7/25 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday July 25 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!  

Join the livestream here

https://youtu.be/5n3iDL5C764

Larry Arbour shares a message entitled “It’s Not My Job” based on Matthew 25:35-40 and Luke 24:44-48.

 

A MESSAGE FROM RYAN

As many of you know, I have been working to answer God’s call on my life as I have been pursuing a career in teaching.  I have been given the opportunity to teach middle school math and science in Asotin next year.  Unfortunately, this means I will be unable to continue serving as part of the staff.  My last day serving the congregation of Simpson UMC will be July 31.  I am forever grateful for the chance to have been taken in as a part of your church family.  You have been a light to me when I truly needed it and I am so thankful for all that you have done for me and my family.  We will remain in Pullman so I hope to run into you around town.  We pray thanks for all of you and pray that you can continue to be a beacon of God’s love in the Pullman community and beyond.

Thanks and peace to you,

Ryan  

PASTOR LESLI GRANDSON HAS ARRIVED!

James Arthur was born July 10, weighing 7lb 9oz.  He had early issues but all is well now and he and mother Abbi are home now. Pastor Grammie is there to help. She will be back on Monday, 7/26
Thanks be to God!!!

I will be available by phone for needs, prayers and emergencies. If you have a need that necessitates Pastoral care, please call me and I will make the necessary arrangements. (208)284-4585.

Our guests in the pulpit will be-

7/18- Rob Rembert (w/special music by Allie Rembert)

7/25- Larry Arbour

Pastor Lesli

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We have now received donations of $2450 for the Livestreaming Window of Opportunity. Financial Chair Karen Garrett applied for a grant from the PNW Conference and was just notified that we will receive $1000 to support this need.  We are left with a balance of $2051.24. If you are interested in how we plan to use the funds to continue and grow our livestream ministry, please check out the attached flyer.  

LET’S WRITE ABOUT OUR COVID19 EXPERIENCES

Are you thinking about the Covid19 pandemic and what went on during the past year and half? Put your thoughts in writing and send it to our church office or to Alice at sdrddavis@outllok.com.  I’ve talked to our Davis family and we came up with wanting to add photos of events in the stories, so send photos along with your recollections/feelings.  I’ve set an end time for getting something down in print for July 20.  Your stories are wanted and needed for our historical church records!

7/18 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday July 18 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!  

 Join the livestream here

https://youtu.be/QY5f71HMi6A

Rob Rembert asks “Is Jesus Necessary?” His message is based on Joshua 1:8, Mark 2:16-17, and Matthew 11:27-29.

 

A MESSAGE FROM RYAN

As many of you know, I have been working to answer God’s call on my life as I have been pursuing a career in teaching.  I have been given the opportunity to teach middle school math and science in Asotin next year.  Unfortunately, this means I will be unable to continue serving as part of the staff.  My last day serving the congregation of Simpson UMC will be July 31.  I am forever grateful for the chance to have been taken in as a part of your church family.  You have been a light to me when I truly needed it and I am so thankful for all that you have done for me and my family.  We will remain in Pullman so I hope to run into you around town.  We pray thanks for all of you and pray that you can continue to be a beacon of God’s love in the Pullman community and beyond.

 Thanks and peace to you,

Ryan  

 

PASTOR LESLI’S GRANDSON HAS ARRIVED!

James Arthur was born July 10, weighing 7lb 9oz.  He had early issues but all is well now and he and mother Abbi are home now. Pastor Grammie is there to help. She will be back on Monday, 7/26
Thanks be to God!!! 

Our guests in the pulpit will be- 

7/18- Rob Rembert (w/special music by Allie Rembert)

7/25- Larry Arbour

 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We have now received donations of $2450 for the Livestreaming Window of Opportunity. Financial Chair Karen Garrett applied for a grant from the PNW Conference and was just notified that we will receive $1000 to support this need.  We are left with a balance of $2051.24. If you are interested in how we plan to use the funds to continue and grow our livestream ministry, please check out the attached flyer.  

LET’S WRITE ABOUT OUR COVID19 EXPERIENCES

Are you thinking about the Covid19 pandemic and what went on during the past year and half? Put your thoughts in writing and send it to our church office or to Alice at sdrddavis@outllok.com.  I’ve talked to our Davis family and we came up with wanting to add photos of events in the stories, so send photos along with your recollections/feelings.  I’ve set an end time for getting something down in print for July 20.  Your stories are wanted and needed for our historical church records!

7/11 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday July 11 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!  

Join the livestream here

https://youtu.be/AbxHI_N-i-o

Pastor Lesli’s message is called Flourishing: Beyond Measure and is based on Revelation 21:9-22:5

 

A MESSAGE FROM RYAN

As many of you know, I have been working to answer God’s call on my life as I have been pursuing a career in teaching.  I have been given the opportunity to teach middle school math and science in Asotin next year.  Unfortunately, this means I will be unable to continue serving as part of the staff.  My last day serving the congregation of Simpson UMC will be July 31.  I am forever grateful for the chance to have been taken in as a part of your church family.  You have been a light to me when I truly needed it and I am so thankful for all that you have done for me and my family.  We will remain in Pullman so I hope to run into you around town.  We pray thanks for all of you and pray that you can continue to be a beacon of God’s love in the Pullman community and beyond.

