– BIBLE STUDY -Thurs, May 28


Is the end in sight?

Late Saturday night, the state granted a variance to Garfield County to begin loosening some of the restrictions put in place to slow / stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. If ‘social distancing’ is strictly maintained, restaurants can open at 50% capacity, gyms can open at 50% capacity, and among other things … churches can begin worshipping in person also at 50% capacity.

For churches, however, there are other requirements:
no ‘fellowship’ activities like shaking hands, hugging, coffee time or sharing refreshments after the service concludes,
no ‘passing the plate’ to take offerings
everyone must wear face masks, including the worship leader,
no singing (since this spreads ‘droplets’ far and wide),
rigorous cleaning of every surface including pews, Bibles, hymnals, microphones, pianos, etc …
And there are more that I won’t bother to list here.

What do I think about them? I find them both irritating and absolutely reasonable.

And, of course, we also have a 33 page (including footnotes and references) document from our Conference that outlines the many steps we’re supposed to take to work from “red light” status (where we are now) through ‘yellow’ to ‘green light’ which is a return to all access any time in any way activities.

So, is the end in sight?  I think in this case the words of Winston Churchill delivered during the dark days of World War 2 on November 10, 1942 might better describe where we are: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Where do we go from here?

If we’re brave enough to face the reality in our churches (and not just for the Roaring Fork Valley … but for all mainline protestant denominations throughout the US) we’ll probably recognize that to begin face-to-face worship immediately would seem irresponsible. The average age of our congregations is 65+. Relatively few of our parishioners don’t have some kind of ‘health condition’ like diabetes, asthma, cardiac or kidney related problems that places us in the ‘high risk’ category. That puts them (US! Because I’m in that group – also being 64 years old and asthmatic!) in a very awkward and potentially threatening position.

So, what do we do?

In fact, I’m not sure. Our Conference’s guidelines take our heightened congregational risk factors into account more so than the State’s modified guidelines. The Conference leaders recommend a full return to ‘normal’ pre-virus function only after a vaccine is available AND has been widely used throughout the population to minimize the chance of the pandemic continuing. That means, in Churchill’s words, “the end” will come in … 8 months? … a year? How do you feel about that?

If you’d like to voice your thoughts … or maybe just listen in, the information for joining the discussion early Wednesday evening, May 27 is included below. Regardless of whether we see each other in person again in just a few days, or several months, never doubt that Carol and I are thinking, planning, doing everything in our power to help everyone feel connected to each other and closer to Christ each Sunday through our online worship.

Together in Christ’s love we are one. We are strong.

Pastor Dave
Topic: Discussing worship re-start
Time: May 27, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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OVER 400 SERVED THANKS TO ROARING FORK METHODISTS – “It takes a village,” and valley Methodists have certainly pulled together to help feed the homeless and needy each evening here in Glenwood since Covid-19 arrived!  In addition to our normal 3rd Thursday meal headed by Jamie Darien, others from FUMC have been filling in for another area church, serving “to go” meals every Tuesday (Elizabeth Pruett has been the “sandwich machine!”).  Basalt has made the trek downvalley seven times since March providing meals.  Molly and Roger Hoey et.al. have personally taken it upon themselves to provide a meal in April and will again this Thursday, as well as covering for other vacant dates.  A HUGE thank you to all of you who have been the hands and feet of Jesus here in the valley–you truly walk the talk!

If you would be interested in helping our groups with “to go” meal preparation or distribution, please call or email the office; we’ll be happy to get you involved, too.

You are invited to Bible Study via ZOOM, led by Pastor Dave Lillie. Our study is on Thursdays and begins at 5:15 PM and ends at 6:30 PM. It is “beginner friendly” and doesn’t depend on jargon or having a seminary vocabulary! Please consider joining with others in the Roaring Fork Valley … and beyond! The ZOOM invitation is below:

Topic: Bible Study
Time: May 28, 2020 05:10 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Password: 010622
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PENTECOST SUNDAY WORSHIP INVITATION – WEAR RED!The Christian holiday of Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.  It is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church.

The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, and in modern times, the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well.  So wear red this Sunday and bring a (birthday) candle if you feel comfortable doing so.

Here’s your formal ZOOM invitation:  Join other Christ-seekers as we sing, learn, and celebrate life and freedom in service to Jesus Christ! Our online worship services are offered Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. The people of the Roaring Fork Valley Methodist churches invite you to be part of the gathering! 
Roaring Fork Methodist Community is inviting you to a scheduled worship service.
Topic: Worship service
Time: May 31, 2020 09:45 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 810 8877 5153
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Meeting ID: 810 8877 5153
Password: 760940

If you do not have a computer and would like to join by phone, dial the following number and enter the meeting ID and Password when you are asked for it.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO? – Don’t forget to send a picture of your activity(ies) during this stay-at-home time for a slideshow(s) during the worship service.  Send them to either Klaus – lkkocher@sopris.net or Dave – revdavel@gmail.com

MISSED A WORSHIP SERVICE OR BIBLE STUDY? –Most of the worship services and Bible studies (warts and all) can now be seen on You Tube.  To access them Google http://YouTube.com then at the top Search Bar enter Roaring Fork Methodist Community.

VEA SPONSORS – June 1 will rapidly be upon us.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to get a check to Roxann or the office for your sponsorship.
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Office Hours 

MONDAY – Closed
TUESDAY   9 – 3
THURSDAY – Hours Variable
FRIDAY – Closed