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October 22, 2020 IN THE KNOW from MOUNT TABOR UMC
SINCERE SYMPATHY is expressed to Thelma Livengood and family in the Oct. 17 death of her husband and life-long MTUMC member Alvin Livengood. Alvin’s celebration of life service will be TODAY, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the MTUMC Sanctuary following North Carolina virus prevention protocol.
SENIOR PASTOR MARK KEY has a new video message to share with the church family. You can view this message at via your web accessible devices.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT MTUMC will have Senior Pastor Dr. Mark Key sharing “Seeking God for Our Community” from Jeremiah 29;5-7, 10-13 (NTL) available at via web-accessible devices. Traditional worship, pre-recorded, is available beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 while the pre-recorded Higher Ground (contemporary) worship is available beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The Ignite (contemporary) worship will gather in-person 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 25 in the Alspaugh Worship Center with overflow in the Family Life Center. Masks and physical distancing are required following North Carolina virus prevention protocol. This service will also be broadcast simultaneously live via Facebook and YouTube. Bulletin information for the services is available by noon on Fridays at the website.
‘RE-CONNECT GOD’S GIFTS TO THE WORLD’ PLEDGE COMMITMENT CARDS for 2021 are still being accepted. As you prayerfully consider the amount of your “re-connect” commitment, please celebrate the fact God and his church haven’t changed even in the tumultuous and unsettling times of 2020. Mount Tabor UMC is still present and accessible--connecting through Zoom conferencing, social media streaming and gradual in-person services--as well as continuing to support missions caring for those in need. The impact and importance of MTUMC’s mission has not changed even though the modalities may be a bit different. A pledge card with a return envelope for mailing to the church or placing in the in-person worship offering baskets should have arrived in your mailbox in early October. You may also submit your pledge at online or pick one up outside beside the church offices Entrance Door. The Connect Committee hopes you gain strength from God’s command to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) as you decide “re-connect” commitment. As of Monday, Oct. 19, 109 pledges totally $465,606.00 towards the 2021 budget of $1,747,911.00 have been received.
LIVE PASTORAL PRAYER happens 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;
*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.
‘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 email@example.com). As of Oct. 19, 61 pledges totaling $584,950 have been submitted. The current loan balance is $1,241,784.35.
CROP HUNGER WALK Team Captains Denise Peterson, John Giles and Judy Miller would like to thank the Mount Tabor UMC family for their generous support for this year’s walk. All donations helped bring in $4,000 to feed the hungry. Especially during this COVID-19 time, your support is truly appreciated.
MTUMC FAMILY is invited to attend the Zoom meeting of the Western Winston-Salem Missional Network of the Yadkin Valley District to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic response and the anti-racism response of United Methodist churches within the area TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Access the Zoom meeting at or 646-876-9923, ID: 825 9721 4790, Passcode: 177185. Luke 10:25-37 will be the scripture that will undergird the time together. Then the MTUMC Annual Charge Conference for 2020 will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom ( or 646-876-9923, ID: 851 4751 3154 Passcode: 023964). The meeting agenda may be found at online.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be at Mount Tabor UMC on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2-7 p.m. in the Family Life Center, following a stricter protocol during the ongoing critical need due to the pandemic. Make your appointment online at https:// using the church zip code 27106 for the October 27 date or contact the church (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FALL NIGHT OF FUN for Mount Tabor families will be Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot. The evening begins with a picnic dinner (bring your own or order from Chick-fil-A to be delivered to the church) followed by a costume parade around 6 p.m. A movie will begin at sundown. The event is free unless you choose to order Chick-fil-A meals at bit.ly/mtfallnight by Tuesday, Oct. 27. Bring seating (chairs/blankets) for your family. Masks (when moving around) and physical distancing protocol will be observed. Sponsored by MTUMC Family Ministries, contact Director of Children’s Ministries Marcey Davis (email@example.com) with questions.
U.S. MILITARY VETERANS WILL BE RECOGNIZED during worship services for Sunday, Nov. 8. If you haven’t already but would like to share a uniform picture of yourself or your Mount Tabor UMC family member, please send a digital copy to Higher Ground Coordinator Kim Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, Oct. 27.
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY will be available via Zoom web-conferencing each Wednesday at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 28. Each Wednesday, check the church calendar at for the Pastor’s Bible Study entry and click the down arrow on the right side to see the Zoom link information.
SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday, Oct. 31. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on November 1.
ADOPTERS STILL NEEDED for the Adopt-a-College Student Ministry. With 30 students signed up, four more adopters are needed. Please email Debbie Bohlmann (email@example.com) or Jenner Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up and receive directions.
DRIVE-THRU PRAYER is available Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. Come by and stay in your car for prayer to God on your behalf.
10 PEOPLE NEEDED to pack lunches and produce H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem on Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. As a great opportunity for individuals, families and groups to volunteer, everyone participating wears masks and gloves. Contact Mount Tabor UMC member Anne Wallen (336-972-9422) to sign up and receive more details.
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS, a seminar especially designed for people who have lost a loved one through divorce or death, will be offered in-person Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Space is limited. Please RSVP at online. If you have questions, contact Coordinator for Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement Gray Handwerk (email@example.com).
STREAMING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. As Mount Tabor begins the process of resuming in person worship for all services in the months to come, the Higher Ground and Traditional worship services are in need of volunteers to learn to operate the equipment to stream the services. Training will be given. If you can help, please contact Higher Ground Coordinator Kim Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Senior Pastor Dr. Mark Key (email@example.com) for the Traditional service.
HIGH SCHOOL HOTSPOT, a ministry providing free WiFi, space and snacks for high school students enrolled in virtual learning, is available Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Students interested in participating need to register at as space is limited. Safety protocols and standards of conduct will be followed. Adult volunteers are needed to staff each shift (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m.) and may register at online. If you can donate individually wrapped snacks for the ministry, contact Colleen Carr (firstname.lastname@example.org). See t for more information.
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).
GRIEFSHARE, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one, is meeting weekly on Tuesdays, through Nov. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, following physical distancing and masks guidelines. Register online at GriefShare.org entering 27106 zip code or contact Beverly Burton (336-978-9362 or email@example.com).
DIVORCECARE, available to help adults facing the challenges of divorce or separation move toward rebuilding lives, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. through Dec. 16 (except Nov. 25) via Zoom web conference. You are welcome to join with your computer or a telephone at any time. Register online (DivorceCare.org) or contact facilitators David Rigby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Libby Craven (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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. Any group meeting via Zoom or at an outside venue, contact Senior Church Administrator Libby Craven (email@example.com) to be placed on the church calendar. Any group requesting MTUMC building usage needs to go to for step-by-step instructions to apply for space.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com). You are important at MTUMC!