Partnerships During the Holidays

It is celebration time. We have wonderful partnerships that make holidays bright. This year our church family gave everything needed for seven complete Thanksgiving dinners and an extra turkey. The DCF office that we coordinate these with sent huge “thanks!”

Donations from church members and community members will help us do over 40 Christmas gifts for children, teens and others in need.  Our Old Hollow Neighborhood group is now bringing food for our food shelf every time they meet. We received another touching thank you from the HOPE Christmas shop for the Wildberries towel sets. Our  Christmas carolers were well received at The Arbors and Pillsbury.  We also got smiles from Weston Spooner and Mary Lou Payne.  

All these activities add up to a very meaningful Christmas. Through service and worship we get to sing God’s praises in sending us Jesus, our Savior. As John Wesley loved to say, “The best of all is God is with us.

Merry Christmas, Pastor Kim

Youth Shopping for Christmas Gifts for Youth in Need

“Advent is Here. Bringing Peace” sermon on Dec 2nd

“Calm and Bright “ 2018 is the 200th year anniversary of the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night”.  The song captures our hope for peace and light for the world.  The Advent worship series will celebrate the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent, and highlight its call for our lives.  A message that can guide us all year long.

This sermon is based on selections from Isaiah 2 and 9.  The following graphics were shown during the sermon.

Topographical map of Israel

Large scale model of 1st Century Jerusalem

“What We Learn from Jesus’ Use of Time” sermon on Nov 25th

Time’s Up!  How Jesus’ Use of Time Guides Us sermon notes

Luke 5:15-16 New Living Translation (NLT)  

15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Luke 6:12-13 New Living Translation (NLT)   Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. 

Luke 22:39 New Living Translation (NLT)  Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives.

How can I live my  life in a rhythm of peace as Jesus did?

  1.  Pause in my busy day of life as Jesus did.
  2.  Asked direction in all things big and small as Jesus did.
  3. Seeking God’s will as Jesus did.

“From Gratitude to Gracious” sermon on Nov 18th

Based on: selections from: Matthew 6: 25-33

SERMON NOTES

#1 One of the worst uses of time for Christians is   Worrying.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?           Matthew 6:25-27 NRSV

#2 True gratitude leads us to trust the greatest blessing of all:  Jesus love for us.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.      Matthew 6:31- 34  NRSV

#3 Apathy  is never a Christian option.  True gratitude always leads us to to gracious action.

 

Wrapping People in the Warmth of Christ’s Love

Wrapping people in the warmth of Christ’s love.  That could be one of the themes of our holiday efforts.  New people will try us around Thanksgiving and Christmas as they seek a deeper meaning to the seasons. Make sure you welcome them after worship.

The director of the HOPE Christmas shop for families in need is new, but she had already heard about our towel ministry.  Our towels are famous because they are such a warm, practical and beautiful gift. Those who run the shop report they don’t last long.  More people wrapped in Jesus love by your giving.

Owls team planned it and lots of folks showed up Nov. 9th for pizza, fun and service as we made 150 Health kits.  Health kits are part of how our United Methodist Committee on Relief is present for those surviving natural disaster or war. 

Thanksgiving is a special time of gratitude. For the first time our church family gave absolutely every item needed from the turkeys to the pies for nine families in need.  You wrapped them in caring with your over the top generosity. That is something to be truly grateful for.          

Peace, Pastor Kim

“Times Up! Moving from Too Busy to Blessed” sermon on Nov 4th

Based on Luke 2:25-38

The two Greek words signifying time:

Chronos – quantitative, sequential, “chronological” time

Kairos – the proper moment that is right for something to occur

 

Average American spends:

  • 25 yrs    Sleeping 
  • 10.3 yrs Working (based on a 40 hr/wk week)
  • 9.1 yrs  Watching TV or 2.8  hrs / day!
  • 3.6 yrs  Eating  35 tons of food
  • 4.3 yrs  Driving
  • 290,000 times we will laugh out loud
  • 12,000 cups of coffee 

“Past, Present, and Future, all for God” sermon on Oct 14th

Sermon Notes:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

How can I have an up to date faith?

  1. Trust my past to God’s grace .

“You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.”     Galatians 1:13-16a (NLT)

  1. Trust my present to God’s care .

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.”       Philippians 4:19-20 (NLT)

  1. Trust my future to God’s promises.

“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”    Romans 14:8 NRSV

 

“Love That is Visible” sermon on Oct 7th

Sermon Notes:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14 (NLT)

How does Jesus want me to express my faith?

  1. Through on of the way and out of the way good works!
  1. Through good works we reflect Jesus’ character . 

Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:15-17 (NLT) 

  1. Through good works that reinforce Jesus’ mission .

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.  James 2:26 (NLT)

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.  Matthew 5:16 (NLT)