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Good Afternoon to All –
Wow – cool nights and getting to be really warm days! On one hand we need the cold to help kill some of the bugs, but then on the other hand… our peach and fig trees are starting to bud! At the upper ranch, Mom said her peach tree was full of blooms! Guess will wait and see what happens. Hope this email finds each one you doing well… We hope and pray that Lee Middleton and Terry Berkstresser are doing better. Get well soon!
Diddy for the day!
Why wasn't the governor of Judea allowed to fly an airplane?
Because he was a bad Pilate!
Here are some updates and reminders for you!
Today don’t forget the Finance Meeting @ 4 pm / Choir is @ 6 pm (Pastor Walter – please stay home! He has the tummy bug!)
Feb. 22nd Amplified Youth @ 5:30 pm / Bible Study @ 7 pm
Feb. 26th The Adult and Teen Challenge will be visiting our church. Also, don’t forget the NOISY OFFERING AND THE FELLOWSHIP MEAL! ;-)
Feb. 27th Community Women’s Bible Study @ 6:30 pm
March 1st ASH WEDNESDAY service will be at 6 pm. The Youth will be doing a Pancake Fund Raiser.
They will start serving at 5 pm. and serve before and after the service. Ha! Pancakes twice! Love it!
March 5th We will start having two services. Our regular service @ 11 am and then another @ 1 pm.
The 1 pm service will be a more modern and contemporary service in a more upbeat manner with plenty of space for our YOUNG ADULTS.
Well, gotta go and here is something to PONDER… answer is below / scroll down…
How many promises are in the Bible?
Answer: D) 1260
Check the Calendar Page for more events and notes
“No pain, no gain” is a common phrase heard in the gym, or on an Army base. The thought behind this phrase is that the harder you work, even to the point of pain, the greater the benefit. There is some truth to this, if you want to see benefits from exercise you do have to put in the effort. What I found to be interesting is that this phrase isn’t all that old, it was coined by Jane Fonda in 1982 as part of an aerobics workout video series.
While this phrase is new, the concept isn’t. The origins of this phrase go back to the first and second century AD. James 1: 2-4 reminds us:
“2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to find joy during a trial. We often don’t look forward to trials in our lives, but we all have them. They are opportunities for us to be refined, to grow in maturity, wis-dom, and endurance. They are opportunities to flex our “spiritual muscles” and to learn to depend on the goodness and love of God. Perhaps, you can think of trials that you have faced in your life, and how you were changed by going through them. Regardless of the outcome, you came out differently than when you went in, and hopefully you can see how the pain was worth the gain.
The truth is that we never go through trials alone. God walks with us every step of the way, and equips us with what we need. While in the fire we might not be aware of God walking with us, but that doesn’t mean that He isn’t there.
Trials will come, that is for certain. But trust in God’s goodness that no matter how insurmountable the trial may seem, you are never alone. God will give you everything you need, and the pain will be worth the gain.
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.
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