Prepare for Worship
September 13, 2020
Homer United Methodist Church
Sermon Series: We Got Mail!
Prepare for Online Worship

Get into a worshipful frame of mind by listening and singing along with these songs (click on the song title to listen):

Prepare Your Space:
  • minimize distractions online and around you
  • light a candle and place near you to remind yourself that the light of Christ is with us 
  • open or print the Worship Guide so you can follow along with the unison and responsive prayers
  • pray for your pastor!
Resources for Children
Click here for today's Children's Bulletins.

And here's the answer key.
Prayer Requests

  • Prayers for all of those affected by wildfires in WA, OR, CA, ID, and around the country
  • Prayers for Tirzah's granddaughter Casey, Pam's daughter, and others who are preparing to evacuate if necessary because of the fires
  • Prayers for wisdom and guidance for ourselves and all our leaders - church, community, national, and worldwide
  • Rev. Luke Jones and family
  • Rev. Jojo Nabua and family
  • Cleo Webb and family. Her husband John passed away Thursday, August 20th. Address for cards: 2020 Muldoon Rd. #219, Anchorage, AK. 99504. Phone: 907-770-0558
  • Friend named Karen who has been diagnosed with pancreatic/liver cancer and her family
  • Teachers, students, parents, administrators, staff preparing for back to school
  • Alaska Conference prayer focus: the Alaska United Methodist Conference, Rev. Carlo Rapanut, Superintendent

Reply to this email with your prayer requests!
Ways to Give
Thank you for your consistent giving! Your generosity allows us to continue our ministries with people in need in our community. There are many ways to give:

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Homer United Methodist Church
770 East End Road
Homer AK 99603

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Wildfire Relief for Our Sister Conferences
A Call to Celebrate Alaska Conference Sunday by Responding to Wildfires

Dear Friends,

In last year’s Annual Conference session, we designated the second Sunday of September as Alaska Conference Sunday where we can highlight and celebrate our ministries and take a special offering to support these missions and ministries. That is this coming Sunday, September 13.

However, with the focus of our work shifted to respond to the twin pandemics of COVID 19 and Racism, we confess that we have not made any preparations on how to celebrate this special Sunday. In many ways, we also felt it inappropriate and insensitive to celebrate and ask for a special offering for our ministries while the whole world continues to struggle with COVID 19; while our Black and other siblings of color continue to be victims of systemic racism and now also while wildfires rage in communities of our siblings in the other three states in the Greater Northwest Area. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky wrote about the latter in her letter sent earlier today:

We echo Bishop Elaine’s call for prayer. We also echo her call to action through our gifts of financial resources. We invite you to celebrate Alaska Conference Sunday on any Sunday this month by taking a special offering and/or donating from your mission, discretionary or personal funds to support the disaster response work in the Oregon Idaho and the Pacific Northwest Conferences. Here's how:

Give, electronically, to the Oregon-Idaho Conference Disaster Fund

You can also give to the OR-ID Conference’s Disaster Fund (Fund #260) through your local church or by sending a check made out to the Oregon-Idaho Conference Treasurer with Conference Advance #260 on the memo line to:
Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Center
c/o Conference Treasurer
1505 SW 18th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97201-2524

Give electronically to the PNW Conference's Disaster Fund

You can also give PNW Conference’s Disaster Fund (Advance #352) through your local church or by sending a check made out to the PNW Conference Treasurer with Conference Advance #352 on the memo line to:
Pacific Northwest Conference Office
c/o Conference Treasurer
P.O. Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198 

What greater way to celebrate the Alaska Conference Sunday than in an act of spiritual and financial solidarity with our siblings in Oregon, Washington and Idaho!


Jo Anne Hayden 
Conference Lay Leader

Rev. Lisa Talbott 
Leadership Team Chair

Rev. Carlo A. Rapanut
Conference Superintendent
Denomination-wide Practice
Update Regarding In-Person Worship
We will continue to meet virtually for worship and small groups via Zoom and Facebook until all three of the below conditions have been met.

Thank you all for your continued participation online. Wash your hands, wear a mask, stick to your bubbles, stay home, and stay safe! Let's keep the numbers in Homer low so that we can resume worship as soon as possible!

The Re-Opening Task Force has met and started working on both our plan and on practical considerations for meeting together for worship again. 

There are three conditions which must be met for us to re-open:
  1. The state government must allow for large gatherings.
  2. Our site plan must be approved by the Alaska Conference Superintendent.
  3. Bishop Stanovsky must give permission for churches in the Greater Northwest to resume in-person worship with each church following their individual site plan. 

I am so thankful for your dedication during this difficult time. So many of you have learned new skills to participate in worship on Zoom and Facebook. Our donations have remained fairly steady, which helps in part to support the work of the Food Pantry and their clients, and your care and concern for one another helps provide the connection that we all miss. This has also proven to be a unique evangelistic opportunity, and people all over Homer who do not attend our church in person have contacted me to tell me how much they love being able to attend church online. In the real world or the virtual world, we are still making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!


Pastor Lisa on behalf of the Re-Opening Task Force
Spiritual Wellness Resources
Every Day Devotions

Check out the new videos!

Other devotional videos can be found at Pastor Lisa's new YouTube channel, Raven Fed. Click hereto watch the videos.

Over the course of the week, if you are in need of comfort and worship, "visit" some of the other Alaskan United Methodist churches to watch their worship services. Click here to see the list of churches offering online worship.

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770 East End Road
Homer, AK 99603