The worship design team met tonight, and it was noted that we forgot to use the sung responses to the Great Thanksgiving this past World Communion Sunday. We’re going to try and make up for it by using them on the first Sunday of November.
Beginning November 3, 2019, the children and youth Sunday school classes will be meeting in Peatling Youth Hall to practice the Christmas Pageant “New Star.” If your child would like to be part of the pageant, please plan on their attending rehearsals on Sunday mornings at 9:20. The pageant will be on December 8, 2019, at both services.
This year’s church conference will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. District Superintendent Rev. Dee Williamston will preside.
More and more families are opting not to use the services of a funeral home during the Services of Death and Resurrection for their loved ones. This means that some things usually done by the funeral home are forgotten or overlooked. As a church, we’re trying to provide some helpful guidelines for families (both for those who don’t use a funeral home and those who do) and we’re reaching out to the congregation for suggestions. Are there things you wish someone had told you about before a funeral. Let us know at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy I. Dester passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Abilene Cemetery will follow.
This past Sunday (September 29, 2019), Aaron and Jenna Brinkman were received into membership at the 8:15 worship service. Please extend a warm welcome to them the next time you see them.
A Friendly Reminder: there is an all-church potluck tomorrow (Sunday, September 29, 2019) at 11:30. Everyone is welcome; we hope to see you there.
We’re looking for a few volunteers to go over to the Salina Rescue Mission and prepare and serve a meal from 4:00 p.m. to about 6:00 p.m. this Friday (September 27, 2019). Let me know if you’re interested.
In a change of plans, Jenny and I will not be attending the 2019 Leadership Institute this coming week (September 25–27, 2019).
All four screens are back on and working as of 9:44 this morning. Hopefully, they’ll still be working Sunday morning at 8:15 and 10:30. Cables need to be straightened up and organized, but the part I was worried about went off with nary a hitch.
As I mentioned last Sunday, we are behind in our giving for the funding of our 2019 Plan for Mission and Ministry (our budget). We are by no means alone. I don’t know of a United Methodist Church that isn’t struggling this year. Nonetheless, we’re taking up a special offering for UMCOR* Hurricane Relief this Sunday. We’re doing so because we believe we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We’re doing so because our stuggle is nothing compared to the suffering of hurricane victims. We’re doing so because of the example of the churches of Macedonia:
“1 Brothers and sisters, we want to let you know about the grace of God that was given to the churches of Macedonia. 2 While they were being tested by many problems, their extra amount of happiness and their extreme poverty resulted in a surplus of rich generosity. 3 I assure you that they gave what they could afford and even more than they could afford, and they did it voluntarily.” — 2 Corinthians 8:1-3 (CEB)
I’m certain that Macedonian’s poverty was far worse than anything we can imagine and yet they gave generously. We can give to UMCOR and fund our work as a local congregation. Christ calls us to do both. Let us give generously.
*The United Methodist Committee on Relief
It appears that someone recently pulled their vehicle underneath the overhang in the east parking lot (probably to use the free Wi-Fi). I’m fine with that. But they tossed their ciggarette butts on the ground in the parking lot, with which I am not fine. For that reason, there is now a password on the Free Public WIFI network at the church. “John.Wesley” (without quotes) is the password.
Update: Please note the dot ( . ) between “John” and “Wesley.”