Wednesday, May 18 (and 25) at 7:00 p.m.

Developing your Faith Narrative - I Love to Tell the Story

 

To participate contact Pastor Martin at 314-248-0452  or mjr9201@gmail.com for the zoom link.  Participants are welcome to  attend all or any session that fits their schedule.

 

“I Love To Tell the Story”

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Martin Rafanan, co-led by participants

 

I love to tell the story   Of unseen things above,

Of Jesus and His glory,   Of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story,   Because I know ’tis true;

It satisfies my longings   As nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story, ’Twill be my theme in glory

To tell the old, old story   of Jesus and His love.

 

This four session (60 minutes per session) Zoom gathering on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in May (May 4, 11, 18, 25) is an opportunity to look more deeply at your own faith story and to find ways of telling it to your family, friends, and neighbors in practical and meaningful ways.  Each session will begin with a meditation and reflection, followed by sharing personal stories for that week and checking in with each other.  Exercises for journaling and personal discovery will be explored and practiced.  The sessions will be based on personal sharing, feedback from friends, and encouragement for developing our Christian witness.  It will be the mutual conversation and consolation of brothers and sisters.  Join us for one or all of the sessions.

 

1.    Share your story of faith with those who know you and will love to hear your story.  With their questions and feedback, you can learn how to tell your story more effectively.

2.   Journaling about your faith story.  As you tell the story to yourself in a journal, or a taped conversation (on your phone), you begin to “lean into” your story in a powerful way.

3.   This year’s Synod Assembly Theme (June 16-18) is “I Love To Tell The Story” - The Gospel is the story of Jesus, and continues to grow as it includes the lives of the people who hear it. It is our North Star, guiding the work of the synod and those gathered in assembly to care for the people of Southwestern Pennsylvania. When we come together as a synod, it will once again be our joy to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

 

Click HERE to open a printable version of the "I Love to Tell the Story" flyer

 

 

Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.

PLUM Sunday Worship Service

Online Worship Service via Zoom on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Click HERE to open a printable version of the May 22 bulletin

Click HERE to join the PLUM Zoom Worship Service:

  

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Monday, May 23

PLUM Board Meeting

 

The monthly PLUM Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Click HERE to join the PLUM Board Meeting:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 25

Admin Meeting

 

The Admin Meeting will be held every week on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

 

Click HERE to join the Admin Meeting:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Thursday, May 26

Exploring Generosity and Stewardship in Movies


Does the word “stewardship” make you think of joyful, whole-hearted care of the world and our resources, or does it just make you feel anxious about financial strains and constant expectations? The stewardship committee of our synod is using movies as a way to expand our understanding of the term in new ways. Join in creative conversations around familiar (and some new) films to explore stewardship and generosity in ways that expand our minds and our hearts. Learn more at: swpasynod.org/calendar/stewardmovies

 

Exploring Generosity and Stewardship in Movies will be held on the 4th Thursday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.
 

March 24: "Encanto" - Stewarding Family Relationships

April 28: "Before the Flood" Documentary - Stewarding Creation and the Environment

May 26: "It’s a Wonderful Life" - Stewarding Financial Resources

 

Click HERE to join the Synod Stewardship in Movies event:

  

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/88176068825

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 881 760 688 25

 

 

Thursday, June 2

What's Next? Planning Meeting

 

 

Click HERE to join the "What's Next?" Meeting:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

Click HERE for a printable May 6 Taizé Prayer Service Bulletin

 

At Home

Taizé Prayer Service

Friday, June 3, 2022, 7:00 pm

 

 

During this time of the Coronavirus and Social Distancing,

Prayer is a source of Comfort.

 

Please join us in Taizé Prayer from the safety of your homes.

  

Click HERE to join the Taizé Prayer Service:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Worship Committee meeting

 

The Worship Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Click HERE to join the Worship Committee meeting:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Click HERE to visit the Synod Assembly web page:

 

 

PLUM SPIRITUAL CARE CALENDAR

 

 

 

Click HERE to see an excellent 5-minute video tutorial on "How to Get Started with Zoom"

(courtesy of Kristina Fennell)

 

Overview

 

Zoom is an internet-based video conferencing tool with a local, computer program (for your computer) and a mobile app (for your cell phone) that allows users to meet online - with or without video. 

