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January 21, 2021
The latest news from your family at Archbold UMC.

Hello <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>!

Join us for Worship

Sunday, January 24 9:30 a.m.

Service will be in-person and LIVE on Facebook. We will rebroadcast on YouTube and R-Tec Cable.

Message: "This I Vow: Service"
Next Week: "This I Vow: Witness" 5th Sunday, Children will remain in worship.

In This Edition:

 Pastor's Ponderings             Other News
 Children's & Youth    Calendar

Latest News

COVID Updates

Please reach out to Pastor Jason or the church office if you receive a positive test result for COVID so that we can make risk assessments for congregation activities.
As a means of helping you understand the various steps of returning to worship in the sanctuary, Pastor Jason has produced a video. You are invited to watch the video so that you are aware of the changes that COVID-19 brings to life in a worship setting.
     A couple of helpful items:
  1. We’re going to be bringing in a lot of outside air, it should be warmer than outside, but it may get chilly. Please dress appropriately, be prepared with a sweater or jacket.
  2. The Nursery and Busy Bags will not be available, yet. Parents bring some items for your kiddos. The fellowship hall can be used as a “squirming space” for parents to go with their littles. We hope to make further additions here in the coming weeks.
  3. Children who are present for in-person worship are invited to come forward for the children's moments. Carpet squares are placed at the front for each family-unit to sit around. These squares are socially distanced from each other, the children will return to their seats following the message.
  4. Jr. Church ministry is available for students in Preschool through 4th Grade. Following the children's moment, students will be invited to our children's ministry space for an age-appropriate spiritual formation opportunity. We plan to follow the same COVID safety precautions we use for JAM and the youth groups.

     To the church of God as found at Archbold United Methodist Church, called to be saints together with those in every place who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ: You are miracles of God’s grace and mercy!
     We are just a few weeks away from Lent, starting Ash Wednesday, February 17th. Easter won't be far behind on April 4th. It seems like the year is already moving with breakneck speed. So I was glad for this past week's holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day offered me the opportunity to unplug. I spent some extra time sleeping in, I went to bed early that evening. I sorted through a few more boxes and took care of a few other honey-do projects that have been begging my attention. I avoided the news, mostly avoided Facebook. It was a good day.
     Every now and then we need to take an opportunity to unplug like this. God's people were commanded to rest from work on the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. There were other times of rest too, during some of the festivals and the year of Jubilee was a special season of rest. Rest is an important part of how God made us physically and spiritually.
     In our fast-paced world, driven by clocks and calendars, I wonder how often we make rest a priority. I hear far more about eating and exercise than rest. And even when I do hear about rest, it is only about sleeping for 8 hours. Have you rested from social media lately? What about news? Have you set aside routines for a day to be awakened to something fresh?
     The world is a wild ride, there is no happenstance opportunity that causes it to pause for our benefit. No, we must be intentional about that. God put it on Israel's calendar for that purpose. As we approach Lent we begin to think of what we will "give up," I would point out that is only half the picture. The point of Lent is to give up something worldly, something material, and take up something holy, something spiritual. Give it some consideration in how you'd like to make the coming preparation for Easter an opportunity rest and renewal.

Blessings 🖖,

Children & Youth News

Fridays at The Rock volunteers...WE NEED YOU!

We are hosting another Rock event, this Jan 29th, at AUMC, from 7-9pm.
We could use at least 1 other adult to assist that evening. If you are free and able to come and hang out for 2 hours, please see or let April know ASAP. 

Prayer Partners 
Lesson 3: Jesus is the Bread of Life ( A delicious activity!)

Our third lesson is ready to launch for Prayer Partners.

You will have the whole month to call, text, email, visit (with safety as a priority) with your partner to discuss the topic. I’m trying to come up with a short activity or project that each of you can do with your partners. It would be great to see your completed activities posted on our AUMC student Facebook page each month!
After you’ve met with your partners and completed the activity, take a picture of it and send it with a selfie of the two of you to April's cell (419-863-0696) or email (
Jr Church taking their turns at: 

Creating......SNAKES (and other animals)!

