ESUMC’s Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

[UPDATED 27 MAY 2020] On Sunday, 31 May, the church building will be reopened for Sunday public worship, meaning you may attend worship in the church building beginning Sunday at 11:15. It will be the first time that we hold in-person Sunday morning worship in the church building since 8 March. We give thanks to … [Read more…]

News and Events for Week of 25 May

WORSHIP TIME – Beginning on 31 May, we will return to our usual 11:15 worship time for Sundays. CHURCH BUILDING OPENING FOR WORSHIP – The church building will be open for public worship beginning on 31 May. Each Sunday worship attendees may come to the church building for worship or attend online via Zoom. The … [Read more…]

Results of Ballot #1 on Congregational Decisions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual congregational meeting (called a church conference or Bezirksversammlung) was cancelled. The superintendent authorized the elected leaders of the church (who are collectively called a charge conference or Bezirkskonferenz) to make decisions on behalf of the congregation’s members pursuant to §246 of church law (Kirchenordnung). Read the Pastor Matthew’s … [Read more…]

ESUMC Supports Diakonie COVID-19 Fund

On Sunday, 3 May, Pastor Matthew announced that ESUMC gave a €1,000 donation to the Diakonie COVID-19 relief fund. The gift came from the ESUMC mission fund which supports several ESUMC mission initiatives including the United Methodist mission in Albania. Diakonie director Maria Katharina Moser offered a brief word of thanks to the congregation during … [Read more…]

Congregational Decision-Making During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you for your patience, creativity, and willingness to adapt these past two months. When we entered 2020 nearly four months ago, I could not have imagined that we would spend our entire Easter season with restricted movements and no public worship in our church building. The pandemic has affected every aspect of our congregational … [Read more…]

Update About Church Reopening – 24 April

As many of you know, Chancellor Kurz announced the reopening of churches on 15 May under certain conditions. On Thursday, the government in cooperation with the heads of state-recognized churches and confessions agreed the details and conditions of reopening of houses of worship. We give thanks for the change and the possibility of reopening church … [Read more…]

ESUMC Makes Grant to Macedonia Mission

ESUMC mission coordinator Andree van Rooy announced on Sunday, 19 April during morning devotions that ESUMC made a special €1,500 grant to the Methodist mission in Macedonia. The grant comes from the ESUMC mission fund. Due to poverty, bad economy, internal strife, and lack of good infrastructure, Macedonia has been particularly hard by the COVID-19 … [Read more…]

Note on Pastoral Transition

Dear ESUMC members and friends, At the end of worship today I announced that our pastor—the Reverend Matthew A. Laferty—will be leaving ESUMC at the end of the summer. Beginning 1 September 2020, Pastor Matthew will be appointed as the director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, located in Rome, Italy. Please see Pastor Matthew’s … [Read more…]

Preaching the Word, 18 January 2020

The “Preaching the Word” workshop is designed for laity who are interested in preaching at ESUMC. The workshop will expose students to United Methodist theologies of worship and preaching as well as provide preaching techniques and resources for sermon preparation. The workshop will be taught in English. The workshop is Saturday, 18 January 2020 from … [Read more…]

Giving Tuesday on 3 December

  This year’s Giving Tuesday offering is 3 December 2019. Monies donated through the Giving Tuesday offering support two ESUMC mission and outreach projects – the Wärmestube (winter daytime shelter) project and The United Methodist Church in Albania.  You may give to the Giving Tuesday offering anytime before 3 December. Specially-marked envelopes are available from ushers … [Read more…]