Thanks and peace to you,

Ryan  

 

PASTOR LESLI ON LEAVE

I’ll be out of town to help my daughter with my brand new (first) grandson 7/14-7/25. I’ll be back in the office Monday 7/26. I will be available by phone for needs, prayers and emergencies. If you have a need that necessitates Pastoral care, please call me and I will make the necessary arrangements. (208)284-4585.

Our guests in the pulpit will be-

7/18- Rob Rembert (w/special music by Allie Rembert)

7/25- Larry Arbour

Pastor Lesli

 

FAMILY PROMISE UPDATE

As our 2 weeks of hosting Family Promise draw to an end, we give thanks to each of you and those in the community who have given of themselves and served these families. There are still areas where your help is needed. If you’d like to volunteer a bit of your time and see firsthand what an incredible ministry this is, Sign up at one of the options below.

Lastly, we will be having the guest room takedown/move out on Sunday at 8 AM. It shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half if we have enough help.  Please spread the word.

 

FAREWELL PARTY – THANK YOU!

Charlene’s going away party was HUGE! Many people who have known Charlene came out to wish her well and say goodbye. Charlene is going to be deeply missed by our church family here at Simpson as well as many others in our community. Know that we love you and will miss you deeply, Charlene!

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We have now received donations of $2450 for the Livestreaming Window of Opportunity. Financial Chair Karen Garrett applied for a grant from the PNW Conference and was just notified that we will receive $1000 to support this need.  We are left with a balance of $2051.24. If you are interested in how we plan to use the funds to continue and grow our livestream ministry, please check out the attached flyer. 

 

 

7/4 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday July 4 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!  

Join the livestream here

https://youtu.be/LBzFaldBUh8

Pastor Lesli’s message is called Reclaiming: Grafted. Nourished. Remaining. Bearing Fruit. and is based on Romans 11:17-1 and John 15:1-8

We will be celebrating Communion so if you are worshiping from home, please have elements available.

 

FAMILY PROMISE UPDATE

Our first two weeks hosting Family Promise of the Palouse (FPP) in our building is almost in the books. It has been a real blessing, with incredible volunteers from throughout the community. We’ve had folks come in from LaCrosse, Colfax, and Palouse to serve meals or just spend time with the families.
Currently there are 2 families in “shelter” through FPP. A mother with a 14 yo autistic son, who have continued to stay in a hotel overnight as he does not do well with change, and a young single mother with a 6 mo baby boy. Both families come to our church building for their evening meal around 5:45 pm, which has been provided by a volunteer church here locally in Pullman. Then they stay and visit, or play board games. We’ve even thought about adding a craft one night next week. The family that is sheltering in the hotel leaves anywhere between 7-8:30 pm(dependent upon how they’re feeling). The hosts then settle into their rooms as does mom and baby. 10 pm is curfew and the church is secured for the night. Bright and early they are up by 6:30 as the family prepares to be picked up by FPP staff around 7-7:15 am to go back to the FPP Day Center in Moscow for breakfast and showers and to begin their day either in classes or leaving for work.

There are many opportunities to volunteer if you would like. At this time, all the dinner meals are full.There is always an opportunity to come and do a craft, play a game, watch a movie or just visit with our families, anytime between 5:30-8:30 pm. There is currently still a need for one more laundry angel. This person takes bagged up bedding at the end of the two week stay and washes/dries/folds and stores (in tubs) bedding for the next visit. Since Simpson does not provide their own bedding yet, we return the clean bedding, in tubs to the CCUCC church.

If anyone is interested in serving as an overnight host/volunteer, we can schedule a training. Just let Pastor Lesli or Jean L. know of your interest and we can get you all taken care of. Private rooms and comfortable beds are provided. Volunteers are asked to bring their own bedding/sleeping bag. Hosts must arrive by 8 pm and are able to leave in the mornings once FPP staff arrives to take guests to the Day Center around 7:15 am. 

Email pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212 for more information.

 

FAREWELL PARTY – THANK YOU!

Charlene’s going away party was HUGE! Many people who have known Charlene came out to wish her well and say goodbye. Charlene is going to be deeply missed by our church family here at Simpson as well as many others in our community. Know that we love you and will miss you deeply, Charlene!

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We are getting there friends! We’ve raised nearly $2000 of the $5000 needed for funding our LiveStream. But we still have a ways to go. If you are looking for a place to donate before the end of the year or for a worthwhile cause, this is a good one. We have attendance of folks anywhere between 10-25 each week on YouTube. We also have several congregants who prefer to worship from home due to fragility, as well as our students who worship from their various locations all over. We have also picked up a few new folks through the pandemic, which have only taken part in our virtual services thus far. Pastor Lesli has been contacted by 3 of these.

 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

As the Lay Leader assigned to represent Simpson Church as this year’s Annual Conference, I am happy to report that during this past Wednesday’s afternoon session the Bishop announced her intention to reappoint Pastor Lesli McGowan to serve another year here with us at Simpson!  We are blessed that she will continue to lead us through the many challenges and opportunities ahead.  Keep an eye out for a brief report on this year’s Annual Conference in the next week or so.

