First United Sunday Update
April 26, 2020
You're probably a pro by now, but don’t forget that you can see each week’s worship in two ways. You can watch it first on Sunday mornings at 9:45am on Facebook Premiere on our church Facebook page ( click here ).
You can also view later today or anytime in the future on our Facebook page or by visiting our church
website ( click here ) .
 Did you know “Taking Faith Home”
is a great resource to use while we are apart? It provides daily readings, prayers, devotions, and service opportunities following the Lectionary readings that are being preached on each week. Several were mailed to your home, but you can also click here for this week's copy. 
Next Sunday is May 3 . As is our custom on the first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating communion virtually. Look for more information in your Weekly Newsletter on Thursday about preparing for this sacrament within your home. You'll need to have your own elements - bread and juice - ready.

The Office of the General Assembly for our denomination released an advisory opinion in which they stated: “In emergency circumstances there may be situations in which the pastoral needs of that moment require that the church take actions that run contrary to normal practice,” the statement reads. “During an emergency or a pandemic in which the church is unable to gather or advised not to gather in person for reasons of public health, a congregation’s session may determine that this includes observing communion online.”

Our session voted at its last meeting on Monday that First United will offer communion on the first of the month as long as we are socially distancing and not meeting for
in-person worship.
The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
 
Jesus invites us: “Come to me, you who are weary, uptight, burdened, busy, and I will give you rest.”
Take a few moments to do the following letting-go exercise.
Sit comfortably in your chair, hands on lap, palms up.
Think of things that hinder your relationship with God:
-that keep you from praying
-that interfere with finding Sabbath time
-that disturb times of silence
-that hamper your concentration as you come to this moment
(pause)
Pile all your joys, sorrows, anxieties, concerns, plans, pressures, and hopes in your hands like heaps of sand.
(pause)
Now close your hands and clench your fists, as though you are holding all those things tightly. Hang on to them. Squeeze. Experience how tightly you hold on.
(pause)
Hear Jesus’ invitation to let go: “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” Then gradually open your hands and let the concerns flow though your fingers.

Relax and simply be in the presence of God. Be conscious of breathing in and out. Remember how God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and made him a living being. Remember how on that Easter evening, Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
 
Breathe in the life-giving Breath of God: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Then breathe out
and say, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Be silent for a minute or more. Give thanks to God.

Excerpt from Catch Your Breath: God’s Invitation to Sabbath Rest by Don Postema
We are looking for some more acts!
Let Scott McPherson ( chrisandscott@yahoo.com ) or Pastor Meggan ( meggan@firstunitedpc.org) know if you have something to share during our First Virtual Talent Show coming this Friday (May 1) at 5:30pm
If you don’t have anything to “perform” but are looking for some entertainment, feel free to join us on Zoom. We can have up to 100 people logged on at once, so please join us for a fun evening!
* For a video link, click here .
* For phone connection on Friday evening, dial (312) 626-6799.
Don't forget that we're continuing to hold online meetings and gatherings throughout the week online via ZOOM. Here are some of our church events:

>YOUTH GROUP - Today at 5:30pm
* Get ready to play "Who's That Baby?" and remember that God calls us all as sons and daughters. Let Pastor Meggan know if you need the link for the Zoom meeting

>MONDAY CHECK IN - 9-10 am
* For a video link, click here .

>WEDNESDAY CHECK IN - 7-8 pm
* For a video link, click here .

>FRIDAY CHECK IN - 1-2 pm
* For a video link, click here .

*Contact Pastor Meggan if you have connection questions or want information about scheduling another meeting.
THIS WEEK
TODAY - Faye Oryall & Mikaela Dzekute
Monday - Kellyn Pelegrin & Christen Steele
Wednesday - Molly Driscoll
Thursday - Alexandra Newell
Friday - Barbara Richardson
Next Sunday - Daniel French

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Thanks to all of you who have been keeping up with your pledges and offerings. Even though we can’t pass the plates during worship, we still need money coming in to keep up with our expenses. We are grateful for your support. Remember you can sign up for online banking/withdrawals on our website . If you prefer to write a check, just mail it to the church at 605 N Webster Ave, De Pere, WI 54115 attn: Treasurer. The mail is checked daily, and money is counted weekly. Thanks again for your ongoing support!