News from University United Methodist Church in East Lansing, MI 

Tower Alert

March 25, 2020



To be taken directly to the article/announcement, click on the underlined text.

Feature Articles
From the Pastor: UUMC Updates


Governor Whitmer’s recent executive order is set to expire on Monday, April 13. Obviously, that is the day after Easter. We have no way of knowing if the executive order will be extended. Some congregations are planning to celebrate Easter just as soon as they are able to reopen their churches and resume services. I think that would be a good idea for us at University United Methodist Church. We may not be able to observe Easter on April 12, but we can still observe Easter on our first Sunday back together. I also have been told that Bishop Bard might record some services for Holy Week and Easter for all the Michigan Conference churches.

The governor’s order applies to houses of worship and asks that we designate only essential personnel to be on the church premises. In the interest of adhering to the order, I want to encourage you not to come to the church unless you absolutely have to. We have designated myself, Bruce Wheaton (Building Manager), Kim Depew (Office Manager), and Jay Weessies (Financial Administrator) as our essential personnel. These names are posted on the doors to the church and our website, per the governor’s order. Someone will be in the office every day, and the answering machine is being checked regularly. If you need anything, please call, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Offerings are coming in (thank you!), and bills still need to be paid so once a week finance team members will be in to make the deposit and sign checks.

Connie Gamage is still coordinating a team of volunteers for those who may need help with errands, groceries, or prescriptions. If you have a need, call the office at 517-351-7030 or email Connie at Thank you to Steve Forrest for delivering groceries on Tuesday!

If you have the chance to do so, please thank Connie Gamage, Parker Garman, our choir scholarship students, Kim Depew, and Adam Zipple for making it possible for us to upload worship content to the church Facebook page on Sunday mornings. Kim made the graphics, and Connie organized much of the music. Parker literally recorded the four REACH Band members in four different locations and merged the recordings into one mix for the service. That was amazing! Adam Zipple is the son of Kim and Pete Zipple. He is also the grandson of Keith and Robbe Pohl. Adam has been a great help with his professional skills as a videographer filming, editing and uploading video content for us. If you didn’t get to watch last week, tune in on Facebook at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. this Sunday. Be sure to share the feed with your friends, too.

Take plenty of precautions to keep yourself safe. If you get bored or have extra time on your hands, try some extra prayer, meditation, or scripture reading. It won’t hurt you a bit, I promise

Rev. William C. Bills




Our Sunday worship services will be posted on our Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The page can be accessed by clicking here or by typing "University United Methodist Church – MSU" into the search bar on your Facebook page. If you cannot join us live, the videos will be saved for later viewing. Click the "Videos" tab on the left side of the page.


Sunday School is now available to view on YouTube. Each week, there will be a Bible story and instructions on how to do activities at home. The link will be dropped in the "University U.M.C. Children" group on Facebook. If you are not on Facebook and would prefer to receive the link via email, please contact Children & Youth Director Sara Cardinal (

For the time being, Youth Group will be held via Zoom video chat. Students are encouraged to bring their own snack and join us for an hour hang out at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. We will play games, check in with one another, and have devotions. Contact Children & Youth Director Sara Cardinal ( if your student would like to receive the links to join!


Are you able to be an on-call volunteer for our church family? We are looking for people who are home from work right now and might be able to run errands for our members and friends who cannot or should not get out right now. Connie Gamage is willing to organize volunteers who can take people to appointments, pick up groceries, deliver prescriptions, and run general errands for anyone who is high risk for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. If you can volunteer on an on-call basis or if you need a volunteer to help you, please call the church office at 517-351-7030 or email Connie at


If you would like to submit a prayer concern, please send your request via email to These will be posted on our website, and Rev. Bills will read the names and lift them in prayer during our online services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. If you would like to view the prayer concerns on our website, go to From the top menu, select “Make a Difference” and then “Prayer.” The password to view the prayer concerns is “Together” (please note that It is case-sensitive). If you have an urgent request, please contact Rev. Bills at 517-351-7030, ext. 207.


If you would like to utilize e-giving during the COVID-19 crisis, please contact our Financial Administrator, Jay Weessies, at 517-351-7030 or for assistance. Thank you for supporting the church during this uncertain time!


The following UUMC events have been canceled:
  • United Methodist Men & Women Dinner (March 26)
  • Introduction to Meditation (April 2)
  • Women's Day Apart Retreat (April 4) -- postponed until Saturday, June 6
  • Easter Basket Collection and Delivery (April 5)
  • First Tuesday Lecture Series (April 7)
  • Maundy Thursday Communion Dinner (April 9)
  • Good Friday Service (April 10)
  • Concession Stand at MSU Green & White Game (April 18)
If cancellations of additional events need to be made, they will be announced in Tower Alert, posted on our website (, and posted on our Facebook page.


In the interest of continuing to provide coffee in the Gathering Space for the REACH and Traditional worship services, we would like to have a team of individuals that would share in the coffee making process. With enough volunteers, we can follow a 6-week rotation. That way each of us contributes but is not overwhelmed. You can contact the church office (517-351-7030 or to sign up for the 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. shift (REACH service) or the 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. shift (Traditional service). With our new system, coffee is easy. We welcome you to join in!


We are looking to hire 2 Nursery staff members. Must be 18+, pass a background check, have experience with young children, and be available on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, scheduled on average every other week. Pay is $9.65/hour. It's a great opportunity to make a little extra cash without a lot of hours tied up in the job. Spread the word. Please email Sara Cardinal at if you are interested.


Emma Reardon (517-337-6335 or 517-290-7101) is the contact person for March. Thanks to Christine Sathianathan for being our contact in February. Helping Hands provides meals and transportation to members and friends of UUMC during a time of need.‚Äč
Announcements are due on Tuesdays by 5:00 PM. If possible, please e-mail your item to Questions about Tower Alert should be directed to Diane Constan (517-393-5450).

For updated church information, be sure to check the UUMC-Wesley Foundation website at

Like us on Facebook! Search for "University United Methodist Church - MSU".

Copyright (C) 2020 University United Methodist Church. All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

You are receiving this because you opted to get UUMC news via email.

Unsubscribe <<Email Address>> from this list | Update your profile | Forward this email to a friend