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Lectionary Reading for Sunday March 1, 2015

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A Word from the Pastor (1-8-2015)

Dear Church Family,

      Christmas is Over…As we begin a new year; the Christmas season winds down, decorations are put away.  And now it is time to get ready for a new season. For the farmer a season of preparation with hope for an early spring, not too wet and not too dry.  For the bookkeepers, accountants, tax people, and all of us who file our forms it is a season of preparation for the pundits call “tax season”. For some of our family it is we who are in a season of healing, recovering from various forms of sickness. For the sports fan it might be basketball or Super Bowl, or for some of us it is the “we’ll be better next season” season.  For whatever season you may find yourself consider this to also be a season of renewed hope for a better tomorrow.   

     Luke tells the story of the coming of Christ and shares the Mother Mary’s heart describing what God is doing through her.  Luke 1:45 reads: “Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises God made to her.”  Prior to this statement Luke records the miraculous birth to Elizabeth and to Zechariah and as well the coming of the greater miracle of the Messiah being born unto Mary.  Luke also records the words we hear as spiritual people. “Nothing is impossible for God.” – Luke 1:37 CEB   

     In this new season, it can be a season to be fallow, of rest, even of Sabbath.  It is also a season for looking forward, looking ahead, being hopeful, being optimistic, being faithful to realize as the Psalmist expresses in Psalm 94:17ff that it is God who does all things, with power, with authority, with majesty and with unequalled, unending love for all.  As you assess your future plans make sure God is part of what you are doing.

Blessings and Peace, Keith


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We practice the Five Fruitful Practices

     Passionate Worship focuses on worship excellence; the passionate worship lay leader works with the pastor and other co-lay leaders to identify and implement improvements that make worship meaningful, spiritual, and is inviting.

     Intentional Faith Development focuses on growing people in faith. We know that what we work on and pay attention to matters. This is why we use the word intentional. The Intentional faith development lay leader works with the pastor and co-lay leaders to identify and implement opportunities for innovative inviting and meaningful spiritual development.

     Radical hospitality provides for warm, welcoming persons to places of introduction to our faith community. Being warm welcoming and receptive to all persons is our goal. The radical hospitality collate leader works with the pastor and co-lay leaders to identify opportunities for hospitality in new and innovative ways that introduce people to a warm and welcoming church environment.

     Risk-Taking Mission in Service provides for persons of faith to go into the world serving the world in the name of Jesus. People who have received Christ as Savior who have learned about his love and the values of Christian life are encouraged and feel called to serve others. Our work in risk-taking mission in service will take our faith community beyond our four walls in the name of Christ the risk-taking mission and service lay leader works with the pastor and with other co-lay leaders to implement opportunities to serve the world in Jesus name.

     Extravagant Generosity provides an opportunity for persons of faith to give of themselves. As United Methodists we pledge to the church in our membership to give our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our testimony. The co-lay leader of extravagant generosity works with the pastor and other co-lay leaders on projects helping others to identify ways to give not just of money but of time and talents and to share testimony.


UMC Council of Bishops "Call to Action" Due to the decline in the United Methodist Church in North America, the Council of Bishops have declared a "Call to Action" to all United Methodist congregations. This 10 year plan, beginning 2012, will renew and change our denomination across the country by transforming dying congregations into vital ones.  The overall mission of the United Methodist Church is to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."  Additionally information and resources can be found at www.memphis-umc.net (click "Call to Action") and also www.umvitalcongregations.org. 


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