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August 11, 2020 IN THE KNOW from MOUNT TABOR UMC


IGNITE OUTDOOR WORSHIP—weather permitting—will be offered at 7 p.m., Wednesday nights beginning tomorrow, Aug. 12 in the lower parking lot using the upcoming Sunday’s scripture and text. Masks, physical distancing and supplying your own chair/blanket are required or chose the stay-in-car option by tuning the radio to 87.9 FM. Let the Ignite planning team know you will attend by filling out the form located at and you can find out more information at on the church website. The Ignite worship service will also be broadcast simultaneously live via Facebook and YouTube and continued to be available at on your web-accessible devices.


TRADITIONAL WORSHIP, pre-recorded and found via the Internet at at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, presents Dr. Mark Key preaching “Spiritual Fervor” based on Romans 12:9-12.


DRIVE IN WORSHIP—weather permitting—in the lower Mount Tabor UMC parking lot, is at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. To reserve a spot each week for the upcoming service, go online to or for more information about the service, see on the church website. This week Senior Pastor Dr. Mark Key will preach “Grace in Time of Need” using scripture from Hebrews 4:15-16. Virtual worship for all MTUMC services continues via on your web-accessible devices.


HIGHER GROUND WORSHIP, pre-recorded and found via the Internet at at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 will be Assistant Pastor Rev. Bob Richardson delivering “Spiritual Fervor” based on the scripture Romans 12:9-12.


DRIVE THRU BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSING for preschoolers through 12th graders will be held in the MTUMC parking lot on Sunday, Aug. 16, 4-4:45 p.m.


ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to staff MTUMC’s new “High School Hotspot” ministry where all high school students enrolled in virtual learning are invited to access free WiFi, space and snacks for virtual learning. Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, the area allows for five volunteers each weekday shift--8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m.--and volunteers register at online. Students interested in participating in “High School Hotspot” need to register at as space is limited. Safety protocols and standards of conduct will be followed. If you can donate individually wrapped snacks for the ministry, please drop off your donations off during the 8 a.m. Sunday Drive-In or 7 p.m. Wednesday Ignite Outdoor worship services or contact Colleen Carr ( For more information, see or contact Colleen.


ALL MOUNT TABOR UMC COLLEGE STUDENTS are invited to register to be adopted by someone from the church family. To qualify as an “adoptee,” each student needs to email one of the College Ministry co-chairs, Debbie Bohlmann ( or Jenner Lee (, by Monday, Aug. 17. During the school year, the student will be covered in prayer receiving notes and packages of encouragement and support from his/her adopter.


JOIN LIVE PASTORAL PRAYER at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays with Senior Pastor Dr. Mark Key and 7 p.m. on Thursdays with Assistant Pastor Rev. Bob Richardson via the church’s Facebook page at “Mount Tabor United Methodist Church”.


YOUR DONATIONS TO MOUNT TABOR UMC continue to help people within the community and throughout the world. All donations and gifts are accepted by these five methods:

*online at and designate your choice of fund when prompted;

*smart phone text donation amount to 336-777-7571 and designate your choice of fund when prompted

(First time, text-giving donors will be prompted to visit a secure URL to enter credit/debit card info or bank count routing info then follow directions on your screen.);

*USPS mail to MTUMC, 3543 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 and designate your choice of fund(s) on check;

*Deposit your check made to MTUMC or cash, both designated with your choice of fund(s) in the offering buckets as you leave 8 a.m. Sunday Drive-in Worship or 7 p.m. Wednesday Ignite Outdoor Worship;

*Deliver your check made to MTUMC and designated with your choice of fund(s) to the left-side lock box outside at MTUMC Office Entrance.

Please keep checking the church website for updates.


‘NOW FINISH THE TASK’ 2-year debt reduction campaign pledges are still being accepted. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge to reduce the debt on the new facilities this week, by using the pledge card mailed to you in February or requesting another card be mailed to you (336-765-5561 or As of Aug. 10, 61 pledges totaling $584,950 have been submitted. The current loan balance is $1,468,950.34. 


HELP NEEDY CHILDREN PREPARE FOR SCHOOL. This year the MTUMC Outreach Committee is collecting monetary donations only, Aug. 1-Sept. 15 for the annual back-to-school Stuff the Bus benefit for Title 1 North Hills Elementary School and the Food for Thought pantry. Even though the 2020/2021 school year will start with online learning, the school system is still the source of supplies and food for many needy students. Make your monetary donations either:

*online at and designate “North Hills” and/or “Food4Thought” when prompted; or

*smart phone text donation amount to 336-777-7571 and designate “North Hills” and/or “Food4Thought” when prompted (First time, text-giving donors will be prompted to visit a secure URL to enter credit/debit card info or bank count routing info then follow directions on your screen.); or

*USPS mail to MTUMC, 3543 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 and designate “North Hills” and/or “Food4Thought” on check; or

*Deposit your check made to MTUMC or cash, both designated “North Hills” and/or “Food4Thought” in the offering buckets as you leave 8 a.m. Sunday Drive-in Worship or 7 p.m. Wednesday Ignite Outdoor Worship;

*Deliver your check made to MTUMC and designate “North Hills” and/or “Food4Thought” to the left-side lock box outside at MTUMC Office Entrance.

Please remember 25 percent of all families in the church’s geographic area have difficulty providing food and school supplies for their children. The students in the WSFC schools are counting on your support.


NEWCOMERS ZOOM WITH THE PASTORS is for those who are new to Mount Tabor UMC, those considering membership, and/or those interested in getting connected to the church’s mission to “Gather Joyfully, Grow Spiritually, Go Faithfully.” You are invited to this online virtual conference time to meet the pastors, ask questions, and generally get to know one another. There are two opportunities available: Thursday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. Please contact Coordinator of Guest and New Member Ministries Gray Handwerk ( to RSVP for the date you choose and to receive the Zoom link and instructions.


