Upcoming Events

Outline for Ministries – Current COVID Guidelines for Edenton Street UMC

We anticipate that worship will remain virtual for the foreseeable future due to continued health and safety limitations on large gatherings. Of necessity, much about our existing church ministries will be different when we first are able to come together as a body of believers in smaller groups. Engaging together will be a small first step toward restoring all the many gatherings and activities of ESUMC. Though different and perhaps even awkward, it is our hope that the joy of learning and fellowshipping together will overshadow any awkwardness. Health and safety will need to be the priorities, but the restrictions required initially and for a time will be a small price to pay to be able to gather once more in these sacred and holy spaces. We are beginning to address the protocols that will need to be in place once the decision is made to offer on-site worship. 

At this time, our recommendations below are based on our (ESUMC leadership team and Re-entry Task Force) comfort level to bring a small group of people to gather. Our approach is to “walk, then run” and keep congregational care & safety as our priority. As a team, we plan to assess the below guidelines on a monthly basis based on the progress of the state/city re-entry phases, as well as feedback from the church leadership teams and the re-entry task force.

Click here to read the current Church Council Policy on Gatherings

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December

MIDWEEK SERVICES

This Advent, we will be holding midweek services each Wednesday at noon leading up toChristmas (12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22). These short services (30 minutes) of noonday prayer will give us time and space to gather for contemplative prayer, to hear scripture, sing hymns, and listen to the words of four different lay preachers at Edenton Street.

You are invited to the first Noonday Advent Service this Wednesday, December 1st at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary. For the first week of Advent, Sarah Capel will be our lay preacher. (This year, there will be no organ recitals or lunch.) Please join us!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

This Christmas Eve, we will be holding four services. You can find the schedule below:
4:00pm (Gathering Family)
5:00pm (Sanctuary Family)
8:30pm (Sanctuary)
11:00pm (Sanctuary)

AFTERNOON TEA & ADVENT ART WORKSHOP

Saturday December 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Kerr Hall. Click here to register by December 1.

We invite you to pause, enjoy afternoon tea & treats with candlelight & classical Christmas music. Then, paint your own Byzantine-style icon of Mary & infant Jesus to keep or to give as a gift to someone you love. This inaugural event of the eStreet Arts Guild Ministry will offer a joyful, calm meditative experience for adults, youth, & older children (with supervision).

$20 per person. Includes refreshments, instruction, and all supplies. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to support the arts program of the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club

HELP PREVENT HOMELESSNESS – GIVE THE GIFT OF HOME

While many of us are tired of being in our homes, so many individuals and families in our community are desperate to stay in theirs. You can help. Our Doorstep Ministry, which runs solely on donations from our church family, provides financial assistance with rent or basic utilities to our neighbors in need. This assistance helps keep people in their homes, which is the best way to prevent homelessness – and makes for an amazing Christmas gift!  Join us in helping families stay in their “home for the holidays.”

•  $65 pays an average water or gas bill
•  $100 pays half of an average electricity bill
•  $250 covers a quarter of the average rent
•  $500 goes a long way toward helping a family stay in their home

Donate online (select Doorstep Ministry from the dropdown). You can also send a check to the church with Doorstep Ministry in the memo line.

If you’d like to make a donation in honor or in memory of someone and would like a holiday card to send, email Renae.

SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN

Register here: vbspro.events/p/estreetkidssundayschool2021

We are so ready to start our Sunday school classes for children again!  When it is safe to do so, we will come together on Sunday mornings, with a few changes from when we last met together.  Sunday school will be held each Sunday (once we are able to meet) from 9:45 until 10:15.  We have classes for children ages 3 through 5th grade.  We want to update all of our records, so please register your children for Sunday school by clicking this link.  There is more information about the exciting new changes in Sunday school on the registration page.

ESTREET KIDS MWA RESTARTS IN THE SPRING

We are dancing, singing, and ringing for JOY. Why? We are restarting eStreet Kids in the Spring 2022 semester! We will be kicking off our semester on Sunday, January 9th. Register today!

Dates: Sundays, January 9th-May 8th
Classes: Dance (4-4:40 pm), Choir (4:40-5:20pm), Introduction to Music/Handbells (5:20-6 pm)
Ages: K-5th Grade

Follow this link to register:
esumc.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/15/responses/new

 

Future

UMW BOOK STUDY

The ESUMC United Methodist Women are pleased to announce the schedule of presenters and books for the upcoming Book Study. Once again we will meet at 11:00 am on the 4th Monday of most months, and as always we will NOT meet in November and December as the fourth Monday of those months is far too busy.

This year we will be meeting in the Brown Chapel, and the events are open to both men and women, and to members and non-members of ESUMC. In addition to those who are able to attend in person, this year each session will be record, and a link provided so that those unable to attend can enjoy the presentation on line.

We have purchased two or more copies of each book, and placed them on the UMW Book Shelf in the Church Library (we encourage you to read these quickly so that others will have a chance to utilize the limited number of copies). In addition, with one exception, each of these books is also available in the Wake County Public Library.

Half of our presenters are well known to you, and half are authors presenting their own books. This year’s list of Presenters and Books follows:

DATES

PRESENTORS BOOKS AUTHORS
9/27 Will McLeane His Truth is Marching On, John Lewis John Meach
9/28 (7pm) Will McLeane His Truth is Marching On, John Lewis John Meach
10/25 Cindy MacKeathan Anya Seaton, A Writing Life Lucinda MacKeathan
1/24 Greg Moore Somebody’s Daughter Ashley Ford
2/28  Jill McCorkle Hieroglyphics Jill McCorkle
3/28 Mary Susan Fulghrum Small Great Things Jodi Picoult
3/29 Mary Susan Fulghrum Small Great Things Jodi Picoult
4/25 Cate Lineberry  The Secret Rescue Cate Lineberry

Interwoven: Rest and Restore, ESUMC’s Women’s Retreat 2022
All women of ESUMC, please save the date forInterwoven: Rest and Restore, ESUMC’s Women’s Retreat 2022at Camp Caraway March 12- 13 with guest speaker Wendy Anderson Schulz. This will be a weekend of worship and fellowship for women of all ages and stages. More information on registration and programming to follow.