Attention Parents/Helpers: UPDATED

We have the following dates and opportunities still available:

Teachers -  4/25, 5/16, and 5/30 (Graduation Sunday)
Helpers - 4/18, 4/25, 5/9 (Mother's Day), 5/16, and 5/30 (Graduation Sunday)

Please Note: Helpers can be MS/HS youth on up; however, it would be IDEAL to have two 2 adults to assist with all the children, plus a youth helper.

For the Congregation

Our records are very outdated. We have had returned emails, disconnected phone numbers, and missed birthdays and anniversaries happen because we don't have your current information.

A new directory form will be sent in a separate email today, and you will also find one in the bulletin on Sunday. We are asking that you complete this for your entire family (those who live in your household, as well as college students) so that we have current contact information for everyone. In addition, we are requesting that you return it with a family photo (either a portrait or a clear candid photo) in order to make this a pictorial directory. Photos help members and visitors better connect, and allow new members to get to know everyone faster! Forms can be returned in the plate on Sunday morning or dropped off at the church office. Digital photos can also be emailed to Tracey at

You will also note that we are requesting a bit more information than you have previously provided. In this technological age, it is very helpful to know whether we can contact you via email or text, at home or at work, etc. Additionally, dates of birth are needed in the event of an emergency, and for travel for a church event, and are also very helpful to know when the youth might need to move to another class. This information can be kept private should you so desire; you can mark that on your form. Any other questions can be directed to Tracey in the office. Many thanks in advance for helping us to better serve you!

If you child is currently attending college, the UMW would like to send them a sweet gift for Valentine's Day. In order to do so, we need to know your child's current mailing address. Please call or email the office with this information ASAP so we know how many boxes to prepare and how soon they will need to be mailed out. Thanks for your help!

“At this time, we do not have specific times/dates for vaccine distribution for Phase 1B. Information will be posted when available. For planning purposes, if you are 80 years old or above, please call the Senior Center (419-337-9299) or the health department (419-337-0915) and let them know you are interested in receiving the vaccine. For information specific to the Moderna vaccine, please visit Thank you for your patience and continued practice of the prevention measures.
Manage Your Levels Ministry
Fayette UMC has created Manage Your Levels Ministry to serve those in Fulton County who are experiencing COVID symptoms at home. Blood oxygen levels can change quickly in COVID patients, and a drop in oxygen requires immediate medical care. Finger pulse oximeters are used for at-home monitoring, and this ministry can provide these for 14-day use for COVID-positive patients, or for those who have active symptoms and suspect infection. Oximeters are free of charge and are provided using no-contact delivery. For more information, call or text 419-906-7717. 
VBS is coming!

AUMC is hosting VBS this year, and the dates will be Sunday, July 25th through Thursday, July 29th, 2021. More details to follow!
are FINALLY here! They are individually labeled and can be picked up at the welcome center.
Prayer Requests:
Helen Baird (mother of Sandy Babcock) - Broken hip, also has COVID
Candice Dunlap - Karlin's sister, has cancer
John Grieser - has COVID, in ICU on a ventilator at Toledo Hospital
Students of Delphos St. John’s Elementary School - COVID outbreak

Other COVID cases: Ben Richards (Cheri Zuver's stepson), Kelby (McRobbie's daughter), 

Prayers for researchers developing COVID vaccines, healthcare workers caring for COVID patients, and for families being impacted by COVID disease

Prayers for the students, teachers, staff and administrators in the schools as they face continually changing COVID restrictions

Please submit your prayer concerns by calling or emailing the church office.

Birthdays and Anniversaries:

This Week's Birthdays:
     1/25 -  Jack Sharp
     1/26 - Jason Martz
     1/27 - Nancy Taylor
     1/28 - Joe Crossgrove
    This Week's Anniversaries:
  There are no anniversaries this week.

     Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.   


Ministers Congregation
Lead Pastor Pastor Jason Sharp
Director of Youth & Children's Ministries April Simon
Director of Music Ministries Susie Slawinski
Office Manager Tracey Wilder
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