Advent 2020 Schedule: Masked but Moving (December 2020)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2020 in EventAnnouncement | 0 comments

The pandemic has made so many things are different this year.  The changes punched into Easter, and then stretched into Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Pentecost, and summer.  And now we have reached Advent with the realization that this year’s Christmas will be different too. Throughout the year, we discovered new ways to grow in faith; ways that were “socially distanced” and didn’t involve our building.  And yet, despite the changes, we were more inclined to use the word “New” instead of “Cancel.”  Advent 2020 will be “New” and different, but not far from absent.

Below is a summary of the events that will frame this year’s Advent season.  The timber might look different, but as we focus on Christ we know we’re building on solid ground.

 

Ongoing Opportunities…

Sunday Morning Worship

Our worship services continue each Sunday morning at 10:15 AM. Due to COVID restrictions, we are only able to welcome 25 in-person worshipers each Sunday, but our services are also live streamed each week! Join us virtually or in-person to hear songs of the season and meaningful messages.

To attend in person, please register in advance by contacting the Church Office at 856-589-8313. As with all public places, worshipers will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the entire service (see the “RSVP” button below for details).

If you prefer to stay at home (and skip the mask!), please join us via live stream.  The button below will take you to our Live Stream page where you can see the service real time (or view recordings of previous services).

Did you know, you can ask your smart speaker to connect to the device on which you are streaming the service and you will be able to listen through it? Simply stream the service, and say, “Alexa, connect to my phone/tablet.” It’s easy and convenient! You can also give your tithes and offerings online (Click Here).

Use these buttons to participate in our Sunday Morning Worship Services…

   Live Stream       Online Bulletin In-Person RSVP

 

Sunday School

Missing the fellowship of Sunday School? We have two opportunities to meet virtually! Potter’s Hand, our adult Sunday School class meets each Sunday at 9 AM via Zoom. To receive the Zoom invitations, send an email to
Group-PJim@PitmanUMC.org (or click the below button).

Our children’s lesson is available on our Facebook Group each Sunday at 9:45 AM. You can also watch it on the website (along with recordings of past lessons).  Use the following buttons to take part in our Sunday School and Small Groups:

Adult Sunday School     Kids Online Sunday School   

 

Advent Devotional Book

Look Forward!  PUMC’s collaborative Advent devotional book is available online and in paper copy. To access the online version, open the “NEWS:Daily Devotionals” page (or click the below button).   To retrieve a paper copy, please visit the church office on weekdays between 9 and 3 PM. Kindly wear a mask to visit our campus and knock on the window for friendly Nancy to help you!

Advent Devotional

 

Bible Study

Pastor Jim’s weekly Bible Study continues to meet each Tuesday at 1:30 PM. To be added to the Zoom list please email, Group-PJim@pitmanumc.org (or click the below button). Visitors are always welcome!

Pastors Bible Study

 

Hooks and Needles

Our dedicated and devoted crafters have met throughout the pandemic and have, recently, returned in-person and socially-distanced in Potter’s Hand! Hooks and Needles meets on Monday afternoons. To learn more, please contact the Church Office at 589-8313 or office@pitmanumc.org.   Recently, these intrepid crafters have started creating cold-weather gear for our community and beyond! If you are a knitter or crocheter and would like to donate scarves, mittens, or the like to this project, please contact the Church Office. You do not need to be a part of Hooks and Needles to donate, but Hooks and Needles welcomes new friends at any time!  Click Here for more information.

 

Soap and Such Toiletries Pantry

UMW’s community toiletries pantry continues to provide much-needed items to our community. We are always in need of soap/body wash, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and body lotion. Feel free to drop your donations directly in the bins under the porch at the church or, to make a Venmo or cash donation, please email umw@pitmanumc.org.

 

Prayer Phone

Need to hear a friendly voice with an uplifting message and prayer? Call our Prayer Phone at 856-226-4159 and be blessed. The message changes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Would you like to record a message? Email umw@pitmanumc.org! You could read a devotion or poem, write your own message, or speak in anyway the Spirit moves you. We would love to have your voice!

 

 

Scheduled Events….

Christmas Eve (December 24)

We hope you will join us on Christmas Eve! Music and Carols start at 7 PM and worship begins at 7:30 PM. To worship in person, please contact the church office at office@Pitmanumc.org or join us on our live stream. We would love to worship with you!

Use these buttons to participate in our Christmas Eve Service…

   Live Stream       Online Bulletin In-Person RSVP

 

Poinsettias (December 14)

Covid can’t stop this beloved tradition! Order yours by Monday, December 14! To place your order, contact the church office at 856.589.8313. Cost is $13 per 7-inch pot.  See the below post for details (use your browser’s “back” button to return to this page).

Cookie Walk (December 11)

United Methodist Women’s Annual Cookie Walk has been re-styled for 2020! This year, cookies will be pre-packed. Cost is $6/box. Please drop donations at Staci Scheetz’s home, 49 Wildwood Ave., by noon on Friday, 12/11. No nuts or peanut butter, please. Cookies can be purchased on Saturday, 12/12, from 1 to 3 PM (while supplies last) at Staci’s house, 49 Wildwood Avenue. If you would like to bake cookies and would like a porch pick-up or have any questions, please email UMW@pitmanumc.org.

 

Musical Christmas Card (December 13)

Our wonderfully talented PUMC Music Director is creating a special Musical Christmas Card! To be a part of this activity, please email a photo of you and your family to Music@pitmanumc.org no later than December 13th. Joy to the World!

 

White Gift Sunday (December 13)

Christian Education invites you to celebrate White Gift Sunday in a new way for 2020! This year, we are collecting pictures and videos of “Acts of Kindness” performed by our congregation and friends. Capture a video or picture of your family presenting their White Gift to Jesus by serving others. Please email your photo or video to Kate Dilks at BLAST@PitmanUMC.org by December 13. We’ll be celebrating all of our gifts to Jesus during worship on December 20.

 

B-I-N-G-O (December 14)

Missing the fellowship of our church family? Join us for Zoom BINGO on Monday, December 14, at 7 PM. If you need BINGO cards, please email us and we will deliver them to your house! All ages welcome!
For the Zoom invitation link (or for BINGO cards), email Staci at:   umw@PitmanUMC.org  

We have so many special events and activities to help us BE the church during this challenging time. Please share this post (see the buttons below), check our website and social media often, and be a part of our family. Stay connected; stay safe. Come home for the holidays and walk with us into the Light!

 

 

 

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