5.14 Daily Update from Pastor Sara

  Good Morning Members and Friends of First United Methodist Church,
Today’s Daily Update was written by our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Sandee Cole. Thank you, Sandee, for your encouraging words! Have a great day!
Pastor Sara
From Sandee Cole…
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Mathew 28:19-20
During this time of social and physical distancing and self-isolation, loneliness has been weighing heavy for many of us.  We long to feel the presence of our friends that we miss seeing and sharing life with each day.  I am sure this is similar to how the disciples must have felt when Jesus returned to heaven after spending so much time with them after his resurrection.  But when we remember and reflect on Jesus’ words that he spoke to the disciples just before he left them, that he is always with us, we can find comfort each day in knowing that we are not alone also.  When we take time to reflect and recognize that Jesus is present with us always, we recognize also that we are truly NEVER alone, ever!  But sometimes, we need to be reminded to look and be aware of this fact each day.
This summer, First Kids will have an opportunity to see and share how Jesus is with them always through the Flat Jesus project.  Each child is receiving a copy of Flat Jesus to color and cut out and take with them on their summer adventures, such as a trip with family, on a bike ride, to the park, to the gas station, etc.  They are encouraged to take a photo of Jesus with them on their adventure and email it to the church to share with others through First News and other communications, as well as having families help share their photos through social media.   By having Flat Jesus with them and sharing their adventures, they are reminded daily that Jesus is with them always and sharing this truth with others as well.
Summer activity packets have been delivered to First Kids families with the necessary supplies to make a Flat Jesus, along with a VBS CD and other fun summer activities.  If your family, for some reason, has not received a summer activity packet or you know of someone who would like to participate in the Flat Jesus Project this summer, please email Sandee at children@watertownfirst.church or call the church.  
If you are a “kid-at-heart” who would also like to participate in the Flat Jesus Project with our church this summer, email Sandee or call the church and we will get the Flat Jesus Project supplies to you also!
Let us never forget that Jesus has promised to be with us always…and that this is good news worth sharing with others!
Sandee Cole
Music in May. Throughout May, “Tune” in for a weekly musical treat from First Church.  Each video will be become available Tuesday noon via our Church Website at: www.watertownfirst.church/watch or Church Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/watertownfirstumc. The videos will remain accessible for future viewing. Nourish your soul with hope, trust and thankfulness through music. 
Here is our Music in May line-up!
Tuesday, May 5 — Blair Titze 
Tuesday, May 12 — Lesa Dahl 
Tuesday, May 19 — Renae Mack and Blair Titze 
Tuesday, May 26 — Bobby & Anna Postal Family
Maskateers Ministry- 300 Masks have been delivered so far!
Jenkins Living Center, Avantara and Edgewood Assisted Living and Memory Care are in need of cloth masks as we all continue to deal with COVID-19. In making cloth masks for these frontline health care workers, we will be able to show our support of these care givers who do what most of us cannot do.
There are several ways we can provide support. Donations of 100% cotton fabric–quilting fabric is ideal 1/4″ to 3/8″ elastic Neutral colored thread In addition, we need help with the sewing. We will each sew at home. A pattern will be provided. Sue Togel has offered to head up this new ministry. Donations of fabric, elastic or neutral colored thread can be taken to the church Monday through Friday and placed in the specially marked tub located by the NE church door. If you need your items picked up or if you are willing to help sew, you may contact Sue at stogel@midco.net or you may call her at 605-520-6136.
Sermon Available Now. If you would like to receive a copy of the sermon on a weekly basis, please contact the church at 886-4427 or office@watertownfirst.church. We will mail the sermon directly to you each week.
ONLINE ONLY Worship Services: We will continue to worship ONLINE ONLY at least through the remainder of May and possibly beyond until a plan is developed to safely re-open the church. To participate in any of the worship services, please go to the Church Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/watertownfirstumc or the Church Website at: www.watertownfirst.church/watch.
Church Building Closed: The church building will remain closed at least through the remainder of May and possibly beyond until a plan is developed to safely re-open the church.
Church Office and Pastors Continue to be Available: Even though the church building is closed, our office manager will be in the office to answer your phone calls and pastors are available in case of a pastoral emergency.
Church Finances: We’ve had a number of questions about how COVID-19 will affect the financial health of the church. The church’s financial health will be dependent on its members and friends making an intentional effort to continue to give. There are several methods available for giving. You can mail your tithe and offerings to the church at: First United Methodist Church, 4 Second Ave SE, Watertown, SD 57201 or give online at: www.watertownfirst.church/giving-back.
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