COVID-19


21
Sep 2020
Is Covid Making America More Secular?

I want to continue to encourage all of you to remain engaged in the life of the church during this time. We are working very hard to carry on the mission and ministries at Woodmont during this pandemic. Lots of exciting things are happening. We are thinking outside the box. Before Covid-19 started, secularization was well underway in America. For years, church attendance has been declining, especially outside of the Bible belt. Younger generations do not seem to be as interested in organized religion as their parents and grandparents. Statistics show that......

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11
Sep 2020
"5 at 5" Groups this Fall

I invite you to join us Wednesday nights for our Racial Reconciliation conversations.  Here is the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96103564378. This series is being sponsored by Woodmont’s Task Force for Racial Reconciliation as an educational opportunity. We hope these conversations will be meaningful and beneficial. The invite is open to friends and neighbors as well. Anne Marie Farmer (our Connections Director) and I are proposing a new small group concept for this fall called “5 at 5.” We are encouraging Woodmont members to gather on porches and patios outside in small groups of......

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19
Aug 2020
Being the Church - Four Requests

This Sunday, August 23rd, is Homecoming Sunday. Obviously things look different this year because of the ongoing pandemic. We will not be packed into the building, pancakes will not be served, and the Kids Commons will not be overflowing with children running around. But I want to challenge everybody to reengage and recommit as summer winds down.  We are now offering three weekly services on Sundays: Online available at 7 am, Drive in at 9 am, and a new socially distant sanctuary service at 10:30 a.m. (RSVP on website). Also, a new monthly worship service geared......

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14
Aug 2020
Living With Purpose During A Pandemic

Life is still very different in so many ways. The virus has not gone away. Many kids are not back in school and are doing distance learning. It has taken its toll on marriages, families, mental health, and businesses. Recently, Arthur Brooks wrote an article in The Atlantic where he distinguishes between happiness and success and warns about what psychologists refer to as life’s “hedonic treadmill,” where satisfaction is never attained as human beings constantly race towards the next goal. Brooks says, “American culture valorizes overwork, which makes it easy to slip......

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05
Aug 2020
Church in a Brave New World

When the Covid pandemic started back in the spring, everybody assumed it would be an inconvenience for a few months and then things would return to normal in the summer. This has proven to not be the case. Life is still very different and we are all having to adapt. Back in April, Rev. Cameron Trimble who is the CEO of a church movement called “Convergence” wrote an interesting article predicting how Covid-19 would change church life. Many of these predictions have proven to be true. They include: 1) Doing church online......

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28
Jul 2020
Reflecting on the Two Halves of Life

I’m about to turn forty. For some that seems old. For others that’s still very young. The truth is not a single one of us knows how long we will get to live on this earth. We don’t know when we reach our midway point. I lost a close friend in December to colon cancer in her early forties, three kids, a great husband, and successful career. I have another dear friend diagnosed with a brain tumor this week. Life is fragile, unpredictable, and doesn’t seem fair. We must live every day......

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24
Jul 2020
Supporting the Church During a Pandemic

Woodmont just celebrated its 77th birthday. Our church was planted on July 18, 1943. I am glad to report that we finished last fiscal year (ending June 30th) in a healthy financial position, in the black. This is certainly a tribute to the generosity of Woodmont during this ongoing pandemic. We are maintaining a flat operating budget moving into the new year and are asking everybody to continue supporting the church at the same level as this past year. So far, our new church year (began July 1st) is off to a......

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22
Jul 2020
Online classes & groups

Woodmont has many opportunities for you to connect with classes and groups online during this time of social distancing. Several of these are listed below. If you’d like more information on one of these online meetings, email the listed contact person or annemarie@woodmontcc.org. Sunday Challenge Class, @ Noon • Meets for a devotional, prayer, news of the class and individual check-ins from each member. Email Susan Hammonds-White at sushammonds@bellsouth.net • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88615061089?pwd=VnY4c3dTWXN3U3hjbVRmQkRlOFdFZz09 Christian Response to the 21st Century, @ 10 am • This class looks at current events and how scripture guides a......

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