Response to Covid 19

March 24, 2020
Dear Massillon Epworth Family, I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this time.
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have mandated no gatherings of more than 50 people and strongly encouraged none above 10, as well as closing and restricting businesses. Painful as it is, we are suspending in-person worship to save lives. We do not know how long this will need to last in order to protect others from this highly contagious virus that is more deadly to some than others. We will continue to LiveStream the service on the church’s Facebook page, Epworth United Methodist Church. We are also trying to post the service to the church’s webpage at
We know that members are facing income loss from either job loss or stock market loss. Please continue to send in your offerings as you are able. The church’s regular expenses continue throughout this time and we need your offerings to meet our expenses. These offerings make a huge a difference. We urge people to be faithful in giving and prudent in spending. You can mail in your offerings (3061 Lincoln Way, NW, Massillon, 44647), or drop them off at the church during office hours. We are currently researching electronic giving and will provide further information once we have it. We must care for people first. We are closely monitoring our church bank balances.
Our Day Care has been granted a temporary pandemic license and we are monitoring daily whether they will be able to remain open. We are currently operating with a reduced staff and a reduced number of children.
Until further notice, Frances will continue to work in the church office Monday-Thursday 9 am to noon.
If you need to contact Pastor Les, please reach out to him by one of the following methods:
Email:; Cell Phone: 330.284.6531; Home Phone: 330.938.7704.
To be honest, we don’t know what will be asked of us in the coming days. We will all have to adapt to the changes we can’t yet foresee – and we will do so knowing that God both cares for us and will provide what we need.
In Christ’s Love,
Nate Lockwood
Church Council Chair

Weekly Liturgy

July 5, 2020
(Fifth Sunday After Pentecost)
Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:25-30

The Prelude


Birthdays and Announcement

*Call to Worship:
Leader: When we consider God’s laws; they seem like a heavy yoke with
which we are burdened.
People: We are reminded that Jesus invited us to take his yoke, which is light
and easy to bear.
Leader: Jesus comes in fulfillment of the law, giving us grace when the law would
condemn us.
People: We are burdened with sin, and come to Christ, that he may lead us
into the joy of salvation.

*Opening Hymn “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” UMH # 108

Opening Prayer
You know our frustration, Father: We want to be righteous, but we are possessed by sin. Forgive us when our human nature makes it so difficult for us to express the righteousness we desire. Help us to depend more on Christ to enable us to live the life of the Spirit, so that we may not continue with our minds controlled by our human nature. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Time to Share Joys and Concerns

Prayer Hymn “Spirit of the Living God” UMH # 393

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Special Music

Children’s Chat

Special Music

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


The Prayer of Dedication

Hymn of Preparation “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” UMH # 340

Scripture Lessons: Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon: “WHO WILL RESCUE ME?” Rev Les Peine

*Hymn of Dedication “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” UMH # 400


*Parting Chorus “America the Beautiful” UMH # 696

Bible Buddies

Bible Buddies, for ages 4 through 6th grade, is held on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30. Our theme is “Journey through the Parables!” Each gathering has music, Bible story, craft, games, a snack and great fellowship time. The schedule for the year is: September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, and April 19 . Our Kids’ Camp-in will be March 14 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Sermon series


Sermons for July, and August
July 5—Who Will Rescue Me?; Romans 7:15-25a; Psalm 45; Matthew 11:25-30
July 12—The Sower and the Seed!; Romans 8:1-11; Psalm 119:105-112; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
July 19—The Wheat and the Weeds; Romans 8:12-25; Psalm 139; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-40
July 26—-A Mustard Seed; Romans 8:26-39; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Matthew 13:31-33, 41-52
August 2—Loaves and Fishes; Romans 9:1-5; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Matthew 14:13-21
August 9—Storms Will Come!; Romans 10:5-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 14:22-33
August 16—Crumbs from the Table; Romans 11:1-2, 29-32; Psalm 133; Matthew 15:10-28
August 23—The Keys to the Kingdom; Romans 12:1-8; Psalm 124; Matthew 16:13-20
August 30—In the Way or On the Way?; Romans 12:9-21; Psalm 63; Matthew 16:21-28