All posts by Pastor Kim

On Sunday School

Last month, we invited people to write down the name of a child that they know who does not have a Sunday school to attend.  That child could be a family member, neighbor, or friend of your own children. 

We promised to pray for that child/family and to ask God to guide us to invite them in a warm, non-judgmental way to try our Sunday school which begins September 13th.  We encouraged you to offer to pick the child up and bring them and any family members who want to attend so they have a friendly person to walk through our doors with.

It is hard for me to imagine anything more important than a life-giving faith in a God of love who is eager to help us be the best we can be.

Yes, I do think this is more important than being a star athlete, top student, popular, or famous.  This holds no matter what our age!  For we all know “stars” who fail at having good character. 

A person with genuine faith is joyful, patient, faithful, loving, hopeful, serves others, makes the world a better place, and has a peace that no circumstance can shake.  This is true “stardom”. 

I hope that you are praying for someone that you can invite.  Faith is meant to be shared.

Grace and Peace, 

Kim

UM ARMY Mission Trip to Springfield, VT Highlights

I saw Christ in you.” – couple who were helped by our teens.   Some of the Best experiences of my life and surely the most fulfilling.” – teen who has gone on multiple Mission trips with us. “I am SO glad I came this year and hope I can come back next year.” –teen who went for the first time.  I am ready to go next year and bring a second grandchild along.” – Chris Steadman.  We got very close to our client and it was hard for him to say good-by and hard for us too.” – Bill Reitz, leader of the ramp team.

As you can read above, our July UMARMY (United Methodist Action, Reach-Out Mission by Youth) trip to Springfield, VT was a huge success yet again. We took our biggest group ever: 21 teens and adults.  We had five teens along for the first time, and some teens who had done all five of our UMARMY trips and many of our Katrina recovery trips as well.  Next year we have two to three young people who will qualify for the Young Adult (19-30) camp!

We all grew as we met the challenges and joys that a mission trip provides.  We rose to the occasion to serve Christ well.  Our faith grew a lot that week as we saw God in our fellow campers, leaders and in our clients.  Springfield loved us. We loved them. Christ was served. 

The team also included everyone who prayed, donated funds or tools or supplies and who welcomed us back.  God is good all the time…all the time God is good.

Grace and Peace, 

Kim

Our letter to Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

Linda Field as our lay leader, Ted Marcy as our Lay member, and I composed a letter of deep sympathy to the Emmanual AME church that suffered such a tragic loss in the shootings on June 17th, yet also witnessed to the world the power of grace and the Holy Spirit through their forgiveness.

A number of others in our congregation added their personal words. Both the letter and these personal messages are attached as a pdf that you can view from the link below.

Letter to Emmanuel AME Church from NFUMC

The letter will be sent with a $100 gift for their ministry from our Pastor’s Emergency Fund.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Kim

Keep Praying

Prayer puts us in touch with Jesus’ healing, guiding spirit.  We, in turn, support others and then they also experience God’s love, healing, and support. 

     Keep praying. It helps us be Christ for others in meaningful ways.  Here are some recent testimonies of what your prayers and love meant for others:

     Dear NFUMC Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and thoughts and prayers at this time of deep sorrow.”  Judy Meyncke whose mother died on Mother’s Day. 

     “You are part of our special blessings.”  – Russ and Marty Partridge thanking us for prayers for Russ’s recent medical challenges.

     “I saw God in the thoughtful Memorial service, in Sue Stoner offering music, and in Carole Stoneking and Karen Rose serving at the reception so that my large extended family could celebrate the life of Floreda Parker.”  Linda Field

Grace and Peace, 

Kim

How is your Spiritual Life blooming and growing?

We all love the new spring greens and flowers.  How is your spiritual life blooming and growing? Do you have any of the symptoms of spiritual growth that I found in a Hospice Volunteer message?

  • A tendency to enjoy each moment. 
  • A loss of interest in judging or controlling other people. 
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict. 
  • A loss of ability to worry (this is a very serious symptom). 
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • A tendency to act and think spontaneously rather than based on fears based on past experience.
  • Contented feelings of connection with others, places and nature.

“These are warning signs of spiritual growth!  If not treated immediately they may lead to chronic joy and gratitude.”

Grace and Peace,  Kim

A UMC Hospital Making a Difference in Mozambique

Imagine delivering an average of 10 babies a day with only two nurses who have to do 24 – 48 hour shifts!  Imagine growing from having only one physician to having twelve physicians as you serve 500,000 people.  Imagine that your ministry is so well respected that you are seeing people become Christians because of the care they receive? These are a few of the exciting things going on at our United Methodist Chicuque Hospital in Mozambique!

Jeremias Franca, our United Methodist Missionary and Chicuque Hospital administrator, spoke at the Wed AM Bible study about how far the hospital has come and how far it still needs to go. Ted Marcy and Clare Conner, both with public health training, were excited by what they heard about the hospital’s community service.  They are doing a state of the art job in one of the poorest countries in the world. Life expectancy in Mozambique is below 50 years.

Now here is what we can do.  The hospital wants to move their laundry from hand washing to washing machines.  Imagine how many more lives will be saved with a better system for laundry!  We are inviting everyone to give if they can.  The morning Bible study has already given $1,722.  If you would like to give to this please make a check out to NFUMC and add “Mozambique Hospital” to the memo line.

What we raise beyond the washing machines will go to training more nurses, fighting AIDS, TB, malaria, domestic violence, and completing the new maternity ward.  The needs are real and not finished with the better laundry.

Grace and Peace,

Kim

Winter Carnival Photos

On Sunday, March 15th, we had a very successful intergenerational Winter Carnival after worship, as the following photos suggest.  In addition to games and the chili contest, Middlebury Foods was there to do their monthly deliveries of inexpensive healthy food.

Big thanks to Mary Lou Payne and Jen Stoneking for planning and preparation, and the rest of the church for helping out.  Thanks to the Jeskies for many of the following photos.

Group WC J

Kids play room  Game Room

 

Grace from J

Chili table from J  Chili Table

Feeding baby from J

Middlebury Foods  Middlebury Foods