7.23.20 Mid-Week Devotion

  As of July 1, we have a new District Superintendent (DS), Rev. Kris Mutzenberger. As our DS, Kris is the appointed leader in the northeast part of the Dakotas who is tasked with caring for and overseeing our pastors and churches in the area, among other things. While COVID will probably delay our opportunity to meet Kris in person, as one way of introduction I want to share with you a short reflection she sent out to area clergy earlier this week. May her words resound and invite us into prayer in new and life-giving ways.
 
Pastor Jen

 
 
Prayer
Prayer is like the sunset. Sometimes it is brilliant and full of color. Sometimes it slips by unnoticed and ordinary.  Sometimes it isn’t seen at all. Sometimes it takes your breath away. 
 
Over the years I have sought different times and ways to pray seeking a rhythm that works for me. There have been moments/seasons when I have felt God speaking to my heart, but there have been ordinary moments too.  Moments when my to do list gets intermingled with my prayer time, when I am distracted and pray haphazardly hoping I didn’t forget anything or anyone. There have been moments when I wondered if God heard or if I prayed long enough or fervently enough. There have been beautiful moments of deep learning and connection.
 
Communicating with our Creator through prayer takes on as many variations and voices as there are variations to the sunset. It used to bother me that I couldn’t seem to fall into a “holy rhythm” of disciplined prayer, but not anymore. For me, that I pray every day is enough because it’s the holy rhythm between God and me that matters. It is the belief that daily connection with God will draw me closer to the one who paints the sunsets and with whom hope and love are reflected in the Son-rise.
 
May your prayer life be like a sunset. 
 
I am praying for you.
Kris Mutzenberger
District Superintendent



THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Applications Are Being Taken for the Leadership Team 
We currently have two openings on our Leadership Team. Prayerfully consider if God is calling you to be a part of the First UMC Leadership Team.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the church office to request an application. If there is someone you believe would be a good member of the Leadership Team, encourage them to apply.  Email: office@watertownfirst.church or call 605-886-4427 if you have questions.
 
Rocky Railway VBS…Climb aboard each Wednesday  July 15 – August 12! 
It’s not too late, you can still register and join us for VBS!
Climb aboard with us Online via YouTube or Facebook as we spread the fun of VBS over five weeks for a super mountaintop summer adventure! Each Wednesday from July 15 – August 12 @ 6pm we will launch a new day for VBS for you to jump on board and power through the week with Jesus!   Videos can be viewed live to interact with others or can be viewed later at a time convenient for each family’s schedule.  Go to www.watertownfirst.church/vbs to register and reserve your Student Boxcar Pack and for more info!  Following the online video session, you are invited to hop on ZOOM via a private email link to talk with other kids and crew leaders, share God sightings, and pray together.  
“On A Journey” is our July sermon series led by Pastor Jen Tyler.  We hope you will join us for worship either in person or online.

Worship Opportunities
We will continue to hold in-person worship service on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 10am. We will continue streaming ONLINE worship services on Saturday night at 5pm and Sunday morning at 10am. To participate in any of the ONLINE 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: The church will be available for scheduled small group gatherings and appointments. For now the church will be closed during unscheduled times. Appointments/gatherings can be scheduled by calling the church office at 605-886-4427 or emailing the Church Office at: office@watertownfirst.church.
 
Church Office and Pastors Continue to be Available: Our office manager is in the office to answer phone calls during normal office hours Monday-Thursday and a pastor is available in case of a pastoral emergency 24-7.

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, PO Box 1416, Watertown, SD 57201 or give online at: www.watertownfirst.church/giving-back.