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Dec 6, 2020

GREATER NW AREA NEWS
If you would like to learn more about things going on in the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC, you can read the newsletter here.
GNW Newsletter: Dec 03, 2020


A NOTE FROM PASTOR LESLI“Even in the midst of a pandemic and the many, many tensions we are in the midst of in our country, there is SO much to be thankful for- I for one, am thankful for ALL of you. You, who have lifted me up in prayer, taught me, guided me, cared for me, shared delicious meals and supported me through the many radical transitions into a season of virtual Worship, all within my first year of Pastoral Ministry. I just wanted you to know that I am thankful for you!” 
Peace and joy, Pastor Lesli


SERMON

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This week, we continue our Advent worship series, Those Who Dream.  The series will include beautiful imagery to illustrate the stories, worship through song, and wonderful candle lighting liturgy presented by families in the church.  The theme this week will be  “prepare the way (peace)”.  The focal scriptures are Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2,8-13, and Mark 1:1-8.We will gather together on Facebook at 10:30am to join in worship. It will also be accessible on our YouTube page or our website.


ALL CHURCH 2021 BUDGET REVIEW

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your commitment to our church, our community and the world we live in!!!  We have more giving estimates than we had last year and we are working hard to get these numbers plugged into the budget to present on 12/13.
We will have our all church review of the 2021 budget on December 13th at 3:00 pm.  This will be a virtual meeting but we encourage your questions and remarks.  Early next week we will be emailing you the copy we will  be reviewing on Sunday.  You can submit questions and remarks to Karen Garrett.  We will also take questions/remarks live during the meeting.  This past year has been filled with such uncertainty, and we negotiated those changes as our needs changed.  We have worked on the budget as if our circumstances are the same as today, but again this is a fluid document and we will adjust this budget as our situation changes.
The Finance Committee meets on Monday 12/14 and we will work on changes based on the discussions at the all church meeting.  When we are satisfied with our final result, we will submit to the church board for approval.
Thank you and we look forward to “seeing” you on the 13th!  Your Zoom invite will be coming soon!

Karen L. Garrett

Finance Chair


2020 PULLMAN CHILD WELFARE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

Over the past many years SUMC has participated in the Pullman Child Welfare Christmas Giving Tree for our community. Like most things this year, COVID has altered our participation in this project but we still have many ways we can support this very important cause in our community.  I spoke with the director of PCW and she told me the need is up this year and instead of about serving about 200 children they are serving upwards of 300.  So, instead of having a giving tree with tags at SUMC for specific gifts we are asking that you donate specific items, gift cards or cash to be donated to PCW and they will gift the items we collect. If you would like to choose a specific gift to shop for both Walmart and Pullman Building Supply have trees with tags that you can choose from.  

I am told that they are focusing on collecting new family activities for families.  I love that they are working to provide gifts that will lead to positive family memories and bonding during this time. So, they have asked us to donate family games and puzzles.

PCW gives gift cards to all children ages 10 – 18 as they have found that the parents and children can better choose age and interest appropriate gifts.  So another thing we can donate are gift cards to Walmart.

Although toiletries may not sound like as much fun to shop for, if you are out shopping grab an extra item or two for a family in need. Toiletries and diapers are always a need for our community. 

If you are not going out shopping during this time, that is no problem as cash and checks are all greatly appreciated!

Please drop your donations off in the bin on the porch at Pastor Lesli’s home at or The Rembert home by December 14.

Thank you so much for blessing our community during this time of need! Pullman Child Welfare thanks us for our support over the years and I know this new way of donating this year will still be meaningful and maybe even make our gift giving a little less stressful as we have some more general gift requests this year.


ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE

There is a family in our congregation that has been hit particularly hard during these tumultuous times.  They could really use our caring and support this holiday season.  They have several specific needs.  Mounting bills, including monthly garbage pickup, are causing a great financial strain.  They have several children that could use some clothing and a few gifts for the holiday.If you would like to give to this cause, either as a gift card or monetary donation, please contact Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org   


COMMITTEE ON RE-ENTRY UPDATE

Update to congregation re Bishop Stanovsky’s November 10 Addendum to Reimagining Life Together – November 23, 2020

Our Bishop, Rev. Elaine Stanovsky, has issued additional information regarding reopening our church for in-person worship and ministry.  In the form of an Addendum, she has issued a “Phase 2.1 – an Option within Phase 2”.  A copy is attached.

