Check out what's going on this week at the UMC of Red Bank!
Connections
Friday, September 11, 2020
Note: Connections will now be emailed weekly on Fridays
Outdoor Small Group Gathering Space
Our church council has approved the use of an Outdoor Small Group Gathering space for church groups of 10 or less. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained. There are several places in the parking lot that we will be cordoning off and setting up chairs in to accommodate these outdoor gatherings. For more information or to request the space for your group, please contact Sheila Leavitt. Please know that Sheila is only in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Limited Open Office Hours
As the preschools in our church building prepare for the school year to start, we have been working hard to establish policies and procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy. While we are not yet resuming small groups or worship within the church building, starting this week, the main office will be open in a limited way. Tuesday through Thursday from 9-2 and Fridays from 9-1:30, either Sheila or Nell will be in the church office and able to let people in if you need to pick up or drop something off. Please note that any visitors to the building will be asked to complete a self-assessment (including questions about COVID symptoms and exposure, as well as travel to “quarantine states”). You will also be asked to sign in and abide by 6 feet social distancing and mask wearing. As of now, the restrooms are still closed to the public, so plan accordingly before making the trip to the church.
Worship Sneak Peek
September 13th, 2020 at 10am

Join in our online worship service on Sunday, September 13th as we kick off our fall season reflecting on 20/20 Vision during this strange year. We'll explore together how God is calling us to connect, grow, and serve for a time such as this. We hope to connect with you online!

Don't forget the Connect Card when you worship online
Each week while you are worshiping, please take the time to fill this out at some point during or after worship every week. It will only take a minute, but it will be incredibly helpful for us! Click here to submit your responses. Thanks in advance!
Online Fellowship Time Sundays After Worship
Join in a time to meet together and check in after online worship each Sunday. Sign in to the weekly Zoom call by clicking the following link - https://zoom.us/j/411045493. Or join by calling: (646) 558-8656  Meeting ID: 411 045 493#  Password: 7470446
Online Sunday School Kickoff!
WELCOME to our Sunday School 2020/2021 season! Sunday School officially “kicks-off” 13 September. Grades K – 2, 3 rd – 5 th and 6 th – 8 th are ALL scheduled to meet via Zoom at 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM. Bagels and Faith will be meeting at 11:30 AM also via Zoom. Class links are available on the Church calendar. The Sunday School ministry team is so excited to welcome everyone home! For information or questions, please contact Tammy at young@umcredbank.org or 732-299-6203. 
Parents - please take the time to enroll your children in Sunday School today through our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM to help our teachers prepare for their classes! Many thanks!
Youth Group Kick Off THIS Wednesday, September 16th!
Don’t forget…Youth Groups “kick-off” their official 2020/2021 season on Wednesday, 16 September via Zoom. ALL Youth Groups will be meeting at 7:00 PM. Group links are available on the Church calendar. And don’t forget, Youth Groups love friends, so please feel free to B.A.R.F.!!! The leadership teams are all excited to start sharing the fun and fellowship once again! For more information, please contact Tammy at young@umcredbank.org or 732-299-6203. 
Adult Education Class
New topic starts THIS WEEK!
Sundays at 9:00 am
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Join in this adult small group experience as we study together the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg. Christianity has its own language with all those “churchy” words - like sin, salvation, righteousness, and heaven. But the funny thing is some of these do not mean what we think they do - or at least their original meanings are quite different from what first comes to mind today. This book is an interesting look at what various terms meant when they were written and how that impacts our interpretation of Biblical texts today. All are welcome to join us by Zoom as we work through a term or two per week. For questions, please contact Mark Hackler at 732-918-0344 or via email. Zoom connection information for each session is in the church calendar on the website. Hope to see you there!
Thanks to our Church Property Helpers!
A big shout-out to everyone who has helped keep our church landscaping looking beautiful this summer. With all the rain we've been having, there have been a lot of weeds to pull and bushes to trim, but this crew was up to the task! Thank you - Dave Foreback, Robin Foster, Chelsea Foster, Brian Foster, Jenni Foster, Becky Goodhue, Robin Jenik, Andy Judkis, Karen Judkis, Mike McGroary, Gerri Poranski, George Schildge, Janie Schildge, and John Walradt.
Memorial arrangements for the Rev. Dr. Gilbert H. Caldwell
A Civil Rights Activist and social pioneer, Rev. Dr. Gilbert H. Caldwell served as senior pastor of nine churches for over six decades. His life will be honored in a virtual service scheduled for Saturday, September 12th at 1:00pm. Click here or on the image for more information and to attend the virtual service. Click here to read more about Rev. Dr. Caldwell.
Getting Ready for School!
The Mission and Service team will be collecting school supplies on the back porch of the church through the end of September. The supplies will be shared with Lunch Break, Monmouth Day Care Center and Backpack Crew families. We will accept all new school supplies including: backpacks, glues sticks, colored pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, No. 2 pencils, tissue packs, baby wipes, blue or black pens and hand sanitizer. Thank you for your continued support.
Backpack Crew Update
New Fall Times!
The Backpack Crew pantry is now open EVERY Monday evening from 5-7pm. The current donation need is pasta and cereal! 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. Food donations are greatly appreciated on the back porch of the church, Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Thank you for your continued support. Email us at backpackcrewnj@gmail.com with any questions.
Support the 40th Annual Red Bank Crop Walk
For over 40 years, CROP Hunger Walk events have been held in hundreds of communities large and small raising millions of dollars to eradicate hunger and poverty. Help be part of the solution to end hunger in our local communities and around the world. There is ENOUGH for ALL. There are many ways you can participate in this year’s event.
• Register today! You can register and set up your online fundraising team for our 40th Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk. Click here for more information or to set up an online team.
• Support the 2020 CROP Walk by purchasing a mask, gaiter or bandana today. Submit an order via Venmo to Red Bank-CROPWalk. Indicate which item(s) you want to order and include your full name, mailing address and phone number. 

