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Try Something New This Easter Season
Seedbed Daily Text Devotions
Lent is gone Easter has come.  New seasons are a great time to try something new for a while.   During this Easter season I invite you to try out this daily devotional that can come right to your inbox with an option to listen as well as read.   It's been a devotional that's brought a lot of reflection and challenge into my life and I hope it will do the same for you as we grow closer to Jesus everyday.  ~Pastor Sarah

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Prayer Requests

We join our hearts in prayer for our world, for our church, for one another. You're invited to be in prayer for the ministry we share at Clover Hill as we continue to find new ways to reach out in God's love. 

Recent
  • Libby Lee - at VMRC recovering from procedure with her gall bladder
  • Hunter Harris (son-in-law of Judy Swope recovering from recent horse riding accident)
  • Carole Thacker (recovering at Bridgewater Home from a recent fall)
  • Penny Nesselrodt (Kathy Grim’s mother healing from recent fall)
  • Fae Layman
Ongoing
  • John Bennington- Jr. Ritchie's brother-in-law receiving treatment for brain tumor
  • Bill Gangwer (receiving rehab at Life Care)
  • Andy Moyers
  • John Raimer (NC Mission contact battling prostate cancer)
  • Sandy Rohrer
  • Robert Riggleman (brother of Roger Riggleman)
  • Zach Simmons (son of Revlan Hill – awaiting kidney transplant)
  • Hester and Chester Williams
  • Peggy Wimer
  • Prayers for our congregation. our nation, our local community.
Members of our Church in Nursing Homes
  • Frances Morris - at White Birch Communities (847 Oakwood Dr, Rockingham, VA 22801)
  • Lottie Ritchie - at Life Care Center (315 E Lee Hwy, New Market, VA 22844)

Coming Up

MINISTRY TEAM MEETING (Sunday April 11 2-4PM)
Please put it on your calendar that our next Ministry Team Meeting will be scheduled for April 11 2-4pm.  All are welcome to attend and help us pray and plan for the ministry God's doing with us here at Clover Hill UMC.   We will plan to meet outside for the meeting in the church parking lot (weather permitting). If it does rain we will move indoors and space out.  

 
SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW LENTEN BOXES - (drop off by April 11)
Each Lent we ask folks to collect their loose change to give to the Society of St. Andrew which works to fight hunger.    If you've been saving your loose change or would like to donate to SoSA we will be collecting donations the week after Easter (April 11)

PRAYER GROUP 
Prayer group will resume meeting at 6:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays  of each month. Whether you are new to prayer or an experience pray-er  you're invited to come pray with us!   Next prayer group meeting April 15th at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.

GROW GROUPS WILL BEGIN MEETING AGAIN SOON
If you are currently not a part of a GROW group or would like to be a leader of a new GROW group contact Pastor Sarah.

Other Resources & Info

 RETURNING TO IN PERSON WORSHIP 
We have returned to offering In Person worship in the sanctuary.  We will continue to offer Drive-In and Online worship as well.   If you plan to attend worship in person you must:
  • Assess your health before coming (do you have a fever, symptoms of COVID)
  • Be able to answer questions on your health/COVID exposure as you enter
  • Wear a mask  (new evidence is encouraging double masking)
  • Maintain 6ft physical distancing from others at all times (except members of your household)
Please make the best decision for your health and the health of others when deciding how you will worship with the Body of Christ each Sunday.  
 
COVID VACCINATION HELP
There are several places doing COVID vaccines recently.  We know some folks may need assistance getting signed up online or need a ride to get a vaccine. If that's you or someone you know in the church or community  Brian and Laura Lipinski have volunteered to try to help you.  You can contact them at 540-828-6820.

DAYTON DAYS
We received notice that Dayton Days is being scheduled for Saturday, October 2.  We have until April 30 to confirm our intent.  This is a huge undertaking and lots of help is needed.
Please give Jan Rhodes (540-578-3803) your feedback on whether or not we should participate.  
  

Volunteers Need

CLOVER HILL COOKS CONNECTION
One of the ways we are working to stay connected is through sharing food together and serving our friends and neighbors.   We continue to deliver meals, baked goods, or other goodies to our church family as a way to say "we're thinking about you."  We also drop meals off  to several families from Ottobine Elementary.
If you would like more information or would like to help out Contact Jan Rhodes (540-578-3803) or fill out our form here:  CH Cooks Connection Sign Up

HELP WITH RIDES
We have a church member who will be having knee replacement surgery in May and afterwards may need some help with rides to physical therapy for a couple of months.  If you would potentially be available to help, contact Pastor Sarah (540-209-7409).  

