News and Events for Week of 18 May

“Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God. But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.” Psalm 68:1-3 (NRSV)

COFFEE WITH PASTOR MATTHEW – Have coffee with Pastor Matthew on Tuesday! On Tuesday morning, 19 May from 11:00-12:00, he will be online for a chat and a time of fellowship. Bring your coffee or tea and curl up with your computer. We will use the Zoom platform.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY – The Wednesday Evening Bible Study resumes this Wednesday, 20 May at 19:00. The Bible study will focus on 1 Corinthians 7-8. We will use the Zoom platform.

ASCENSION DAY COMMUNION SERVICE ON 21 MAY – In celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord, Pastor Matthew will lead a special service of Holy Communion on Thursday, 21 May 18:00 in the church building. Due to size restrictions, attendees must pre-register via email (matthew.laferty [at] emk.at). This service will be the first time that we will hold public worship in the church building since mid-March. To read about the service and how we are addressing public health concerns, read this statement on the ESUMC website: http://www.esumc.at/special-in-person-communion-service-on-21-may/

SUNDAY MORNING DEVOTIONS – Join Pastor Matthew and the ESUMC family for Sunday morning devotions on 24 May. Pastor Matthew will be leading the devotions. We will gather electronically via Zoom.

CONFIRMATION – The ESUMC confirmation group will meet online on Sunday, 24 May at 13:00.

FINANCE COMMITTEE – The finance committee for 2 June has been cancelled.

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY – Confirmation Sunday will be Sunday, 28 June.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT – If you need financial assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic to pay for basic needs, please contact Pastor Matthew. Special church funds are available to provide support. Requests are kept confidential. Contact Pastor Matthew via phone at +43 664 466 9475 or via email at matthew.laferty@emk.at.

RESULTS OF CHARGE CONFERENCE BALLOT – 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. Read the results of their recent decisions: http://www.esumc.at/results-of-ballot-1-on-congregational-decisions/

*** Please email Pastor Matthew (matthew.laferty [at] emk.at) to receive information and links to Zoom meetings