Kerman United Methodist Church Enews

September 11, 2020

Church: (559) 846-8686

Pastor’s Ponderings

I have spent a lot of time in prayer, again, unsettled in place this week by all of the fires. Some of you have asked how we can help. Our California-Nevada Conference has a “Disaster Response” Office which coordinates long term recovery in com-munities impacted by disasters, increases our capacity to respond to future disasters, and positively impacts disaster survivors in their recovery process. The best and fastest way to help now is by monetary donations to Kerman UMC, for UMCOR-Fire Relief.

The California-Nevada Conference has benefited tremen- dously from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR in response to natural disasters within our boundaries in the past, most recently with a $1.3 million grant in 2018. They are already on the ground up at the Creek Fire. Please continue to support UMCOR – and in addition, please consider making donations to the Conference disaster response fund. In addition, our Circuit is coordinating $100 contributions for Wildfire Kits. The kits con-sist of a rake and shovel, plus a variety of small items such as Tyvek coveralls, gloves, masks, goggles, spray bottle, cleaning towels, and a tarp, placed inside a 5-gallon bucket with a lid. We plan to assemble kits and get them to the Conference Disaster Response Office. Our UM Connection helps us be effective and immediate! Peace & Blessings, Pastor Jola

Zoom access to KUMC worship

This week on the way Jesus prayed “The Lord’s Prayer.”

KUMC Worship 10am Sundays, hosted by Dan Fought. Meeting ID 836 4231 1789; Password, 101986; or click on: https://us02web.zoom.us/i/828914368?pwd=ZFhRZOc5ZXZhcTQrdUVxZEFwa1RnQT09

Later each week worship will be on You Tube, Facebook, and the church’s web site: www.kermanumc.org

Worship on the Grounds

Safety protocols have been submitted to the District Superintendent, hoping to be able to worship together outside soon. Greeters, temperature takers, ushers, and others will need to be trained by the CDC to make sure everyone feels safe. Please leave a message on the church telephone if you are willing to be trained in the Fresno County Center for Disease Control’s protocols.

Zoom access to KUMC small groups and studies

Men’s Group is regrouping, as Monday evenings are not working for the men who are interested in getting together. Check next week’s Enews for an update.

Bible Study: 1-2:30pm Wednesday, hosted by Pastor Jola: Meeting ID: 828 0914 3468 Password: 017079


7-8:30pm (negotiable) on Thursdays, hosted by Pastor Jola.

Meeting ID: 828 0914 3468 Password: 017079

Ladies’ Study Group, 9:30-11am, Wednesdays. Outside on the grounds of KUMC. Guidelines for participants: Masks required, Social Distance, and Bring you own chair. No bathrooms open.

A Letter from Sharon Maggi

In my eight years as Lay Member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, I have learned many things. At the Annual Conferences, I enjoyed listening to Michael Pope, Lay Leader of our Annual Conference Sessions. Recently, I have learned that all of the Annual Conference Lay Leaders connect so that our church can work toward having one voice and that there is an Executive Committee, to which Michael was elected. In late August, the Executive Committee of The Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLL) sent a two-page letter to all churches in the United Methodist Church, including those within the California Nevada Conference, which I read in our live-stream worship on August 30, 2020.

The Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLL) Executive Committee sent a two-page letter to all churches within the California Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church which was read on August 30, 2020. It was addressed to the laity of the UMC to remind us through our baptism to stand and act as witnesses to God’s love. “As laity we are 99.2% of the church and our voices matter” especially during this time of the pandemic and racism that has spread throughout the world. God gave us the commandment to love one another and to love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 4:14). God has called us to care for one another through our voices and actions for our families, congregations, and communities. We are all God’s children, and we need to advocate for justice. The AACLL Executive Committee recommends that we pray for all those who risk their lives to heal the sick, and to express opposition to racism. Also, we need to renew our commitment to love all of God’s children even if it means letting go of our old ways of thinking “…that some people are better than others and deserve more; while accepting that other people, ideas or dreams are disposable.” Use your heart and voice to question, confront, resist and heal. Participate in groups to learn through books, movies, listening, and taking risks to think differently and engage in justice and mercy. Now is the time for action and to share God’s love wherever you are, as “you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him….” (I Peter 2:9, The Message)

Sharon Maggi, KUMC Lay Member of the Annual Conference

“Growing Young” and the Healthy Church Initiative

Our Team will be meeting in the last week of September to prepare a survey to send you in early October. Start thinking now about your 1) Vision of KUMC, past, present, & future; 2) Who KUMC should be reaching with its ministry; 3) If and How the greater Kerman Community sees us.