 

STUDENT DONATIONS

Donations for our student, Catalina, have been a real gift. She’s received furnishings from a family at Moscow First UMC, a family from Emmanuel Baptist Church and from of course, our very own Charlene. Catalina is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support. It means the world to her. Thank you all!

The only items she still needs are for her kitchen:

Pots/Pans
Silverware
Cooking utensils
Baking sheets

Please contact the office or Pastor Lesli if you have any of these to donate.

LET’S WRITE ABOUT OUR COVID19 EXPERIENCES

Are you thinking about the Covid19 pandemic and what went on during the past year and half? Put your thoughts in writing and send it to our church office or to Alice at sdrddavis@outllok.com.  I’ve talked to our Davis family and we came up with wanting to add photos of events in the stories, so send photos along with your recollections/feelings.  I’ve set an end time for getting something down in print for July 20.  Your stories are wanted and needed for our historical church records!

 

 

6/27 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday June 27 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!  

Join the livestream here

https://youtu.be/y5DhqiNy9JY

Pastor Lesli’s message is called Invading: Mine! and is based on Genesis 3

 

What will worship look like?  Following the latest CDC guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated will be able to worship without a mask.  We fully respect and honor a decision to continue wearing a mask.  We ask that everyone give grace and understanding to their brothers and sisters in Christ as we each determine our comfort level in this new setting.  We ask that those who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask at this time.  We will still have physical distancing requirements in place, such as in restrooms.  We won’t be able to physically pass the peace of Christ yet either.  But we will continue to embrace each other in community in all the ways we can. 

Will we be able to sing?  We are still awaiting Conference guidance on congregational singing.  At this time, we will not be joining our voices together.  Jason will continue to offer gifts of music until we can outwardly lift our praise. 

What if I’m not feeling well?  We ask that everyone self-screen and stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms. 

What if I’m not yet ready to return to worship in the sanctuary?  We will continue to offer a livestream option which is also viewable anytime after worship.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos. 

Questions?  You can email office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212 and we will get you answers.

 

FAMILY PROMISE HOST

We are continuing our partnership with Family Promise of the Palouse and will be serving as a neutral site host for the next two weeks.

If you have questions about Family Promise and the work they do, check out https://www.familypromisepalouse.org/

Other questions? Email office@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.

 

FAREWELL PARTY – YOU ARE INVITED!

This is an invitation to join in a party to honor Charlene Gustavson for her roles in our church that includes:  church secretary for 24 years, choir member for several decades, financial secretary for several years and a friend to all of us over the years when she arrived in Pullman in 1960. She will be leaving the first full week of July for the Tri-Cities where she has purchased a home and will be living with her daughter. 

 

 Charlene’s Farewell Party 

Ridge Pointe Clubhouse on  Fancy Free

  July 1, 7:00 pm.  

Refreshments will be served!   

Notes and cards accepted

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

In just a couple of weeks I am pleased to announce we have received $1,950.00 earmarked for this ministry..  But friends, we are not there yet.  The balance required to implement this ministry is $3,551.24.  After we meet this goal there will be few ongoing costs, and this allows us to expand our ministry in many ways and to be able to go out in the community in the future.  I know this has been a trying year for all of us, and I am grateful for all you do for Simpsons UMC and for considering this ministry.  Thank you and may God bless each and every one of you. 

Karen Garrett

Finance Committee Chair 

 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

As the Lay Leader assigned to represent Simpson Church as this year’s Annual Conference, I am happy to report that during this past Wednesday’s afternoon session the Bishop announced her intention to reappoint Pastor Lesli McGowan to serve another year here with us at Simpson!  We are blessed that she will continue to lead us through the many challenges and opportunities ahead.  Keep an eye out for a brief report on this year’s Annual Conference in the next week or so. 

Cyndi Arbour

 

FURNITURE NEEDED

Catalina will be moving to a new, unfurished apartment at the end of July.  She is in need of furniture because she has been living in a furnished apartment.  If you have anything you would like to donate, please let us know as we have arranged storage until she moves.  Email office@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212  

 

LET’S WRITE ABOUT OUR COVID19 EXPERIENCES

Are you thinking about the Covid19 pandemic and what went on during the past year and half? Put your thoughts in writing and send it to our church office or to Alice at sdrddavis@outllok.com.  I’ve talked to our Davis family and we came up with wanting to add photos of events in the stories, so send photos along with your recollections/feelings.  I’ve set an end time for getting something down in print for July 20.  Your stories are wanted and needed for our historical church records!

 

 

 

6/20 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday June 20 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

  ALL ARE INVITED!   

Join the livestream here  https://youtu.be/8VA3EHvon5c

 Pastor Lesli’s message is called Planting: The God Who Gardens and is based on Genesis 2:4-17

 What will worship look like?  Following the latest CDC guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated will be able to worship without a mask.  We fully respect and honor a decision to continue wearing a mask.  We ask that everyone give grace and understanding to their brothers and sisters in Christ as we each determine our comfort level in this new setting.  We ask that those who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask at this time.  We will still have physical distancing requirements in place, such as in restrooms.  We won’t be able to physically pass the peace of Christ yet either.  But we will continue to embrace each other in community in all the ways we can.

