COVID-19


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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13
Jul 2020
Healing Words for Troubled Times

In this age of moral outrage, polarization, and contempt, how can we strive to live a life of humility that seeks to heal deep pain and division? How can we heed Micah’s timeless words to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?” How can we keep from developing an overly exalted opinion of ourselves in a culture continuously marked by argument, protest, finger-pointing, and self-righteousness? Former Roxbury Latin headmaster Tony Jarvis once gave a powerful homily in which he identified three meaningful phrases we should all say more often. First,......

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03
Jul 2020
Faith, Partisanship, & Moral Leadership

In the spring of 2016, I published a book titled “Preaching Politics: Proclaiming Jesus in an Age of Money, Power, and Partisanship.” The book resulted from significant research on the intersection of faith and politics, paying special attention to the moral foundations of liberals and conservatives, the spiritual challenges of unbridled consumerism, and asking whether the love of Christ has the ability to overcome deep partisan and ideological divides. I concluded that it does because I have seen it happen often, although there are days when I grow discouraged. The current political......

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25
Jun 2020

Our church has now unanimously approved the nominating slate and 2020-2021 operating budget. Thank you to everybody who submitted their vote online. We will install our new leaders this coming Sunday, June 28th, at the 9:15 drive-in service. I am grateful to those who are rolling out of leadership positions. Thank you for serving the church faithfully during a very challenging and unprecedented season. I want to specifically thank two very special people for their strong leadership this past year, Billy Crawford and John Stauffer. Billy has been on the Woodmont board......

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