Keep Praying

Keep Praying

Jun 16

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, ...

How is your Spiritual Life blooming and growing?

How is your Spiritual Life blooming and growing?

May 13

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, ...

A UMC Hospital Making a Difference in Mozambique

A UMC Hospital Making a Difference in Mozambique

Mar 26

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,...

Answers to Prayers

Answers to Prayers

Mar 12

“You are the answer to my prayers,” said the man (3rd from left in the photo above) who had been living in his car for seven years, as our work team tumbled out of an old school bus at his work site.  The faith and joy of the people in the Bahamas was a gift they gave to us.  We gave them time, and hard work.  Progress was made.  The director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat challenged us to realize that every one has wealth and poverty in their lives.  The people we helped did not have our resources, but they had joy, faith and a strong sense of community.  We brought time, money, and resources, but learned from the riches of their faith, patience, singing, shared laughter and low anxiety way of living.  It was a win/win. Another answer to prayer is that a number of teens decided “Yes”, this is the year they would give our Summer UMARMY Mission trip a try.  We have six first timers this year. We also have nine returning for their second, third, fourth or fifth time! We have a total of 21 people going to St Albans, Vermont for service.  So exciting! We answer prayers each week by caring for one another, praying for one another, welcoming new comers, serving, studying and worshiping together.  Faith is fun. Grace and Peace,...

Questions for Sun, Mar 8th: “Dare to Dream: Discovering Your Birthright”

Questions for Sun, Mar 8th: “Dare to Dream: Discovering Your Birthright”

Mar 06

These are the questions for the third Sunday of Lent: Last week we asked everyone to name a need you see in your neighborhood, community or world.  How can you meet that need? What need do you see around you in your neighborhood, community, or the world? Pray that God guide you on both of these questions and how you might respond.

Questions for Sunday, Mar 1st “Dare to Dream: Dreaming the Dream”

Questions for Sunday, Mar 1st “Dare to Dream: Dreaming the Dream”

Mar 06

These were the questions I asked you to reflect on immediately after the sermon on March 1st. Who do you admire? Why? What qualities guide them that you would like to have? What need do you see around you in your neighborhood, community, or the world? Pray that God guide you on both of these questions and how you might...