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From Pastor Nancy:
 
Love is God’s Meaning
 
By now many of you have heard about my two-year continuing education experience centering on Celtic Spirituality.  Myself and three clergy colleagues are reading, praying, and participating in a spiritual pilgrimage that started last summer and will continue until the summer of 2019.  Our focused study is called Drawing From a Deeper Well.  In our prescribed reading for this month I was re-introduced to Julian of Norwich.  Julian lived in Norwich, England in the 14th and 15th centuries.  It was an era of horrific suffering.  Bubonic plague swept through Europe three times in Julian’s lifetime—the first time half of her town of Norwich was killed.  The Hundred Years’ War raged, a peasants’ revolt was brutally subdued, and Lollards were marched to their martyrdom just outside of Norwich.[1]
 
Julian was the first known female theologian to write in English or to have her work survive.  She is best known for her book Revelations of Divine Love.  The Julian Centre describes the book…
 
Julian's Revelations of Divine Love is based on a series of sixteen visions she received on the 8th of May 1373. Julian was lying on, what was thought at the time, to be her deathbed when suddenly she saw Christ bleeding in front of her. She received insight into his sufferings and his love for us. Julian’s message remains one of hope and trust in God, whose compassionate love is always given to us. In this all-gracious God there can be no element of wrath. The wrath — ‘all that is contrary to peace and love — is in us and not in God. God’s saving work in Jesus of Nazareth and in the gift of God's spirit, is to slake our wrath in the power of his merciful and compassionate love'. Julian did not perceive God as blaming or judging us, but as enfolding us in love.[2]
 
I have appreciated the reminder this week of a God that enfolds us in love.  Julian’s ministry, at an incredibly difficult time, was grounded in her central conviction that the universe belongs to God who is love, that eventually “all manner of thing shall be well.”  And it was with that heart and focus that countless people found their way to Julian.  There they found sanity, healing, forgiveness, and peace.  They found Christ! 
 
As we draw near to the end of our season of visioning, it is my hope for us that we become like Julian apostles of hope.  That all of our endeavors, worship, ministry, and outreach be grounded in the conviction that the universe belongs to God who is love.  It is also my constant prayer that our community will know us for our love and be drawn to us like those of Norwich were drawn to Julian. 
 
[1] Elaine Heath, The Mystic Way of Evangelism, pg. 30. 
 
Youth News from Kat
On Wednesday nights the youth are looking at what it means to follow Jesus in the world today, at school, on teams, and in homes. The next few weeks will consist of learning how to study God's word and looking at prayer and why it is important in the life of a Christ follower. On January 31st, the group enjoyed a game night, meal, and lesson with youth at Troy UMC. In Sunday School, we just started a lesson on the disciples. We continue to offer Sunday night meals each week. If you are interested in providing a meal for these gatherings, email Kat at firstfultonyouth@gmail.com.

On a personal note, I would just like to say that I love this group of students. It is an honor to spend time with them each week and get to hear their stories, attend their games, and enjoy their presence. I have been blessed with a wonderful group of students as well as volunteers. They make my job so much fun. Thanks so much for allowing me the privilege of leading them in love. I am truly honored to be a part of their lives.

Kat Keller
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!  -Psalms 100:1-2
Covenant Renewal Worship and Visioning Lunch
Join us on Sunday for Wesley's Covenant Renewal Worship Service at 8:45 & 10:50 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and the final Visioning Lunch and Conversation led by Rev. Bill Owen of the Center for Healthy Churches after 10:50 Worship.

United Methodist Women
The Night Circle will not meet this month. The Day Circle will meet at the home of Joan Homra on Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. This will be our Pledge Service Program.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Begin the Lenten Season in worship for all ages on Wednesday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. 

Community Free Meal
Join us for lunch and music with the praise band on Saturday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Baby Shower
You're invited to a baby shower for Holden & Kari McConnell on Sunday, February 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are registered at Kizer's in Union City and Toys R Us.

Choirfest
You're invited to Choirfest at Mayfield First UMC on Sunday, February 18, 6:00 p.m. The Purchase District event is a benefit for Reelfoot Rural Ministries.

International Cook-off Competition

 When: Sun., Feb 25, 2018
Where: Willingham Center
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm 
  1. The “contest” will be open to the adult Sunday School classes and youth/staff teams.
  2. A variety of international food will be served (determined by draw)
  3. Categories of winners will be A. Best Food  B. Booth Decorations (table and dress)  C. Donation Winner D. Overall Winner
  4. Judges will be from another church.
  5. In the past, the winner was selected by amount donated.  This time the three categories (A, B, and C) will determine the overall winner criteria.
  6. This is to be a fun event as well as a mission, with donations going to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund to be shared with Reelfoot Rural Ministry and the local Neighborhood Assistance Program.
  7. Drinks will be provided by the Congregational Care team.
  8. Each class should also bring a dessert, not necessarily related to your team/class’s food.
Yoga by Video
Yoga is coming to the Willingham Center. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call Mike Grissom at the Willingham Center to register. 270-472-3510

 


 

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