Pastor Kip's Email
June 23, 2017
First things first. YEEHAH! THE RAYS beat the Reds Wednesday with a score of 8 to 3. The scuttlebutt around the church this morning is that everyone who went to the game had a great time, so if you couldn't make it to this game, there is always a next time! And I heard that Jack Schrock got to be a camera hound for a few minutes if you were watching channel 1128HD (Spectrum/Brighthouse) during the game.
Here is this week's Scripture for part two of the four part series that Mike will be preaching on:
Desires of the Heart (Part 2 of 4)
Sermon: Desire For Purpose
Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11
Pastor Mike and Kathy Yuhasz did a bang up job last Sunday covering for Kip, but if you missed any of Mike's sermon, did you know that you could still hear it? That was my segue to remind you that if you ever desire to hear/see a sermon again, they are timely posted to our website every week, no matter who is preaching. Our website Guru, Keith Consol, updates our webpage constantly and puts each new sermon up after he gets the digital copy from one of our A/V Tech's. So if you miss part of a sermon or didn't quite understand a certain thing, you can always go to our website and "re-watch" it, so to speak. Here is a link to that: http://1umc.org/videos/desire-to-be-loved (this is the latest one from June 18th). If you want to go there yourself go to our website at www.1umc.org, then click on "Worship" towards the top of the page, then further down on the right of that page click on "Videos". Here is where you can choose back to three or so month's worth of sermon videos. You can always request a free CD as well from our A/V Techs.
If you missed our Wonderful Wednesday Potluck last week, mmmm, mmmm, did you miss some great food. AND a lot of people had "desserts" on the mind (because it's summer maybe?), so there was plenty of those "to go". Just so you know, from this week forward, we are working on having some sort of program during our dinner. Be watching the bulletin as we post what will be happening at July's potluck. It won't be in this week's bulletin because we haven't decided which program to use for July, but make sure to check out next week's bulletin. We promise it will be informational, enlightening and/or entertaining. Can't guarantee all three of those at every dinner, but that is what we will strive for. So we hope to see you at July's dinner on Wednesday, July 12th @ 5:00 pm. And a special thank you to the kitchen crew for setting up, serving and cleaning up for each dinner. That is a LOT of work and they are there early and stay late. They all truly have a servant's heart.
Our Memory Lane Respite that meets every Monday from 1 pm in Room 105 is always in need of volunteers, extra hands and fresh new ideas. Our Parish Nurse, Karen Kline, keeps this group quite active and engaged. If you would like to see a video example of how important this type of outreach is to the community it serves, check out this video that is posted at the UMC home page on the internet: http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/church-values-gifts-in-those-with-dementia. This is pretty much a big part of what Karen and her wonderful volunteers do. They also now show a movie in the Multi Media Room for the caregivers so they can relax and get a much needed break from the 24/7 care of their loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer's. This ministry embodies the United Methodist belief that we are here to reach out to all of God's people.
Ready for another link? I am really keeping you busy this week, huh! Almost done. Here, take a break and enjoy this beautiful video rendition of one of my favorite hymns:
Welcome back. Now, wasn't that just beautiful? Alright, just another short paragraph or two and I think we will be done.
This will be our last weekend before VBS, which will run from 8:30-noon, Monday the 26th through Friday the 30th. Even if you haven't signed up to help, you are always welcome to join us, but if you pop by and would like to lend a hand, I am sure Laurie Painter, Wayne Brown or Ron Beach will find something they could use help with. And of course, you are still always welcome to visit or just observe! We already have almost 30 children pre-registered and we are putting it in God's hands to bring us "more at the door" on Monday morning. The single greatest thing that we all can do to impact our church's VBS program is to pray. Pray for the children that will come, pray for the workers God will use and pray that the Holy Spirit will open hearts to His call. During our church's VBS, many kids will hear for the first time that they were created to have a relationship with God. This may be the first time that they have heard the name of Jesus. It is likely that this is the first time that they have had the gospel presented to them. These children, and the children that are at church every week, are in desperate need of prayer not only during but after they have left VBS. Studies, such as the one reported in Ken Ham's book Already Gone, show that two-thirds of young people that are currently in the church will walk away from the church by the time they reach college age. Pray that the Lord would continue to apply His Word to their hearts, and that He would continue to conform them to the image of His Son.
Please continue to pray for God's mercy and grace to shine down on Kip and Sherry while they are out of our physical presence and that their spirits are being refreshed and their bodies are getting rested.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good!
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much,
Donna Munsen, Administrator