June Activities Calendar

May 30, 2011

01 – Choir Practice ~ 5:30pm

03 – Game Night ~ 6:00pm

04 – Movie Night ~ 6:00pm

05 – FIRST SUNDAY/COMMUNION ~ 11:00AM     

BASKET OF BLESSINGS

Sunday School ~ 9:45am

Salad Luncheon honoring Rev. Gary Leinhart

06 – Pineywoods Pick’rs Practice ~ 5:00pm

07 – Golden Needle Quilting Club ~ 9:30am- 2:00pm

08 – Choir Practice ~ 5:30pm

10 – Game Night ~ 6:00pm

12 – SECOND SUNDAY/COVERED DISH ~ 11AM     

BASKET OF BLESSINGS

Pentecost Sunday/Hat Sunday  (Wear red & a hat)

Sunday School ~ 9:45am

13 – Pineywoods Pick’rs Practice ~ 5:00pm

14 – United Methodist Women Meeting ~ 9:30am

Golden Needle Quilting Club ~ 9:30am- 2:00pm

15 – Shawl Ministry ~ 10:00am

Choir Practice ~ 5:30pm

17 – Game Night ~ 6:00pm

19 – THIRD SUNDAY/FATHER’S DAY ~ 11:00AM

UMW Church Breakfast ~ 9:00am

Sunday School ~ 9:45am

20 – Pineywoods Pick’rs Practice ~ 5:00pm

21 – Golden Needle Quilting Club ~ 9:30am-2:00pm

22 – Choir Practice ~ 5:30pm

24 – Game Night ~ 6:00pm

26 – FOURTH SUNDAY ~ 11:00AM

Sunday School ~ 9:45am

27 – Pineywoods Pick’rs Practice ~ 5:00pm

28 – Golden Needle Quilting Club ~ 9:30am-2:00pm

29 – Choir Practice ~ 5:30pm

 


Special Visitor today

May 29, 2011

 

Kate with Mom, Dad and Mimi


ANNUAL SENIOR LUNCHEON

May 27, 2011

 

 

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the United Methodist Women hosted a luncheon for the graduating seniors of Hemphill High School. Following a practice exercise for graduation ceremonies, seventy-eight seniors enjoyed congratulations, hugs, and a pizza lunch with all of the trimmings. The atmosphere was filled with laughter, excitement, and anticipation for graduation, college plans, or launching a working career.

The UMW, based on some research about the longevity of this event, believes that 2012 will be the thirtieth year that the seniors have been invited to the luncheon. Some of the teachers who attend with the students remember the day that they attended the luncheon at the Methodist Church.

What a blessing to have the opportunity to be with these hopes for tomorrow. Look in the Fellowship Hall and you will see the smiling faces of the Seniors of 2011 as well as some other memorabilia. Congratulations!!


Christians Are a Peculiar People

May 27, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-10

One afternoon I was walking with a group of women from the sanctuary building of the church to the education building. I was walking a little ahead of the 3 women but walking with me was Lindsey, the 4th grade daughter of one of the women. I don’t remember what Lindsey and I were talking about but in the course of the conversation Lindsey turned to me and said, “You’re weird.” I took that as a compliment and congratulated her for knowing me only a few months but already seeing that I was weird. Lindsey’s mother must have heard that word, weird, and asked what we were talking about. So I explained that normally it took a year or more before someone thought I was weird and here Lindsey had already zeroed in on it.

The Bible particularly the New Testament wants us to be weird. I read our Scripture for today from the NRSV. But if you read that famous line in verse 9, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people. That phrase, God’s own people, in the King James Version, is, a peculiar people. I guess since I’m weird already, I like that idea of being a peculiar people.

Chris Andrews has written that there is a town in central Missouri that is named, Peculiar. What kind of reactions do people get when they say they come from a town called, Peculiar. They truly are peculiar people.

Now I understand that most people don’t want to be called weird, or peculiar. But that is what this part of the text of the Bible wants us to call ourselves. Two weeks ago the sermon was about Christians having a different perspective. Last week we took from lessons from an ant. Now we call ourselves peculiar and even a little weird. And we truly are. We love our enemies. We do good for those who persecute us. And we believe the last shall be first. It is truly a different kind of community that arises out of the pages of the New Testament.

