The Link: May 2021
Monthly News from Washington Park United Methodist Church
From Your Pastor
Greetings!
We are so excited to have just started Hybrid Worship – which continues our livestream worship experiences as well as allows limited numbers of in-person worship participants! Your worship team is thrilled to have people in the room – worship just isn’t the same without seeing your faces! Watch for the sign-ups each Monday for the following Sunday.
 
At the same time, church experts tell us that virtual worship is here to stay. When you worship with us online, you may have noticed names you don’t know or read comments from people who are unfamiliar. That’s because there is a whole group of people who have never stepped into our building, and yet have found connection with our church community virtually!  It has been the coolest thing emailing, zooming and chatting with digital worship participants who want to know about our church, our programs, our outreach – who want to join fellowship groups and find out how to join our membership. I would never have anticipated this level of engagement – but it has been a special blessing!
 
There are others who have been joining from far away – Florida, Indiana and Texas are states that regularly represent in our virtual worship. How amazing is it that families can be connected from far away through OUR worship services, and that people can feel the love, care and support of a community of faith across so many miles!?
 
Which brings us to some interesting questions and challenges for the future. How do we continue the strong engagement with the online community that we’ve had over the past year when some people are returning to in-person experiences? We have the future of two heathy communities – one online and one in-person.  What a great opportunity to consider and to figure out how to best support both arenas of worship and connection. 
 
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this potential future. Send me and email or give the church office a call – I’m always ready to connect with you.
 
Peace, Rev. Sandi
May Worship
Services can be viewed live at 9:30am on Facebook AND YouTube, or afterwards with the links found on the website and weekly emails.
If you were unable to join us yesterday, you can view worship here:

           The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Broke the Rules
Matthew 12: 1-13
  
           The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Hung Out With the Wrong Crowd
John 8: 1-11
 
The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Cursed
John 2: 1-11

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Abandoned His Friends
   Acts 2: 1-13

           The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus’ Followers Were Loud
      Acts 2: 29-36
JOIN US FOR HYBRID WORSHIP!

We will have sign-ups for 30 participants to join in-person worship on Sunday morning, in addition to continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Sign-ups will be available each Monday for the following Sunday.
 
Participants will need to agree to stay masked and socially distanced (even if you’ve had the vaccine), and stay home if they feel sick. 
 
Additionally, when the weather is nice, we will encourage BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee) Fellowship time after worship in the courtyard!
 
We’re so excited to welcome you back into the sanctuary!!
News
Finance Committee Update
Hello WPUMC family. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to share what’s happening with the preschool and the current fundraiser. Our preschool playground has been deemed out of date by state standards and is in need of a total overhaul. We have two wonderful moms, Casidy McNally and Apryl Walker, spearheading a fundraiser – Pennies for our Playground.

The new playground will include pour-in-place rubber surfacing that is durable, soft, and resistant to wear. It is also safer for falls and will replace the woodchips currently in place. There are currently two sides to the playground; one for the younger children, and one for older classes. There will be new age-appropriate play structures on each side that also features pieces that align with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning.

An online auction took place from April 23rd-April 30th along with a classroom Penny War collecting over $2000.00 in loose change! In addition, there have been "Dine Out" events at local restaurants giving the preschool a percentage of the proceeds, sponsorships from business owners, and family donations as well.

Fundraising is always a special challenge, especially after the past year. I know we have wonderful people behind the scenes making it run, as well as amazing parents and church community, all working hard for our kids, and I’d like to personally thank each and every person involved.

Please keep the preschool, especially the current fundraiser and playground renovation in your prayers.

Kristiana DeYoung
Finance
Children's Ministry
Vacation Bible School Summer 2021
We are pleased and excited to announce that Washington Park United Methodist Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School ( VBS) this summer. With much discussion, planning and educating ourselves with COVID-19 safety standards and precautions, we feel secure and safe in hosting VBS for kids this summer in our church. We have had a successful preschool year and will use standards and precautions outlined by the state as we did so with the preschool program. Here are the highlights

 Knights of the North Castle
 August 2nd-6th
 M-Th 9:00-11:30, F 9:00-12:15 
 Age 3(potty trained) through completed 6th
 

Registration opens May 3rd on the church website, washparkumc.org. Cost is $40 per child with sibling discounts of $5 less per child. Please consider having your child(ren) spend some time with us this summer.      
Youth Group
Join us as we finish our 2020-2021 Youth Group Season with a bang! After a long year of a lot of meeting restrictions, we’re happy to offer a final month of socially distanced, in-person meetings! This month, we’re continuing our exploration of the Christian Life and how we’re called to live. Our year will end in celebration, with a Potluck Movie Party! For our potluck, bring your favorite pandemic recipe you learned or your favorite pandemic snack to share! All meetings will be masked and socially distanced. If you’d like to attend, please be sure to RSVP for the appropriate Sundays. Email Rev. Jamielee at youthgroup@washparkumc.org to sign up!
 
May 2nd –Prayer Life
May 9th –The Generous Life
May 16th – No Class, Confirmation Sunday
May 23rd –A Life of Witness
May 30th—No Class, Memorial Day Weekend!
June 6th –Final Class Party!
Mother's Day Slideshow
To celebrate Mother’s Day,
send in pictures of your mothers, maternal-figures and powerful women in your lives for a celebratory slideshow. Please send your pictures to Rev. Sandi at 
by Friday, May 7th.
Semi- Annual Church Volunteer Day
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the Missions Committee will host a volunteer day for friends and family of WPUMC. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the church at 8 a.m. The event will end at noon. All tools and supplies will be provided. There will be opportunities for all age groups. Volunteers will be split into two teams: 1) a church team to take on tasks around and in the church building; and, 2) a neighborhood team that will do a trash pick-up mission in the Washington Park East neighborhood. Both teams will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks as applicable. Please remember that if you feel sick or have been diagnosed with COVID that you should abstain from participating.

Please sign up below and include the number of people that will be in your group.
Any questions about this event can be directed to missions@washparkumc.org.
Birthdays
May 01 Guy Scott 
May 06 Dylan Goertz
May 06 Chad Meade
May 06 Kristen Welsh
May 08 Juliana Dickson 
May 08 Nick Salis
May 13 Maryanne Baker 
May 14 Monica Winkler 
May 16 Char Elliott
May 19 Logan Glennie
May 19 Rhett Glennie
May 19 Blake Harber
May 20 Ella Bondy 
May 22 Mary Katherine Pagels 
May 25 Cathryn Salis
May 26 Lola Sehl
May 27 Charlie Daugherty
May 28 Joe Miklosi
May 31 Ryan O'Shaughnessy 
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