Here is the online version of the Vision Newsletter. Apologies for the late posting due to disruption of the office routine caused by the Covid-19 closure.
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.
HOW DOES A WORSHIPER SIGN UP FOR PushPay?
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.
WE ALSO CAN ACCEPT DONATIONS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
- Go to https://www.facebook.com/veldaroseumc/ and a Donate Now Button appears right below our Cover Photo.
- You may then pay with a credit or debit card, or with an electronic check.
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.
- All activities and events on the campus of Velda Rose UMC will be
cancelled until further notice.
- This closure includes weekly worship, Bible studies, circle meetings, choral
and bell practices, committee meetings, and rummage activities.
- This closure also applies to all other outside groups or community activities
that use our facilities.
- 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
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.
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!
All 50 tickets are sold! If you are transporting yourselves, you may pick up your tickets in the church office. If you are riding the busses, you may get them when you board. Busses will be leaving promptly at 2 pm
Sunday December 15th at 3 pm, The Salt River Brass Ensemble will preform their Annual Christmas Pops Concert. Velda Rose has acquired 50 tickets in the 1st 3 rows of the Mezzanine. This includes 3 Wheelchair seats, and all other seats involve no more than 2 steps. We will operate the church buses that can transport the first 28 people who sign up. The remaining will either drive themselves, or the Valley Metro Light Rail stops right at the Front Door!
Tickets are just $20 and you can sign up at the Sunday Welcome Kiosk, stopping in to or calling the Church Office.
We have put our school supply shopping list on our Amazon Smile page! Click to button to go directly to our supply shopping list and Amazon will ship the donation directly to the church!
School Supply Drive
4 Mesa public elementary schools east of our Church has About 2,400 students and 75 – 80% of them qualify for free lunch! They need proper tools to succeed!
Spiral notebooks – wide ruled
Boxes of 24 crayons
Dry erase markers
Shopping Carts will bee on campus during Sunday Services, or drop at the church office. You can also make a cash donation via the Sunday Offering (please note School Supplies on the envelope or memo), or electronically by clicking the button below. Be sure to select the School Supply Fund!
PG | 2h | Drama
Serving Hot Dogs before the movie!
Grace (Melissa Joan Hart), a Christian teacher, is forced before a judge for honestly answering a question about Jesus in the classroom. With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her a career she loves and expel God from the classroom.
An all new audio experience and lighting environment will enhance our Classic Worship service in the Sanctuary. Be sure to be here this week to check out yourself!