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Mark Your Calendar for Advent! 

Greetings People of God,

The season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 29th! Here are some reminders about the ways to participate in Advent 2020.

1) Sign up to receive the Advent devotions by emailing me at jpotter@greatplainsumc.org. (No need to sign up if you already receive my weekly devotion)

2) Sign up to write an Advent devotion to share with the church at this link:

3) Order your free Advent wreath by contacting Stacey at univumc@sbcglobal.net 

4) Participate in Zoom devotions on Wednesday mornings during Advent at 8:00 a.m.

5) Sign up to record Scripture or liturgy for the online Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Please let me know if you have any questions. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this Advent Season!

Grace, peace, and joy,
Pastor Jeff

We will be having an Avent Bible study via Zoom where we will gather to study the Scriptures pertaining to the birth of Christ and to sing a hymn or two together. The study will be Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. running 12/01 -12/22. 
Here is the Zoom link:

For our first meeting on Tuesday, December 1st, we will be discussing Luke 1:5-80. Let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to join us!

Pastor Jeff


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Greetings people of God!

It's been many weeks and counting since we have been able to gather together in the building for worship.
It has been a trying time and we are so grateful for the ways that you have continued to be the Church during this unprecedented time. 

We are writing to announce that the Vision and Action Team has determined to postpone in-person right now due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Shawnee County. 

Below is an outline of the plan detailing what we will be doing together to keep each other safe when we return to in-person worship. 

All ages are welcome to worship but in the first phase of returning to the building, 
we won't be offering the nursery or Sunday school for any ages. 
Please contact Tammy Call or Pastor Jeff with any questions you may have. 



Everyone may attend in person (those feeling sick or with a fever should not attend)
Some form of online worship will continue (likely a livestream) 

Safety Guidelines (will be updated according to guidance from state/county)

 • We will sanitize doors, surfaces in the narthex, bathrooms, and the sanctuary before and after worship

 • Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance between households at all times 
        - we will have tape in the Narthex to guide 

• Sections of pews will be blocked off to ensure the 6 feet of distance is maintained 

• Hand sanitizer will be available for everyone upon entry and exit
• Masks will be required for everyone in attendance (except for children under two years of age) 
• Masks will be provided for those who arrive without them (please bring your own if you have one) 
• Attendance will be taken by computer sign-in by the authorized greeter only 
• No shaking hands or physical contact
• No bulletins will be used 
• No congregational singing will take place 
• No passing of offering plates (there will be a basket for offering at the entrance of the • sanctuary) 
• No nursery
• We will exit worship by recessional, dismissed by row (Pastor Jeff will remain in the chancel to direct) 
• No fellowship time 
• No Sunday School 

Building Operations:

Pastor Jeff Working from the church office Available by appointment only - all sanitization and distancing guidelines must be observed 

Church Office Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday - sanitization and distancing guidelines must be observed 

Small groups/Committees No small group meetings in the building without VAT approval Ministries Doorstep and Fellowship and Faith donations at the church building resume 

Grace and peace, Tammy Call, VAT Chair & Pastor Jeff 

"So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them." (1 John 4:16)