We invited our sisters and brothers of faith from our local mosques and synagogue to join us in a time of reflection and prayer to honor the innocents slain as they worshiped in the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand - the latest in a string of global assaults on people of faith worshiping peacefully. An attack on any people of faith is an attack on all people of faith, and we stand in solidarity with all people of faith with love in our hearts for all who seek the peace and blessings of a loving LORD. A podcast recording of our service with interfaith prayers and scripture readings are below. Please continue in times of prayer and reflection to help the world to surrender to the living shield of faith, not to the hard and lifeless shield of warring hearts.
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.
You can have the same old kind of year, doing the same old things.
Or, you can find another way.
Our church offers all kinds of people ways to re-engage and revive their faith, so that our faith can change not only our lives, but God's world.
It starts every Sunday at 10AM, with our joyful worship, and warm fellowship.
It grows during the week as we walk through our community in prayer each Monday, with brown bag lunch discussions afterwards. It continues during the week as we pray together for God's possibilities.
It brings us into circles of friends at our Faith Groups every Wednesday at 5 and 7 PM, and as we bring faith to our families during the week.
It puts us in touch with people, in our community, and around God's world, who need the healing touch of God.
We have events throughout the year that make a difference in people's lives.
We hope that you will choose a fresh approach to your life, through faith, that will help you to grow in new ways, and to find real joy in life, whether life is perfect or not.
Let us know how you'd like to begin. Or, just start. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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!
All things bright and beautiful! All creatures great and small! You are welcome to come for a blessing!
At 1PM this Sunday, we will have a gathering on our front lawn to bless the pets and other domesticated animals that people care for. All of God's creation is from God's blessings, and we hope that your loved pets and animals will benefit from the anointing of God's blessings upon them. We have a special gift for all who participate. Foul weather location for the blessing will be our fellowship hall, in the rear of our main church building. Come to rejoice in all that life offers us though God's blessed creations!
How would it feel to have a saving faith - a faith that gives you riches, a faith that is with you everywhere with anyone, a faith that is deep, a faith that is strong, a faith that is loving, a faith that is joyful, a faith that makes you feel safe always?
We all want this kind of faith- and it's available to everyone! Pastor John Blossom's sermon series "Fire Up a Saving Faith" this summer leads us on a journey through the New Testament letter to the Ephesians, to lean how early Christians discovered and practiced this saving faith.
You can pick up a copy of a study guide in our church to help you to learn and apply the lessons of Ephesians to your own life. Use it to reflect on this important letter as you read it, to pray on how you want to apply it to your own life. Share your insights and prayers with others in our Methodist Faith Groups, or with your family and friends. You can also print the study guide out from our PDF version here or below. We hope that this sermon series helps you to fire up your faith this summer!
Prayer is one of our most important and effective ministries. When people are in need, turning to us as a church to support them in prayer makes a big difference - and attracts people to the fellowship of Christ in our church.
We are installing a new phone system that will allow multiple people to support incoming prayers from our members and our community. When a person selects a phone menu option, the system will enable one or more people to be alerted to a prayer request. Responders do not have to speak directly to the person - they may call in to hear voicemail of the request, and pray in privacy. People who want to respond directly to the person may still have call filtering options set up.
Please contact Pastor John Blossom is you are interested in participating in this ministry or to learn more about it. No special equipment is required to participate - any normal phone will do, though, mobile phones will give participants more options. Thank you!
Before you take off, before your guests arrive, before you head into the busy-ness of Thanksgiving Day, take a few minutes to join together with other people in our community at 9AM for a moment of prayer and reflection in our beautiful church. The service will be very informal, and will last for no more than 30 minutes. We hope and pray that it will be a time when you can feel thankful for your blessings, and thankful for a God who brings us the blessings of eternal love when we have a hard time understanding our blessings. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
We thank the people who came to our hurricane prayers service on Wednesday night, we had some powerful moments of prayer and reflection, and a very enthusiastic discussion afterwards about how we may can work together with our neighboring churches to provide what will be critical relief to the millions of people being affected by major hurricanes in the south. Below is the audio and slide video podcast, and underneath that a list of the five most critical things that we can do to help those in need through UMCOR - our United Methodist Committee on Relief. 100 percent of your donations to UMCOR go to relief work. at umcor.org/donate Please continue to pray, as often as you can!
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