Worship Services
Sunday 10:30 am
 
 

 

March 15th, Sunday Worship Cancelled!

 

Some factors that impacted our decision:

 

CDC indicates communities that take early action are more likely to flatten the infection curve greatly reducing the spread of the virus.

 

Covid19 is a serious illness.  While some are comparing it to the flu, the fatality rate in the general population is 200 times greater than the flu(1% vs 2%).  It is much higher than 2% among people over 60.

 

Other parts of our community are canceling events in hopes of limiting the spread of the disease in Billings.  For example, the Billings Symphony canceled their concert for tonight.

 

Our Bishop has suggested that we cancel services and large gatherings.

 

Most influential is all the medical people in our congregations who thought this was the correct response.

We will never know if this is an overreaction since if we are successful there will be fewer cases and it will seem like we did overreact, but this seems the best way to keep our church and our community safe.

 

We encourage everyone to continue doing all the basics: wash your hands often with soap and water (the most effective defense against the spread of viruses), try not to touch your face, maintain social distance (6 feet) from others, and stay home if you are feeling ill.

 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call your doctor right away: Fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. Here is a number you may use: 1-888-333-0461

If you would like more information, here are some helpful websites:

Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov (info about how to clean surfaces)

Riverstone Health (local information & updates): https://riverstonehealth.org/public-health-preventing-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus/

Lenten Season
Lenten Lunch & Prayer: Thursdays @ 12:15-1 pm
Soup & Studies: Wednesdays March 18 & April 1, 6-7:30 pm
 
Holy Week :
Palm Sunday Pancakes (youth group fundraiser): April 5 – 8:30 & 11:30 am
Palm Sunday Worship: April 5, 10:30 am
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing Service: April 9, 7 pm at Shiloh UMC
Good Friday Service: April 10, 7 pm at Hope UMC
Easter Celebration: April 12, 9:15 am – Brunch, 10 am – Easter egg Hunt, 10:30 am – Worship
March – GUILTY and Forgiven
Season of Lent
Exploring how the “seven deadly sins” apply to our lives today and how we as Christians can choose to live the holy lives that set us free.
 
March 1 – Greed V. Charity: What does Christian consumerism look like?
March 8 – Lust v. Diligence: What defines Christian Relationships?
March 15 – Sloth v. Diligence: How do Christians find a healthy work/Sabbath balance?
March 22 – Wrath v. Patience: How do Christians respond with care when it’s really hard?
March 29 – Envy v. Gratitude: How do we live with a Christian attitude?

Evangelical United Methodist Church offers many different opportunities to worship God:

The weekly Sunday Church service starts at 10:30; child care is provided. This service provides all guests and members the opportunity to worship in community with other believers and those individuals still searching for a meaningful relationship with God.

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
 
 
Sunday Service is on Facebook Live at 10:30 am  
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Communion

Communion is offered during the first Sunday service each month. Home communion is offered by scheduled appointment. The United Methodist Church practices open communion. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love.
 
Mark 14:22-25 – And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
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Book Studies and Programs
 
These are normally scheduled on Wednesday evenings, are offered throughout the year. These provide a more focused opportunity for each of us to understand how we can use God’s love to improve our relationship with those around us.
 
Romans 12;2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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Demonstrating God’s Love
 
Worshiping God doesn’t stop with attending church and book studies. Worshiping God involves living a life that demonstrates God’s love. Helping others in need of spiritual, emotional, and physical assistance is important.
 
1 John 3:17 – But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?