Sunday, March 18, 2018 — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. — Jenny and John on vacation, Tim Johnson preaching.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — No Wednesday Evening Communion Service (John and Jenny on vacation).
Sunday, March 25, 2018 — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. — Palm/Passion Sunday. John and Jenny back.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — No Wednesday Evening Communion Service
Thursday, March 29, 2018 — Holy Thursday Service of Tenebrae (with Communion) at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018 — Good Friday Interactive Worship Service at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2018 — Easter Sunday — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 with a Youth Sponsored Potluck Easter Breakfast between services.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 — Regular Wednesday Evening Communion Service at 6:00 p.m.
Whether your child is looking forward to summer camp, or you’re looking forward to sending your child to summer camp, or some combination of the two, enrollment has started. The Great Plains Conference Camp webpage has an overview of each of the six camping locations. Camp Horizon (the camp down by Arkansas City) is where First UMC has traditionally sent campers. It may be worth noting that Camp Chippewa (near Ottawa, Kansas) is slightly closer.
Great Plains Conference camps are wonderful, but they are not cheap. However, First UMC will provide a scholarship (a campership) for half the cost of attending camp to any child or youth who is a member or an active participant in church activities. (If money is still an issue let us know and we’ll see what we can do about it—we don’t want anyone to miss out.) Simply enroll your camper and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or bring in proof of camp registration to the church office to be reimbursed
You can learn more about the United Methodist Camps from brochures available in the narthex, by visiting www.greatplainsumc.org/camps, speaking to Jenny Collins (who has been a trooper and gone ever year) or by asking youth who has gone recently.
This year on Palm/Passion Sunday (March 25, 2018) we’ll again be reading the Passion according to Mark in parts (like live radio theater). Drop me a line at email@example.com if you’re willing to read.
“The kingdoms of the world run on violence. The kingdom of God, Jesus declared, runs on love.” — N. T. Wright.
N. T. Wright, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good (New York: HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017), 44.
I’m late with this announcement, but our new Office Administrator is Wendy Fielder. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cecilia Clemence will be with us one more week to help ensure a smooth transition.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be switching to a new (and free) system for sending out essential church announcements via text message. You can sign-up for this new system by filling out the form on the back of this Sunday’s attendance insert.
Daylight Savings Time Begins this Sunday (March 11, 2018). Don’t forget to move your clocks forward (spring forward/fall back) one hour.
We were off the air (KABI 1560 AM) this past Sunday because of technical difficulties with our phone system. We should be back on the air next Sunday—”God willing and the creek don’t rise.”
This next Sunday (March 11, 2018) is UMCOR Sunday and we’ll be taking up a special offering. UMCOR stands for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and it is the church’s disaster response arm. They do great work in the United States and around the world. Below is a short video about UMCOR’s work in response to the Syrian refugee crisis (which First UMC generously participated in).
The Mission and Outreach Team has decided to partner with the Newbern Wideawake 4-H club to start a little free pantry here at the church. Go to www.littlefreepantry.org if you want to learn more.
We’ve purchased a new microphone in hopes of better sound quality for our livestream of Sunday morning worship services. Today, I put up a couple of samples of both the internal built-in mic (what we have been using) and the new, external mic. If you have the time and interest, please take a listen and let me know what you think.
The title of this post is provocative, but I really love this quote:
For too long, we’ve called unbelievers to ‘invite Jesus into your life.’ Jesus doesn’t want to be in your life. Your life’s a wreck. Jesus calls you into his life. And his life isn’t boring or purposeless or static. It’s wild and exhilarating and unpredictable. — Russel D. Moore, Christianity Today
When we think about entering into Jesus’s life we begin to get an idea of the scope of the change in our lives that Jesus is proposing.
Russel D. Moore, as cited by Adam Hamilton, John: The Gospel of Light and Life (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2015), 22.