The primary change is that in-person, indoor gatherings of up to 25 persons are permitted.  This is an increase from the previous Phase 2 guidelines of 10 people maximum.  The Addendum requires that county level data available at www.CovidActNow.org be used for decision-making AND that data be used every Monday morning to review whether a congregation would stay in Phase 2.1 (25 persons) or revert to Phase 2 (10 persons).  This database uses a color scale (green, yellow, orange and red) to connote risk-level to determine if larger in-person meetings are warranted.  At present, we in Whitman County do not qualify.

The Addendum also highlights Additional Considerations, such as the impact that larger, and perhaps, multiple, weekly gatherings would have on staff and leaders.  It also points out that frequent moves between risk-level could create challenges with communication to the congregation and additional work for our staff and leaders if they shifted between in-person and virtual meetings while still providing virtual access for those that do not want to meet in person.

The Simpson UMC Committee on Re-entry continues to meet regularly (approximately every 3 weeks) to review current information and determine what adjustments might be needed to the Plan that was completed in July.  The Committee met on Nov. 17, reviewed the Bishop’s Addendum and determined that no change to the existing written Plan was warranted at this time.  Several factors were considered, including our congregation demographics, the high quality of on-line worship that Pastor Lesli, Ryan and Jason are producing and the current of Covid-19 activity level in Whitman County.

If any member of the congregation has questions about our Re-entry Plan, please direct them to Pastor Lesli who will take them to the Committee’s next meeting.

Jean Logan & Committee on Re-entry

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In keeping with the traditions of Simpson UMC, and even though it will be a little different this year, we are providing everyone the opportunity to purchase poinsettia(s) through the church from the WSU Horticulture Club. The price is the same as in past years = $11.00 each             

Available colors this year are — Red   Maroon   Pink   White   Cinnamon

Please order by contacting office@simpsonumc.org or 509-332-5212 and we will get your order placed. The last day to order is Wednesday, December 9. If you are able to pick up your poinsettia, we will have them at the church Friday Dec 11 from 3-5pm and Saturday Dec 12 2-4pm.    Make checks payable to SUMC and write poinsettias in the memo line. You can bring your check in payment at pickup. If unable to pick up, we will deliver as possible.

Nov 27, 2020

GREATER NW AREA NEWS
If you would like to learn more about things going on in the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC, you can read the newsletter here.
GNW Newsletter: Nov 25, 2020


A NOTE FROM PASTOR LESLI

“Even in the midst of a pandemic and the many, many tensions we are in the midst of in our country, there is SO much to be thankful for- I for one, am thankful for ALL of you. You, who have lifted me up in prayer, taught me, guided me, cared for me, shared delicious meals and supported me through the many radical transitions into a season of virtual Worship, all within my first year of Pastoral Ministry. I just wanted you to know, that I am thankful for you!” 
Peace and joy, Pastor Lesli


Poinsettias.2020.jpg

In keeping with the traditions of Simpson UMC, and even though it will be a little different this year, we are providing everyone the opportunity to purchase poinsettia(s) through the church from the WSU Horticulture Club. The price is the same as in past years = $11.00 each             

Available colors this year are — Red   Maroon   Pink   White   Cinnamon

Please order by contacting office@simpsonumc.org or 509-332-5212 and we will get your order placed. The last day to order is Wednesday, December 9. If you are able to pick up your poinsettia, we will have them at the church Friday Dec 11 from 3-5pm and Saturday Dec 12 2-4pm.    Make checks payable to SUMC and write poinsettias in the memo line. You can bring your check in payment at pickup. If unable to pick up, we will deliver as possible.


