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Devotions for Busy People

We have many people reporting that they are beginning a daily devotions habit and finding their faith growing.  Here are some great ways to do devotions on your computer (or smartphone) depending on the time you have:

  • 1 minute spiritual devotions by United Methodist Pastor Steve Garnaas –Holmes.  Features a daily poem on faith. Use this link:    
  • 3 minute retreat by Loyola Press that invites you to take a short prayer break at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. This is the link to this website.
  • 12 minute retreat: “Pray As You Go” offers a guided reflection on a scripture passage each day including a variety of different styles of sacred music.  Here is the link to this website, then select the day for its reading.  Also available as an app for iPhones and Androids.  See the website to obtain these.
  • Printed Devotions: We have Upper rooms at the back of the sanctuary.  These are a small magazine devotion that comes out every two months.  Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young is very popular.  Bread for the Journey” by Henri Nouwen is also very good.

Bahamas Methodist Habitat Mission Trip in Feb, 2015

Seven members of our church community went to Eleuthera, Bahamas to work to improve housing for the people there who are poor in monetary things, though rich in joy, enthusiasm, faith and community.

Below are photos from this experience including Karina Tarte playing with a young boy at one of our work sites, a before and after of the house we built roof framing for, indoor wall framing at the other site, and scenes at both work and at our living site.

Karina and boy

Roof site beginning

roof site at end

Framing at 2nd site

At the center

Ted, John and TJ

 

Estate Planning: a type of disaster response plan

NFUMC Wills and Living Trusts word doc

The Men’s Group wants to be sure everyone in our community is prepared for a disaster before it happens.  At our men’s breakfast on Saturday, Feb 1st, Jed Hornung led a discussion on financial planning for disasters, specifically planning for death or the inability to participate in our financial affairs through use of a Will and Living Trust.  To quote him, “LIFE IS FRAGILE.  So, stewardship concerning our real and personal property should be considered a Christian faith responsibility.  Thus, every person of adult age should make estate planning decisions.”

The WORD document attached to this post (see link at top) includes his written discussion points on Estate Planning. The last several pages allow you to organize important information into a document that you can share with your lawyer, accountant, and family members.  The men’s group hopes that you use this resource to review this topic more carefully, and to organize all of your financial information in one place.

We thank Jed for addressing this important topic and for preparing this very helpful document.