Winfield UMC April 2021 Newsletter

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Winfield United Methodist Church April 2021 Newsletter

He is Risen!

Winfield United Methodist Church Newsletter · April 2021 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness nd streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Greetings Winfield United Methodist family, It has been one year since the onset of a pandemic that turned our lives upside down. None of us could have imagined the toll this time would have taken on our relationships and how it upended “business as usual.” It is hard to describe how exhausting and demoralizing it has been to preach week after week to a computer screen. I yearn and pray for the day that we can be together in the same ways we were before the pandemic. Like all of us, I was experiencing “on the job training” through a time that none of us were truly prepared. Yet through it all, God has been a faithful shepherd and guide. As we celebrate Easter, we also know that this time has felt very much like an extended season of Lent. Throughout the Lenten season, we commemorated the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. In many ways, the past year has felt like one long wilderness journey. The wilderness has been marked with uncertainty, fear, and for many families, sickness and death. The journey through this wilderness has taken longer than any of us could have anticipated. Yet when Jesus was in the wilderness, God sent angels to attend and care for Him. I imagine that in your life, you have had “angels” attending to you, and you have had the opportunity to be an “angel” to others. Those small acts of kindness, from phone calls and Zoom visits, to neighbors delivering groceries are all ways that God has helped us be angels to one another. The Good News of Easter is that our God is a God of resurrection and new life. The wilderness of despair, isolation, and fear is not our final destination. Rather, it is a place where God is shaping us and preparing us to be new life and bring new life to parched and broken places.We are not out of the wilderness yet, but we are already seeing signs of hope, life, and renewal. I see it in the faces of those who are gathering once again for inperson worship (even if they are wearing masks!).

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Winfield United Methodist Church Newsletter · April 2021 I see it in the passion and energy of people who are “stepping up” to serve and lead in these strange and uncertain times. My hope is that we come out of this pandemic, with the Spirit’s help, committed to learning and growing, leaving behind those things that were not bringing life, and allowing the Spirit to do a new thing in us. If you have not already done so, I encourage and welcome you to get connected to in-person Sunday worship. We are gathering with masks and observing social distancing as we worship together at 8:30 am and 11 am. We also have a lot of exciting events planned. First be on the lookout for our “video church cookbook,” where members of the congregation submit their recipes and short cooking videos.If you have a recipe you would like to share for the video cookbook, or would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are also hosting monthly prayer walks on Wednesday evenings at 6:10 pm (weather permitting), where we walk and pray for our neighbors. Also, I am also available if you’d like to chat, pray, or simply need a listening ear. You can call met at (304)646-9597 or e-mail me at Sincerely, +Pastor Chris

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Winfield United Methodist Church Newsletter · April 2021

Worship with Us Join Us for Sunday Worship We have two Worship Services on Sunday, with the same message. There will be many styles of dress at both services. Some men will be in suits while others will wear jeans. Some ladies will wear hats, others will wear flip-flops. Come as you are! 8:30 AM: Early Service Small, traditional service with relaxed atmosphere 11:00 AM: Late Service Larger service but is still relaxed, a blending of traditional and contemporary touches. Masks are required in building and social distancing will be practiced.

Tithes and Offerings If you are unable to worship with us in person, or want an alternative way to give your tithes and offerings, you may mail your donation to: Winfield UMC PO Box 391 Winfield WV 25213 Or give online at: > Online Giving or

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Youth News The youth group will be resuming in-person meetings on Sunday, April 11th at 7:00 PM. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend our opening meeting. Join us for an evening of games, prizes, snacks, and getting to know each other! Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Contact Gayla Van Horn for more information or if you have any questions. 304-690-1590

Hope to see you soon!

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Winfield United Methodist Church Newsletter · April 2021 The Winfield United Methodist Church Newsletter is published monthly. If you would like to contribute to the May issue, please send your article to Reva Capehart or Gayla Van Horn by Friday, April 23rd. Reva: Gayla:

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