Pastor's e-Note
October 13, 2020
Dear BUMC Family and Friends,
 
Greetings in the peace and joy of Christ! We are clearly in the middle of the autumn season. There is a movement in my spirit that is inspiring me to go deeper with God in my daily prayer. I pause from my busy ministry to be more in tune with God and give thanks to God for all the blessings in my life. I hope you can find the time to count your blessings. 
 
On behalf of our pastoral staff, I thank you for all your support and prayers. Rev. June Tamburro and I want to share with each of you our deep gratitude for the pastor appreciation gifts we have received this past week. Thank you for your very thoughtful and generous gifts. We are truly grateful to serve with you and among you in this wonderful congregation.
 
This coming Sunday is Laity Sunday. We will recognize and celebrate all the lay leaders and members of our church. In other words, we will rejoice in “the work of the people” at BUMC. We are creating a healthy and vibrant team spirit among us. Every member is an integral part of what we do together as God’s beloved community. Thank you for who you are, what you do, and how you serve our church.
 
My prayer for you today is that during this autumn season, you will come to experience God’s grace even more deeply, intimately, and powerfully. So be it, Lord.
 
Peace and Grace,

Rev. Jennifer
This Week's Scripture - I Peter 3:8
“Be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers and sisters, be tenderhearted.” 

This Week's Services
Family Friendly Devotional Service
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
This service will be offered through ZOOM.  Rev. Jennifer will bring her devotion, “What Is Prayer?” and Holy Communion will be shared.

Scripture: Luke 11:2-4

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Join this service online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82776617983
or by phone by calling 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 827 7661 7983
Sunday Outdoor Service
Sunday, October 18 at 9:00 am
Bring your own chair, and enjoy our last in-person outdoor worship service in the church parking lot. Please bring your children and pets to this service. In celebration of our last outdoor service, a small gift will be given to all our children and pets. Doug Parvin, lay leader, will lead this service and Nicholas Schaber, lay leader, will preach his sermon entitled, “The Resurrection of the Body.”

Scripture: Luke 24:36-47

For more information, please click here.
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday, October 18 at 10:00 am
This Sunday is Laity Sunday. Doug Parvin, lay leader, will lead this service and Nicholas Schaber, lay leader, will preach his sermon entitled, “The Resurrection of the Body.” Jubilation Bell Choir, Margin Alexander, Karl Dietel and members of Foundation Praise Band and Sanctuary Choir singers will present various music this Sunday. 

Scripture: Luke 24:36-47

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.
Indoor Worship Services
October 25th-November 22nd
Our Indoor Worship Service in the sanctuary will begin on Oct. 25. We will offer this service for five Sundays (until Nov. 22), and will then decide whether we will continue to offer it after Thanksgiving. 

Please read our Indoor Worship Service guidelines and click here to volunteer to assist with this service. Volunteers will be necessary in order to offer our Indoor Worship Services.

To register, click the button below. Participants in the service do not need to register. However, if they are being accompanied by families members, the family members do need to register. This link will become active at 7am on Monday, October 19th and will remain open until Saturday, October 24th at noon. Registration will close early if we reach capacity prior to noon on Saturday. At that point, you will have the option to join our waitlist and will be guaranteed a seat for the following Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or Rev. Jennifer Cho anytime. Thank you.
New Sermon Series
Three Simple Rules
Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 15
In this sermon series, we are exploring "three simple rules" for living the Christian life. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, originated the rules. Our upcoming sermons will explore how truly profound the rules are, and offer practical tools and tips for living out these rules. 
All Saints Sunday
All Saints Day
November 1
All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith.  We'd like to remember our loved ones who have passed away since November 2019.  Please email the church office or click the button below to submit the names of your loved ones by October 25. All names of our saints will be read at both the in person and online worship services. Thank you.
Food Drive
Our neighbors desperately need food for their families. Two food barrels will be placed in between the glass doors at the front entrance. Please place any food donations in these bins. Thank you for your help. 
Coming Soon to BUMC
Fall Worship and Craft
October 24 from 10-11 am by Zoom
Join us for a morning of worship and crafting. We will be creating 4 lovely fall or Halloween notecards. Materials are a gift to you from the Bridgewater United Methodist Women, and will be supplied through personal delivery or mail.

Register by October 10th in order to have your materials delivered.
Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 25 from 2:30-5 pm
Our socially distanced Trunk or Treat! This safe, contactless event will be held on October 25th from 2:30-5pm. Although tickets to the event are SOLD OUT, we do still have openings for trunk hosts! This year, trunk hosts will not provide candy. Instead we ask that the hosts decorate and donate to the Trunk or Treat fund so we can make treat bags.
To donate towards the event, please visit bridgewaterumc.org/give, click “Click here to share your gifts with Bridgewater United Methodist Church,” and in the scroll down bar, select “Trunk or Treat.” If you would prefer to donate by check, please mark “Trunk or Treat” in the memo and send to 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
New Small Groups – Sermon on the Mount
Tuesdays, 8-9 pm 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 by Zoom
Using Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s new study, we’ll take a detailed look at Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We’ll explore the main themes of this part of Matthew’s gospel and think about what it means to take Jesus’ teachings so seriously that the Kingdom of Heaven comes on earth now. Approximately 1 hour of weekly reading will be required. Purchase the book from Amazon, and read chapter 1 before the first class.
Church & Society Discussion Group
October 29, 7:30-9pm
The Church & Society ministry team invites you to a discussion group on the movie “13th.” This film explores how the 13th amendment to the US Constitution lead to mass incarceration especially for a disproportionate number of Black Americans. Watch the film on your own for free on YouTube and then join us on Thursday, October 29 from 7:30-9 pm for discussion. Click the button below to register. Once registration is complete, you will receive a Zoom link to join the discussion.
New Prayer Requests
Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need of prayers.

Let us share prayers of comfort and healing for Loughran family, Margaret Bitterle and Marie Cecil Bayoch.
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