Relaunching In-Person Worship and Ministry Activities during and following the COVID-19 Pandemic Protocol.

Please go to our Online Library to download the In-Person Worship Protocol document.

Church Office Access During Covid-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Precautions has put the office on more restricted access. Please call beforehand if you are coming to the office. Please also use the outdoor pick-up/drop off containers for various items like Manna House food (by arrangement), the Upper Room, The Spire newsletter and Pioneer receipts. And as always, if you feel sick or have any symptoms, please do not enter the Church Office. Please pray and do your part to help lower our cases.

Closed Church Facilities, but NOT Church Ministry!
Update September 1, 2020

Under continued guidance and instruction from the State and our Church Leadership (Bishop Carcano) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church facilities are closed for normal business. Please know that this is all for public safety during this health crisis. If you have any church business, please call the church office at 966-3419 or email the church office at You may also see the information below on how to worship with us online. Thank you for your consideration and understanding during this time and we are praying for the day when we will be able to worship in-person.

How to Worship With Us Online
Currently we are meeting virtually for Sunday Morning Worship. The worship video is uploaded to YouTube and available at 12:00 noon on Saturdays. The link is also sent out via email with the Order of Worship and message manuscript and can also be found on our Messages page.

Once we relaunch in-person Sunday Morning Worship, we will not be broadcasting "live." The services will be recorded so you may view the service at a later time. More information about service recordings will be available once we are able to meet in-person.

Online Trainings in Preparation for In-Person Worship

If you have not already done so, please watch the following if you are planning on serving during worship services:

From Conference: Relaunching In-Person Worship and Ministry Activities (Watch Webinar) -1 hour, 20 minutes; (Download Powerpoint)

Training videos from Church Solutions (2-3 minutes, less than 30 minutes total):

Worship News

Our Virtual Worship Continues 
Still concerned about worshipping in-person? Being far away, but still wanting to be close with the Mariposa UM Church community? Our Worship through YouTube will go on. The link for the service is sent via email by Saturday. The service can also be found on our website at 

Sunday Morning In-Person Sanctuary Worship is back to the 9:30am worship time. We are also blessed to now offer an overfill section with seating in the choir loft. There is also seating downstairs in the Sanctuary Fellowship Hall where the worship service can be seen live from the sanctuary via television. 

All health and safety precautions will apply to all in-person worship. As we get clear guidelines from Public Health and the Church, please be open to modifications in pre-and post-worship pandemic cautions. Thank you for your ministry in making the sanctuary a healthy, safe and worshipful place to be God’s Church together in-person. 
Thank you so much to all those that contribute to our Worship Services- Steve Smallcombe for your video editing and 
updating our equipment (software and hardware) in the on-going improving of our YouTube worship videos and now the 
in-person worship.

Besides the musical talents of Beth Tomsick, Marian Folker and Susan Wilson in providing congregation and introduction music, we are blessed with our 'regular' musicians who have provided special music and musical offerings. We also thank Joy Kagawa, Bill Fiske, Lori Vegely, Janet Langley and Kathy Sutherland with some of the behind-the scenes work in getting the YouTube video to its final presentation. 

Special thanks to Bill Fiske and Steve Smallcombe in organizing and training the Usher and Audio-Visual Teams respectively. If you are interested in ministering with these behind-the-scenes ministries, please contact the office or these Team Leaders directly.

Interdenominational Laity-Led Worship

Even with the change of seasons, the Sunday noontime interdenominational Laity-led worship service continues at Idle Wheels. Inspired as a result of the Shelter-in-Place that has included no in-person indoor worship in our facilities, (like at Mariposa UMC), a group gathers on Breeze Way for a brief worship time of prayer concluding with the Lord's Prayer. Physical distancing precautions followed.

(Note: Service is about 10-15 minutes)

Chiming Update

Joyful news! Chimes choir currently has 11 chimers rotating in and out of the choir. We have not had more than 10 play at any one session, but we will continue to be creative for social distancing's sake in finding a spot for anyone who would like to chime. We are using the lectern, pulpit, choir loft and piano area, along with 6 people at the chimes' tables. Talk about chiming a joyful noise to the Lord!I am finally feeling a bit overwhelmed with the volume of music this choir has played. Over 50 pieces of music have been gathered/created and marked for choirs ranging from 2 to 10 people over the last 13 months. Beginning this next month, Chimes Choir will take the second week of each month off. This will give me and some faithful regular chimers a much-needed break. Yes, we will continue to glorify the Lord and have meaningful fellowship, but respite is also needed.Call or email me to be included in this fantastic fellowship. Call (209) 966-4454 evenings, or anytime at
Always praising the Lord, Janet