 Will we be able to sing?  We are still awaiting Conference guidance on congregational singing.  At this time, we will not be joining our voices together.  Jason will continue to offer gifts of music until we can outwardly lift our praise.

 What if I’m not feeling well?  We ask that everyone self-screen and stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms.

 What if I’m not yet ready to return to worship in the sanctuary?  We will continue to offer a livestream option which is also viewable anytime after worship.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.

 Questions?  You can email office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212 and we will get you answers.

 

LIVESTREAM ON YOUTUBE

We will be hosting livestreams of worship on YouTube.  

Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.

 

 FAMILY PROMISE UPDATE

We are continuing our partnership with Family Promise of the Palouse and will be serving as a neutral site host at the end of June and/or beginning of July.  We will be sending out more information on what it means for our church very soon.  If you have questions about Family Promise and the work they do, check out https://www.familypromisepalouse.org/

Other questions? Email office@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.

 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We encourage each of you to be on the lookout for a window of opportunity to serve others and spread the love of God in our community.

Attached you will find a flyer describing a Window of Opportunity to support the ministry of Simpson UMC. Thank you for your heart for service! 

 

LET’S WRITE ABOUT OUR COVID19 EXPERIENCES

Are you thinking about the Covid19 pandemic and what went on during the past year and half? Put your thoughts in writing and send it to our church office or to Alice at sdrddavis@outllok.com.  I’ve talked to our Davis family and we came up with wanting to add photos of events in the stories, so send photos along with your recollections/feelings.  I’ve set an end time for getting something down in print for July 20.  Your stories are wanted and needed for our historical church records!

STORY STARTERS/IDEAS
It was a dark and windy March day in 2020 when…
Shopping during the lock-down
What? There isn’t any toilet paper in the stores?
My Covid19 activities. (Puzzles, reading, naps, walking around the block (mask on)
First Time back in church building
Wearing Masks
My first Zoom meeting, or any online meeting
Three tips I used to stay positive
Three things I learned about myself
A new hobby I started
Things I am thankful for and things I’ve missed
Ways I communicated with family and friends, through masks and distancing

School aged Kids
How can we play games at recess when we’re 6 feet apart and can’t touch?
Favorite things to do with my family
The best and the worst of times
How I felt when I was again in our school building
Feelings about online Classes using a computer
How I felt about classes online versus how I felt being in a classroom again
A day’s schedule when classes were online
How my classroom was organized when we went back to school
Me and My Mask

 

6/6 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday June 6 will be live and in-person IN THE SANCTUARY at 10:30am. 

 What will worship look like?  Following the latest CDC guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated will be able to worship without a mask.  We fully respect and honor a decision to continue wearing a mask.  We ask that everyone give grace and understanding to their brothers and sisters in Christ as we each determine our comfort level in this new setting.  We ask that those who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask at this time.  We will still have physical distancing requirements in place, such as in restrooms.  We won’t be able to physically pass the peace of Christ yet either.  But we will continue to embrace each other in community in all the ways we can.

Will we be able to sing?  We are still awaiting Conference guidance on congregational singing.  At this time, we will not be joining our voices together.  Jason will continue to offer gifts of music until we can outwardly lift our praise. 

What if I’m not feeling well?  We ask that everyone self-screen and stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms. 

What if I’m not yet ready to return to worship in the sanctuary?  We will continue to offer a livestream option which is also viewable anytime after worship.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos. 

Questions?  You can email office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212 and we will get you answers.

 

 FAMILY PROMISE UPDATE

We are continuing our partnership with Family Promise of the Palouse and will be serving as a neutral site host at the end of June and/or beginning of July.  We will be sending out more information on what it means for our church very soon.  If you have questions about Family Promise and the work they do, check out https://www.familypromisepalouse.org/

Other questions? Email office@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.

 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

We encourage each of you to be on the lookout for a window of opportunity to serve others and spread the love of God in our community.

May 27, 2021

SPECIAL UPDATE ON RETURN TO SANCTUARY

We are excited to announce that next Sunday, June 6, we will return to worship inside our sanctuary!
All are invited to come as they are able.  For anyone unable to join in-person at this time, we will continue to offer a livestream.
 
What will worship look like?  Following the latest CDC guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated will be able to worship without a mask.  We fully respect and honor a decision to continue wearing a mask.  We ask that everyone give grace and understanding to their brothers and sisters in Christ as we each determine our comfort level in this new setting.  We ask that those who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask at this time.  We will still have physical distancing requirements in place, such as in restrooms.  We won’t be able to physically pass the peace of Christ yet either.  But we will continue to embrace each other in community in all the ways we can.
 
Will we be able to sing?  We are still awaiting Conference guidance on congregational singing.  At this time, we will not be joining our voices together.  Jason will continue to offer gifts of music until we can outwardly lift our praise.
 
What if I’m not feeling well?  We ask that everyone self-screen and stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms.
 
What if I’m not yet ready to return to worship in the sanctuary?  We will continue to offer a livestream option which is also viewable anytime after worship.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.
 
Questions?  You can email office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212 and we will get you answers.