 

Prerequisites

  • For a LAND-LINE TELEPHONE or an older FLIP-PHONE (NOT a "smart" cell phone):  Your phone must be DIGITAL and have push-buttons.  Old rotary style phones will NOT work.

  • For a COMPUTER:  If you do NOT have the Zoom program on your computer, then click this link to Download and install Zoom desktop program (Windows or Mac).  After the file has downloaded, go to where the file was downloaded to (probably in your “Downloads” folder) and click on the “ZoomInstaller.exe” file to start the installation process.

  • For a "SMART" CELL PHONE:  If you do NOT have the Zoom app installed on your cell phone, then go to Google Play (for Android phones) or to the Apple Store (for Apple phones).  Search for the "Zoom" app.  Download and install the file.

 

How to Join a Zoom Meeting - For LAND-LINE or "NON-SMART" PHONES:

1.   Dial: (646) 876-9923

2.   When prompted, use the keypad to enter the “Meeting ID”:  401 596 541, followed by the # key

3.   When prompted for a Participant ID, just press the # key

4.   To “unmute” or to “mute” your phone, press * 6 (press the star button, then press 6)

5.   NOTE: If you press the "mute" button on your phone, then you may have to press * 6 to "unmute" the phone.

6.   When the meeting is over, just hang up.  You will automatically be disconnected.

 

 

How to Join a Zoom Meeting - For COMPUTERS:

1.   Download and install the Zoom program on your computer (see the instructions, above).

2.   Open the Zoom program by clicking on THIS link (https://zoom.us/j/401596541)

3.   When Zoom opens, a "Video Preview" pop-up window will appear, showing a video of YOU in the window.

4.   Click on the blue  Join with Video  button.

5.   During the meeting:

a.  If needed, you can turn OFF the audio (sound) by clicking on the “Mute” button on the bottom, left of the window.  To turn the sound back ON, click on the “Unmute” button.

b.  If needed, you can turn OFF the video, by clicking on the “Stop Video” button on the bottom, left of the window.  To turn the video back ON, click on the “Start Video” button.

6.   When the meeting is over:

a.   Click the red words "Leave meeting" (in the bottom, right corner of the window). 

b.   A "Leave meeting" pop-up window will appear.

c.   Verify that you want to quit by clicking on the blue  Leave meeting  button.

d.   The Zoom windows will close and the Zoom program will shut down.

 

How to Join a Zoom Meeting - For "SMART" CELL PHONES:

 

1.       Download and install the Zoom "app" on your cell phone (see the instructions, above).

2.       Open the Zoom app by clicking on THIS link (https://zoom.us/j/401596541)

3.       Enter your Name, as you would like it to be seen by the other people on the meeting.   Click OK.

4.       When Zoom opens, a "Video Preview" pop-up window may appear, showing a video of YOU in the window.  This is to verify that the cell phone's camera is working. 

·        NOTE:  No one else can SEE you, if the "Start Video" icon (bottom, left of the screen) is RED.

5.       Click on “Call via Device Audio” (in the bottom, left of the screen) to activate the microphone on your phone. 

·        NOTE:  No one else can HEAR you, if the "Unmute" icon (bottom, left of the screen) is RED.

6.       At the bottom, left of the screen:  If the “Unmute” microphone icon is RED, then click on it, to turn ON your sound.  People (in the meeting) will now be able to hear you. 

a.   NOTE:  You can click on the white “Mute” microphone icon to “mute” your microphone, if needed. (so that no one can hear you - or your barking dog, loud children, phone calls, etc.).

7.       At the bottom, left of the screen:  If the “Start Video” icon is RED, then click on it, to turn ON your video.  The OTHER PEOPLE in the meeting should now be able to see YOU.

a.   NOTE:  You can click on the white “Stop Video” icon to turn OFF your cell phone camera, if needed (so that no one can see you).

8.       When the meeting is over:

a.   Click the red words "Leave meeting" (in the top, right corner of the window). 

b.   A "Do you want to leave this meeting?" pop-up window will appear.

c.   Verify that you want to quit by clicking on Leave Meeting.

d.   The Zoom windows will close and the Zoom app will shut down.

 

Click here for detailed instructions on the ZOOM website.