CHARGE CONFERENCE 2020 – UPDATE
We received updated guidance from our DS Gregg Sealey on our Charge Conference on Sunday Dec. 13.  The initial portion of the Charge Conference at 1pm will be limited to Church leadership only.  Immediately following the leadership meeting at 3pm, there will be an open meeting for all of the church.  At this meeting, the finance committee will present the 2021 Budget.


UMW CHRISTMAS DINNER UPDATE

Dear church friends,

Last year Simpson celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner.  The program at that December 2019 event looked back at dinner highlights from past years. Memories include the year the church parking lot was literally an ice rink; the first dinner when ham, scalloped potatoes and gelatin salad were served buffet-style; the camaraderie of the stewards; candlelight so skimpy the fellowship room was TOO dark; the year a microphone was left on when an actress in the Christmas pageant went off stage; the Christmas music from guitars, harp, cello, piano, trumpet, keyboard. 

The dinner has survived the test of time, that is, until 2020. There will be no Simpson UMW Dinner this year. The church doors are closed. State restrictions prevent large gatherings of people. Virus case numbers are surging. The dinner just can not be safely held this year.

That said, we wish you a safe, healthy and blessed Christmas season,
Kay Shew and Jeannine Rembert
UMW Christmas Dinner co-chairs


Nov 20, 2020

GREATER NW AREA NEWS
If you would like to learn more about things going on in the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC, you can read the newsletter here.
GNW Newsletter: Nov 19, 2020

Bishop’s COVID-19 notice #9 
https://greaternw.org/bishops-covid-19-notice-9-nov-9-2020/
Please read the latest from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky on the response to COVID-19 and reopening churches.  We remain in Phase 2 of our re-entry plan.  

NEWS FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Dear Friends,

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, I hope we can all find ways that we have been blessed this year.  The finance team is preparing a budget to present to the congregation and the board for ultimate approval.  We will be presenting it to you online at the conclusion of the Charge Conference answering any questions you may have.  The Charge Conference is December 13 and starts at 1PM and will take place virtually.
The draft budget will be emailed to you the week of December 6th.  Please let me know if you need a paper copy delivered to you.
We will take all your questions, concerns and comments and revise that budget at the Finance Committee meeting on 12/14.  We plan to present the final budget to the board on 12/21 for approval.
Here is what we could use from you.  If you have not returned your Estimate of Giving card, we could sure use your help with this.  You should have received your EOG information in the mail.  You can simply return this card by mail in the envelope provided or email it to Joye Dillman at Dillmanj@turbonet.com.  If you did not receive your EOG information, please email Joye and we will get one out to you.  This is not a pledge, it is simply an estimate of 2021 income that the finance committee uses to construct an accurate budget.  In these uncertain times your help on this matter is greatly appreciated.  Estimates of Giving received by November 30th will be plugged into the budget. that we will present to the board.
May you feel God’s presence during this upcoming Christmas season.
Karen GarrettFinancial Chair


CHARGE CONFERENCE 2020
Charge Conference with our DS Gregg Sealey will be held on Sunday Dec. 13 at 1 PM on Zoom, immediately followed by the 2021 Budget presentation to the congregation.  This meeting is open to all church members so all are invited to join us!We will publish the Zoom meeting ID as we get closer.


UMW CHRISTMAS DINNER UPDATE

Dear church friends,

Last year Simpson celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner.  The program at that December 2019 event looked back at dinner highlights from past years. Memories include the year the church parking lot was literally an ice rink; the first dinner when ham, scalloped potatoes and gelatin salad were served buffet-style; the camaraderie of the stewards; candlelight so skimpy the fellowship room was TOO dark; the year a microphone was left on when an actress in the Christmas pageant went off stage; the Christmas music from guitars, harp, cello, piano, trumpet, keyboard. 

The dinner has survived the test of time, that is, until 2020. There will be no Simpson UMW Dinner this year. The church doors are closed. State restrictions prevent large gatherings of people. Virus case numbers are surging. The dinner just can not be safely held this year.

