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.
Don’t forget to enjoy an extra hour of sleep tomorrow (Sunday, November 5, 2017) as daylight savings time comes to an end and we “fall back” one hour.
It turns out that not only is Beyonce United Methodist, but she’s partnering with her pastor to raise money for hurricane relief.
Here’s an ancient Jewish prayer offered by a Rabbi at Ministry Matters (a United Methodist Website) as a response to seeing the eclipse:
“Blessed are You, Eternal God, Maker of all the works of creation.”
The Salina Rescue Mission will benefit from a flower sale running from Wednesday, April 12, 2017, to Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. The fundraiser,(at the corner of Cloud and 9th streets, Salina, Kansas, is hosted by Stutzman’s Greenhouse and Garden Centers which will donate 20% of all proceeds to the rescue mission.
I know that it sometimes feels that our system of government has ground to a standstill and nothing good ever gets done. Well, here’s a heartwarming story out of Georgia about politicians from across the aisle coming together to get something done. Two words of caution: 1. Objectionable language has been bleeped out, but you can still figure out what was meant. 2. This clip is non-partisan, the rest of the show is most definitely not—I’m only recommending this clip not the show as a whole.
Daylight Savings Time Begins this Sunday (March 12, 2017). Don’t forget to move your clocks forward (spring forward/fall back) one hour.
Many of you have noticed that a typographical error in the obituary for Roberta Sleichter named me as Jack instead of John. Some of you have remarked that you plan to start calling me Jack. I’m fine with that because John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was often called Jack by his family and friends.
The movie Hidden Figures will be shown at 7:00 p.m. tonight (Monday, February 6, 2017) and tomorrow with a 2:00 p.m. showing on Wednesday. The movie is a “biographical drama” set in 1961 and based on the lives of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who were African-American mathematicians at NASA. If you haven’t yet seen it, Jenny and I heartily recommend it. While not an overtly religious movie, it deals issues of justice that are close to God’s heart.
This is not, strictly speaking, a religious or ecclesiastical issue, but I’m posting it as a public service. The Atlantic has a delightful article titled “Apolitical Arguments for the Thanksgiving Table.” It’s a great article if you want friendly banter as opposed to relationship-ending disputes, but I don’t see how anyone can make the argument that “apple pie is better than pecan.” That’s just nuts. On the other, had the statement that “Pecan pie is better than pumpkin” is plainly incontrovertible.
A reminder for the technologically savvy and/or ecologically concerned among us: each week’s bulletin is available online at https://abilenefirstumc.org/bulletin/ in a phone and tablet friendly format. Inside the church building, you can access it using the public WiFi network, “First UMC – Public.”
I can remember a time in my ministry when I could stand in the kitchen of the Seneca United Methodist Church parsonage in the morning drinking coffee and listen to the names of people in the Seneca Hospital being read live on the air. It was a quick and convenient way to find out which members were in the hospital and needed a visit.
Those days are long gone; hospitals no longer let pastors know when a member of the church is in the hospital. If you or someone you love is hospitalized the only truly reliable way to be sure we know about it is for you or a trusted friend or family member to contact us directly.
Visitation is important to us. We want to pay a call to anyone who wants one (believe it or not, some people don’t want a visit when they’re in the hospital – and we understand, we’re also just fine with that). We appreciate you making sure we know and want to encourage you to do just that.