 

Denominational 
 
Updates
We are a connectional group of Christians, though we are not always fully connected or aware of the conference or denominational news.   Therefore, below are a few things for you to be aware of.  You can also find more information on the conference website (vaumc.org)
 
2021 Annual Conference
Annual Conference will take place June 18-19.
Due to COVID Conference will be online this year.  Stay tuned for the link to watch it live if you desire.
 
District Alignment Announcement
On Monday evening, Feb 1st, Bishop Lewis released a video and information on the District Alignment Team where she announced that as of July 1, 2021, we will have 8 District Superintendents (instead of 16). Each DS will oversee 2 districts and new positions will be created to provide additional staff to help support local church vitality.   Our DS Rev. Victor Gomez is now serving both the Harrisonburg and Winchester Districts.  You can find more information about this change here: LINK PDF of FAQs

General Conference (2020) once again Postponed
The global gathering of United Methodists that was originally scheduled for May 2020 and was postponed to 2021 has once again been postponed until Aug 2022 due to COVID and the difficulty of making this an online event.   It is presumed that when that meeting happens the General Conference will decide on amicably separating the United Methodist Church and creating a new denomination for United Methodists who hold to a more traditional theology.  
   
****WHAT THIS MEANS FOR Clover Hill UMC:****
  • Right now we are still in a holding pattern as a denomination.  Nothing has been decided or changed. 
  • We will need to have more discussions on topics of theology, and our mission as a congregation so that if/when a decision needs to be made we’ve built some trust with one another and are fully informed to make those decisions together. 
  • Likely (depending on what General Conference decides) in either late 2022 or 2023 our Virginia Annual Conference will get to decide which denomination to align with.  After that vote, our local church will be able to decide if we want to stay with our Annual Conference or not. 
  • There is still kingdom work to be done!  Let’s continue the work of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every place and in every way that we can.
 
Pastor Sarah's plea to you:  Stay faithful.  Now is not the time to check out, to hedge our bets, to lay low.  Over the next couple of years we will be having more conversation on human sexuality, on theology, on our experiences and individual beliefs.   While it may be a difficult process, I know that we can have those conversations respectfully, lovingly, and honestly.  What defines us as a church is much more than what sign is out front, or even our stance on sexuality.  We are defined by our relationship with God and our commitment as a community to Seek, Serve, and Share Jesus with one another and our neighbors.  I hope that it’s that mission of being and making disciples of Jesus that drives us and unites us through times of trial and disagreement and perhaps even transition.  But,  I’m not going to lie, I know some will feel led to leave our church before or after decisions are made.  And no matter what comes down the road, I pray that we will be loving and thoughtful and Christ-like enough to bless each other if we need to walk different paths.  Let us live deeply into the words of Jesus to his disciples, "Love each other as I have loved you." (John 15:12). 
If you have concerns, questions, or just need a listening ear, I welcome those conversations.  
– Pastor Sarah

 
 
Don't Forget the Building Fund
in Your Giving
 
     
      When our Council met recently we discussed our budget and are able to give praise to God that financially our church is doing well.  This is due in large part to many of you who have continued to give faithfully to the ministry of our church.  Your giving has enabled us to support our church staff, to adapt to our new circumstances,  to keep doing God's work (both locally and through the denominational groups supported by our apportionments like UMCOR which does disaster relief), and will help us plan for future ministry!  
       We would also ask that in your giving you remember the Building Fund.  We have a wonderful facility which our trustees and council continue to work hard to care for. And one day soon we hope to give our building some more use than it's been getting!    In the meantime, we have some larger projects coming up for repair and upkeep of the facility that will not be cheap  (first coming up on our list will be to repair the ceiling in the sanctuary where the popcorn ceiling is falling down).  If you're able to give a little to the Building Fund it would greatly help with these upcoming projects.   Just put "Building Fund" in the memo line on your check OR select "Building Fund" in the drop down menu when you give online (Click Here to Give Online).   
If you have any questions  please contact Pastor Sarah (540-209-7409) or Council Chair Grant Martin (540-560-4166)
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