 

 

May 16, 2021

AN UPDATE ON REOPENING FROM PASTOR LESLI

Beloved Simpson Family, 

I am writing you today on behalf of the Re-entry Committee at Simpson.

I had mentioned in our announcements last week that we had received a document with new guidance from our Bishop and Cabinet.  We went through this document as well as the guidelines provided by the State of Washington to come up with the following recommendation, which we plan to put before the Church Board on Monday, May 17. 

It is the recommendation of the Committee for a Safe Re-entry that we remain outdoors through May 23 for Worship, due to ongoing indoor restrictions.  Remaining outdoors allows for us to be able to sing and we are able to visit with one another.  

Once our county reaches the state’s Phase 3, more options will be available to us.  The Re-entry committee will continue our work to safely move forward. 

BACK UP PLAN-

In the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors with NO singing and shorten our gathered time to under 1 hour. This decision will be made early Sunday morning.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office- (509) 332-5212

office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org 

Please know I am keeping you all in my prayers. 

Peace of Christ,

Pastor Lesli

 

CHURCH BOARD MEETING

There is a meeting of the Church Board on Monday May 17 at 6:15pm.  As always, the meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.  Please email Pastor Lesli if you would like the Zoom link. pastor@simpsonumc.org

Your Church Board is the elected body from the congregation that helps determine, guide, and direct the vision and purpose of our local congregation.  This board will be meeting after church on Sunday for visioning work.  Join in the meeting on Monday to hear about their work and vision for Simpson at this time. 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Habitat for Humanity has a new house build starting soon in Uniontown. They will be in need of work teams throughout the Summer and Fall. If you have any interest in volunteering on a team or getting involved in some other way, please contact the church office, (509) 332-5212 or email at office@simpsonumc.org

Keep an eye out for information which will be headed your way about how you can help out, once we are able, to host Family Promise of the Palouse and their team of volunteers here at Simpson. 

 

UPDATE FROM THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Simpson’s COVID restrictions set aside, one of the things I’ve enjoyed during this last 14 months has been opening the mail with your donation checks dedicated to the ministry of Simpson UMC.  First, of course it’s fun to get first class mail!  But to see your signature, to open the envelope with cheerful stickers attached, or to read an enclosed note or poem, is to be touched by you. You are special!  Thank you! As SUMC financial secretary, my primary responsibility is to receive and deposit donations in support of Simpson’s ministries. Before COVID I had the pleasure of working with a team of volunteers each Sunday. My team now consists of Ryan Evanoff or Larry Hiller who receive the SUMC mail and deliver it to me each week as I prepare and then take the deposit to the bank.  My summary report for 2021 to the Finance Committee last Monday, 10th was less than expected and needed for the church budgeted needs.  If you need information on your giving status thus far in 2021, please send a note, call or send an email.  

Blessings to you all,

Joye Dillman, Financial Secretary SUMC

dillmanj@turbonet.com

509-334-1141 

 

CONFERENCE NEWS

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5/9 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship this Sunday May 9 will be live and in-person in the parking lot at 10:30am. 

  WE WILL BE ABLE TO SING!   As long as we maintain distance and wear masks outdoors, the current guidance allows us to join our voices in worship!

Worship will also be available to watch live via YouTube or you can watch the video at any time later.   https://youtu.be/lBmSiwZAN-s  

Be sure to bring a mask, a chair, and maybe a coat depending on the weather.  

If we are unable to meet due to weather, worship will only be offered via the livestream. 

Have questions?  Email office@simpsonumc.org or pastor@simpsonumc.org

 

 

LIVESTREAM ON YOUTUBE

As we move back to hosting services in-person, we are working to add a livestream option for those who would like to continue to worship from home.  We will be hosting these on YouTube.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Habitat for Humanity has a new house build starting soon in Uniontown. They will be in need of work teams throughout the Summer and Fall. If you have any interest in volunteering on a team or getting involved in some other way, please contact the church office, (509) 332-5212 or email at office@simpsonumc.org

 

Keep an eye out for information which will be headed your way about how you can help out, once we are able, to host Family Promise of the Palouse and their team of volunteers here at Simpson. 

MEAL ON WHEELS

We are partnering with Palouse River Counseling to deliver Meals on Wheels May 16-31.  Thank you to all those who have volunteered to serve.  Alice has been in contact with those who traditionally serve but if you have an interest, please contact Alice Davis sdrddavis@outlook.com to find out if there are still spots available or to be added to the list of future volunteers.

 

AN UPDATE FROM THE BISHOP

We received a completely new set of guidance from our Bishop and Cabinet this week, in regards to re-opening our churches. 

Your SUMC re-entry team is meeting THIS Tuesday, to discuss our best way forward using this new document for direction and guidance. Please stay tuned! 

 

CONFERENCE NEWS

http://gnw-email.brtapp.com/viewinsite/7f17b7b67c475f93d8e6a87a5cc681da

 

 

5/2 and 5/9 SUNDAY WORSHIP

Worship on Sunday May 2 and May 9 will be live in-person at SUMC.  We are still waiting to evaluate the current COVID-19 numbers to decide if the service will be hosted inside or in the parking lot.  We will keep you up-to-date but plan to join us as we worship together in-person!

