EVENTS at SebUMC

Deadline for contributions to the FEBRUARY 2020 APPLESEED NEWSLETTER
is Tuesday, January 21. Thank you!

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2020 BEGINS with discussions, opinions, and projections about the future structure of the United Methodist Church. Here are some links to information which can shed light on what is to many an emotionally-charged and confusing time within our denomination:

BISHOP’S STATEMENT CONCERNING PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STRUCTURE
Please follow this online link to read Bishop Minerva Carcaño’s recent statement regarding options now being considered for the future structure of the United Methodist Church:  https://www.cnumc.org/blogposts/13135183

Additional views expressed here:  https://cdnsc.umc.org/en/news/reaction-aplenty-to-separation-plan
Search the UMC.ORG site for many more articles and resources regarding the proposals and progress of negotiations.

WE WILL HOLD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THESE PLANS AND ISSUES AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 – BRING YOUR  REFRESHMENTS AND JOIN US IN ROOM 2. All are welcome!

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Bishop Carcaño writes about recent UMC events — Please read the March 3, 2019 message from our bishop, Minerva Carcaño, via THIS LINK.

Future of the UMC — Do you have questions about recent events in the larger United Methodist Church? Please follow THIS LINK to hear what Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor at The Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, Kansas), told his congregation on March 3, 2019 after attending the recent UMC conference in St. Louis, Missouri. (approx. one hour in length)
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First Sunday of Every Month
Next events are Sunday, November 3 and Sunday, December 1, 2019

SEBASTOPOL UMC FIRST SUNDAY DISCUSSION TABLE — We have a new opportunity to gather and discuss topics of interest to United Methodists — Please join us in Epworthian Hall after worship (11:45 am) on each first Sunday of the month. Pick up some refreshments at our Hospitality table, then sit with us and join the discussion. All are welcome!

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Fourth Saturday of Every Month
next dates October 26, November 23, and December 28, 2019

in Need of a Meal — SebUMC is one of the local churches which provide a nutritious lunch once a month for the community. On the FOURTH SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, all are welcome to dine with us in Epworthian Hall. We also welcome people who wish to donate food or time/energy to help us provide this meal for our neighbors. Please send email to sebumc@sonic.net for more information.

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Every Wednesday at Noon
CENTERING PRAYER AND PRAYER OF THE IMAGINATION — SebUMC, in collaboration with The Journey Center of Santa Rosa, offers a free, open prayer gathering every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 pm in our sanctuary. You are invited to come and encounter Christ, in silence, in contemplation, and in the imagination, as we practice Christ-centered forms of meditation. Centering Prayer uses silence as a doorway to God’s presence; the Prayer of the Imagination offers guided prayer/meditation to encounter the holy through the heart, senses, and emotions as we use the imagination to enter the gospel scenes. Both forms of prayer invite us into a direct experience of God/Christ/The Sacred. Beginners and people on all meditation paths are welcome.

Every Friday at Noon
OPEN PRAYER — SebUMC offers free, open intercessory prayers every Friday at noon, our prayer ministry led by Pastor Iunisi in our sanctuary (if the door is locked, please knock on the Pastor’s office door). You are invited to send your prayer requests by email to sebumc@sonic.net, or mail/drop off a postcard any time.

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UNITED METHODIST NEWS — Looking for more United Methodist news from around the world? Click this link to visit the United Methodist News website and to read or subscribe for FREE… umnews.org

UNITED MISSION TO NEPAL (UMN) — Follow the stories and journeys of UMN’s Katherine Parker and others who are bringing health and education improvements, and building strong personal connections, in western Nepal. Visit their website via this link: UMN-Katherine Parker
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HOME CARE ASSISTANCE — Do you know someone in our area who needs help at home (cooking, cleaning, personal care, etc), or who needs help doing tasks or running errands? Contact Pastor Iunisi Tovo — she can refer you to people who are ready, willing, and qualified to assist.

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PLEASE VISIT OUR “NEWSLETTER” PAGE TO FIND MORE LISTINGS OF EVENTS, PROGRAMS, AND MINISTRIES VIA OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. A new issue is posted at the beginning of each month. THANK YOU.