GRIEFSHARE, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one, will be meeting weekly on Tuesdays, Aug. 25-Nov. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at Trinity UMC Covered Pavilion, 3819 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, following physical distancing and masks guidelines. Register online at entering 27106 zip code or contact Beverly Burton (336-978-9362 or


ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT to show the love from Mount Tabor UMC! Church individuals, families, small groups, Sunday School classes, United Methodist Women circles, etc. are asked to adopt one (or more!) students as they leave to go off to school. You are asked to send your assigned student cards, notes, care packages, birthday gifts as well as be in prayer for him or her this 2020/2021 school year. It is a wonderful way to connect with the students from MTUMC and remind them their home church loves them. Email one of the College Ministry co-chairs Debbie Bohlmann ( or Jenner Lee ( to sign up before Monday, Aug. 31.


NEW MEMBER SUNDAY, SEPT. 13. Is God calling you to become a member of Mount Tabor UMC? New members will be welcomed in new, creative, virtual ways during the ongoing pandemic and celebrated in all services during the week leading up to Sunday, Sept. 13. If you have decided to make Mount Tabor your church home--a place where you are ready to share your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness to serve God through this Christian fellowship--contact Coordinator of Guest and New Member Ministries Gray Handwerk ( You can also join the Newcomers Zoom with the Pastors for more information. 


THE 2020 ANDY BURTON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, has been canceled. Please stay tuned for updates on announcing the 2021 tournament date planned for May 2021. If you have questions, please contact Student Ministries Director Andy Tuttle (


NAR-ANON SUPPORT GROUP—The Midday Hope Family Nar-Anon Group meets at Mount Tabor UMC weekly on Mondays, 12-1 p.m. outside following physical distancing procedures in the church parking lot. Please bring your own lawn chair if you would like to sit down during the meeting. Nar-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a twelve step program, the group offers help by sharing experiences, strength and hope. If you have questions, call Maggie (336-413-1737).


DIVORCECARE AT MOUNT TABOR UMC, available to help those facing the challenges of divorce or separation move toward rebuilding lives, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom conferencing. The current 13-week series concludes Aug. 26. You are welcome to join with your computer or a telephone at any time. Register online ( or email facilitators David Rigby (, Steve Mann ( or Libby Craven ( for more information.


BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS every Wednesday by giving monetary donations for food to be prepared and delivered to approximately 80 homeless individuals at the Bethesda Center. Give online at and select “Budget” fund then type “Bethesda” in the optional memo box. For more information about the ministry, contact Jodi Pratt (


PLEASE VISIT THE MOUNT TABOR UMC WEBSITE at to keep informed on the latest information of the church’s response to the current pandemic. The Re-Entry committee is meeting regularly via web conferencing and is staying updated on current procedures to plan a successful re-entry to in-person gatherings at the church campus. Pastor Mark has provided this temporary adjustment to the church’s mission statement: “Gather joyfully as we are dispersed to our homes. Grow spiritually as we use extra time to slow down, pray more and seek God’s presence more. Go faithfully into the world to share God’s love as we connect with others in safe ways.” Your prayers and support are appreciated during this critical point in church history.


WHAT PRAYERS DO YOU NEED? Please go online to to submit your requests. You can even make the request private so will only be shared among the pastors. Mount Tabor Prayer Chain is privileged to receive prayer requests from around the world so, please, let them pray for you too.


THE NEW DEADLINE for submission of weekly MTUMC “In the Know” email announcements, as well as submissions for the Sunday worship bulletin announcements, is now 3 p.m. on Mondays. Effective today, Tuesday, Aug. 11, the weekly “In the Know” email will be sent on Tuesday afternoons then posted to the church website at online. The monthly newsletter “Tabor Talk” submission deadline remains the 15th of the preceding month. (Example: Deadline for submissions for the September 2020 “Tabor Talk” is Aug. 15, 2020.) If you have any questions, concerns or submissions, contact Senior Church Administrator Libby Craven (336-765-5561 ext. 1000 or


MARK YOUR CALENDAR! September’s Women’s Retreat at Lake Junaluska has been rescheduled to March 12-14, 2021. More details will be announced later.


JULY/AUGUST ISSUE OF THE UPPER ROOM devotional guide may be accessed via your computer or smartphone at which is linked to the church’s website. Or if you would like a hard copy, you may contact the church office (336-765-5561 ext. 1000 or during office hours to make arrangements to pick-up a copy at the suggested donation price of $1 each.


ACCESS THE CHURCH CALENDAR at for the most up-to-date listings of services, meetings and classes. Click the down arrow on each event to see more information and leader(s) contact data.


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IF YOU HAVE AN IRA and are age 70.5 or older, consider taking your distribution as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Mount Tabor UMC as a tax-free donation. You can do this any time during the year, and this can be a win-win tax smart solution for your giving. Just let your financial advisor know of your wishes and give him/her the church's name and mailing address (3543 Robinhood Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106). Then you need to contact the church's Financial Administrator Cathy Culver ( or 336-765-5561 ext. 1027) to let her know of the transaction.


WHEN MAKING A STOCK DONATION TO THE CHURCH, please call Financial Administrator Cathy Culver (336-765-5561 ext. 1027) to give her information about the transaction. When the church receives notification about stock donations, the brokerage companies do not release donors names, therefore the donation cannot be posted to the donor’s giving records.


PLEASE NOTIFY THE CHURCH OFFICE with new addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and/or a life event that has changed the size of your family, by going online at or contacting Senior Church Administrator Libby Craven ( You are important at MTUMC!