Thursday, April 19, 2018

Upcoming Meetings / Events
22 April – Sunday Worship
Sermon:  "Other Sheep”
Rev. Wendell Luke

25 April - Wednesday
Church Council Meeting
7:00 PM

Rev. Luke will be at the church each Wednesday morning if you would like to meet with him.

New Bible Study

May 1, 2018 - 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Mark your calendar

Unafraid by Adam Hamilton

Dinner at 5:00, Study at 5:30.

Please reach out to Carole Kerr
if you plan on attending
Cost - $15 for the book

Order of Worship
Rev. Luke opened the 15 April Worship Service with an explanation of our Order of Worship, with particular focus on the sequence of prayers.  Each Sunday in April, he will be in the Sanctuary 15 minutes before the service to talk with people about the Order of Worship and its ecclesiastic basis.

Earth Day Sunday - April 22
In preparation for Earth Day this year, you are encouraged to watch and reflect on this Photo Prayer video, featuring stunning images of Nature along with the beautiful words of a prayer written by United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter when he was a pastor in North Carolina in 2005:
To help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in, and are in engaged in ministry in the world, The United Methodist Church has created statements to guide the church in its efforts to create a world of justice. Our "Social Principles", part of our Book of Discipline, explain how United Methodists are called to live in the world. To learn more about them, and in particular our UMC "Social Principles on The Natural World", including Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants, Energy Resources Utilization, Animal Life, Global Climate Stewardship, Space, Science and Technology, Food Safety, and Food Justice, see:
Here is an excerpt...
All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. Economic, political, social, and technological developments have increased our human numbers, and lengthened and enriched our lives. However, these developments have led to regional defoliation, dramatic extinction of species, massive human suffering, overpopulation, and misuse and overconsumption of natural and nonrenewable resources, particularly by industrialized societies. This continued course of action jeopardizes the natural heritage that God has entrusted to all generations. Therefore, let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.

Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants - We support and encourage social policies that serve to reduce and control the creation of industrial byproducts and waste; facilitate the safe processing and disposal of toxic and nuclear waste and move toward the elimination of both; encourage reduction of municipal waste; provide for appropriate recycling and disposal of municipal waste; and assist the cleanup of polluted air, water, and soil. We call for the preservation of old-growth forests and other irreplaceable natural treasures, as well as preservation of endangered plant species. We support measures designed to maintain and restore natural ecosystems. We support policies that develop alternatives to chemicals used for growing, processing, and preserving food, and we strongly urge adequate research into their effects upon God’s creation prior to utilization. We urge development of international agreements concerning equitable utilization of the world’s resources for human benefit so long as the integrity of the earth is maintained. We are deeply concerned about the privatization of water resources, the bottling of water to be sold as a commodity for profit, and the resources that go into packaging bottled water. We urge all municipalities and other governmental organizations to develop processes for determining sustainability of water resources and to determine the environmental, economic, and social consequences of privatization of water resources prior to the licensing and approval thereof.
(From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2016. Copyright 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.)

Dinner for Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen
Our next serving day is Monday, May 14th at 5 pm (the second Monday of every month). As always, please keep in your prayers this ministry of love and everyone who it touches.
Please reach out to Bob Hout to help share Christ's love in this ministry.  You can contribute one or more food items for our serving day and/or assist with reheating or serving the meal

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