Update To In-Person Worship Protocols

We want you all to know that we are evolving the protocols for in-person worship. With our attendance seeing it’s typical seasonal decline, we will start reducing the ominous barriers that might affect peoples’ spirits. This Sunday we will remove the ribbons that divide pews but retain those that block whole pews, mostly every other pew. This will orient ourselves to practicing personal responsibility in maintaining the 6’social distance as you are seated. If all goes orderly, we plan to remove all of the ribbons for worship beginning on May 9th. Further, we will target June 6 to cease temperature checks, as outside temps will start being high enough to easily cause a person’s body temp to exceed 100° after walking from the parking lots. We emphasis that you should worship remotely if you don’t feel well. We will set up a sign in/check in procedure for recording attendance, and contact tracing if necessary.We will have to continue the mask requirement, as guidance suggests we need 25′ distancing for singing; we will address this protocol as CDC Guidelines evolve.As always, your support and cooperation are needed to get us through these times with our health and allow continued adjustments to the protocols.


In Person Worship Protocols

 As you know, we plan to resume In-Person Worship This Sundy, Palm Sunday March 28th at 9:30 am.

It is important that we inform you, the members of Velda Rose UMC, of the plans and processes that we have put in place for your safety.   All parts of the plan were developed to create a worship experience that is “clean, safe, and mindful of health needs and issues with a non-touch experience”.

The purpose of this Protocol Sheet is convey information from the Reopening Committee is to let you know these things:

·          Our style of worship will not be as you normally experience. We will continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting our worship spaces as required by the guidelines of the United Methodist Church, the CDC, and state and local entities.

·          It is your choice to return to in-person worship. If you have respiratory or immune system issues, we recommend that you delay returning until we have several services to shake out our processes. We will continue to record and livestream our services even as we return to worship in church. Our return to a semblance of normality will be a process.

Therefore, we will require:

1)     Completing a temperature check and health screening. Entry to the Sanctuary is thru the Library or the door in the SW corner opposite the medical building where these screenings will take place.

2)     Maintain a Social distance of 6 feet from those not in your immediate family

3)     The wearing of masks during worship. If you are unable to wear one, we recommend you continue to worship remotely.

4)     No Hugging, hand shaking or touching.

5)     We will sing and have responsive and group liturgy. Masks need to remain in place.


Please note: neither the church buses nor the golf cart will be operating

Meanwhile, we thank each of you for your continued support of the ministry of Velda Rose.  Your on-line presence, prayers, giving, and personal witness continue to sustain your faith community day by day.

May God bless you richly in the days ahead!


Pastor Larry R. Norris

Pastor Daniel Gomez

Re-Opening Committee of Velda Rose UMC

Rummage Sale Postponed

Due to the uncertainty of the future impact of the COVID19 pandemic, the October 22-24, 2020 Rummage Sale has been postponed. A decision on rescheduling will be determined when we can safely hold our sale in compliance with all requirements placed by authorities. We are still accepting donations.

Giving During the Covid-19 Crisis

To the Velda Rose Community

As we go through a period of suspended church services, it is important for us to continue to remember the faithfulness of the Lord by returning our tithes and offerings. God is always faithful to His word and it is through giving that we express our love to Him and continue to move His work forward. Hebrews 10:23 NRSV says: “ Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” 

Even after the current crisis is over, giving electronically is free of the risks of handling cash and checks, as well as collection plate itself. Since we will not be meeting together as a church for a while, below are instructions as to how we can give electronically. 


Signing up with PushPay offers several fairly simple processes. 

  • If you have a Smartphone and know how to Text, simply type veldaroseumc and send it to 77977. You will be taken to a place to give a single gift, or set up an account and define regular custom giving.
  • Go to our website http://veldarose.org/connect/give/ and follow the link “$ Electronic Giving”
  • Get our App on your Iphone or Android device – search, in the App or Play Store, “Velda Rose” and download the app – this will also give you other features include real time news and announcements
  • If you are unable to do any of these methods on your own, call our office and we will get what we need from you to make this happen. 