Christians are different. We show grace because of what God has shown us. We want to cooperate rather than compete with our neighbors. We have tasted that pure, spiritual milk that Peter talks about and that Jesus offers. That spiritual milk makes us a different people, a peculiar, weird people, who dare to live a life of love in a world that often doesn’t see things in the same way.

I heard that at some baseball games on that Sunday night two weeks ago, there was cheering when the news was announced that Osama Ben Laden had been killed. There was no such cheering when I heard the news for the first time. For a long time I had been doing what Jesus said I should do, pray for those who persecute you. It is hard for me to cheer for anyone’s death for whom I have prayed. If God loves them then I’m going to try to love them too. So yes I am definitely weird and peculiar.

But it’s not just me. Did you know that Sylvester Stallone’s faith in Jesus Christ influenced his writing the script for Rocky back in 1975. The success of that movie brought him fame and new temptations that separated him from his family and friends. The bad choices he made left him with an empty feeling. He had been raised in a Catholic home and had gone to Catholic schools so he had faith up to that time.  The Hollywood world drained him of his faith. But not all of it.  Sylvester knew the key was the church so he started going again. In his words, “The more I go to church, the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to his Word and having him guide my hand. The church is the gym of the soul.” He knew that the church is composed of all those peculiar people who are living according to a divine plan.

I know that Peter calls us Christians, a peculiar people, but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell the whole story. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is the famous doctor who first articulated the stages of dying. She was Swiss and after World War II ended, she went into Germany to help the sick and injured among the Germans. Helping her was a nurse whom Dr. Kubler-Ross find out was Jewish. She was amazed that this nurse could minister to the very people who had in gruesome and cruel ways murdered so many Jews. When the doctor asked about this, the nurse said that in fact she hated the German people. But she knew if she was ever going to get over that hatred and truly forgive them, she would have to be in contact with the very people she abhorred. Eventually she said, that hatred will turn to love. Is that weird or what? So God’s weirdness and peculiarity is evident in more that just the royal priesthood.

I guess God’s spirit is active in ways we can not believe.  The world looks at us and says, “You’re weird, you’re crazy.” But we know better, for our weirdness is born of love and grace. It points us to a new way and invites others to come share in the peculiarity. If you continue to yearn for the pure, spiritual milk of Jesus Christ, you had better be prepared to live a different way, and to be called all sorts of wonderful names like weird, strange, and peculiar.

Pastoral Prayer,

Almighty and Loving God, you sent your Son to bring us life and forgiveness.  Even though we don’t know for sure, I suspect that Jesus was considered a little weird when he lived two thousand years ago.  When he ascended you did not desert us, but rather were with us in a new way.  You have empowered us with your Holy Spirit.  You have made us a royal priesthood, to do the work of your kingdom.  And so like Jesus, we may expect to be called weird.  Give us the courage to see that that is a good thing, that our hands and feet are doing things that others will not do.  Give us the courage to see your power at work in us.  Help us to believe in ourselves as much you believe in us.

Hear our petitions as we lift up others for prayer and for your blessing.  This we pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.


Happy Anniversary, Walter and Cheryl Wilson – May 27th

May 26, 2011

 

Enjoy your special day

with the blessings of God abundantly felt in every part of it.

 

We have shared together the blessings of God.   Philippians 1:7  NLT


All interested are invited

May 23, 2011
We knitters have so much fun and fellowship when we meet that we have decided to continue meeting during the summer months. We are going to branch out and do some crafty things. At the next meeting on June 15 we plan to make a scissor holder from a store-bought hot pad.  You will need a hot pad and some matching buttons. (check your button box)  We will provide a glue gun and glue.  We thought  it would be nice to bring a sack lunch.  We can fix coffee and tea to go with lunch. We are planning some other crafts for July and August, but certainly are open to suggestions.  Some things already mentioned are fleece lap blankets or throws and rag rugs.  We plan to meet at 10 am, work on our project (maybe knit if you want) and have lunch.  Hope to see you there.

Happy Birthday, Shay – May 23rd

May 22, 2011

 

A celebration with thanks to God for the wonder you are

 

You made me so happy, God, I saw Your work and I shouted for joy.  Psalms 92:4  The Message