That said, we wish you a safe, healthy and blessed Christmas season,
Kay Shew and Jeannine Rembert
UMW Christmas Dinner co-chairs


Nov 13, 2020

GREATER NW AREA NEWS
If you would like to learn more about things going on in the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC, you can read the newsletter here.
GNW Newsletter: Nov 12, 2020

Bishop’s COVID-19 notice #9 

Nov. 10, 2020

https://greaternw.org/bishops-covid-19-notice-9-nov-9-2020/
Please read the latest from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky on the response to COVID-19 and reopening churches.  We remain in Phase 2 of our re-entry plan.  


NEWS FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Dear Friends,

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, I hope we can all find ways that we have been blessed this year.  The finance team is preparing a budget to present to the congregation and the board for ultimate approval.  We will be presenting it to you online at the conclusion of the Charge Conference answering any questions you may have.  The Charge Conference is December 13 and starts at 1PM and will take place virtually.
The draft budget will be emailed to you the week of December 6th.  Please let me know if you need a paper copy delivered to you.
We will take all your questions, concerns and comments and revise that budget at the Finance Committee meeting on 12/14.  We plan to present the final budget to the board on 12/21 for approval.
Here is what we could use from you.  If you have not returned your Estimate of Giving card, we could sure use your help with this.  You should have received your EOG information in the mail.  You can simply return this card by mail in the envelope provided or email it to Joye Dillman at Dillmanj@turbonet.com.  If you did not receive your EOG information, please email Joye and we will get one out to you.  This is not a pledge, it is simply an estimate of 2021 income that the finance committee uses to construct an accurate budget.  In these uncertain times your help on this matter is greatly appreciated.  Estimates of Giving received by November 30th will be plugged into the budget. that we will present to the board.
May you feel God’s presence during this upcoming Christmas season.

Karen Garrett

Financial Chair


FAMILY ADVENT ACTIVITY

Join us for our 2020 Virtual “Family Advent” Activity. We will be creating “Lindor Advent Countdown Calendars” at 11:30 following Worship on Nov. 22Simpson will be providing all that is needed for the activity. Kits can be picked up from the church on Thursday 11/19, between 2-6 PM or Sat 11/21, between 10-12. If neither of those times work, contact the church office ASAP to make alternative arrangements. Email office@simpsonumc.org for more information.


Nov 6, 2020

GREATER NW AREA NEWS
If you would like to learn more about things going on in the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC, you can read the newsletter here.
GNW Newsletter: Oct 29, 2020

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https://greaternw.org/preface-to-covid-19-notice-9-october-23-2020/
A note from the Bishop regarding an upcoming update on her response to COVID-19


COMMUNION
On Sunday, Pastor Lesli will offer a time of virtual communion live on Zoom at 10:15.  All are invited to bring bread, juice, crackers, or whatever you have for elements and join in.

email office@simpsonumc.org for the Zoom link


SERMON
This week, we begin a sermon series called Traditions.  The theme scriptures will be Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 5:1-12.We will gather together on Facebook at 10:30am to join in worship. It will also be accessible on our YouTube page or our website.

SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP
After we worship together Sunday, we will have a chance to gather for a Fellowship via Zoom at 11:30am.  

We would love to have ALL of you join in!

email office@simpsonumc.org for the Zoom link


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

A special thanks to Jeannine Rembert for all of her help putting together at home packages for our kids. We are able to provide gratitude journals, bookmarks, blessing trail mix, music for Children’s virtual Christmas choir, and pinecone bird feeder materials. If you do not receive the at-home materials and would like to, please email pastor@simpsonumc.org and let Pastor Lesli know.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

We remain in Phase 2 of re-entry as outlined by the Bishop of the Greater NW Area.  Our plan for phases 3 and 4 has been approved.  To provide you the most up to date information at a glance, we have put together a resources page at simpsonumc.org/covid19  There you will find all the latest information and the most current version of our re-entry plan.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email office@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.


WEDNESDAYs ON FACEBOOK

Pastor Lesli will be posting reflections, devotions, or other encouragements Wednesdays on Facebook.  Check it out at facebook.com/simpsonunited