Dear West End UMC Family,
I hope that this message finds you well, at peace, and feeling connected with God, creation, circles of friends and your church family. Your church staff is now working remotely from home, and we have managed successfully this week to have staff meetings, prayer time and planning time together.
We will be worshiping on livestream for the foreseeable future. I’m grateful for the technology that helps us stay connected in the Spirit. The staff is thinking creatively about how to walk through Holy Week and Easter together, so be on the lookout for information about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. I'll be honest: the idea of not being together in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday makes me very sad. But, as one pastor has said, whenever we are able to assemble together for the first time in worship, it will be another Easter!
During this time of physical distancing, we long to see one another’s faces, so here’s one small way we can do that: Take a short video of yourself and/or your household saying, “The Peace of Christ be with you.” Then email it to Chase Bencin at email@example.com. He’ll make a montage that we can experience together in worship for the next few weeks.
Thank you for your prayers, your patience, your faith and your participation in this journey that we’re all on together. Your staff has been working diligently to help us stay connected and focused on what’s most important. We miss seeing all of you in person, and we hold each and every one of you in our hearts and prayers.
Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon, Senior Pastor
Online Worship ONLY for March 29 and April 5
We will Livestream our worship service at 8:45 a.m.
Links to bulletins and hymns will be provided. An email and Facebook post will be sent Sunday morning at 8:15 a.m. to prepare you for worship.
Following the “live” service, the replay will be available anytime throughout the day at the links above and the full service will be available on westendumc.org later in the day.
There will be NO Sunday School, childcare or public events on campus either Sunday.
West End Transitions
Genevieve Clare Weiss was born March 7th to Vivian and Michael Weiss. She is welcomed also by his big sister, Maggie Weiss, and big brother, Peter Weiss.
Clara Elizabeth Pettigrew was born March 10th to Sarah and Durham Pettigrew. She is welcomed also by her siblings, Charlie Pettigrew and Emma Pettigrew.
Hunter Elizabeth Perdue was born March 21st to Mallory and Jim Perdue.
- Theodore Russell Walker was born March 22nd to Allison and Bill Walker. He is welcomed also by his big sister, Maggie Walker.
- Daniel, Julie and Corinne Parker are mourning the death of Daniel’s mother, Mary Parker, who passed away on March 13th. Services were held March 18th in Murfreesboro.
Building is Closed, Staff Continues To Work From Home
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper's "Safer at Home" Order, our pastors and staff will be working remotely from home, and our building is closed at this time. All staff are available by email, and you can call the main church number to reach a pastor for an emergency.
All gatherings in the church are cancelled or postponed at this time.
West End Preschool
The Preschool will open on March 30th, with limited hours/days, to ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL EMPLOYEES ONLY. Full center opening date is yet to be determined.
Thursday Noon Lenten Concert Livestream
Since we cannot be in our building to have a live concert for you, we plan to replay a concert from a previous Lenten Concert this Thursday at noon! Take some time out of your busy day and enjoy a moment of music and peace.
Online Sunday School Options
Pastors Brandon and Maggie provided a resource for everyone to use this past Sunday for a home Sunday School option. You can find it here. Watch for the option for this Sunday when we send out the Worship email on Sunday morning!
If your Sunday morning class, Covenant Discipleship group, or other small group needs assistance with meeting online, please contact Pastor Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Youth Sunday School will meet at 10 a.m. on our Instagram – for live stories. Come join us at @weumcyouth. Small Groups will meet on Zoom at 5 p.m. to connect and pray together. Email Emily Robbins for the Zoom link at email@example.com.
Daily Prayer Meditations at Noon
Each weekday at noon one member of the pastoral staff will go onto Facebook Live to host a brief time of prayer to keep us connected in the Spirit. We'll be praying together and trying out different prayer practices.
Online Giving More Important Than Ever
Please continue your giving to the church during this time of uncertainty. Here are ways to give:
Give online at westendumc.org/give. Here you can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift.
Text to give. You can text "Give" to 615-697-4010, and the prompts will help you set up from there. Once you get registered, you can use this option easily going forward.
Contact Cindy Siemer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an automatic bank draft.
Mail a check to the church at 2200 West End Avenue, Nashville 37203.
Ministry Will Still Happen
We will be continuing to serve in our community, so keep on the lookout for opportunities to help with tornado relief. We will communicate needs via email, social media and westendumc.org.
Plant Sale Cancelled – Support Gardens of Babylon Instead
The Annual Spring Plant Sale (a 35-year tradition at West End) is cancelled. However, everyone needs the good cheer that plants bring, so the Creation Care Committee has a suggestion. Gardens of Babylon, which has been an excellent partner with us for the plant sale, has had to close their physical location, but they are creating an online store with delivery and curbside pick up options. So, order from them. You can support a local business and get the plants that will bring you joy and remind you of God’s wonderful creation! Visit their website: gardensofbabylon.com.
In this season when we are being encouraged to practice "social distancing," it is important for our community of faith to make sure that those who are most vulnerable among us are receiving the care that they need.
If you are at high risk for covid-19 and are in need of food, medication, or supplies, please contact Rev. Erin Racine. Additionally, we encourage everyone to reach out via phone to those who are at high risk for covid-19 to make sure that they have what they need.
Please forward their names to Erin so that she can coordinate our congregational response.
Finally, if you are not at high risk, are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, and you are willing to run errands or make deliveries for our members who are unable to leave their homes, please contact Erin.
Erin can be reached at email@example.com or 615.321.8500, x8838. If you are in need of spiritual or emotional support during this time, please reach out to one of our pastors.
And always remember: "God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God!"