“Walking Through the Storms”

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:30 am


Dear SDUMC Family,

Once again, we’ll join together for live-stream worship at 9:30 a.m. or you can join us again by watching the video later in the day (also, included are the hymns and Scriptures if you would like to have your Bible to read along ((we use the NRSV version you can find it at Biblegateway.com)). Continue to share a little grace in these early days of on-line worship (we’re striving to make things a bit better each week). Also, as we move through an unprecedented time let us know how we can help each other as a church family (and other groups in our community that are helping others CRC, etc.). We just ask that you have some grace and patience with us as we strategize for the coming days. Here are the scriptures for tomorrow if you want to read along:  First Scripture Psalm 85:8-13, Second Scripture Mark 4:35-40. We will continue our series, The Walk, and share about walking with God through the storms of life.

Grace, Peace, and Prayers (for you and our world), 


PS Big Thanks to Nancy Meisenhelder and Mary Ann Jones (and friends) for keeping the Inter-Faith Shelter running through Friday. (All of our guests have now been placed in safe lodging).

More Information From Our Church Family:

From Lynne and The CARE Team:The CARE Team is grateful for the offers of help from SDUMC Members who want to help our more senior members, those with chronic disease, or compromised immune system (with groceries, prescription pick-up, rides to doctors).  Anyone who needs help with groceries, supplies, medication pick up to call or text Lynne Calkins 760.402.0325 or email: LC1NP@cox.net. We will help you get what you need safely so you don’t have to go out.

A Social Media Way to Stay Connected: We have an SDUMC Family Facebook Page (email info@encinitaschurch.com for ways to get connected if you are not in the group already, like the San Dieguito UMC Facebook Page or Instagram Page for posts and information).

From Alex and the SDUMC Youth Group: Email Alex alex@encinitaschurch.com if you want information on Sunday School for Youth and Youth Group on Zoom

Adult Education: If you have not received any emails from the online, The Walk study group email revjohn@encinitaschurch.com. The Small Group/Adult Education Team will be meeting to offer more options for the coming days. Prayer Time/Vespers: Watch for the Wednesday email on how to dial in for a 15 minute time of prayer on Wednesday evening.

Children and Families (and Children of All Ages): Information on Virtual Sunday School will be coming in the next week as we move to a new curriculum that gives us online access. Also, keep sending us your miles and saving spare change (to help others in the world).

Chalk The Walk: #ShareTheJoySaturdayandSundy Make someone smile this weekend (and we’ll keep this going on Saturdays and Sundays to come). Chalk up your driveway or sidewalk and share joy through the power of sidewalk chalk! Draw colorful pictures, write inspirational messages and have fun while doing it. Take a walk (of course, safe social distancing) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and take a picture of the chalked driveways or let a neighbor know for next week. Can’t leave your apartment or house – create your chalk art indoors? Check out these chalk markers that are great for windows (just a suggested link) https://amzn.to/2U91vze And don’t forget to share your chalk art with us! Post your photos here or tag #SDUMC and you may get featured on our site. Share this event with your friends and family!

Resources for talking to Children and Youth about difficult issues (suggested by various people):

From the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html , Psychology Today:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/smart-parenting-smarter-kids/202003/how-talk-kids-and-teens-about-the-coronavirus 

Here is another link regarding theology and difficult times https://www.umc.org/en/content/how-to-talk-with-children-about-disasters 

Another one on theology when youth question faith issues: https://hydeparkumc.org/emilys-youth-message-navigating-faith/

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