Laity Sunday celebrates the ministry of all Christians to love God and all people. On Laity Sunday, we lift up the vocation of all (lay and clergy) to follow Jesus Christ and lead others to him. As we welcome and offer the good news of Jesus’ love for all, we know that the most engaging opportunities to grow deep and wide in our faith come from relationships with those beyond the comfort and security of our church walls. The stories and situations of those struggling with fear, loss, trauma, and injustice – as well as freedom, joy, and delight – become altar calls for the wholeness and holiness work of justice, mercy, and reconciliation. This is the ministry of the “all called,” the laity. This is relational discipleship and participation in the mission of God. Therefore, we will go (with hope) through engagement!
Laity Sunday - Laity Engaged
Traditionally Rectortown UMC celebrates Laity Sunday by leading the worship service. This includes greeting attendees, lighting the candles, leading prayer, reading scripture, taking up offering, joys and concerns, and other activities. Worship Committee and Pastor Steve have discussed this year’s Laity Sunday and agreed that RUMC will again celebrate by having laity lead and participate in service, in-person and on-line.
The below list for laity participants is divided into assigned activities and volunteer activities for 17 October Laity Sunday. Please review the list of volunteer activities that you would be willing to perform during the worship service. Click the button above, call the church office at 540-364-1066, or email secretaryRUMC@gmail.com to let us know if you would like to volunteer:
Laity Sunday - Tell Your Story
During the Winchester-Harrisonburg District Conference Orientation, DS Victor Gomez asked that each church (Lay Leader or designated person) share their answers to 2 questions:
Worship Committee would like to hear from participants, in lieu of a sermon, what your experiences have been during the past 20 plus months of pandemic. How has the pandemic, resultant new guidelines and processes, impacted your lifestyle, family, social engagement, emotional and spiritual life activities? Just a few minutes to share with our church family how you have been impacted, good, bad, unknown.
Click the button above, call the church office at 540-364-1066, or email secretaryRUMC@gmail.com to let us know if you would like to share your story.
Laity Sunday – Sharing a Meal
Join us immediately following worship service for a church picnic! To ensure an accurate headcount for catering, please RSVP by clicking the button above, calling the church office at 540-364-1066, or emailing secretaryRUMC@gmail.com. Friends and family are welcome!
In six transforming, faith-inspiring sessions, premiere biblical scholar N. T. Wright opens your eyes to the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is.
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BeADisciple.com hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries. BeADisciple.com is one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. Several of the courses also offer 1 CEU for clergy and other staff. You can find upcoming LSM courses on the www.beadisciple.com website as well as studies through The Upper Room, courses from the YouthWorker Movement, and Safe Sanctuaries training.
Pastor Steve Weedling & Pastor Bill Wade
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ! Welcome to Rectortown United Methodist Church! I hope you enjoy your worship experience with us! I am Pastor Steve Weedling, and I want you to know that I am here to serve you.
My call in ministry is to be open, inviting, and inclusive to all who seek a relationship with God and with others, remembering always that relationships do not grow in isolation, but in community. I believe that for relationships to truly flourish there must be trust; and that trust doesn’t just happen, but grows from both the knowledge and the experience of the ‘other’ – whether that ‘other’ is person, or God. I am committed to providing a safe environment for all people, as together we engage in meaningful worship, prayer, the study of scripture, and mission. In all of these ways our faith grows, and we - and the world around us - are transformed.
I am grateful to God for this opportunity to share our faith journeys with one another! And, I am excited by the possibilities and the wonders that will be revealed as God calls us and leads us into tomorrow!
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions, or prayer requests you may have; or, just to talk story with one another!
Office: (540) 364-1066
Cell: (540) 340-2569
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All, This is an historic moment for RUMC, as this is the first email sent thru the newly installed 10 Gigabit router and fiber cable installed by Claude Schoch, High Mountain Farm Broadband. I am operating on RUMC 1 WIFI from the Social Hall. The Community of Rectortown and surrounding area, has successfully been connected via fiber optic cable, under a project that was started just months ago. Although there is much still to do, I wanted to mark this momment in time, as RUMC is depending on this service to help us continue to grow our congregation, means of providing high speed services and create a diverse set of capabilities at quality, speed and quantity not previously experienced. We must now continue to expand our programs and applications as we learn how to maximize this service. Praise the Lord, Larry
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