Check out what's going on this week at the UMC of Red Bank!
Connections
Friday, March 27, 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 will be available online each Sunday through our Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to watch! Simply click on this link to go to our church Facebook page and scroll down until you see the live video. If you are uncomfortable with Facebook, you can find the previous week's worship service 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. If you click on the image below , you can watch video tutorials to help you learn how to use Zoom.
Worship Sneak Peek
March 29, 2020

Join us this Sunday in worship as we continue our Lenten journey through the Dark Woods. On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we look to the Gifts of Temptation, but not the traditional things we see as temptors, rather our tendencies to live by the "shoulds" and expectations of others, rather than listening deeply to our intuitions and acting with courage to live the life we are called to. Hope to journey with you this Sunday as we make our way through the dark wood.

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 (#). If you have any questions, reach out to Case Akers (They/Them) kakers@drew.edu .
Children's Sunday School

K-2nd Grade - Sunday at 1:00 pm
This Sunday, we invite all K-2nd graders to join Pastor Jess and Miss Emily 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: 793 819 461 and press pound (#).

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: 965 355 916 and press pound (#).
Bagels and Faith
Online Youth (grades 7-12)
Sundays at 11:30 am

Join Elaine Dawson each Sunday for an online version of Bagels and Faith. At 11:30 am each Sunday, click on the following link to join in the conversation! https://zoom.us/j/925855826 . Call in by phone - (646) 558-8656 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 925 855 826 and press pound (#). Contact Elaine if you have any questions. 732-740-8435.
Greenfair Planning Meeting
Sunday, 3/29 at 11:30 am

We are moving the Greenfair online in April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To plan the virtual activities and presentations, and how to engage our community online, we invite all interested to join in a Zoom call on Sunday, 3/29 at 11:30 am. To join in the conversation, follow this link , or call in by phone - (646) 558-8656 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 925 855 826 and press pound (#). Contact Janie Schildge for more information.
Join us online on March 31st, 7:00-7:30 for Lenten Orgelbuchlien Chorale, the last of our Lenten Music Series or a series of contemplative musical meditations. We hope these experiences have helped you to become centered in Lenten reflection. Please join us via the UMC Red Bank Facebook page . For more info, ask Evan Courtney - ecourtney@umcredbank.org .
Online Yoga - Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Join us for online yoga with Tiffany McCann on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:30am. Join us via:
●     Computer/Smart phone or device:  https://zoom.us/j/958496669
●     Or by calling:  (646) 876-9923   Meeting ID: 958 496 669#
Join in Online Adult Study
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Join in the conversation of the book  The Last Week   by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Each week we will step one day from Palm Sunday through Easter, looking at the events, the history, and the meaning revealed in Mark’s gospel stories. Join Zoom Meeting by following this link on a computer or device: https://zoom.us/j/844757691 Call in by phone - (646) 558-8656 and when prompted, input the Meeting ID: 844 757 691 and press pound (#). Any questions, please contact Mark Hackler at 732-918-0344 or  hackler@optonline.net .
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 (#). Contact Pastor Jess if you have any questions.
Backpack Crew Update

The backpack crew is continuing to receive donations.
We are working with all of our school nurses to devise a plan to continue delivery if in fact our schools close. If this happens the good news is we will not be confined to a backpack! We can put together bags and boxes of food for our kids!
There will be collection bins outside of our food pantry location- the back porch of United Methodist Church of Red Bank at 247 Broad Street. Drop and run!! The items that we are most in need of are granola bars, oatmeal packs, cereal, fruit cups. And let’s think about the kids who may be home alone because parents need to work! Easy to make foods. Mac and cheese cups, BREAD for PBJs, fruit!!! Thank you for your continued support. Email us at backpackcrewnj@gmail.com with any questions.
Scholastic Assistance Committee Scholarships

Paper applications for Scholastic Assistance Committee scholarships for the 2020- 2021 school year will be available as usual on or about April 1. An editable application will be available (which the applicant will fill out, print, and mail in) will also be available this year. The editable applications will be available on April 1st from Scholastic Assistance Committee Chair, Barbara Guenther by
e-mailing at bjguenther@verizon.net .
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.