At our church, we take our faith seriously, and the love of a saving God seriously. We offer it to everyone in our community. And so, at the time of this tragic murder of 49 worshipers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, we invite all people, and all faith leaders, to a short but important time of prayer and reflection this Sunday, March 19th, in our church sanctuary. There will be no sermons, only prayers, some visual and sound reflections, and some words of scripture that can offer us unity, healing, and hope at this time. May we all pray for the healing of the world that God have given to us in love, and for the healing of all hearts and bodies and souls who have been wounded so deeply by this tragedy.
United Methodist Men, here's your chance to get together in a joyful and positive way. At 9AM this Saturday January 19th, your're invited to a "separate checks" breakfast at Tom's Place on Main Street in Meriden. The order of the day: good food, good fellowship, some prayers, and a discussion of what it means to be Christian men. Feel free to invite men who might be interested in men's church fellowship. Our hope is to make this a monthly event at various places that is fun, fulfilling, and filled with the power of being God's church. Get ready to order up!
Prayer is a powerful tool of faith to open our eyes to God's possibilities in our lives, and in God's world. We are resuming our community prayer walks, which we invite church members, friends, and community residents to join us in, so that we may seek together God's will for us as people who can bring forth God's fruits of faith in this place.
Pastor John will organize these prayer walks, which take off from the church sanctuary steps at noon on Mondays, as weather and appointments permit. Pastor John has been continuing prayer walks already, and invites everyone to join us in them. After our prayer walks, you are invited to join us in the Clark Room for a brown bag luncheon and discussions, using our holy conversation guidelines to make them safe and fruitful.
A menu option on our office telephone menu will give you the latest status on prayer walks. We look forward to you joining us - and to inviting others into them!
We have people interested in becoming new members of our church - as well as current members who need to be ready to walk alongside new members in renewed United Methodist discipleship.
Everyone, including long-time members and youths, are encouraged to attend three sessions in January that will explore three key topics that are essential for success in church membership:
A schedule for signup will be available in our sanctuary through December. There will be multiple time slots available, and you are free to "mix and match" time slots that work best for your schedule.
Each session will be about two hours in length, ending with a church-wide weekend mission project in our community at the end of our class time in late January or early February. Later in February, we will welcome those wishing to become new members of the church at a Sunday worship service.
To help both existing and new members to become more effective together in Christian ministry and discipleship, EVERY church member and church friend is encouraged to attend these sessions.
As we get ready for a year of becoming a church that invites us and our community into God's possibilities, January will be the time for us to remember how to invite those possibilities as a Methodist Christian community - and to welcome new people into the church who can join us in inviting those possibilities. We are already in a new year of Christian faith - let's get ready to open the gifts of faith in fresh new ways!
This Advent, the beginning of our new Christian year, we have an opportunity to reflect, to refresh, to restore, and to rejoice, through the gifts that faith offers us, as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child, Jesus, into our hears and God's world on Christmas. Then, in Christmastide, we celebrate the beginning of our journey in faith that our gifts prepare us for, as we travel, with the "wise men" visiting Jesus, closer to accepting Jesus as the One who God points us towards in faith.
Each Sunday during Advent, worshipers will receive a faith gift in a travel bag, which you will be able to use in your own travels in the months and years ahead,.for your travel items, and as a reminder of where your faith is bringing you this year. The gifts will include prayerful reminders of how we can continue to open our gifts of faith throughout the new year, as we journey in Christian discipleship together.
We hope that you will find this to be a heart-warming and exciting time to be in our church, and to open up to God's possibilities in faith. Please remember your invitation cards, and invite others to join you, and us, on your journey of faith!
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
The doorways of our education building are decorated joyfully by the staff and children of StarCubs Daycare, reminding us how the simple things bring us thanks for the joy of Thanksgiving. That is all we have to do this Thanksgiving holiday and weekend - give thanks in all circumstances. Our lives are a gift from God, and we can always be thankful for the God who loved us enough to give us life, and to live on this earth for us as Jesus Christ. To give thanks is God's will for us!
May your Thanksgiving celebrations and travels on Thursday - and beyond - be filled with blessings, covered in safety, and touched in God's Spirit with grace and peace!
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