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Providing a connection to Tecumseh UMC
This page provides information, worship resources and podcasts, Pastor Mark's communications, and more to help congregants, friends, and guests be more connected to Tecumseh UMC while unable to visit the church building.

Reopening Planning

This section is a place for information and documents related to reopening Tecumseh UMC for in-person getherings.

Communications Team Training doc #1

This document outlines how to handle communications with the church's congregation and beyond by letter, email, text messaging, website, and social media.

Analysis & recommendations of what it takes for the church to connect with all of its people as well as potential visitors

Reopening Planning doc #4 -- this is about holding outdoor worship as early as Sunday 7 June 2020

Response to President Trump's call to reopen churches

Reopening Planning doc #3 -- this doc #2 with a bunch of edits highlighed in bold red

Reopening Planning doc #2 -- this doc dives into more detail and stimulate more conversation

Reopening Planning doc #1 -- this is meant to get the conversation started.

Michigan Area Conference - Questions to consider before reopening the church

Mighigan Area Conference - Principles and directions for reopening the church

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return - another good list of things to think through before reopening the church

Worship Service Podcasts

5 July 2020 Sermon - True Freedom (on the occasion of Independence Day)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 07 - 05 Sermon Podcast

28 June 2020 Sermon - Building the Church: Community (part 2 of a 2-part series)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 06 - 28 Sermon Podcast

21 June 2020 Sermon - Building the Church: Equipped & Energized (part 1 of a 2-part series)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 06 - 21 Sermon

14 June 2020 Sermon - Abraham, Sarah, and God, who promises the impossible

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 06 - 14 Sermon

7 June 2020 Sermon - 1st Sunday since March gathered for worship

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 06 - 07 Sermon

31 May 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 05 - 31 Worship Podcast

24 May 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 05 - 24 Worship Podcast

17 May 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

10 May 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

3 May 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 05 - 03 Worship Podcast

26 April 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

TecumsehUMC · 2020 - 04 - 26 Worship Podcast

19 April 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

Easter (Bulletin/Program)

Good Friday

Holy Thursday Tenebrae (Bulletin/Program)

Palm Sunday (Bulletin/Program)

29 March 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

26 March 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

22 March 2020 (Bulletin/Program)

18 March 2020

Prayer Chain

Especially while we need to avoid gathering in church, we are maintaining our Prayer Chain, which takes prayer concerns and requests and distributes them around the congregation by phone and text.

If you wish to place a prayer request or concern on our prayer chain, please contact either Deb (ph: 517-423-6004) or Bonnie (ph: 517-902-5217). Please keep your request brief. If the request concerns someone with a medical issue, please maintain that person's confidentiality and avoid sensitive details about the concern. Rest assured, God knows what they are.

To protect the hopitalized (and himself), Pastor Mark will not make hospital visits until the danger of passing along the Coronavirus has passed. He will be praying for those who are ill, facing surgery, or in recovery, so please let him know when someone is in the hospital. And, although he cannot be there in person, he can call, so pass along a phone number as well.

The Offering - a Response to God's Generosity

If we were gathered in worship, we would pass the offering plate, giving all an opportunity to respond to God's extravagant generosity and grace by giving to suppoprt to the works of God through Tecumseh UMC. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

You may mail your offering (if you have offering envelopes, please use them) to the church. Our address is Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 605 Bishop Reed Dr., Tecumseh MI, 49286

We are looking into ways to give through our website and hope to implement something to do this soon.

Online Meetings and Classes using ZOOM

The links below are connect to online meetings or classes using ZOOM. If you have not yet used ZOOM you will need to download and install the ZOOM application using the link found underneath ZOOM Setup and Usage

Check in with the Breakfast Club mornings from 8:30 to 9:00am. This virtual gathering meets for fellowship, conversation, and whatever its participants bring.

To attend, email a request to join to tecumcpastor[at]gmail.com. You will receive a link to the gathering, a ZOOM meeting ID and password.

ZOOM Setup and Usage

To participate in a an online meeting or class, you will need to install the ZOOM application on your PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can download the installer from ZOOM here.
Select from either
Zoom Client for Meetings if you are using a laptop or desktop PC,
one of the buttons under Zoom Mobile Apps for your Apple or Android device.

After installing the ZOOM application, clicking on a meeting invitation sent in an email will run the application and link you to the meeting. Once there, enable your camera and microphone. You can turn them on and off during the meeting. To mute the mic on your PC or laptop, press ALT-a, and do the same to turn it back on.

Click on the image to the left for more detail about getting started with ZOOM

Please Note: all ZOOM meetings require an email invitation containing a meeting link, meeting ID, and password. This is a security measure used to prevent the hacking that is being experienced by groups using ZOOM without such security.

Join us in offering prayers for all who are affected by the Coronavirus.

As a place where people gather, we are closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus and will do all we can to be safe, which includes following the science-based recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. We recommend that everyone concerned about this growing health concern be well-informed and prepared and to help with this check out these links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

Michigan Area Bishop's Statement Regarding the Coronavirus

Michigan Conference Alert

Bishop Bard's recommendation to suspend church gatherings

Michigan Conference Health Crisis Toolbox - links to helpful resources churches can use now

We didn't want to but did so anyway, first out a concern about the potential spread of the Coronavirus among a vulnerable congregation, then with the request of our bishop, and finally when Michigan's governor announced severe restrictions on the size of gatherings.
How long will we need to avoid meeting in groups? At this time, we do not know.