How to Give Online
We welcome and truly appreciate your gifts, however you choose to get them to the church. You can mail your check to the church at P.O. Box 248, Mariposa, CA 95338. Online Giving is a convenient option, via either the church's website or the GivePlus mobile app. If you have any questions about how to make an online gift, or set up a recurring online gift, please feel free to contact me at 209-742-6131 or

Keeping Updated
The Church Office is continually updating its database.
Please contact the Church Office for any updates or changes to your contact information so we can stay in touch and have the correct information for our database and records. Thank you.

Conference Disaster Response Funds
Have you been considering more ways to help those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Determining the best way to responsibly give to legitimate agencies or persons can be a challenge.

Thankfully, we have agencies/specialized ministries in our own Methodist system. Please join others in financially contributing to the California-Nevada Conference COVID-19 Pandemic Fund so that critical life-saving work can continue. Please give your help gifts to Mariposa UMC with a note or write in the memo line of your check letting us you would like your gift to go towards the Pandemic Fund.

Upcoming Meetings

Worship Committee Meeting
The June Worship Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 4:30pm via Zoom.
Please contact the church office for more information. All are invited to attend.

Leadership Team Meeting via ZOOM
The Leadership Team (Officers and Chairpersons of all Committees) will have a mid-year business meeting 
on Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 pm via Zoom. All Leaders are welcome to participate in this meeting. 
Contact Pastor Mark for more information or for a Zoom invite.

United Methodist Men
The Fix-It Team will meet Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 am at the church, followed by a UMM Filipino lunch 
meeting at Noon held at the Parsonage. For questions, contact John Scott at 966-4328.


Worship Service, Sundays, 9:30 AM
Coffee Hour, Sundays after Worship, 10:30 AM
Sunday Lunch Bunch, 11:15 AM
UM Youth Fellowship, Monday, 3:30 PM (FH)
Boy Scout Troop 94, Monday, 6-7:30 PM (KH)
Chimes Practice, Thursday, 5:30 PM (Sanctuary)
TGIF Club, Friday, 2:30-5:15 PM (during school year)

UMM Breakfast, 1st Saurday., 8 AM
Fix-It Team, 1st Saturday, 9:30 AM
Worship Team Meeting, 1st Wednesday, 4:15 PM
The Feast, 4th Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Homebound Ministry, 3rd Thursday, 1 PM
Faithful Readers, 3rd Thursday, 6:30 PM

Dream Weavers!
Visit our Dream Weavers web page for information and lots of resources.


With the regularity of sending out the Worship Links via email, while also wanting to keep in touch with persons using physical mail, the office is continually updating its database. Please contact the office for any updates and changes that we might stay in touch. Thank you.

The Upper Room
The Upper Room daily devotions are also available online at

Pioneer Market Receipts
Please remember to save your receipts; these benefit our Youth Programs. You may drop them in the church drop box facing Bullion Street, or mail with your offering. If you total your receipts, please only total the sub-total amounts (pre-tax).


Chimes Help Needed!

Suggestions wanted for hymns or songs to chime. Any favorites?
Call Janet at 966-4454 evenings, or email her at

We need help with the PowerPoint presentations If you have experience with creating PowerPoint presentations, that's great! However, even if you don't but are comfortable with a computer, we can use your help. Talk to Pastor Mark Buenafe or Christina Hibert.

The Worship Committee
is looking for a creative, detail orientated person to write short blurbs to encourage the community to attend our AWESOME services, particularly special services. The person needs to be able to meet the deadlines of the Mariposa Gazette and other publications. The right candidate will be compensated with PRAISE! Please contact Christina Hibert if you are interested.

Manna House needs our help!
Manna House has lost a number of volunteers lately to health issues and retirements. Although the number of community members served is down right now, it is believed they will increase when the stimulus and grant monies run out. They want to stay open Mon - Fri and need 2 volunteers to work each day in order to do so. The commitment is one shift once a month, but many volunteers are currently working extra days. Currently, there are 7 faithful volunteers from MUMC. Would you also like to help or do you know anyone that would like to help? It is an easy commitment and very rewarding. Call (209) 742-7985 to sign-up.

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