 

LIVESTREAM ON YOUTUBE

As we move back to hosting services in-person, we are working to add a livestream option for those who would like to continue to worship from home.  We will be hosting these on YouTube.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.

 

AN UPDATE FROM THE BISHOP

https://greaternw.org/a-pastoral-update-on-our-covid-19-response/

 

 

 

 

 

March 28, 2021

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY WORSHIP

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We will join together at 10:30am on Facebook for worship or you will be able to worship anytime at https://youtu.be/h0MDuB39wrQ.  

 

We will be providing palm strips and instructions on how to make palm crosses again this year as well.  These can be picked up at the top of the ramp TODAY!

A video on how to make the crosses using strips or your own paper can be found here. https://youtu.be/Be91NyyIPi0

 

KIDS MESSAGE 

Pastor Lesli’s message for kids has two parts this morning.

There is a video to watch of a reading of the book Sheila Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes.

https://youtu.be/O_BNEJTohfg

Kids can then watch Pastor Lesli’s reflection on the story and prayer for the day at 

https://youtu.be/HA9ruuZi7AY

 

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP

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We will offer a Good Friday service online at 7pm.

 

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP

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As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday, we will be able to gather again for an outdoor worship service

Service will be in the main Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. on 4/4/21.

Families need to bring chairs, blankets and coats. Everyone must be masked and distanced throughout, and nuclear families can sit together but must be 6′ from any others.

We look forward to worshiping with you in person!  Please contact Pastor Lesli if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

April 11 SUNDAY WORSHIP

On Sunday Apr.11, we will celebrate this second Sunday of Easter with a service that was made special for us and provided by our UMC Conference. This will be an at home virtual service. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read more about the new leadership appointments in our District

https://greaternw.org/news/new-leadership-appointments-collaborative-model-announced-for-inland-and-seven-rivers-missional-districts/

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2021

UPDATE FROM PASTOR LESLI

Hello beloved Simpson family,

I hope you are well and excited for Spring as I am. The snippets of warmer weather this past week, were a true gift from God, I believe, sent to remind us of new life.

I am also writing to you so as to keep you up-to-date on a few things regarding our re-opening process.

It is looking as though this will not be too far off. However, it does not appear that we will be able to meet inside the building as a group of more than 10, for a few more weeks. These are the current rules of the Conference, due to our infection numbers in Whitman Co. I pray these numbers will decrease, however it is not likely they will decrease and maintain for long enough before Easter. 

As a way of preparing for these larger groups (25-once approved) and working out the bugs of our sign-in process, masking, distancing protocols, sanitization, and audio/visual technology, the re-entry team decided to invite a handful of our folks to participate in a “soft-reopening”. These are folks who have NOT been able to connect with the church or online worship due to a variety of factors such as lack of internet or even email, in over a year. All of the people that were invited to participate have received both of their vaccines.
This handful of people were specifically asked to take part in our trial/error process. So, last Sunday Mar.14, we had a small group of 7 people (besides staff) that came to watch our pre-recorded worship service on the screen in the rear of the sanctuary.
Sadly, we experienced several technical issues, but I am reminded, that is precisely why we decided to do this “soft re-opening”. 
I wish I could have invited everyone, but we are currently still limited for gathering (current PNW Conference protocols) to no more than 10 people indoors at a time, besides staff. 
The Simpson reentry team as well as the worship planning team are currently looking at the possibility of offering an outdoor gathering for Easter. I know this is not ideal, but it is currently the only means that would allow us to gather together as a church family. There are many things to factor in. We will keep you updated with this information as it unfolds.

As always, I encourage you to leave a message at the church office with any questions or concerns you might have.

Please know that you are all in my prayers!

May you feel God’s peace and love in this Lenten season.

Pastor Lesli 


Holy Week Services 

Palm Sunday– virtual at 10:30 AM

Good Friday– Virtual at 7:00 PM

Resurrection Sunday (Easter Morning) TBD at 10:30 AM

 

Want to make a Palm Cross?  

Pick up palms and palm cross instructions from the top of the ramp beginning Thursday AM. They will be in a bucket of water and the instructions in a folder behind.

Virtual Palm Processional

Please send in photos or videos waving palms, branches, handmade palms, or whatever you can come up with for our virtual palm processional this Palm Sunday.

Email office@simpsonumc.org with your files or if you need any help.

 


An Update from the Committee on Reentry (aka Reimagining Life Together)

We are closely monitoring information from the state, county and the Bishop and her cabinet about reopening for Sunday worship.  We are not there yet, but we believe that we will be soon.  Please note that we are required to make a determination about in-person worship each Monday based on metrics at covidactnow.org.  If those metrics show a risk assessment of yellow or green then we are allowed to hold in-person worship for up to 25 people. If those metrics show a risk assessment of orange or red, we will notify members that we WILL NOT be holding in-person worship the following Sunday.  This indicator has been moving between orange and red over the last several weeks.  Look for updates about in-person Sunday worship in the weekly email and on the church website.  


