Check out what's going on this week at the UMC of Red Bank!
Connections
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Reminder: As a result of the local state of emergency in the Borough of Red Bank,
our church facilities are currently closed for all church functions as well as for 12-step and community groups. Staff access to the offices is limited, so if you need to be in touch with any of our staff, please use email or cell phones rather than calling the church.
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 22, 2020

Join us on Sunday in worship as we continue our Lenten journey through the Dark Woods. Throughout Lent, we'll be invited to see "life through new eyes, recognizing that experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through life, as they are unavoidable.” (Elnes) 
On this fourth Sunday of Lent, we look to the Gifts found in the times where it feels as though we've lost our way. Rather than panic in our disorientation, let's open our hearts to the Spirit's guidance, and see where God might lead us next. 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? This week at the Bridge we will be discussing sin and salvation and what they both mean in liberal and conservative theology.
Join Zoom Meeting 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 .
Bagels and Faith
Online Youth (grades 7-12)
Sundays at 9:00 am

Join Elaine Dawson each Sunday for an online version of Bagels and Faith. At 9:00 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.
Come join us online every Tuesday in March from 7:00-7:30 pm for a series of contemplative musical meditations. We hope these experiences will allow you to become centered in Lenten reflection. Please join us via the UMC Red Bank Facebook page .

3/24 - Flute, Recorder, and Organ
3/31 - Lenten Orgelbuchlien Chorales
For more info, ask Evan Courtney - ecourtney@umcredbank.org .
Adult Study is available through Zoom
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
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. 908-400-2343
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.
UMCRB Response to COVID-19

In order to manage the various ministry and operational concerns that may arise while our building is closed we have gathered an Emergency Response Team. This team is working on things such as communications, online worship planning, building management and the development of church community virtual support groups for all ages. Bobbie Ridgely is the contact person for this effort and can be reached at  bjridgely@yahoo.com   or 732-687-5397.

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.

If you need help for any reason, please don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Jess (908-400-2343) or Bobbie Ridgely (732-687-5397), and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Pastoral Care
If someone is hospitalized or in need of a pastoral visit 
please contact Rev. Jessica Naulty at 908-400-2343 or jbnaulty@umcredbank.org.