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Opening our Sanctuary for Worship

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

(No Sunday School)

 

* MASKS ARE REQUIRED!!!! *

* IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MASK WITH YOU,

ONE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU. *


Read how to prepare for worship below.


Welcome to Otterbein United Methodist Church

549 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25404

304-263-0342 

Rev. Dr. Patricia Sebring, Pastor

secretary@otterbeinumc.net


For a Reason ~ For a Season

Otterbein United Methodist Church Policies and Procedures for Pandemic

Purpose:   To keep everyone as safe as possible in the midst of a highly contagious virus
and to ensure compliance with all applicable governmental and BWCUMC guidelines.

Safer at Home:

·         Stay home if you feel ill or have any symptoms of disease (cough, fever, etc.)

·         Those over 65 years of age and those with any pre-existing medical conditions that compromise their immunity are advised to not come to the church
 but to worship from home until the pandemic ends. 

·         Worship virtually from home at 11:00 a.m.

o   Facebook:  Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/otterbeinumcmartinsburg

o   Internet:  For those with internet but not on Facebook go to https://zoom.us/ and enter
Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 and when prompted Password: 310715

o   Phone:  For those without internet you can call in from your telephone by dialing
1-301-715-8592 and entering Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 followed by Password: 310715

o   Recorded services are available after Sunday on our YouTube channel: OUMCMARTINSBURG

Coming for Worship:

·         Come straight from home to church without stopping at other establishments to reduce possibility of bringing virus into church property.

·         Minimize the items you bring with you into church building (suggest that you do not bring printed material, no food or beverages, 
and ladies may wish to use a small washable handbag or bag that can be disinfected).

Arriving at Church:

·         Follow the direction of the safety team who will direct you to an available space. 

·         Park with a space between your vehicle and other vehicles to maintain social distance when exiting and entering your vehicle.

·         Put on face covering before you exit your vehicle. 

·         If you choose to wear gloves put them on before you leave your vehicle.  (Sanitizer is available inside the church for those not wearing gloves.)

·         Always maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.

Entering the Church:

·         Enter only through the portico entrance at the rear of the church.

·         Always maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet

·         Face coverings are required.  If you are not wearing a face covering you will receive one from the safety team before you enter the building.

·         Wear face coverings over nose and mouth at all times while on church property including parking lot, hallways, common areas (Assembly Room, Sanctuary, Classrooms, Restrooms, etc.) and office spaces.

·         Hand sanitizing is required immediately upon entry into the building and hand washing or sanitizing after using restroom facilities or touching any common-use surfaces (door handles, handrails, light switches, etc.)

·         Check-in with our safety team who will ensure we have your name and phone number for contact tracing (this information will be used in the event you contract COVID 19 to contact all who had contact with you and will be used if anyone in worship contracts COVID 19 to let you know you’ve been exposed).

Restrooms 

·      Limited to one person at a time to maintain appropriate distance.  (Young children may be accompanied by parent or guardian.)

·      Hand washing for minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water following use of the facilities.

·      Use a clean paper towel to open door upon exiting.

In the Sanctuary

·         Maintain social distance of six feet. 

·         You will be guided to your seat by a member of the safety team.

·         People living in the same house may sit together without six feet of separation between household members.

·         No seating in the balcony.

·         No printed materials in the sanctuary.

·         No singing or unison speaking during the pandemic to reduce the amount of exhaled aerosol that could contain virus.

·         Remain seated until dismissal by rows to avoid congestion in hallways. 

·         Offering received upon exit from the sanctuary in designated box

Exiting the Church:

·         Altar Guild will remove flowers before congregation exits and take them outside for pick-up by donors.

·         Follow the direction of the safety team to the exit.

·         Maintain safe social distance of six feet between yourself and others.

·         Exit immediately upon conclusion of the service.

·         Exit only through the portico entrance at the rear of the church.

·         Wear face covering (and disposable gloves if you choose to wear them) until you are in your vehicle and dispose of these in a proper waste receptacle at home.

·         Exit the parking lot promptly to clear the way for others to safely get to their vehicles.

