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COVID-19


UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020

Until we are cleared by health officials to be together physically, we will be joining each other via Facebook live and by teleconference. Please join us live on Facebook at 10:00am for our Sunday Morning Service or phone in to listen at 302-202-1109 and enter 217542 for the conference code when prompted.

We will be available by phone at 305-296-2392 or by email at keywestumc@bellsouth.net Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm. If this is an emergency and you need to contact Pastor Terri, please call 305-699-8358.

God Bless


Dear Key West UMC,

The Church Council decided last night to suspend ALL gatherings at the Church until we are cleared by health officials to meet together again. This is a difficult time to be in physical separation from each other. Normally in a crisis we get together, hold hands and pray, put a loving hand on each other's shoulders and generally just be present with each other. But for now the most loving thing we can do for each other and our neighbors is to be together by phone and internet and at a distance of six feet when we are in person.

Worship for this Sunday will be live on Facebook at 10:00 and can be accessed by your phone through conference calling. As soon as we get the conference call number and access code we will send that out to you. To listen and to watch on Facebook go to my page or the church page at 10:00 on Sunday. The Facebook live message will be available afterwards so you can watch it at another time or share it with your family and friends.

We are organizing a phone calling community to stay in touch with each other. If you would like to volunteer to have a "flock" of ten families to call just let me know by responding to this email. If we do not have an updated phone number for you or you do not get a call in the next 7 days, please respond to the email and let me know.

I have access to Pastor's Discretionary funds and can help those who are struggling to pay for groceries, medicine, or other necessities. Please contact me if you are in need and I will stretch those dollars to help as many people as possible.

Our staff is still on the job and is available to help. Jennifer is answering phones. Lisa is paying bills. Jim and Ann are working on music for when we have access to live streaming that includes music and all the rest of us are pitching in to do whatever we can. We voted at Council to continue paying the whole staff until our cash reserves are depleted to $100,000. Hopefully we won't get to that number.

We need to stay in touch with each other and stay in touch with God. Our relationship to God will be the source of our love and strength that makes our relationships with each other possible. I will say more about that on Sunday in our unique worship experience by phone and internet!

Love and Prayers,

Pastor Terri

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7






OUR MISSION

"To empower children and families to experience God's love as revealed in the ministry of Jesus Christ".


RECURRING EVENTS

Tuesdays
Happy Hearts , 9:30 AM in the J.O.Y. room

Wednesdays
Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Bible Study, 7:00 PM

Thursdays
Men's Prayer Breakfast & Bible Study, 6:30 AM
Bell Choir, 7:00 PM

Sundays
Worship, 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM
Old Stone Coffee House, 9:00 AM
Children's Church, 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Children's Church
Available for children age 5 - 5th grade during the 8:30 & 11:00 am worship services. Children attend church and are dismissed after the Doxology. Class meets in the Education Bldg.

Nursery is Available for Infants Through Age 4

During both morning services and Sunday School. It is located on the first floor of the Education Building.


ONLINE GIVING

Great news! We now offer Online Giving. Whether you would make a one-time contribution or a recurring contribution, you now have the ability to do that online quickly and safely. Get started by clicking here.


This event is open to kids and families of all ages! There will be an egg hunt, sanctuary visit, demonstration of our current children's curriculum, crafts, snacks and more!! Please join us for this fun event. If you would like to volunteer to help during the event, please contact Janet Vazquez at 305-797-5316 or AVJD127@AOL.COM.



Volunteers are needed for the week and the week prior to help decorate. If you can volunteer for a few hours, please call, text or email Janet Vazquez at 305-797-5316 or AVJD127@aol.com. Please join us for the fun-filled week.


MORE OPPORTUNITIES

GOOD NEWS about a NEW Church Social event! A growing group of Church members and non-church members have been meeting in church members' homes to enjoy snacks and a night of playing games each week for the past several months. Those games played were NEW to many of those who came. They included 99, 31, Mexican Train, Chicken Foot, Skip Bo, Five Crowns, Hand and Foot, and others. Everyone was and is asked to bring their favorite games to introduce to the group.

We now have enough to bring this event to be held at the Church in Jones Hall. It is planned to start to have these game nights - all Tuesday nights at 6pm(except the 3rd Tuesday of each month) starting Feb. 4th. One of the best parts of these nights is the laughter that we all have experienced and a great way to enjoy getting to know others. Please come and join in and have some GREAT FUN.