   Thank you for your continued support through these times.


Greetings to all members and friends of Velda Rose United Methodist Church!
To say that we are living in an unprecedented period is more than an understatement. We are encountering a time that is challenging us to make hard decisions that we have never had to make before.

The worst thing that we can do is to make no decisions at all, or make decisions
that are so arbitrary that they become meaningless. The leadership at Velda Rose has listened carefully to local, state, and national updates and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also received advice from you, our parishioners, and have consulted with our District Superintendent and other conference leaders.

Churches may respond in various ways, but in light of the fact that we serve the
most vulnerable population group to the coronavirus, those above sixty-five years
of age, and host relatively large worship services and congregational events, we
have made the following decisions.

  1. All activities and events on the campus of Velda Rose UMC will be
    cancelled until further notice.
  2. This closure includes weekly worship, Bible studies, circle meetings, choral
    and bell practices, committee meetings, and rummage activities.
  3. This closure also applies to all other outside groups or community activities
    that use our facilities.
  4. We ask that, if you have attended any event or activity at Velda Rose UMC
    and have tested positive for the coronavirus, that you notify one of your
    pastors or the office as soon as possible. All information will be held in
    strictest confidence.

We realize that this decision will be challenging in many ways. Nonetheless, your
pastors will continue to reach out in ministry through a weekly livestream service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., accessible on the Velda Rose website (www.veldarose.org), or on Facebook. We are also planning to do a midweek devotional outreach, whose final form and delivery is yet to be established.

Your pastors will be available by email and by telephone. The front office will be closed, but all staff, including pastors, will be on site daily during normal office hours. We will take messages and respond to pastoral concerns and issues.

In this time of self-imposed social distancing, your pastors and staff will continue
to prepare and plan for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday, as well as
the months ahead. In the event that special days and events need to be cancelled,
we will do our best to bring them to you through other forms of communication.

Finally, we thank you for your faithfulness. You are a wonderfully devoted and loyal congregation, and your sustained giving is crucial during this time. The church will maintain all financial obligations regarding personnel and building expenses during the closure.
Please remember that you can bring your tithes and contributions to the office, mail them to the church, or give electronically. If needed, our office staff is available to provide assistance with electronic giving.

Above all else, remember that no matter where or how we meet, in good times or in difficult times, that we are the church. Christ is our Great Shepherd and He will continue to lead us as we move into the future.

May God’s richest blessing be upon each and every one of you in the days ahead.

New Director of Bells & Voice

A Big Welcome to our New Bellmaster and Choral Director

We are excited to welcome to Velda Rose United Methodist Church

our new Bellmaster and Choral Director, Douglas J. Benton.

Doug comes to us with a rich and diversified experience. He studied Organ
Performance at both Arizona State University and Northern Arizona
University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of
Arts in Organ Performance.

Doug has spent over fifty years as a professional church musician in
the Phoenix area. He has served on State, Area and National Boards of
the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly American Guild of English
Handbell Ringers), including Chair of the Education Department, and is a
frequent contributor for Overtones, including the first major research on
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and Handbell Ringing. He has also directed
massed choirs at National, Area, State and Local Festivals, and has been
a clinician at international, national, area, and state events.

Doug has served on the board of the Central Arizona Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists, and is currently the Chair of Repertoire and
Resources for Music in Worship for the Arizona Chapter of the American
Choral Directors Association.

He is an ASCP award winning composer/arranger of music for brass,
choir, handbells, orchestra, and organ. Most recently, until his retirement,
Doug was the full time Director of Music Ministries for Gold Canyon
United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona. There he
administered a large choral program and directed an orchestra and
handbells. He also managed a ten-event Performing Arts Series annually
for the church, and hosted the Canyon Sounds Series for the Gold
Canyon Arts Council.

Doug brings to his ministry at Velda Rose unique gifts and graces. We
eagerly embrace him as he joins the Velda Rose family!