Riverside United Methodist
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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March 28 Announcements/Bulletin:   

COUNCIL MEETING - 3/16/21 (The following is a bit of an emotional/inspirational summary of the council meeting - shared by Pr. Scott, written in more of a narrative form - yet keeping the membership up to date on council decisions. 

Formal/official minutes of council meetings are always available for the membership.  The council was quite united/unanimous in its decisions at this meeting.) Thankful that March 21st is upon us (the day that we open up for worship inside the sanctuary for 50 or fewer people), the council took further action - building on the strong sense of excited momentum.  Starting on Easter Sunday and continuing on for all  the proceeding Sundays after that for the time being, up to 150 (one hundred fifty) people will be welcomed to attend worship inside the sanctuary at our 10 a.m worship service  (They'll still need to be masked and sitting together by households at a social distance of 6 feet from others in worship.  They'll still be ushered out from the back of the sanctuary after worship, row by row  - encouraging folks to take their conversations outside.)  Singing will not yet be encouraged - but the wonderful day will come when this will return, as well!  We're also holding off on coffee/fellowship, for now. 

The council decided that our remaining 3 worship days before Easter weekend (March 21st & 28th at 10 a.m. on these 2 Sundays and the 5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service) will continue under the 50 or fewer guidelines.  The Good Friday service will also be at 5:30.  For this particular service we'll gather our musicians and worship leaders and sound/music equipment at the front entrance of the church, preparing to do an outside worship service event with our ecumenical friends from the Park Rapids Area.  (Pastors from Calvary Lutheran and Hubbard UMC will lead this service.  All 3 of our participating churches are operating under different gathering guidelines, so the RUMC council decided it would be best to have this be only a parking lot service.  If the weather is nice, people will be able to bring their own lawn chairs and sit outside on - hopefully - a very nice early April late afternoon for a meaningful Good Friday service.) 

In committee reports.... The Nominations committee is excited to be proceeding with re-populating all of our committees and teams.  They are making lots of contacts in the congregation in that regard.   (If you are willing to serve in a helpful capacity, please contact Spike or Pr. Scott).  The Education/Youth Ministry Team is getting the word out about scholarships, Confirmation Sunday and recognition of graduating Seniors' day (May 23rd for both events).  RUMC is looking for a new Youth Director - please take note of this job description in the bulletin insert and on the website/FaceBook page. In terms of Missions - money is currently being received to send on to UMCOR to assist with disaster response. SPRC leaders spoke about the excitement of having Pr. Roger Grafenstein coming in late June of this summer.  He'll be an excellent pastoral leader to continue the efforts RUMC has been working on during this past year.  Church and Society reported gratitude for the 3 Bible Studies Pr. Scott led on themes of Hospitality, Diversity, and Change - focusing on Biblical stories to learn how to emphasize God's work through us in these areas.  (A Bible Study will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday March 23rd on Prayer - join us on  Zoom or come to the fellowship hall.) 

Trustees continue their good work in terms of assessing and taking action, when warranted, with building and equipment upgrades/repairs/replacements. Additional highlights/upcoming events for May and June (regarding other ministry teams/activities and upcoming UMW events) will be shared in April. Finally, the previous month's designations by the council of how the large gift of $180,000+ is to be used was affirmed as the council did a month of listening, welcoming additional input from the congregation and feeling confident that these ministry designations will be helpful at this time.  In the end, the council members continue to welcome constructive conversations with the RUMC members and covet your prayers for their important leadership work at this crucial time of transition in welcoming Pr. Roger in the coming months.  It's an exciting time for RUMC - spread the word! 

Riverside UMC is looking for a Youth Director!  

The overall responsibilities for the position involve working as a team member with clergy, staff, & volunteers in carrying out the mission of the church.  The person hired would work with education/youth ministry team committee members to prayerfully discuss, develop, & implement initiatives for programming involving ministry with & for youth in this church and community.  They would engage with young children as well as Jr. and Sr. High youth.  The goal is to support them and to build relationships with them - and between them and their peers – and help these children/youth/young adults build relationships with supportive adults.  This new hire would facilitate the youth in the development of having a strong, active Christian faith through a connection to their local community and through scheduled activities and through mission/service programs, leadership, and through Christian study opportunities.  This person would be asked to invest in relationships with adults, as well - including with families.  The goal is to train and equip these adults in faith practices and in being involved with relationships and programming, and so they can be growing in their own faith along with the children, youth, and young adults in their lives.

The position is budgeted for up to 15 hours per week – but a person applying would not be required to work more than a minimum of 3 or 4 hours per week if that is all the time they’d have available.  Some of the youth director’s time would be spent in mentoring conversations with the clergy, in planning and communication work to accomplish the programming, and in being with youth and children in both virtual – and when possible – in-person ways.  Skills in zooming, texting, and other forms of social media are a must – in order to connect with our young people.  Being a curious and energetic person would be very helpful – someone willing to learn and grow!


Please contact Pr. Scott (507-276-0323) or Spike Wellman (SPRC Chair) 218-255-4509