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"The Weekly Window"

March 18, 2021

Claremont United Methodist Church

In This Issue:

  • A Word from Rev. Karen
    • Palm Sunday
    • This Sunday's Hymns
  • A Contemporary Word
  • Lenten Dismantling Racism Study
  • Mid-"March for Change" Update
  • "Life Goes On" in March
  • Musical Meditation from Katie
  • Men's Enrichment Group
  • Our Prayers
  • CUMC's Website Links

A Word from Rev. Karen

Every Day is Earth Day

Dear CUMC friends in faith,

This week in our Lenten journey focusing on healing and recovery, we turn our attention to the healing of the earth. The focus of our prayer and song and proclamation invites us to consider new ways we can each help with environmental health.

Even our hymn selections feature two works that ask us to "Touch the Earth Lightly" in the words of Shirley Erena Murray, and ask us to celebrate the joy of creation to the tune of Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee with words from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. (Each one is linked in this email below for your reflection or preparation for Sunday.)

Our Children's Choir joins the Virtual Sanctuary Choir to sing The Blue Green Hills of Earth.

While the celebration of Earth Day comes each year in April, our faith calls us to care for all creation and to consider every day to be Earth Day.

At our Pancake Supper fellowship the evening before Lent began, we heard some passionate and urgent reflection from our children and youth on how to care for our earthly home. We will hear from two of them in worship this Sunday.

As we draw closer to Jerusalem and the events of Holy Week, our worship opens with a prelude from the Bell Choir.

Even as we continue in virtual worship, there are teams working toward the safety and compliance needs, the technology needs, and the worship needs for us to anticipate worship together later this year.

Until then, continue to focus on healing, recovery, and hope.

I will end again with our prayer song from Lenten worship:

Vessels, holy and whole
Broken, needing the One
Open, body and soul
Healer, come.

In prayer and care,
Rev. Karen

Palm Sunday

Send your "Palm Parade" videos! As we did last year, we are collecting photos or short videos of the congregation waving palm branches or any manner of greenery to compile a virtual Palm Parade. Jessica will send a separate email with instructions. Send them no later than Tuesday, March 23.

Drive Through for Holy Week Communion elements.
On Palm Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. you may drive around the magnolia tree at the entrance of the church to receive individual elements for Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday communion. (Of course the meal at your own table or the bread you bake is also quite worthy during Holy Week, too!)

The communion elements are in individual servings, and we will provide as many as your household needs.

Below are thumbnail images of our two hymns for this Sunday, March 21. Click on each image to see a larger version of the hymns.

A Contemporary Word

Each week in Lent, as a part of worship, we'll hear an "Ancient Word" on healing, coming from Scripture. We will also hear a "Contemporary Word," a quote from a more contemporary figure, on healing. You'll see one quote each week in the worship video and printed in the Sunday bulletin. And we will feature a different quote in the "Weekly Window." Below is this week's quote for this week's "Window":

A Lenten Dismantling Racism Study

Every Sunday through March 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Claremont UMC's Dismantling Racism Committee invites you to a six-week study during Lent of Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. This one-hour Lenten Study via Zoom continues this Sunday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m.

Please buy this short, powerful book, available on Amazon, or your favorite book retailer. Let's read together; let's reflect on what this wise prophet is saying to the disinherited and to all of us today. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi learned from him. There is a powerful voice that comes through from the disinherited that we need to hear.

You will receive the Zoom link for this class in the Saturday "Where to Find Worship" email. Be sure to look for it when you receive that email! Thank you for NOT sharing the Zoom information on social media!

Blessings, CUMC's Dismantling Racism Committee

A Mid-"March for Change" Update

sponsored by CUMC's Youth Group and Youth Chimes

The Youth Chimes and the Youth Group send their greetings. We’re excited to share that over the past two somewhat soggy weeks, our March for Change participants have walked over 445 miles...and that’s only a partial amount, because some people are waiting until the end of the March to share their miles. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for your support!

Again, it’s not too late to join as a sponsor or partner or marcher. Please click here to sign up.

Stay well and keep on marchin’.

The Youth Chimes and the Youth Group

"Life Goes On"

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Part of the human experience is facing all kinds of challenges, dealing with loss, and working our way through grief that at times can threaten to overwhelm us. In the last 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us with even more sadness. We need the comfort and support of our faith community. As in the past, Life Goes On responds to this need by offering support, comfort, and objective information in a safe and confidential setting.

Life Goes On will meet again via Zoom Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m., when we'll talk about "Healing Together." Each gathering begins with prayer and a short presentation, followed by small group discussion of whatever feels important to the participants. The Zoom link will be emailed a couple of days before March 24. All are welcome.

Life Goes On will continue on the fourth Wednesday of the month through the spring. You may drop in as your schedule allows. If you have questions, please contact Paula Hui. If you need Paula's contact info, email the CUMC office at

A Musical Meditation from Katie

This week's musical meditation is the Lenten hymn, "Jesus Tempted in the Desert" from The Faith We Sing No. 2105).  
Click HERE and enjoy!

~ Katie Franklin Ledsinger

The Men's Enrichment Group

The Men’s Enrichment Group continues to “meet” for fellowship and devotional study via zoom the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Join us as we study Reading John for Dear Life by Jaime Clark-Soles. The next Zoom gathering is Wednesday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. You are invited and welcome to join in with us. For more information, contact Carl Williams or Ron Harrington, or email

We Are Praying For...

If you have someone you would like Claremont UMC to keep in prayer, and list on our prayer list, please email Jessica, Please indicate whether they are to be listed on the public prayer list, or kept private.

Please pray for these dear ones on our prayer list, HERE.

Claremont UMC Website

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