Information for Crop Walk Participants
Pick up for materials for the Crop Walk will be Monday, September 14th at the First Baptist Church located at 84 Maple Avenue and the corner of Oakland Street, in Red Bank during the hours 4 to 7 pm. Park in the church lot and walk to the tent at end of parking lot to get your team captain packets, yard signs and merchandise for the virtual walk during the month of October. There will be a celebration on Sunday, October 18th in the afternoon, with virtual music and program to thank you for 40 years of walking for hungry neighbors. We need you to pick up for your faith group or school or Crop partner. THANKS for all you do and we encourage you to form online teams for donations, and run a local food drive for a pantry of your choice. Our help is really needed this year. 58 teams have been formed and we are leading the top Crop Walks right now but we need to really rev up for our goal of $110,000 and 18,000 pounds of food. Thank you for your support of CROP Walk 2020. - Janie Schildge, Coordinator
Support UMCOR Disaster Relief

In the wake of the fires in California and the devastation of Hurricane Laura, we invite you to support the Disaster Response and Recovery fund of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Click here to contribute today to this relief effort. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.
Desk Chairs
Desk Chairs STILL Available!
There are still a few of these desk chairs and they need a new home! They could make a nice study area for someone who is doing virtual learning this fall. They will be on the back porch over the next week or two so feel free to stop by and pick up as many as you can use. To pick up or for more information, please contact Rick at 908-902-5302 or via email at rjcro@comcast.net.
Balance and Strength Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays
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 the Zoom meeting by following this link: https://zoom.us/j/96916489677 or call: (646) 876-9923 Meeting ID: 969 1648 9677# Password 7470446
Online Yoga - Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Join us for online yoga with Tiffany McCann on Wednesdays. Join the Zoom meeting by following this link: https://zoom.us/j/958496669. Or call: (646) 876-9923 Meeting ID: 958 496 669# Password 7470446
Send in your application early to vote by mail ballot
As the Coronavirus pandemic stretches on, avoid the question of whether or not to venture out to the polls for the General Election in November. Plan ahead by submitting your application for voting by mail ballot. Click on this link to download and print your application today, then simply mail it in to the address provided.
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.