The youth and adults who went to Wethersfield, CT the week of Aug 4th to 10th share what they did during the mission trip, what they liked best about the week, and where they saw God.
The UM ARMY Team locally. Teens: Arielle Dumont, Vincent Cataloni, Samantha Hallock, Rhode Miguel (Vergennes Congregational), Wyatt Paine, Siobhan Potter, Erich Reitz, Josias Salomao (Vergennes Congregational), McKenna Smith (Bradford UMC), Jennifer Steadman, Lily Steadman, Ashka Whitney, Jonathan Willis Adults: From NFUMC: Pastor Kim, Rob McKay. From Faith South Burlington: Maggie Holt, Rod Williams, Joel Williams
Clare Conner, our congregation’s lay leader, led worship and gave the message on Sunday Aug 4th as Pastor Kim headed down that morning to Wethersfield, CT with 13 youth and 5 adults for the UMARMY Mission trip week. They will be back on Sat, Aug 10th.
There’s work to do, deadlines to meet, you’ve got no time to spare. But as you hurry and scurry, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. In the midst of family chaos, quality time is rare. Do your best; let God do the rest, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. God knows how stressful life is; God wants to ease our cares. And God will respond to all your needs, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer.
Based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 1:9-10 “he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.“
Kim gives credit to Rob Bell and his book, “What is the Bible?” and his chapter 5 on the Greek word “anakephalaiossathai” for an interpretation of this scripture. Rob Bell’s book is available in print, Kindle and as an audiobook thru the link above – Ted’s opinion is that it is best to listen to it.
A God of love is a God of justice. From ancient times the Jewish people were urged to live out the golden rule, even if this means helping an enemy in need (Proverbs 25:21). Jesus took this further in stating that whenever you do good for the least among you, you do this for him. I know many hearts are broken by our situation at our southern U.S. border.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has handed out over 46,000 health kits through church-run ministries at our border with Mexico. UMCOR is not allowed to give these items to government agencies. Go to the websites for Senators Leahy, Sanders and Rep. Welch and communicate your concerns. We will also put out blank envelopes in the pews if you wish to donate to UMCOR’s work with immigrants.
Remember that July 4th celebrates the birth of an immigrant nation. The bulk of Americans had at least one of their forebears immigrate to our country at some point. Many of our ancestors left dangerous or difficult situations to start over.
Based on John 16:12-15 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Sharing Christ's warm transforming love with our community, our state, our nation, and our world