Subject: This Week at Medford UMC -- September 11, 2020

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A Word from the Pastor

Happy Friday, Church!

My prayers this week have been hyper-focused on families, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, and of course, students beginning a new and unique school year.

With last week’s Labor Day focus on sabbath, we transition to a new series focusing on forgiveness. In our day to day lives, we are in a constant flux of deciding to forgive or not. Everything from an argument with a family member, to someone not holding a door open for us at the grocery store has us constantly evaluating levels of forgiveness whether we realize it or not. When we talk about forgiveness in church settings and even in the Lord’s Prayer, it’s often aimed outward – a forgiveness in relation to other people. And this is great, it’s definitely something that we constantly need to be reminded of, but this series is going to focus more on forgiving ourselves. The subject over these next few weeks will be around our own humanity, how mistakes are inevitable in our lives, and the essential act of offering ourselves the same forgiveness that we strive to offer others.

To kick this theme off, I’ll jump back to a text familiar to Holy Week. I’ll be looking at the scene of Jesus praying in Gethsemane before His crucifixion as told by Mark. Despite all the miracles and wisdom that comes from Christ being fully divine, in this short section of scripture, we see Christ also being fully human. We’ll talk about this revealing look into His humanity and what that teaches us about ourselves.

And I’ll do my best to not burst out into any “Jesus Christ Superstar” songs.

No promises.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Rachel 



Let's Worship Together!

Join us for in-person, outdoor worship in our parking lot on Sunday, September 27 at 9:30 am! Bring your own lawn chairs. We'll release a registration link for you to sign up next week! We look forward to gathering with you. Note that this is a weather-dependent event - in case of rain, we will reschedule.


Food Book Fundraiser

The Food Book has gone digital!  When you purchase this $15 coupon book online, you’ll have access to coupons right on your phone for many of our local restaurants and food markets! Each book purchased puts $8 directly into our Scholarship Fund AND provides $1 for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry.

Additional details and directions for purchasing a book are available by clicking here.

Fall Challenge: Will our MUMC Community come together to raise $400 for our Scholarship Fund and $50 for the Food Pantry?  That’s just 50 Food Books!!  I know we can do it. 



Opportunities to Serve & Give


Red Cross Blood Drive: The region’s blood supply has been severely impacted during this time of pandemic. Yet, the need for continued blood donations is urgent. On Thursday, October 1 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Medford United Methodist Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in our Family Life Center. 

Precautions are being taken and guidelines established to ensure that each donor and each Red Cross staff member remain safe throughout the entire donation process. Please click here to read about the changes to our normal blood drive procedures and the actions you will need to take in order to donate. Our webpage will be updated as precaution requirements evolve and we get closer to the date of the blood drive.

Follow this link to make an appointment to donate. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this blood drive. 

For more information about donating blood, visit the Red Cross website. Use the sponsor code “Medford UMC” to find us. Follow these links for specific details on donor eligibility, a description of the donation process, or a list of iron-rich foods to help boost your iron level for donation.

We Need You: Our congregation members are vital partners with Medford UMC's staff in worship. We need you to read scripture, lead a hymn, share an instrumental piece or offer a three-minute object lesson as a Children's Moment -- either on your own or with your family member(s). We'll give you support and guidance, but we need your participation! If you can help, please email Pastor Joe or any member of our music staff.

Thank You! Over the past few weeks, we have been collecting funds to purchase school supplies to support families served by Christian Caring Center in Browns Mills, Neighborhood Center in the City of Camden, and the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council in Camden County. Through your generosity, we raised $1,555! That's a lot of pencils, pens, and paper! We thank you for your support of our special mission projects, as well as your ongoing support that enables us to maintain our facilities, continue weekly worship, publish daily devotionals, and support our small groups. You can make a donation at, give through our app, or mail a donation to the church at 2 Hartford Road, Medford NJ 08055. Your generosity makes Jesus' love visible in the world! 



Small Groups & Spiritual Growth

As outlined below, many of our small groups have been able to continue meeting by using the ZOOM videoconferencing app. 

Monthly Book Club: For September, our Book Club is reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. We will meet on Wednesday, September 16 at 4:00 pm on the Frame's lakeside dock, 139 Stokes Road, Medford Lakes, socially distancing and weather permitting. We are always welcoming new readers, so please consider joining us! If you have any questions email Patty Rosvold.

On Saturday, October 24, our members and friends will be participating again in the ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS. We walk in honor of the memory of our friends Glenna Bishop and Diane O'Brien. This year's theme is "Walk Your Way," and each team will choosing their own walk location. Our location has not yet been settled, be we are exploring the idea of a walk on the beach at LBI! To join our team or make a donation, just click here to get started. For more information, please email Patty Rosvold.


Outdoor Movie Night – Back to School Edition: On Friday September 18, we will celebrate our return to school with a showing of Monsters University. In this prequel to Monsters Inc., we find out how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan meet at school. They don’t start off getting along but learn to overcome their differences and become the best of friends. With lessons in Team Work, Overcoming Challenges and Believing in Yourself, this is a perfect movie for all of us as we get started with a new school year! Click here to RSVP prior to noon on September 18 at noon. Read the safety guidelines, indicate your seating preference and number of people attending. You must RSVP in order to attend.

Also, please let us know if you will be picking up Sunday School materials at this event.

Email Bethany with any questions.


Pickleball Anyone? If you are a pickleball player or want to try out this low-impact, outdoor game with your MUMC friends, you’re invited to join a new, small-group experience! Pickleball is a fun, social, and friendly paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. As we begin, we will play in a marked-off area of the parking lot. When the cold weather prohibits outdoor activities, we may be able to continue playing inside the FLC. To be included in future emails for this group, please email Lisa in the church office. More details will follow soon.


Children, Youth & Family Ministry Programs: Our fall activities will begin soon! Sunday School and Youth Fellowship will both begin meeting in October. Check your email Monday for the Children & Youth Newsletter to REGISTER for Sunday School and to read other details for programming.  If you have questions, please email Bethany Carl, our Youth Director.

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. If you would like to schedule an individual time to talk, you can email Pastor Joe.
Women's Bible Study: The Weekly Women's Bible Study is back and meeting in person! We'll be meeting every Thursday morning at 10:00 am behind the church and will continue our look through "Disciplines." Please bring a mask and chair. Contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

Men’s Bible Studies: Our men's groups are continuing their regular meetings through ZOOM video conferences. 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

Upper Room Devotionals: If you would like a copy of the September/October edition of the Upper Room Devotional (the small pamphlets you usually pick up in the narthex) sent to your home, please leave a voice message for Lisa at the church office (609/654-8111) or email her at

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.



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