Subject: This Week at Medford UMC -- August 7. 2020

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A Word from the Pastor

Hello Everyone!

I pray that everyone remained safe during this week’s storm. I know that many remain without power and have sustained damage to their property.

This month, Joe and I will take turns preaching a series about moving from despair to hope. I know hope is something that can feel in short supply these days, the pandemic has gone on much longer than many of us expected, and there have been spikes in cases here in New Jersey recently. So, we’re going to journey through what it looks like to recognize and allow ourselves to experience doubt and fear, but then how we can transition that into rebuilding hope in our lives and in our community.

That means, though, that I will be starting us off in the “despair” part of that journey. This Sunday, I will be preaching on one very specific line from Psalm 56 where the Psalmist says that God collects everyone’s tears in a bottle. I think this is a very profound image and has inspired me to look up this practice of containing tears called “Lachrymatory.” People have done it for centuries, and still do it to this day! The tears that people practice collecting aren’t just ones of sorrow but can also be tears of happiness or laughter. So, I will be focusing on the beauty and necessity of crying and what it means for us that God collects those tears.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Rachel 



Don't Miss This Unique Opportunity

How do you get to know a new pastor when we are not able to worship together? The Staff Parish Relations Committee has the answer you may be looking for! Earlier this month you received an email inviting you to sign up for one of several small gatherings. There are options both for meeting via Zoom and for getting together outdoors (appropriate social distancing will be observed). You can read that email again by clicking here. Or, if you're ready to select a time and meeting type, click here to find the available meeting options -- new dates and times have been added! And, if you are new to the Zoom format, don't worry. You will receive step-by-step instructions prior to the day of your meeting -- no technical knowledge is required. 



Opportunities to Serve & Give

Join our devotional-writing team! We have a small group of folks who faithfully produce the daily devotional, which is a critical component of our strategy to help people grow in their faith and knowledge of the scriptures. We'd love to welcome some guest writers to add new voices and perspectives. Please reach out to Pastor Joe for more information.
Thank You for Your Financial Support: Through online worship, daily devotionals, and ongoing acts of care, the church hasn't closed. Our work just looks different now than it did a year ago. You can help sustain our ministry by making a gift online at or through our app (text "medfordapp" to 77977 to download). If you prefer to send a check, our mailing address is 2 Hartford Road, Medford, NJ 08055. Your recurring gifts in particular mean a lot to us, and they're easy to set up through the app or website. Thanks for your support!

Happy Birthday Bertha! One of our long time members, Bertha Pitcavage, enjoys receiving our weekly announcements and keeping up with MUMC's activities. We would like to honor her with a card shower for her 99th birthday on August 14. Please send your cards to Bertha at 1226 Cheetah Trail, Winter Springs, FL 32708.  



Small Groups & Spiritual Growth

As outlined below, many of our small groups have been able to continue meeting by using the ZOOM videoconferencing app. 
How to Be an Antiracist: The book group reading How to Be an Antiracist has begun but it’s not too late to join! We meet on Thursday evenings at 7pm outside the church. If you would like to register, email Pastor Rachel.
Meet with the Pastors: Whether you are seeking individual pastoral care or simply an opportunity to talk, we want to connect with you. Don't hesitate to call, text, email, or request prayer through our website or our app. We have discontinued our weekly Zoom check-ins for the time being but will return again soon with a new small group offering! Alternatively, you can email Pastor Joe to schedule an individual time to talk.

August Book Club News: Our August Book Club selection is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, a NY Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Book Club pick. Barb Frame has invited us to meet once more on her lakeside dock, social-distancing and weather permitting. Join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 3:00 pm at 139 Stokes Road, Medford Lakes. Any questions, please contact the church office or Patty Rosvold.

Save the Date: The next Medford UMC outdoor movie night will be on August 19. Watch for details!

Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies: These groups are able to continue their regular meetings through ZOOM formats. Simply click on the group description to be taken directly to the relevant ZOOM link.

Men’s Study – 1st Saturday of the month – 8:00 am
Men’s Study – 3rd Saturday of the month – 8:00 am
Women’s Study – 2nd Thursday of the month – 10:00 am*


Using ZOOM for Your Small Group: If you lead a small group or wish to start a small group but need training on how you can use Zoom to connect with your people, please contact the pastors. They will be happy to assist you in setting up your group and share the basics of ZOOM use with you.



Thank Yous

Our recent high school graduates have been sharing thank you notes in appreciation of the gifts they have received. 

Claire Hauser writes: "Thank you so much for the very generous scholarship gift. With this check, I am able to purchase my own laptop, with extra left over to buy a case to protect it. Having my own laptop will certainly help me be successful as I head to Towson on August 14 for in person and online classes. Although my cross country season has been cancelled, I feel that my MUMC family is cheering me on as I enter the next stage of my life. Thank you and I look forward to being back in church for the holiday seasons."

Hillary Hoag writes: "Thank you for your generous scholarship. Particularly for the Hoag family, with all three of us headed to college, scholarships are very helpful. Thank you to the church members that donated to make this scholarship possible for MUMC’s high school seniors and the United Methodist Men for their hard work also."

Haines Hoag writes: "Thank you so much for your generous gift. The scholarship will be so useful to me and my family as I begin my college career at Ball State University soon. I am so thankful for all the members of MUMC who donated to this cause and the United Methodist Men who organized this scholarship. While I am excited to begin a new chapter, I will miss all the friendly faces I’ve grown accustomed to seeing at MUMC. I can’t wait to share stories to all of you when I’m back at the 9:30 service."

Harrison Hoag writes: "Thank you for your scholarship. It was generous and very appreciated. As a family with 3 kids entering college at once, every dollar counts. We appreciate all that the church and more specifically, the United Methodist Men, have done to make this possible."

Emma Rich writes: "Thank you for the generous scholarship gift. It will be very helpful to me because with classes online for the first part of the year, I will need to buy a computer sooner than I expected. I really appreciate all of your support." 



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