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Let's Celebrate Communion Together
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As you are receiving this email, I pray that you feel the love and grace of God this day. 

As I am reflecting on today and this week, it has been a hard week for me. In a way, I have felt off all week. I think much of this is due to the tornado that devastated my home community, but I also know that it is complicated by the reality that I am not able to be with you in worship in-person. 

As we prepare for the weekend, I wanted to send you some information for how to connect this weekend. As part of Sunday's worship service, we will celebrate communion together online. This will take some preparation on your part, so I hope that you will keep reading to learn more. 

I also invite you to consider the words of Proverbs 3:9, where we read: 
 
Honor the Lord with your substance
    and with the first fruits of all your produce.

 
A first fruit offering is often defined as 10% or a tithe of all you produce.

This week my family received a stimulus check deposited into our checking account. I know that while my wife is out of work these funds will really help. When I saw this deposit, though, I remembered that before this money was mine, it was God's; before this money was the government’s, it was God’s money. 

In addition to my regular giving, as part of worship this week,  I will be giving 10% of this stimulus money back to God. 

If you received a stimulus check, I want to encourage you to join me in giving the first fruit back to God—giving 10% back to God as an act faithfulness. As an act this will help us continue to work together to create hope and connect people with Jesus. 
 
You can click HERE to give online to Decatur or Concord. You can also mail your donation to our financial secretary at 466 Miller Road, Decatur, TN 37322 or If you would like to mail a donation to Concord, you can send it to PO Box 1121.

I pray blessings upon you this day and this weekend. 

In Christ, 

Will

You and I are faced with a new normal in life these days. Staying at home, teaching kids at home, cooking at home, working from home, filing for unemployment, wearing a mask, and on and on. 

So many want to get back to normal, but with all that has changed, normal is never going to be normal again. We are starting a new series in worship where we begin to plan life after the COVID-19 crisis.  Instead of talking about getting back to normal, though, we are going to talk about God’s New Normal
  • Worship at our Online Campus Sunday @ 11am. Click HERE to join the Online Campus.
  • To join by phone for audio only call 646-558-8656, enter meeting id: 170 368 050#, and password 145.
  • If you miss a live worship service, you can join later by checking out our sermon archives HERE.
One of the ways that God sustains the people of God is through the regular practice of Holy Communion. During these irregular times, we are going to celebrate Holy Communion together online. 

Please take a moment to click HERE to learn more about Online Communion and to watch the how to video. 
 
I want to encourage you to find a plate and a cup with special meaning and go ahead and set it aside. Then consider making some bread; I have a very quick and very easy bread recipe that you can make for communion. If you can't make bread or don't have bread, you can set aside a cracker to use. Then set aside some wine or grape juice. If you don't have wine or grape juice, just use water. 
 
During these times and all times, the ministry of the church continues. Your generosity makes us able to create hope by connecting families and children with the life changing love of Jesus. During these anxious times, this is more important than ever. Please consider giving generously online at decaturumc.com. Or by mailing in your contribution. 
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