Daily Devotional with Pastor Kent

Church Closed and Coronavirus News

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, 

We are in unprecedented times which means we have to be creative, flexible and work into a new norm in life. Bishop Palmer has recommended that we close down the church for the next two weeks. We will be following his recommendations and closing down the church starting after the Orael “Mickey” Pierce memorial tomorrow March 14th at 3:00p. There will not be Sunday worship services or Sunday school classes on March 15th or 22nd. As you know I have encouraged you all to be in daily prayer over certain topics, and in daily readings. What I am going to do is create a daily vlog based on those prayer topics and scripture readings starting Monday, March 16th. You may be wondering what is a vlog; a vlog is a video blog or a post on a website or social media site. I will be posting these daily Monday through Friday by noon each day on our website at www.woodvilleumc.net and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WoodvilleUMC/. For Sunday mornings I am encouraging you to go to a different online place for worship, here is a list of local UMC live stream opportunities (you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch these live streams). 

Trinity UMC BG Rev. Andrea Curry video posting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning https://www.facebook.com/bgtrinityumc/

Hayes Memorial UMC Fremont Rev. Josh Wynn live stream at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning 

https://www.facebook.com/Hayes-Memorial-United-Methodist-Church-209078305808343/ 

Old Fort UMC Rev. Marc Quinter live stream will start roughly around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning

https://www.facebook.com/OldFortChurch/

Please keep in mind that with this shutdown we will be running minimal office hours but I will still be available for Pastoral Care needs. If you call the church please leave a voicemail. Laura and I receive all voicemails via email and will get back to you as quickly as possible. Last we will still be accepting your weekly tithes and offerings from either of these two options: 

  1. Mail a check to Woodville UMC 201 West First St Woodville OH 43469
  2. Through our secure online option at https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/454697 

Here is the list of prayer topics and scriptures: 

DatePrayerScripture
March 16thAdministrative Council2 John 1: 1 - 13
March 17thChurch Committees1 Corinthians 10: 1 - 4
March 18thChurch Leaders John 7: 14 - 31, 37 - 39
March 19thLocal Missionaries Ephesians 4: 25 - 32
March 20thForeign Missionaries Ephesians 5: 1 - 9 
March 21stGod’s work in your John 1: 1 - 9 
March 22ndThe lost1 Samuel 16: 1  - 13
March 23rdEMSActs 9: 1 - 20
March 24thOur ClergyColossians 1: 9 - 14
March 25thPolice Matthew 9: 27 - 34
March 26thChildren Revelation 10: 1 - 10
 March 27thThose that need healing Revelation 11: 15 - 19
 March 28th Youth Luke 24: 44 - 53

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

What is Lent and why does it last fourty days?

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

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