He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” (John 20.15)
 
 
All of us, at various times in our life, are looking for hope. The world can seem to be a hopeless place. This is the situation that the disciples found themselves in that early Easter morning. 'The body of Jesus is missing?' As if it wasn't bad enough how Jesus was crucified, now someone may be defiling His lifeless body. Hopelessness compounded by hopelessness. We too, like the disciples, find ourselves running faster and harder within hopeless situations. Perhaps like Mary we need to notice what God is doing right next to us, or in her case, immediately behind her. I look forward to worshiping the God of Hope with you this Sunday at 10am. Peace and God's blessings..

 
In Christ
Pastor Derrick
KCC
 
 
 
 
 
Worship Celebration in Sanctuary at 10am Sunday
Facemasks and social distancing will be required in order to ensure MUMC's compliance with state regulations.
Please note, livestreaming of our Worship Celebrations will continue.
If you are unable to join us in person, please celebrate with us on Facebook or via Phone Conference.
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 MUMC CHOIR UPDATE
 
 
The hymn singers are loving leading you in your requests for beloved hymn favorites. Please keep the requests coming to cindy@middletownumcnj.org.

We have been excited to welcome new members to our Bell Choir! We reached 2 octaves and are now looking to open up to 3! If you’d be interested in joining, let us know and we’ll get everything you need ready to ring!
 
The Chancel choir continues to rehearse on Zoom and record for services. We welcome anyone wanting to lift their voice to the Lord! Click on the links below to view recent performances.
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Village Of Children and Families

All of your wonderful donations were delivered to the Village of Children and Families and Jacquie (Village Director) was more than happy to receive it all. Huge Thank Yous are sent from all. A little update...they have finally secured a “warehouse” to house all of the donations and will soon be set up as a “store” to allow the families to “shop” for the children. So going forward we would like to key on some real needs. For this month and then some we will be collecting hygiene articles. This should include shampoo, cream rinse, tooth brushes, baby shampoo, baby wipes, liquid soap (not bars), baby lotion, etc. The baskets will be available in the narthex and the bin will be outside the grey doors. In advance, we thank you for your donations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Make the MUMC Connection!
Are you missing all our church family and friends?
They are certainly missing you!
Here are some fun ways to get together - maybe not with everyone, but at least with those who share your interests.
Take our survey below to see some great suggestions for new and ongoing groups you might want to join, or share your own ideas with us!
(Please note, due to COVID-19 concerns, groups are following state guidelines and MUMC's reopening plan. Social distancing/masks and ZOOM/outdoor meetings are being held where applicable.)
 
 
 
 
 
This Sunday after worship please join us in our 'new' virtual Fellowship Hall. Come join the fellowship with your sisters and brothers in Christ. This will be a great time to see each other and share. The virtual fellowship hall will be hosted via ZOOM:     CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 893 6292 8602
Password: 909403
Phone number: 929 436 2866 US (Please check with your phone provider regarding long distance charges)
 
To Join the Worship Celebration Via Conference Call
1. Dial732-671-4969   
2. When asked, enter the conference id: ​315-6862


Troubleshooting/FAQ's

 • If the livestream has not begun, you can still use the above link, but you will have to manually select the VIDEOS section on our Facebook page.
• If you do not see our videos immediately on the Facebook page, scroll further down the page.
• Please note, If you are prompted to make a Facebook account and do not want to, select "NOT NOW" at the bottom of the prompt. You will be able to see the page once you close that box. If the box is not blocking your view, ignore it - it will eventually go away.
• You can access the livestream on your phone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet.
  
 
 
Readers Needed
We are in need of people to read the call to worship and Scripture readings during our worship celebration. Whether you are joining the worship celebration in person, via the live stream, or the conference call, we would like you to help with a reading. You can pre-record yourself with the reading and then submit the video to the church office. Anyone interested in reading please contact Joe Spinelli directly or reach out to the church office.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ReOpening Plan Reminder
Recently the Leadership Team reassessed our ReOpening Plan.
The Leadership Team has decided to recommit to our ReOpening plan and strongly reminds everyone of the following:
Sunday Morning we offer three different ways for people to join in worship: in person, the livestream, and the conference call.

