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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