Worship Info for 7/3/2022

Communion Sunday Worship
July 3, 2022

This Sunday we will revisit Chapters 2-3 of Revelation, the letters to the 7 churches. We’re going to take a look at the exercise we went through, during which we asked ourselves “what would Jesus say to Song of Life UMC about what we’ve done well and what we need to do better. We will also receive Holy Communion tomorrow morning, so those of you worshiping from home will want to prepare by having bread or crackers and juice or some other liquid handy at the beginning of worship.

COVID 19 Update
Our COVID 19 update is not good. Normally we would have expected an update on June 22, but none was provided, so our next update was on Wednesday June 29. In the zip codes surrounding Song of Life UMC, the 7-day average positivity rate went from 98 on June 15 to 175 on June 29! This is significantly above our threshold of 100 that we’ve used in the past to determine mask recommendation.

In an article posted July 1 on AZCentral.com, it was reported that the CDC recommends that residents in 9 of Arizona’s 15 counties, including Maricopa and Pinal, wear masks while indoors. According to the article, Arizona is now one of the higher risk areas in the country based on hospital admissions, hospital bed use, and case rates.

Given this information, we also highly recommend those attending in-person worship wear masks while indoors at church. I (Pastor Jody) will be wearing a mask during worship, and I strongly encourage you to do so as well.
***
Here are the bulletins for Sunday:

Note: we will not print bulletins this Sunday, so please print your copy at home and bring it with you if you are worshiping in-person, OR use the QR Code on the front doors to download a copy of the bulletin to your smartphone.

To join us for worship online…

Our Traditional (9:30am) and Praise (11:00am) services will be livestreamed as usual tomorrow morning. Join us about 5-10 minutes before these services when we will “go live.” Here’s the link: Online Worship

**
Bible Buddies Adult Study Group and Area 412 will be taking a break for the rest of the summer.

Koinonia Bible Study Group
This Adult Study Group will meet via Zoom at 11am. If you have not received the zoom link for the class, please contact the Hauer’s by email at .

Jose’s Closet, one of our Mission Partners, needs assistance with their Backpack Giveaway on July 16, 9am – noon. For more information, take a look at this flyer. If you can help, contact the church office at 480-641-1200 or by email at 

An update from our Building Committee and our Transforming our SoL Capital Campaign Team was sent out last week by email. If you didn’t receive it, please contact the church office so we can send it to you again. If you do not have an email address with us and would like a copy of the email mailed to you, let us know that as well.

Our Building Committee is also asking for your help. A short survey will be sent out next week. It will be the first in a series of surveys that will be sent out over the summer as we work to revisit and redesign our church property Master Plan. All members, friends, constituents, winter residents – anyone who calls Song of Life UMC their church home for all or part of the year are asked to respond. Inquiring minds want to know what you think!

We have installed a new security system at the church and are in the process of assigning new security access codes to those who have keys to the buildings. If you have a key and have not yet received either an email or text message from the church about your new code, please contact Tonya Doty, our Trustees Chairperson, at 

Today’s message will be referring to the Post-It Note exercise we went through about 6 weeks ago during our study of the Book of Revelation. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the raw data from that exercise, please contact the office at  so we can send you a copy.

Starting Monday, July 4, Pastor Jody will be on vacation through July 24th. She will also be having minor surgery during that time. She will return to her pastoral responsibilities on July 25th or 26th. Rev. Joshua Warner and Rev. Rachel Gilmore will preach in Pastor Jody’s absence. Pastor Katharine Keller will provide pastoral care and visitations. If you would like to schedule a visit with Pastor Katharine, please contact the office by email or by phone.

See you in worship!!