March 14, 2021

We are delighted to report that we delivered $18,000 to Family Promise of the Palouse (FPP)!  SUMC received an $18,000 grant from the United Methodist Pacific Northwest Conference Funds for Families as part of an initiative to help families impacted by COVID-19.  FPP has not been able to use the church host model to provide temporary shelter for local families facing housing insecurity so they have been hosting families in local motels.  FPP can use the UM PNW grant funds to pay for those hotel room nights and food for guests.  They may also establish a Car Repair Fund and a Child Care Fund to assist families as they work toward more stability.  We are thankful to our fellow members of the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church for supporting this local ministry.

Also, our SUMC congregation contributed an additional $2,000 to FPP from our 2021 Outreach budget to further support their work.  Stay tuned for other opportunities to support Family Promise of the Palouse during the coming year!   


An Update from the Committee on Reentry (aka Reimagining Life Together)

We are closely monitoring information from the state, county and the Bishop and her cabinet about reopening for Sunday worship.  We are not there yet, but we believe that we will be soon.  Please note that we are required to make a determination about in-person worship each Monday based on metrics at covidactnow.org.  If those metrics show a risk assessment of yellow or green then we are allowed to hold in-person worship for up to 25 people. If those metrics show a risk assessment of orange or red, we will notify members that we WILL NOT be holding in-person worship the following Sunday.  This indicator has been moving between orange and red over the last several weeks.  Look for updates about in-person Sunday worship in the weekly email and on the church website.  


As we mark the one year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, Pastor Lesli offers this lament, found at 

  


March 7, 2021

 

LENTEN WORSHIP

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Friends, 

While it feels we’ve been in sackcloth and ashes for nearly a year now, we enter into the season of Lent, this season of remembering Christ’s journey in those last days, as he moved towards the cross. Even though it has been a very hard season in our own personal lives, we can and need to bring our full selves to the table. It is worth the effort, to embrace the fullness of the promise of Resurrection and live as disciples of Jesus Christ; disciples who make disciples. So, despite feeling as though we have been in a yearlong season of Lent, we need the season; we need the observance to open us to all God has in store for us. Rend your hearts, so together we can claim the promise. 

 

Join us for worship Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook or anytime on our YouTube channel. Pastor Lesli’s message will be Rend Your Hearts: Walk Before Me and the theme scripture is Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16  


 

COMMUNION AND FELLOWSHIP

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Join us after worship this Sunday at 11:30am as we celebrate communion and enjoy a time of fellowship.

email pastor@simpsonumc.org for the link


 

DISCIPLESHIP CLASS 

Join us this Lenten season for a class on discipleship.  Contact Pastor Lesli for more information.

pastor@simpsonumc.org    509-332-5212 


  

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Click here to read more about the new leadership appointments in our District

https://greaternw.org/news/new-leadership-appointments-collaborative-model-announced-for-inland-and-seven-rivers-missional-districts/

 


 

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The dates for annual conference have changed.  Click here to find out more

https://greaternw.org/bishop-stanovsky-announces-new-dates-for-online-annual-conferences/

 


 

https://greaternw.org/two-important-announcements-for-the-greater-northwest-area/

 


 

February 21, 2021

https://greaternw.org/two-important-announcements-for-the-greater-northwest-area/

 


 LENTEN WORSHIP

 

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Friends, 
While it feels we’ve been in sackcloth and ashes for nearly a year now, we enter into the season of Lent, this season of remembering Christ’s journey in those last days, as he moved towards the cross. Even though it has been a very hard season in our own personal lives, we can and need to bring our full selves to the table. It is worth the effort, to embrace the fullness of the promise of Resurrection and live as disciples of Jesus Christ; disciples who make disciples. So, despite feeling as though we have been in a yearlong season of Lent, we need the season; we need the observance to open us to all God has in store for us. Rend your hearts, so together we can claim the promise. 
 
Join us for worship at 10:30am on Facebook

 


 DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

 During lent, we will be having a discipleship class.  We will go through the study, A Disciple’s Path by James A. Harnish.   There will be a brief meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21 following Worship at 11:30 AM on Zoom for an intro and to discuss the best time for the class to meet. We will determine how to get materials to each participant at that gathering. If you are interested in the class and unable to join us on the 21st, please let Pastor Lesli know ASAP so that we can get materials ordered for you. 

Email Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212. 


 

February 7, 2021

https://greaternw.org/two-important-announcements-for-the-greater-northwest-area/

SCOUT SUNDAY

This Sunday, February 14, we will celebrate Scout Sunday.  You won’t want to miss it!


 

DRIVE-UP/WALK-UP ASHES

On Wednesday, February 17, as we mark Ash Wednesday, Pastor Lesli will be offering a drive up imposition of ashes and prayer in the parking lot from 1:30-3:30 and 5:30-7.

Please contact Pastor Lesli if you have any questions.


 DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

 During lent, we will be having a discipleship class.  We will go through the study, A Disciple’s Path by James A. Harnish.   There will be a brief meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21 following Worship at 11:30 AM on Zoom for an intro and to discuss the best time for the class to meet. We will determine how to get materials to each participant at that gathering. If you are interested in the class and unable to join us on the 21st, please let Pastor Lesli know ASAP so that we can get materials ordered for you. 

Email Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212. 


