you the message that I received from our District Superintendent, Rev. Sang Won Doh.  - Rev. Jennifer



“It is with excitement that I write to present you with the 2020 Harry Denman Evangelism Award for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. This award program honors United Methodists in each annual conference for their exceptional ministry of evangelism, bringing people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award is funded by a grant from the Foundation for Evangelism whose vision is to be a catalyst to equip disciples to share the Good News of Jesus Christ... 

Recipients of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award are noted for their commitment to introducing others to the Good News of Jesus Christ consistently across all ministry setting. Through encounters and relationships with recipients of this award, many new people are brought to Christ or have their faith journey reignited. By serving as Christ served and sharing “Why Jesus?” in all aspects of your life, you are an inspiration to many. Congratulations again and thank you for your ministry in GNJ and on the Raritan Valley District.”  (Rev. Sang Won Doh, Raritan Valley District Superintendent)
Giving Information
Please give your gift offering through our church app or website . If you prefer, you can mail a check to the church. Please scroll to the bottom of the e-note for the church address.

Thank you so much for your faithful and generous gifts. 
New Prayer Requests
Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need of prayers.
Although we have not received any new requests this week, we pray for our country and for those with unspoken prayers.
This Week's Scripture - Psalm 97:11-12
Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.
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