Worship Services by Facebook Live Streaming
Worship services inside our church building are suspended effective immediately subject to re-evaluation on April 20, 2020. Please join us online at our CPFUMC Facebook page where we are planning to live stream our future worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am beginning March 22, 2020. If you cannot make the live streaming event, we are planning to save a video recording of the service and have it available for viewing on our Facebook page. Scroll down the Facebook page until you come to a section called Posts. On Sundays at 10:00 AM, you will find our worship service live and in progress there. Click the Play arrow over the still video image to join the live stream in progress. After worship services are over, a recorded video will be available for viewing on our Facebook page and also on our church website at https://cpfumc.org/find-out-whats-happening#livestreamingvideos.
Note: You will need to have a Facebook account to see the CPFUMC Facebook page for the live streaming worship service. Getting a Facebook account is free and only takes a couple of minutes. Here are the step-by-step instructions about How to Set up a Facebook Account if you do not already have one.
Based on feedback received so far, those listening on a smartphone should use consider using earbuds or put their phone in speaker-phone mode if they cannot hear the service very well. Those listening on a laptop should ensure that their sound is turned up using the sound controls in their computer operating system. See here for Windows 10 instructions. We are also making improvements by using a wireless mic and moving the camera closer for the Children’s Sermon.
Sunday School Classes by Zoom Video Conferencing
Sunday school classes in the church buildings are also suspended. We plan to conduct Sunday School classes by Zoom video conferencing. The leader/teacher of the class will send an email to all class participants (or their parents in the case of children) with an invitation to join the class by video conference or audio-only call in. Contact your Sunday School class leader/teacher by email to ensure that your email address is on their list to invite to the Sunday School class video conference. We now have a CPFUMC videoconferencing account with Zoom which allows up to 100 participants for a meeting of up to 24 hours. However, we cannot have simultaneous classes, so we might have to stagger Sunday School video conference class times. Or, if you wish to use a free, personal Zoom account, you can have up to 100 participants, but only a 40-minute class. We started several Sunday School classes by Zoom on March 22nd. Contact your Sunday School teacher/leader to get your invitation by email. Here is a quick, 69-second Zoom video tutorial: Joining a Meeting. For those hosting meetings or classes, check out the Zoom Video Tutorials, a collection of short training videos. For those participating in a video conference, see How to Join A Zoom Video Conference Call with Your Device for more basic information and links to Zoom online training videos.
Church Committee & Group Meetings & Classes by Zoom Video Conferencing
In-person committee meetings, group meetings and classes at the church are suspended. We plan to conduct church committee/group meetings by Zoom video conferencing. The leader of the committee/group/class will send you an email with an invitation to join the committee/group/class meeting by video conference or audio-only call in. Contact your committee chairperson or group leader by email to ensure that your email address is on their list to invite to the video conference meeting. We now have a CPFUMC video conferencing account with Zoom which allows up to 100 participants for a meeting of up to 24 hours. Here is a quick, 69-second Zoom video tutorial: Joining a Meeting. For those hosting meetings or classes, check out the Zoom Video Tutorials, a collection of short training videos. For those participating in a video conference, see How to Join A Zoom Video Conference Call with Your Device for more basic information and links to Zoom online training videos.
For help with assessing or upgrading your home computer for video conferencing, contact Neil Howard.
Offerings and Pledges – Online Giving, Mobile Giving and Snail Mail
Since we won’t be passing the offering plate on Sundays for awhile, we have a several options for online and electronic giving:
The church website Donation page is a convenient place to make a one-time or recurring donation online using your checking or savings account, or a debit or credit card. We have an article with some helpful details about how to make an online donation using the website.
You can set up your personal checking account bill-paying feature to make one-time or recurring electronic payments to the church in the same way that you make electronic payments for your utilities (water, gas, sewer, electricity) and mortgage. We have written a short article explaining how to do this with an example. Most banks have a smartphone app, so you can even do this on your mobile device.
Speaking of mobile devices, if you prefer to make online donations with your smartphone, we have a GivePlus app for that! Here’s a short video that explains how it works.
You can also use the good old reliable US mail to send a check to Cedar Park First UMC, 600 West Park St, Cedar Park, TX 78613.
The church office is closed through April, subject to re-evaluation on April 20, 2020.
Building Use By Outside Groups
Our campus is CLOSED until further notice. All scheduled events which use our facilities have been cancelled.
If you have any questions, please let us know by email or call the church office at 512-335-9540.