Check out what's going on this week at the UMC of Red Bank!
Connections
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Our church community has joined the world in prayer and social distancing in the face of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. While the church building is closed, our ministry continues in new and creative ways! We’re worshipping online. We’re gathering for small group study and fellowship through video conference calls. Please check out the calendar of events on the bottom left of our website for details about ministry opportunities and how to join in by phone, device, or computer.
If you need anything, please reach out to Pastor Jess via email or 908-400-2343 (cell).
Making Use of Technology to Stay Connected

While we are practicing our social distancing in response to the spread of COVID-19, that doesn't have to keep us from connecting with one another. Worship services may be viewed “live” by going to www.umcredbank.org/church-service-streaming-live/ or watch and comment in real time on www.facebook.com/umcredbank/live/ You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to watch! If you do have a Facebook account, once you start watching, feel free to click the Share button at the bottom of the screen, and share to with your friends. If you missed any of our services, you can find previous week's worship services on our church website by clicking here .

We will be offering a variety of our usual Christian Education classes, via the gift of technology. We will be using Zoom , a video and phone conferencing software, which is safe to download onto your computer, or on any device or phone. You could also simply call in through the phone number provided, and when prompted, type in the Meeting ID number for your group (provided in each of the events below). If you have any questions or concerns about getting access to Zoom, feel free to reach out to Ken Glossbrenner , who has plenty of experience using this technology. Or check out the instruction sheet available here.
Worship Sneak Peek
April 19th, 2020

Join us this Sunday in online worship! We will be celebrating the joy of Easter throughout the whole season of Eastertide, until we celebrate the birthday of the church on Pentecost. Though we cannot gather in person, we will certainly gather in spirit for our church ministry is very much alive, even in this time of social distancing. Feel free to invite a friend!

Watch online 
Or listen in by calling: (646) 876-9923  Meeting ID: 871 185 051#
We hope to connect with you online!

UMCRB Church Staffing Updates
As many of you know, our Staff Parish Relations Committee has been hard at work with a number of staffing changes for our church. There are few updates we would like to share with you at this time.

In the main office, our long-time Church and Financial Secretary, Sheila Leavitt has reduced her hours and tasks, maintaining her role as Financial Secretary only. Please welcome our new Church Secretary, Nell Ryan to our staff, and while we cannot at this time greet her in person, please feel free to extend a word of welcome to her via email - office@umcredbank.org.

Our long-time Church Sexton, Bob Shindel, who has been responsible for the care and cleaning of the building for many years has now officially retired, but he will be remaining active as a member of the church. Please welcome our new Church Sexton, Rick Cherry to our staff. While the majority of our ministry is happening out of the building, he is currently only present in the building three days a week for minimum hours.

While we have all be preparing to say our thank yous and farewells to Elaine Dawson, our long-time Director of Children and Youth Ministries, she has graciously agreed to extend her ministry with UMCRB, at least through May. Elaine has been hard at work moving our children, youth, and young adult ministry online, and has been a gift for our young people and their families. We are so thankful for her continued ministry with our church! Thank you Elaine!!! In the meantime, we are still actively searching for the next Director of Children and Youth Ministries to lead us into the future. Please surround this search in your prayers.
UMCRB Celebrates Earth Day
Red Bank United Methodist Church invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020. Here are some ways you, your family and our congregation can show our continued commitment to being good stewards of the earth and our surrounding environment:
• Share with your kids about why clean energy is important for transportation. This week, we feature information about electric and hybrid vehicles on our website .
• Remember not to idle as you drive and note the anti-idling signs posted on our church property.
• Our church solar project has saved thousands of pounds of CO2 to date from the atmosphere.
• As part of our TREX challenge, UMCRB collected and sorted over 500 pounds of recycled plastic. The reward? A beautiful bench donated to the property by TREX.
Thanks for your continued support and participation.
Adult Education Series
Does Christianity Have A Future? is a new video series starting in Adult Education, Wednesday April 22 at 7:00 pm. This video series features three of our favorite progressive theologians - Marcus Borg, Joan Chittister, and John Dominic Crossan. Together, live on stage, they explore topics of faith and life with honesty, integrity, and expertise. All are welcome to join us by Zoom even if you have not been a regular participant up to now. As this is a video series, there is advantage to connecting to zoom with a video capable device. Any questions or technological challenges, please contact Mark Hackler at 732-918-034 or hackler@optonline.net.

