We have a big day in worship tomorrow (Sunday, August 19, 2018). We’ll be blessing students and backpacks as well as teachers and administrators. We’ll also be taking time for the presentation of Bibles.
The charges within the church against United Methodist Jeff Sessions have been dismissed. The headline for Religious News Service reads “Jeff Sessions cleared in church complaint, perplexing some top Methodists.” I too am perplexed and disturbed. It seems to me that a double standard is very much in place
Last week Jenny and I enjoyed the parade (actually the pre-parade) from a shady spot on the north lawn of the church. I’m not going to name the particular church, but I must say that I think it’s bad form to proselytize (in this case handing out brochures about your church) on another church’s property.
We are gravely mistaken to think that Christianity protects us from the pain and agony of mortal existence. Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010), 47.
I’m in Topeka for a three day Great Plains United Methodist Campus Ministry Meeting. I have Wi-Fi and a strong cell phone signal. Jenny’s on duty Abilene. Please let us know if you need anything.
This morning I made a clarification about the book study on God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines. Now I find that I need to clarify that said clarification was not an apology—I have lots of things I need to apologize for, but I don’t think the book study is one of them. I hope that everything is now clear and without the need for further clarification.
Thanks to Marc Schardein, we can now display worship slides on the screen in the narthex and internet service has returned to Wright Fellowship Hall.
It’s a sin to deprive people of healthcare. It’s a travesty to steal from poor people to line rich pockets. It’s abominable to lock migrants in cages, to rip their babies from their arms. When Christians can’t see this, it’s because they haven’t been taught the gospel. — Union Seminary
P.S. If this offends you, I’d be more than happy to hear you out, but I will be pointing out the deadline has come and gone and most of those migrant kids still haven’t been reunited with their parents.
Union Seminary. Twitter post, July 24, 2018 10:04 a.m., https://twitter.com/UnionSeminary/status/1021773074096631810.
We had a great day at Abilene First UMC yesterday. The building was full of kids all day. We started off with Great Plains Theatre Camp in the morning and afternoon and Boy Scouts and Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the evening. I can’t speak for Great Plains Theatre or the Boy Scouts, but VBS is off to a great start! Thanks to everyone who has and is pitching in.
P.S. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, the title of this post is a reference to “Lions and tigers, and bears, oh my!” in the Wizard of Oz.
Jenny’s leaving this morning to serve as camp minister at Camp Horizon. (Liz Collins, Joy Clemence, and Beth Holmes are going as campers.) I’m staying here to hold down the fort. Feel free to call me if you have a question. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll get ahold of Jenny.
From Clark Williamson, Director of Music Ministries at First UMC:
Our church was well-represented this week in the discipline of music. Members of our congregation reached out with their musical talents in the Salina Community Band, Abilene City Band, Christian Women’s Club, and the funeral for Mary Hamill. The good Lord truly puts the music in our hearts. And it bubbles out to far-reaching places.
There will be a funeral service for Mary Hamill this Saturday (July 7, 2018) at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The bell choir will be playing. We’re looking for Gospitality (hospitality) volunteers to serve as hosts. Let me know if you would be willing to serve.