Save the Date!
Relay for Life 2020
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser cancer walk for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries who give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. On April 3, 2020, from 5pm to 10pm you can participate in this walk at HOB School.


OLD STONE COFFEE HOUSE - NOURISH YOUR SOUL

The vision of the Coffee House is a welcoming and accepting place where people can find nourishment for their souls! Sunday Mornings in Jones Hall from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.

MARCH 8th: Shanty Hounds
MARCH 15th: Ericson Holt
MARCH 22th: Gayla Morgan
MARCH 29th: Mary Spear

Please come and bring a friend, co-worker or neighbor. It seems to connect especially well with those who like music, coffee and a relaxed, informal setting for conversation. ALL ARE WELCOME!


BIBLE STUDIES OPEN TO ALL

Men’s Bible Study
Share life experiences and daily devotionals over coffee and Cuban bread.
Thursday mornings at 6:30am in Jones Hall.

Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study
This Lent ponder the themes of justice, poverty, freedom, and love. In a six-week Lenten study The Grace of Les Misérables, author and pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the story-grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope. This new study will begin March 5. Meeting each Thursday morning at 9:00am in the J.O.Y. Room. All ladies are invited. Call Charlotte Strickland, 305-394-7148, for more information.

Bible Study With Pastor Terri
Join us in our study of the Gospel of Matthew Wednesday nights in Jones Hall at 7:00pm.


MEETINGS

Church Council Meeting
Monday, March 16th at 5:30 in the J.O.Y. room

Our next UMW Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th. We will meet at 7pm at Wesley House Family Services located at 1304 Truman Avenue. Alice Calleja will lead the "Call to Prayer and Self-Denial".


BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

March Birthdays
1st, Patrick Lougheed
3rd, Lexi Archer
4th, Claudette Getter
10th, Christina Spottswood
11th, Carrie Beavers
12th, Terri Spottswood
16th, Daniel Mathis
17th, Judy Abell, Quinn Partrick
18th, Alice Jones
19th, Scott Clemens, Scott Loessin
20th, Candace Kerns, Lande Spottswood-Juban
21st, Dallas (“Butch”) Steely
23rd, Paul Carmichael, Chuck Montgomery
24th, Nancy Curry
26th, Becky Sachsenmaier, Wayne Sorbelli, Becky Strauss
28th, Ann Domenech
29th, Suzanne Ainsworth

March Anniversaries
19th, Scott and Caroline Loessin
21st, Mike and Linda Miller
29th, Matthew and Nancy Dowling
30th, Derek and Grace Epperly

Staff Anniversaries
Happy Work Anniversary to Dr. Ann McFarland & Bill Anderson!


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Lay Readers
Several of our Lay Readers who help with the 11:00 AM service are snowbirds and will not be with us for the summer and fall. It would be such a blessing if you would like to help with reading scripture. Please contact the office to be added to the schedule.

Old Stone Coffee House
We always need cashiers, greeters, baristas, and general kitchen help.

Grounds Keeping
Light landscaping is needed for the gardens surrounding the buildings.


THANK YOU & CONGRATS!

Thank You Pastor Terri For All That You Do!

During the Souper Bowl of Caring, $1109.58 was collected and will be given to Cooking with Love. Each Saturday, from 10am-1pm, the kitchen at Metropolitan Community Church is buzzing with volunteers to cook, serve, deliver, clean up, smile and serve those who are homebound and the senior citizens within our community.

Missions also gave $300.00 to Compassion for Humanity a Christian Mission, Educational, Civic, humanitarian and, non governmental organization.

THANK YOU to all who are a part of our Music Ministry for sharing your gift of music, which speaks to our hearts and souls as we worship our Lord and lift up our voices together!

THANK YOU Mike Monsalvatge for the excellent meal and to all those who made the Music Appreciation Luncheon a wonderful celebration.

RIP Medical Debt Fundraiser
- The fundraiser was successful and the $34,000 goal was exceeded; over $54,000 was collected in total.
- The amount collected exceeding the goal has been placed in escrow and will cover veterans' medical debt.
- About 2000 letters to the recipients of the debt forgiveness have gone out.
- Calls of gratitude from recipients have been received!
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