 LENTEN WORSHIP

 Friends, 

While it feels we’ve been in sackcloth and ashes for nearly a year now, we enter into the season of Lent, this season of remembering Christ’s journey in those last days, as he moved towards the cross. Even though it has been a very hard season in our own personal lives, we can and need to bring our full selves to the table. It is worth the effort, to embrace the fullness of the promise of Resurrection and live as disciples of Jesus Christ; disciples who make disciples. So, despite feeling as though we have been in a yearlong season of Lent, we need the season; we need the observance to open us to all God has in store for us. Rend your hearts, so together we can claim the promise. We hope you will join us for our Lenten journey, “Rend Your Hearts” beginning Sunday 2/21.


 

BOOK STUDY

We will delay our study on So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo until after Easter.  More details will be given in a few weeks.

 

February 7, 2021

SCOUT SUNDAY

Next Sunday, February 14, we will celebrate Scout Sunday.  You won’t want to miss it!


 

DRIVE THRU ASHES

On Wednesday, February 17, as we mark Ash Wednesday, Pastor Lesli will be offering a drive up imposition of ashes and prayer in the parking lot from 1:30-3:30 and 5:30-7.

Please contact Pastor Lesli if you have any questions.


 DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

 During lent, we will be having a discipleship class.  We will go through the study, A Disciple’s Path by James A. Harnish.   There will be a brief meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21 following Worship at 11:30 AM on Zoom for an intro and to discuss the best time for the class to meet. We will determine how to get materials to each participant at that gathering. If you are interested in the class and unable to join us on the 21st, please let Pastor Lesli know ASAP so that we can get materials ordered for you. 

Email Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212. 


 LENTEN WORSHIP

 Friends, 

While it feels we’ve been in sackcloth and ashes for nearly a year now, we enter into the season of Lent, this season of remembering Christ’s journey in those last days, as he moved towards the cross. Even though it has been a very hard season in our own personal lives, we can and need to bring our full selves to the table. It is worth the effort, to embrace the fullness of the promise of Resurrection and live as disciples of Jesus Christ; disciples who make disciples. So, despite feeling as though we have been in a yearlong season of Lent, we need the season; we need the observance to open us to all God has in store for us. Rend your hearts, so together we can claim the promise. We hope you will join us for our Lenten journey, “Rend Your Hearts” beginning Sunday 2/21.


 

BOOK STUDY

We will delay our study on So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo until after Easter.  More details will be given in a few weeks.


 

January 31, 2021

DRIVE THRU ASHES

On Wednesday, February 17, as we mark Ash Wednesday, Pastor Lesli will be offering drive up imposition of ashes and prayer.  More details TBA soon!

January 23, 2021

 

BOOK STUDY
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We will be having a book discussion this spring on So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.  If you are interested in participating, please email Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.

DISCIPLESHIP CLASS
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During lent, we will be having a discipleship class.  We will go through the study, A Disciple’s Path by James A. Harnish.   
If you are interested in participating, please email Pastor Lesli at pastor@simpsonumc.org or call 509-332-5212.  

Committee on Reimagining Life Together  
Simpson UMC’s Committee on Reimagining Life Together (aka Committee on Reentry) has openings for additional members.  The Committee has developed a written plan that has been presented to the congregation and continues to monitor our local, state and UMC Conference guidelines as we navigate through the pandemic.  The Whitman County Health department website is an excellent resource for current information about the state of Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery. Though the Washington state guidelines allow worship services at 25% capacity, our UMC Conference has additional guidelines, based on virus activity in our county, that do not allow us to re-open yet.
If you have an interest in joining and working with our SUMC Committee on Reentry, please contact Pastor Lesli.

 

January 16, 2021

DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

If you are interested in joining a discipleship class, please let Pastor Lesli know.  pastor@simpsonumc.org or 509-332-5212


Church as Beloved Community

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky • January 2021

 

Click here to read the full letter

or see the attached PDF


Committee on Reimagining Life Together  
Simpson UMC’s Committee on Reimagining Life Together (aka Committee on Reentry) has openings for additional members.  The Committee has developed a written plan that has been presented to the congregation and continues to monitor our local, state and UMC Conference guidelines as we navigate through the pandemic.  The Whitman County Health department website is an excellent resource for current information about the state of Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery. Though the Washington state guidelines allow worship services at 25% capacity, our UMC Conference has additional guidelines, based on virus activity in our county, that do not allow us to re-open yet.
If you have an interest in joining and working with our SUMC Committee on Reentry, please contact Pastor Lesli.


COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC INFORMATION

 

Volunteers! I have good news! We are beginning to transition into the next phases of vaccinations at the hospital!

 

Please see the criteria below from our Infection Control Nurse, DianeThis is open to all Whitman County Residents so feel free to share the information with your friends.

 

Attention!!!

 

Eligibility per WA DOH phase 1B criteria is as follows:

  •  All people 70 years and older

and/or

  • People 50 years and older in multi-generational households (correction 2 or more generations)

 

Resident of Whitman County

 

There is no cost for the vaccine

 

Persons eligible have to be over 70 and/or 50+ while living in a multigenerational home

 

Although we have not officially been authorized to enter phase 1B our county wants to take an active role in scheduling high risk individuals.  Please encourage all family and friends in the 1B category to call or email today to be schedule as soon as possible.

 

Covidvaccine@pullmanregional.org

 

509-336-7722


 

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