Messages from the secretary...
Hope you are doing well! I put out our hummingbird feeders last week. We have two in the front and one around back. Now the little sugar sucking flying toots are having battles from front to back. It is really a hoot to watch those guys. I have my herb and garden in, and now David has decided to plant some corn. Funny, because he really doesn’t eat a lot of corn on the cob, but I do… guess he likes me. Ha! I like him bunches too! J
Ditty for the day: What were Lot's last words to his wife? Answer: Is someone following us?
Remembers and Events coming up: THERE WILL BE NO FELLOWSHIP MEAL THIS COMING SUNDAY.
- March 27th – NEWSLETTER DEADLINE / Community Women’s Bible Study @ 6: 30 pm
- March 28th – Emmaus Breakfast @ 6:45 am / VBS Meeting at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall (If you are helping or would like to help – please attend) / Choir at 6 pm
- March 29th – Amplified Youth @ 5:30 pm / Bible Study @ 7 pm
- April 9th – Palm Sunday
- April 13th – Maundy Service is at 6 pm
- April 14th – Good Friday – there will be a noon service.
- April 16th – Easter Sunday (standard hours)
Upcoming information and news:
April 1st Pastor Walter is going to Costa Rica as part of his requirements. He will be back on April 8th. He has instructed his replacement to delay communion on the 1st Sunday. His replacement while he is gone is Bridget Preece. The church will have communion on April 9th and April 16th (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday).
Something to Ponder:
This man put a curse on his grandson for being seen naked.
Answer: C) Noah Genesis 9:25
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This week we begin the season of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection, repentance, and preparation before Easter. Church tradition has been to engage in an act of self-denial by giving up something that we enjoy. Often this takes the form of a favorite food, beverage, or television program. More recently there has been a movement towards adding a spiritual practice, perhaps increasing our daily time in prayer or reading scripture. Perhaps you have already thought about what you are planning to do during this time. I would like to challenge you to think about something different!
In Roman 12, Paul appeals to us to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. In the time of Paul there were two kinds of sacrifice, one for sins and a burnt offering for consecration. While this seems extreme in nature, what Paul is asking us to do is to bring our very lives before God and to lay all that we have before the Lord. Can you imagine the transformation that is possible when we rededicate everything we are to God, the good and the bad, and let God remake us into something beautiful? That is what God is asking us to do, to completely and fully surrender all that we are, and to be renewed.
What is it that is holding you back from growing in your faith, responding to God’s grace, from dying to oneself and raising again with Christ? This Lent spend time with God, lay it all out there on the Altar, and let God’s grace transform you from within.
Grace and Peace,
|History of the United Methodist Church
On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.
Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his conversion.
Read more about the history of The United Methodist Church