Join Zoom Meeting by following this link on a computer or device. https://zoom.us/j/358888023 .
Or join by calling: (646) 558-8656  Meeting ID: 358 888 023# Password: 7470446
Join us for The Bridge!
Adult Class - Sundays at 9:00 am
H ave you ever had questions about the transition from conservative to liberal theology? Join in this online conversation by following this link on a computer or device. https://zoom.us/j/759521182 Call in by phone - (646) 558-8656 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 759 521 182 and press pound (#). When directed, type in password 7470446. If you have any questions, reach out to Case Akers (They/Them) .
Children's Sunday School
K-2nd Grade - Sunday at 1:00 pm
We invite all K-2nd graders to join in a Zoom call to connect with our friends and talk about how our faith calls us to live in this uncertain time. To join the class,  click here , or call in by phone - (646) 876-9923 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 932 9429 5081# Password: 7470446.

 3rd-6th Grade - Sunday at 9:00 am
This Sunday, we invite all 3rd-6th graders to join Miss Elaine in a Zoom call. Let's connect with our friends and talk about how our faith calls us to live in this uncertain time. To join the class,  click here , or call in by phone - (646) 876-9923 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 989 1346 2270# Password: 7470446.
Bagels and Faith
Online Youth (grades 7-12)
Sunday at 11:30 pm
Sunday School Class) with Elaine Dawson
Join Zoom meeting by clicking the following link: https://zoom.us/j/433031381 o r call in: (646) 876-9923 Meeting ID: 433 031 381# Password: 7470446

Thursday at 4:00 pm
Youth from grades 7-12 are invited to join Elaine for a Trivia competition every Thursday at 4 pm. Follow this link to join in the fun! https://zoom.us/j/226504509 . Call in by phone - (646) 876-9923 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 226 504 509# and password 7470446.
Online Yoga - Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Join us for online yoga with Tiffany McCann on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:30am. Join Zoom meeting by following this link:  https://zoom.us/j/958496669. Or call:  (646) 876-9923  Meeting ID: 958 496 669# Password 7470446
Balance and Strength Training
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm
Join us for online Balance and Strength Training with Janet Tartaglia. Beginners welcome! Items needed: chair (with no arms) and weights (can be 2 16 oz. water bottles), or you can choose to follow along without the weights. Exercises done with chair or standing, no floor work. Join Zoom meeting by following this link:  https://zoom.us/j/96916489677. Or call:  (646) 876-9923  Meeting ID: 969 1648 9677# Password 7470446
Join in Online Bible Study
Thursdays from 10:30 am - noon

All are welcome to join Pastor Jess in a Bible study conversation about 1 Corinthians 13 - the importance of love. Whether you have attended our class regularly or are thinking about joining for the first time, all are welcome! Join Zoom Meeting by following this link on a computer or device.
https://zoom.us/j/164803831 . Call in by phone - (646) 558-8656 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 164 803 831 and press pound (#) and password 7470446. Contact Pastor Jess if you have any questions.
Backpack Crew Update

The Backpack Crew has continued to serve the increasing number of people who are impacted by food insecurity in the midst of this health crisis. We are now serving 74 local families with home deliveries and we served 89 families at our Backpack Crew Pantry on the first Monday of April. Food donations are greatly appreciated on the back porch of the church, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. The items that we are most in need currently are cereal, jelly, bread and soup (other than tomato)!
Thank you for your continued support. Email us at backpackcrewnj@gmail.com with any questions.
Scholastic Assistance
Committee Scholarships

Applications for Scholastic Assistance Committee scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year are available now. An electronic application is available upon request. Please email Barbara Guenther .
Mildred Circle - Save the Date
Conditions allowing, please save these dates for Mildred Circle and check back here for updates.
Thursday, May 14th and Thursday, June 11th
Let us know how your Holy Week and Easter worship experience was!

Please take an opportunity to complete the Holy Week and Easter Online Worship experience survey. The more people who can share their feedback with us, the more we can understand what is working and what needs to be tweaked. Click here to submit your responses. Thanks in advance!
UMCRB Response to COVID-19

Our church is a place of community, love, and support. In troubled times, connection with God and each other is even more essential. As we remain connected through technology, phone calls, cards, and prayer, may God bind us together in new and creative ways.

In light of this unprecedented event, many of you may be facing unexpected needs and circumstances. If the church can be of help, please reach out to Pastor Jess via email or 908-400-2343. We are actively developing a network of support and will do our best to support your individual needs.
Pastoral Care
If someone is hospitalized or in need of pastoral care
please contact Rev. Jessica Naulty at 908-400-2343 or jbnaulty@umcredbank.org.