 

Discontinued until further notice are the following:

·         No Bulletins

·         No Greeters at Sanctuary entrance

·         No Lay Readers

·         No Coffee Hour:  No food or beverage in the building

·         No Sunday School for children, youth, and adults.

·         No Nursery or Children’s Church

·         No Small Group gatherings

·         No Renting to outside groups

·         No Card ministry table

·         No Prayer Request Sheet (Contact pastor by phone, text, or e-mail with requests)

·         No Registration Pads or Connection Cards

Remember It Is All
For a Reason ~ For a Season

Please be advised that as the ongoing pandemic situation changes, this information will be reviewed and updated to correspond with the current level of risk and governmental/BWCUMC guidelines and requirements

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From the Pastor’s Desk                                                                           July 2020

Chaos or Control

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but
 to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

In the 1960s there was a television series entitled Get Smart.  In that series there were two forces constantly trying to outwit each other. Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the CONTROL agency, battles the evil forces of rival spy agency KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.  Today’s news could be summed up as a battle between chaos and control.

Our world these days seems to be in constant turmoil with the forces of good and evil pitted against one another.  Forces for good would return things to an orderly existence and forces for evil would perpetuate the chaos.  Jesus Christ our Lord is working in the midst of the ongoing turmoil to move us toward order and is expecting us the church to do our part to bring about an end to unrest.  We are called to be salt and light as a force for good and agents of justice and peace.

Do not wait to be told or asked to do something about the unrest in our world.  Our baptism commissions us as “special agents” to work for the good of all and to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin while accepting the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.  You need nothing more to begin your work as a special agent or what we call a disciple! 

Serving Christ together with you,

Pastor Patricia

Five Ways to Worship

Worship in the sanctuary or worship virtually from home at 11:00 a.m.

Our virtual services have been greatly upgraded. 
Please try one or more of these methods to worship.

o  In person in the sanctuary following the guidelines outlined in the For a Reason-For A Season in this newsletter

o  Facebook:  Facebook Live at www.Facebook.com/otterbeinumcmartinsburg

o  Internet:  For those with internet but not on Facebook go to https://zoom.us/ and enter
Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 and when prompted Password: 310715

o  Phone:  For those without internet you can call in from your telephone by dialing
1-301-715-8592 and entering Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 followed by Password: 310715

o  YouTube:  Recorded services are available after Sunday on our YouTube channel oumcmartinsburg

Past Recorded services are available on our website.

DATE

HIGHLIGHTS

July 5
11:00 a.m.

Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide

·         Scripture:  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

·         Sermon:  Rest for the Weary

July 12
11:00a.m.

 

Sixth Sunday of Kingdomtide

·         Scripture:  Matthew 15:1-9, 18-25

·         Sermon:  Roots for Fruits

July 19
11:00 a.m.

 

Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide

·         Scripture:  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

·         Sermon:  Seeds and Weeds

July 26
11:00 a.m.

 

Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide

·         Scripture:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

·         Sermon:  Facets of a Diamond


 

Give to Glorify God!!!

Options for Supporting Your Church with Your Gifts

Our finances depend upon your continued support throughout this time. 
These are some options to get your financial gifts to your church.

·         Mail your check(s) in an envelope to Otterbein UMC, P.O. Box 2378, Martinsburg, WV 25402

·         Click and give by making a donation through the church website at www.otterbeinumc.net
on the home page click the donate button to give through either PayPal or by debit or credit card

·         Donate through our Conference at https://www.bwcumc.org/churchgiving   Once you click on the link just follow the simple directions to set-up your donation.

·         Online banking by submitting an electronic payment through your bank online bill-pay

·         Auto pay Please consider making your online/electronic contribution a recurring monthly gift



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Improved Way to Donate to Our Church!!

 

There is now no need to worry about putting your offering in the mail.  In cooperation with the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Otterbein United Methodist Church has entered into an agreement to make it easier to donate to our church.

 The following Web Link is now available to make a one-time donation or set-up a reoccurring donation.

 The link is  https://www.bwcumc.org/churchgiving

 Once you clink on the link just follow the simple directions to set-up your donation.  It’s that easy!!

 Thank you for your continued support of our church through this remote offering program.

 

Or - if you've been using PayPal, you may continue with that if you like.


   
 


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