Important Upcoming Events
Rev. William Bills
May 19, 2021
I would like you to make a note of three important dates.
On Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m., Parker Garman will make his final live appearance with us at University UMC. Parker transferred last year from MSU to Berklee College of Music in Boston. Parker took the fall semester online. He moved to Boston in January for the spring semester. Because of Covid he has been able to create the music videos you have been seeing on Facebook and YouTube remotely and then send them to us over the internet. You may still see Parker throughout the summer online but Thursday, May 20th will likely be the last time he performs at church. I hope that you will come out to see the REACH band. You may want to bring Parker a note or a card to wish him well in his future endeavors. We are also looking for a new worship leader to take Parker’s place. If you know someone who might be a good fit for us, CALL ME!
On Sunday, June 6th, Bishop Bard is asking that all Michigan Conference United Methodists tune into the Annual Conference worship service on Facebook. Our Annual Conference will be a virtual event again this year. Julie Bills, Sue Abent, Laura DeGuire, and I will all be participating in the four-day conference virtually. Bishop Bard is hoping to give preachers, worship staff and video/tech people a much needed week off from recording and broadcasting virtual worship. He will also address the future of United Methodism and our impending separation into two or more new denominations. Information on how to access this online worship service appears in the Tower Alert newsletter which is emailed on Wednesday evening. It will also be posted to our online sites and sent out to you in an email.
The following Sunday, June 13, we will resume worshiping in the sanctuary at church. Several staff, along with representatives from the Trustees, Staff-Parish Relations and the Governance Board will meet next week to determine the protocols for worshiping safely in the sanctuary. We know that many in the congregation have been vaccinated but we cannot assume that all have been vaccinated. Therefore decisions need to be made about how many people we can accommodate (and will that require more than one service), singing, masking, ushers, greeters, etc. While I look forward to welcoming you back on June 13, I am also hoping that you will be patient with us going forward. It takes a number of people to make a worship service work and we will need to determine who is able and willing to help and in what capacities. We are also working to install cameras and internet equipment so that we can broadcast over Facebook and YouTube for those who are unable to return to worship. There are many transitions to negotiate over the coming weeks. Your prayers, support and encouragement will be most helpful.
At University United Methodist Church, we affirm that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are an open and inclusive congregation and welcome all persons into full participation regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, age, ability, education, background and whether single or partnered.