COVID-19 & Westchester UMC

 

We are happy to share that we are returning to in person worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. beginning on Sunday, August 1st.  We are also offering on line worship experiences and activities, so depending on your circumstances and comfort level, we hope to see you either in person or online.

IN PERSON WORSHIP ...

Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Beginning on Sunday, August 1, 2021, we will be worshipping IN PERSON in the sanctuary!  Please visit the Welcome & Check In Desk before you enter the sanctuary.  Check-Ins will be required at each service and if one is not already on file, a COVID-19 Waiver form must be signed.  Physical distancing will be maintained and hand sanitizing stations are available.  Masks must be worn inside.  Masks will be provided as needed.  Per CDC recommendations, our in person worship services will be shortened to no more than 45 minutes.

The Gathering at 6:30 p.m. on the First Wednesday of the Month

This Taize-style service will gather outside in the beautiful Memorial Garden on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  Experience prayer in a way not commonly practiced - undergo a journey of the heart to where the God of silence rests.  This meditative 45 minute outdoor service is a wonderful way to center yourself for the month ahead.  Our first Gathering will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

ON LINE WORSHIP ...

Sunday Mornings, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., join us via Zoom for Breakfast Church! On August 1st, Breakfast Church moves to it's new time - 8:00 a.m.  It's informal and there is room for everyone at our virtual table. At Breakfast Church, we will explore scripture through questions and conversation. You are invited to grab your favorite breakfast goodies, a cup of coffee, grab your laptop, computer or smartphone and log in through a Zoom meeting invitation at 8:00 a.m.  On the first Sunday of each month, we will have virtual Communion during Breakfast Church.  For the Zoom Breakfast Church invitation, please email Pastor Lyda at lyda@wumcla.org.

Wednesdays at 12 noon - Lunch Church!  Lunch Church offers the same informal time of discussion, reflection and prayer as Breakfast Church.  Lunch Church's 30 minute timeframe is perfect for a mid-day escape from the busyness of the day - grab a sandwich, join in conversation and prayer, and hang out for a short break.  Lunch Church will start on Wednesday, August 4th at 12 noon.  For a Zoom invitation, please email Pastor Lyda:  Lyda@wumcla.org.

We also offer a worship service experience each Sunday via our YouTube Page.  In addition to our weekly worship services, our YouTube channel also has Pastor VLOGS, A Day in the Life of a Pastor During a Pandemic, and Puppy Pastor Molly's Black History month sharing of her favorite stories about Women of Color!  Each Sunday's Worship is also posted on our Facebook page.  

"What's Next God? Tending the New Creation" YouTube Worship 

Our worship series, "What's Next, God? Tending the New Creation" will run from May 30, 2021 through the end of July 2021.  What does it mean to be a "new creation?"  After this past year of almost everything breaking down, we are yearning for renewal – of our minds, our bodies, our spirits, our communities.  But, are we willing to pursue it?  How is our own personal renewal connected to new creation in others and in the world itself?  Using scripture, fables, stories and song, we will explore the question, "What's Next, God?"

This worships series is published weekly on Westchester United Methodist Church, Los Angeles', YouTube Channel.  

OTHER ON LINE EXPERIENCES ...

Morning Prayer Journaling - Wednesday Mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., you are invited to meet via Zoom for Prayer Journaling.  There will be a different focus scripture each week to reflect and meditate on throughout the week.  There is a time of reflection, where questions or thoughts prompted by your journaling on the weekly scripture can be explored and shared.  We will discover where God is in our daily experiences and end with a time of prayer for ourselves, our loved ones, and for the world.  Morning Prayer Journaling will meet each Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. through July and August.  All are invited!  For a Zoom invitation, please email Pastor Lyda:  Lyda@wumcla.org.

Movie Mondays - July 12th at 7:00 p.m. and July 26th at 7:00 p.m.  Join in July's Movie Mondays on the 12th and 26th with films dealing with climate change.  Monday, July 12th, we will view The Other Side of the Hill (running time 30 minutes) - a hopeful inspiring look at local leaders on the ground in rural America who are leading climate action in their communities.  On Monday, July 26th, we will view Kiss the Ground (running time 45 minutes) -  a new film about how regenerating the world's soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.  Each film will be followed by a time of discussion.  Email Pastor Lyda for the Zoom invitation:  Lyda@wumcla.org 

NEWSLETTER ...

Here's our July Newsletter!  Check out what's happening at WUMC this month here.