Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 20, 2020

09-02-20 Article

Marguerite Miller sings a solo on Zoom, with her husband accompanying her.  

Article by Joyce L. Wiedrich

We have had many fantastic musical numbers pre-taped in the church for Sunday Zoom services with the Stempiens and the Millers.  Jeff Stempien often sings while playing the trumpet!

BPUMC has been busy this summer as kids are readying back to school.  We have recently supported the Living Well, the backpack program, and the Hope Walk.  Over 1200 filled backpacks were recently given away to Yates County students.  Thanks to all that helped with these
projects.

We had a drive-through barbecue on 8/28th. Volunteers passed out food items as folks drove by in their cars.  People can bring their contributions to the Living Well if desired to these drive-up events.

Many churches are beginning to open for in-person worship inside the sanctuary, some have had outside services, and some are still on live stream or Zoom.  Following current NYS rules an in-church worship trial will begin on 10/4/2020, and continuing every other week, per our church leadership group’s decision.  Zoom services will also continue every week during this time.  People have been encouraged to come to the church at designated times to pick up hymnals so as to participate in our Zoom services.  

The sermon this Sunday centered around the scripture of Matthew 15: 10-20.  This concerned what we can eat.  It’s not the rules of what we put in our mouth that defines us, but what comes out of our mouths.  The Pharisees used so many rules to distract from the teachings of Jesus.  At this time Jesus was preaching to a largely Jewish population.  Pastor Sandi explained that we don’t live by slander, evil and fornication.  Faith should overcome fear and jealousy.  Jesus is here for peace and joy.

Our homework for the week was to look at how we could make changes for our hearts to be filled.