Daily Reading for Thursday, August 15, 2019

THURSDAY: TRANSFORMATION

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6 

            When I think of what Jesus did, I remember that when he died, my sins of rebellion against his divine majesty had not even been committed yet.  And as he paid a terrible cost for my sin and yours, he knew that folks like us would go right ahead and commit sins that he was dying to forgive.

            I remember one night being called to a neighboring town.  A guy was (supposedly) out of gas and he would send me a check when he made it home.  I gave him the twenty, and he turned to leave.  I said, “Wait you ‘ll need this” and I gave him my card.  I was a little put out because he was lying to me and we both knew it.  I said. “If you send me the twenty, I will do this again.  If you don’t, it’s the last time.”  He didn’t send it.

            For a long time, I didn’t give any travelers any cash.  I’d put gas in the tank. Put groceries in the car.  Sometimes arrange for a night’s stay at the Motel through the ministerial association.  But no cash…ever.

            I have a friend who said, “I give so I can be obedient to my calling, what they do with what God provides after that is between them and God.”  Do I think it’s wise to give cash to strangers?  Most of the time, no.  But sometimes, if that Spirit God put in me seems to expect it of me…the answer can be “yes.”  And then I have to trust that God will work with them from there on.  Have I bought drugs for an addict?  Maybe so.  But while I was lost in my sins Jesus died for me, and for other ungodly folks like me.   He didn’t say, “I’ll only die if you use your freedom wisely.”  And that gift puts to shame the few dollars I might “risk” on a stranger.  His gift can inspire our generosity in many, many ways.

Vacation Bible School 2018

Vacation Bible School 2018 was  a great success!  We had a great time with the kids and we think they had a great time too!  The story of David & Goliath was told by Pastor James and several of us got to try to put on all kinds of protective gear to fight Goliath! That was really fun!  We sang some songs! See a video below.  We then headed over to the park for the rest of the day.  The day could not have been more beautiful!

We started with some games and crafts! Water games were a big hit!! For  crafts we made a God’s Eye Craft from yarn and craft sticks and we also decorated our own prayer pail to remind us what to pray for each day.  Hot dogs and hamburgers were served for lunch.  We had so much good food! Snacks for the day were the most wonderful cookies as well as chips and so much more!  After lunch, we got ready for the most anticipated part of the day! Swimming in the pool at Central Park!  It looked to me like everyone had a great time!  Thanks again to everyone who helped!  It was a success because of you!

May Super Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day!

We had another great Super Sunday!  This month we celebrated our Mothers!  We colored a card for our Mom’s to tell them our favorite thing about them.  We colored a watering can that contains seeds to plant.  We played in the Youth Room and watched a couple of movies about Moms.  We traveled to Harris Hall for snacks!  We had Hurts Donuts as a special treat!  We don’t get these often, but it was a special day.  We decorated a flower pot for our Mothers and took it outside to plant a Petunia in the pot!  We finished the morning on the playground! I think the day was a success!  This was our last Super Sunday until September! Stay tuned for some VBS news!

Our Beliefs and Practices

The primary sources for our Beliefs and Practices:

  • Scripture – Careful study of the Bible, alone and within the fellowship of Christians.
  • Tradition – The life of the church through the centuries.
  • Experience – Our own new life in Christ, and our broader human experience.
  • Reason – Our capacity to think clearly about scripture, tradition and experience, to organize our Christian witness.
  • The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline

John Wesley’s General Rules

  • Do no harm. “By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced.”
  • Do good.  “By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after theri power, as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all.”
  • Stay in love with God. “By attending upon all the ordinances of God.”

The Character of a Methodist

  • a Methodist loves God
  • a Methodist rejoices in God
  • a Methodist gives thanks
  • a Methodist prays constantly
  • a Methodist loves others

Membership Vows

We will support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.