Worship Info for 10/25/2020

Important Worship Info: Please Read!!
Preparing for In-Person Worship AND Church Conference is Coming: Nov 15!!

Good Saturday, friends!!
We have a lot of new information for you today, so please take the time to read through these announcements:

First, tomorrow’s worship will be broadcast “on location”!! We’re using a new hotspot, which we believe will work a lot better than the internet we have at the church. But as with anything new, especially when one is dealing with electronics, there’s always the possibility something will go wrong. If it does and our internet connection isn’t stable or somehow isn’t working, our back-up plan is to record the service and make it available via YouTube on Sunday afternoon. We will post updates to our Facebook page and in our Facebook Group if that happens and when it is ready to be viewed…so watch for that if we run into technical difficulties.

We also want to thank you in advance for your grace and patience as we make this transition. We will keep you informed as to our progress over the next few weeks, so stay tuned and keep us in your prayers!


Next, we want you to know that later this evening, we will be sending out another email with our Return to In-Person Worship Covenant, which we need you to read, print, sign, and return to the Church Office BEFORE attending any in-person groups or activities, including in-person worship. Returning the Covenant is an acknowledgement that you have read and understand the precautions we are putting in place and agree to abide by them when you are on the church campus with others. We know this is different, and some of you might not be comfortable with signing and returning the Covenant, but we are living in very different times, and we hope that after you have read the email that will accompany the Covenant as well as the Covenant itself, your questions or concerns will be answered. If they are not, please contact me (Pastor Jody) at or Laura Hauer, your Leadership Board Chairperson at .


Next…our Annual Church Conference is coming soon! On Sunday, November 15 at 1:30pm we will meet via Zoom to do the Annual Business of the church, including approving the Leadership Slate and your Pastor’s Salary for 2021. So please mark your calendars. The Zoom link information will be sent out the week before the meeting. Also, if you know someone who isn’t comfortable using Zoom, or who doesn’t have access to the internet, consider inviting them to join you in your home for the Conference…while maintaining social distancing, of course.


Finally…
Congregational Questionnaire:
 Thank you again to those who have completed our Congregational Questionnaire! The information you have provided so far is so vital to our decisions as we move forward with the possibility of holding in-person worship, so we’re grateful for your responses.

If you have not completed the questionnaire that it’s not too late! Do it now! Soon we will have volunteers contacting those who have not completed the questionnaire to see if they can help out with this process.

So please read through the email that was sent along with the link to the questionnaire which we’ve reproduced it here. Then click on this link to complete the questionnaire: Congregational Questionnaire. If you need the questionnaire sent to you by mail because you don’t have email or internet access, please call the office at 480-641-1200 and leave a message indicating you would like a paper copy.


We also want to remind our parents of teens that we’re asking for your input about the possibility of going on a mission trip in 2021. Please contact Carrie Claypool, our Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries if your teen is interested in participating.


Here’s what you need for Sunday morning:

We will open our live stream at about 9:15 and will begin with our announcements at 9:30 am. Remember, if we experience technical issues, we will post this on Facebook – both on our SoL Page and Group.

Here’s what you need to know to access worship tomorrow morning:

  1. Go to our website and click on the pink Worship Info button. You will be directed to a page where you’ll find some instructions and a purple Click Here for Online Worship button.
  2. When you see the “Play” Button in the middle of the screen (it may or may not be red), click on it to begin viewing the live stream. If it looks like you might be out of sync, look for the “Live” link near the bottom of the screen.
  3. From this page you’ll be able to access your Digital Bulletin, register your attendance, access the online Calendar, and go to our online Giving page. There’s also a separate Prayer Request button you can use to share a prayer request with us, AND there’s online chat!!

Children’s Church and Area 412
We also want to remind our families with younger children that we will have Children’s Church via Zoom right after worship. The Zoom log-in information is below. We don’t have any handouts this week for the kids, but Ms. Erika has a great lesson planned! Ms. Erika will open up the Zoom meeting at 10:30 a.m. (or as close to that as we can).

Area 412 meets on Wednesday evenings. Contact Carrie Claypool for the link.


Sunday Morning Meet & Greet
Do you miss seeing some of your church family members??
 Why not join us for our Meet & Greet at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning?? This Zoom meeting is open to all. Here’s the log-in info:

SoL Meet & Greet via Zoom
We highly encourage you to join us for this Meet & Greet time before worship tomorrow morning!! The folks who have been attending have asked about some of you they would like to see but haven’t. What’s more, the Toppings also join in, so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at us as we finish preparations for worship! We’ll log in at 8:15, but the Meet and Greet won’t begin until 8:30 a.m. Please note: All of our Zoom meetings now require Passcodes, which are indicated with each meeting.


Please Register Your Attendance!
With this new online platform, registering your attendance is more important than ever before. So even if you don’t want us to know you are worshiping with us, please register anyway!! We need it so we can get an accurate count.

Registering your attendance is even easier than before!! 
1. When you enter the new online worship platform you’ll see some links in the upper right hand corner. Click on the one called “Connection Card” and it will automatically bring up our Attendance Registration form. You can still use this form to share prayer requests with us as well.
2. If you have our SoL Church Center App on your phone, tap on the “Check In” at the bottom of the home screen and follow the prompts. (The App can be downloaded to your phone by going to the App Store or Google Play.) You can check-in yourself and your family members just like we’ve been doing for the last 9 months in person at SoL. The difference is…NO BARCODE TO SCAN!! Please remember: this option does not allow you to include any prayer requests.

Also, please remember, if you view the worship service after the fact (like on Sunday afternoon or during the week), please register your attendance by clicking on the “Connection Card” link.


Giving
Giving is easy with our new worship platform! To access our online giving page, simply click on “Give” in the upper right corner of the window.

Our financial gifts are an important way we demonstrate our gratitude to God for the many gifts God has given to us. At SoL, we receive financial gifts by cash, check, or by electronic means. We strongly encourage you to use our e-giving processes (accessible through the worship platform, our website, Church Center app, or by Text-to-Give), but we also recognize some prefer giving the old fashioned way! For more information on our e-giving processes, please go to our website at songoflifeumc.org/give. To give a cash or check donation during this time when we are not meeting for worship in person, you may mail or bring your financial gifts to the church at 20164 S. Sossaman Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Our office is only open upon request, so if we’re not there, please your gift in the secure mailbox next to the benches on the northeast side of the office building.


Koinonia/Bible Buddies Study Group – Today is BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)!
This combined study group meets at about 11 a.m. via Zoom. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact either Joe Hauer at  or Dean Wolfahrt at . Please remember, this is an open group and all adults are invited to attend. Here’s the link for you to join:


See you tomorrow morning!!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jody