For those joining worship in person, you must follow the state guidelines regarding self quarantining. Attending worship does not exempt you from self quarantining requirements if you have been traveling, tested positive for COVID19, being in proximity to someone who has tested positive, and so on. If you are planning on attending worship in person but are currently self quarantining by the state guidelines, PLEASE STAY HOME and join worship via the live stream or conference call.

For those attending worship in person, please remember, face coverings and social distancing must be maintained. There is to be no standing and talking in the hallways or sanctuary. A welcome team member will direct you to your seat and direct you when it is time to leave. Unfortunately at this time, only our worship leadership will be singing, everyone else in the sanctuary is asked to speak the words to the songs. Please save all conversations for outside while still maintaining social distancing and using your face covering.
 
 
 
 
 

Did you know that you can help MUMC reach people around the world by clicking "like" and "share" on our page and commenting on our posts? The more interaction we have on our page, the more people Facebook will recommend us to!
 
 
Daily Devotions
Join us Monday through Friday on the church’s Facebook page (facebook.com/mumcnj/). Pastor Derrick is going live each day with a short morning devotional before 10 am each Monday through Friday. If you miss when the video is live, no worries, you can watch the video later in the day. Just scroll through the pages news feed or click on the left side of the page ‘videos.’
 
Pleas  
  
 
 

 MUMC Security
In light of recent security threats to other Middletown houses of worship and attacks on other churches throughout the nation our own security team has continued to be very active, even during the COVID19 pandemic. Through the diligent work of our security team we have received a security personnel grant from the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness for the 2020/2021 year. This means that we will be able to have a paid security personnel at our facility for our worship celebrations and other random times to deter violence. When you attend worship face-to-face you may notice a new friendly face, our security personnel. This person is a trained, professional who is present to partner with us in providing a safe place within God's house. Please introduce yourself and welcome them. Questions, please ask any member of our church's security team.

 

 
Knit One, Prayer Too

Knit One, Prayer Too! Our knitting/crocheting ministry is virtual, and thriving! During the past year, we have made and donated over 1,200 items of warmth and love. New and current members can get the latest info, current project details, or view past projects, on our Facebook page, Knit One, Prayer Too!, or email Kim, at knitoneprayertoo@gmail.com

 
Keyport Food Pantry
So many are experiencing great difficulties during the health emergency. The Keyport Food Pantry is really in need of food to give to those folks who are out of work and unable to feed their families. Our congregation can help. Plastic bins will be placed outside the double doors facing the DRIVEWAY where you will be able to place your donation of food. Because there are a few bins placed there…the bins for food donations will be clearly marked. The pantry is specifically asking for cereal, pasta, pasta sauce and canned vegetables. You can donate anything but they are running low on these items. You can also drop these much needed items off at a Sunday drive through. Thank you in advance…I know you will all help.
  
MUMC COVID 19 FUND
MUMC has created a fund for donations that will help anyone affected by the coronavirus. To date, we have received many generous contributions - amen and thank you!
These funds have been put to good use by providing meals to health care employees at both Riverview and Bayshore Hospitals, on a weekly basis for about two months. We have had the ability to use several of the super volunteers for the Door Step Deliveries to help facilitate this. Please let us kow if you have any suggestions You can contact Nanci Illingworth, Denise Goudsward, or any member of the Missions Team. If you have a request that you would prefer to remain confidential, please contact Pastor Derrick.
If you would like to donate to the Covid 19 Fund, you have several options: 1) you can log into REALM, and go to the Giving page. There will be a drop-down menu that offers a choice for where you would like your donation to be given. Just click on Covid 19 Fund. 2) you can mail your donation to MUMC at 924 Middletown-Lincroft Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748; or 3) send your donation electronically through your bank. Thank you all for your generosity!!!!
 
Avoiding the crowds and shopping online instead? Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Middletown United Methodist Church at no cost to you!
 
 

  

 

 
 
           
                          

Future Events / Building Use 

At this time, Middletown United Methodist Church is limiting the use of our facilities until further notice. We ask that groups looking to use our facilities contact the church office for more details..

 

 Letters of Hope and Inspiration
from Pastor Derrick
 

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924 Middletown-Lincroft Road
Middletown, New Jersey  07748
732.671.0707