For Heaven’s Sake Thrift Store

Due to COVID-19 closures, “For Heaven’s Sake” cannot accept donations at present.

Fall Yard Sale

We are hoping to be able to have a Fall Yard Sale. Please continue to store your fine clothing, household items, and other donations at home. Call Marilyn Felker with questions: (559) 655-2337 or (559) 999-3932.

Prayers of Joy and Concern

Wildfire Fire Fighters, Victims and Evacuees

Students, Teachers, Staff – starting school in Kerman Unified and beyond and/or experiencing distance learning.

Meyer Moore – on oral maintenance pills and doing well!

Irma Montalvo – some new health challenges and

hopes for approval for knee replacement

Stacy Huggins – continue prayers for her and her family

All who are grieving deaths of loved ones

All affected by Coronavirus – health, peace and comfort

For those working on COVID-19 in testing and treatment

Peace throughout the world

For those suffering hardships of any kind

For our KUMC elders, sheltered in place

Kerman United Methodist Church Finances

Thank you to all of you who have been sending your donations to the church. We are making ends meet. Please send your donation to the church or deposit it on line.

On-Line Donating

Thanks to all who have been making donations on-line. Would you like to make your donations to the church on-line? Go to your bank website, find the bill pay. Set up an account per instructions of your bank. Name the recipient: finance@KermanUMC.org. Or finance@kermanumc.org.

Your name and donation amount will be listed on the Church’s bank statement; therefore the Financial Secretary will be able to record your giving on your giving record.


Many of us are shopping online. When you shop through Amazon, remember to go to Amazon Smile, and put “Kerman United Methodist Church“ as your charity. The Church will get ½% of your purchase. (Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon.)

Loving our Neighbors & Helping Those in Need

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund

KUMC provides help to people in need through a fund called “Discretionary Fund”. Individuals may send donations to the church, marking them for “the Discretionary Fund”. Our Pastor oversees the fund and, at her discretion, funds are sent to those in need. Currently the fund balance is low, while the need continues to increase in this difficult time. If this ministry strikes a chord with you and you would like to make a real and current difference, please consider sending a donation, marked “Discretionary Fund” to Kerman UMC.

California-Nevada Conference &

Central Valley District

COVID-19 Financial Help Funds

Donations are being accepted for a fund from which to grant help to those financially impacted due to the COVID-19 and or its impact on their families and businesses. Look on the CNUMC website in the COVID section for more information.

See Pastor’s Ponderings for ways to respond to fires.

Kerman Community Food Bank (KCFB)

KCFB continues to open for assistance to clients on Thursdays 10am-12pm.

Food donations are always welcome, especially Hispanic-related foods, spam, canned fruit, tuna, and baking mix, and can be dropped off at the KCFB, 14660 W. D St., 9:30-10am, Thursday.

Cash donations are also welcome as fresh food items are purchased weekly. Make checks payable to Kerman Community Food Bank and drop them off at the food bank or mail them to:

Jean Latorraca (KCFB Sec’y)

15676 W David Ave.

Kerman, CA 93630

Time and Talent Volunteers: Join our faithful workers helping to feed God’s children by volunteering at KCFB, 14660 W. D Street, 9:30am-12pm on Thursdays.


Kerman United Methodist Church

3095 N Madera Ave.

Kerman, CA 93630

(559) 846-8686

Web site: www.kermanumc.org

Church e-mail: office@kermanumc.org

Rev. Jola Bortner, Pastor

(209) 483-0385

Email: pastor@kermanumc.org

Weekly Worship Service

Sundays at 10am – Worship Service live-streamed via Zoom (see article above “Worship”)

Invite someone to zoom into our worship or a small group!

Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of the United Methodist Church

(Including Kerman United Methodist Church)

“To make disciples of Jesus Christ

for the transformation of the world”

Kerman UMC Vision Statement

Kerman United Methodist Church will:

REACH – Unchurched people

TEACH – Believers to fully love Jesus

MEND– Broken lives

SEND – Disciples into ministry

Kerman UMC Motto

“To Know Christ and Make Him Known”

We strive to be

“The People Loving Place”

“The People Loving Place”