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.
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.
Here is the latest Issue of our Parish News. Hope you enjoy reading the news! If you have any information to submit for the next newsletter, please contact Kelly Harris at 417-358-2577!
August 31 Newsletter
Here is the July 27 Parish News! Hope you enjoy learning about what is going on in our church. If you have any information for our newsletter, please contact Kelly at 417-358-2577.
July 27 Newsletter1
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!
Ping Pong Fun!
Go Fish anyone?
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!
Oak Point has postponed the birthday celebration for Phyllis due to the threat of sever weather. They will let us know when it will be rescheduled.
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
We will support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.