August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012
First United Methodist Church—Our Purpose: As believers in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Bible as the inspired word of God, we 1) glorify God through worship, 2) build strong relationships in the church family, 3) grow in the knowledge of the truth as revealed through Jesus Christ, 4) serve people as a reflection of the love of Jesus Christ, and 5) spread the Good News of the Gospel so that others may come to salvation through grace.
In This Issue:
? Thoughts From Your Pastor
? Worship News
? Fellowship News
? Discipleship News
? Ministry News
? Outreach Ministry News
? Church Meetings
Thoughts from Your Pastor

“Faith vs. Common Sense”
For my quiet devotional times lately I have been reading Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest which is book of daily devotions written for each day of the year. Chambers was a British preacher, teacher, and evangelist who carried out his ministry in both Great Britain and the United States. My Utmost for His Highest is a series of excerpts from the writing he did right around the time of World War I.
I find that if I really want to be deeply and profoundly challenged, or if I need a spiritual shot in the arm, I’ll pick up Oswald Cambers’ writing.
I want to share with you an excerpt from one of this week’s devotions. It really got me thinking, and I hope it has the same effect on you. In this passage, Chambers draws the difference between worldly, everyday common sense and faith. In it, he references Jesus and his disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus showed his full divine glory to his disciples, immediately followed by their descent down the mountain to encounter a demon-possessed boy. Here is what Cambers had to say about that:
Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common-sense circumstances that flatly contradicts your faith. Common-sense is not faith, and faith is no common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture heroically on Jesus’ Christ’s statements when the fact of your common-sense life shout—“It’s a lie?” On the mount it is easy to say—‘Oh, yes, I believe God can do it’; but you have to come down into the demon-possessed valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole of your mount-of-transfiguration belief. Every time my programme of belief is clear to my own mind, I come across something that contradicts it. Let me say I believe God will supply all my need, and then let me run dry, with no outlook, and see whether I will go through the trial of faith, or whether I will sink back to something lower. (Oswald Cambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Barbour Press, 177)
Isn’t it true that we war between our faith in God’s promises and the worldly, physical world that seems to contradict and deny our faith? Our faith says that God will provide, but when the dollars aren’t there, we’re tempted to shirk back because “common sense” says that we can only live by the means of what is right in front of us. Our faith says that God is in control, but in the midst of a crisis, we act as if we need to be the ones in control for the outcome to be good. By faith we say we love one another, even our enemies, but when conflict comes, “common sense” says we’d be better off fending for ourselves against others, when necessary.
Brothers and sisters, we are called to live by faith in God’s Word, and the time to do that is when the facts and the odds seem to be stacked against us, not when everything is rosy and predictable. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” How well does that describe your life and faith?
If you had to put your life on a balance scale, would you come down more heavily on the side of natural common sense or faith in God? How we behave in adversity and stress is the best answer to that question…
Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “God Does Still Speak to Us, Part 1” and the scripture
is 1 Samuel 3:1-21 .
Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Practice will begin again at 7:30 pm on September 5th.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
Kings Kids – Practice will begin again at 6:30 on September 5th.

Fellowship News

Rally Day & Fun Fair

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Immediately following the 11 am service
(rain or shine)

Lunch will be served; there will be a moon bounce, games & prizes, a cake walk and lots of fun, fun, fun!!

Hope to see you all there!!!!

Discipleship News
Our church holds prayer meetings every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We need supporters for this valuable mission so if at all possible, please join us.
Prayer concerns this week:
Roland Miller, Kelly Davis (Sue Davis’ daughter), Bill Young, Jr. (Jesse Easton’s friend), Dean Stankewich (Stephan’s brother), Victims of Empire State Bldg shooting, Those in pain & fear, Tammy Palladino, Parents, Teachers & Student, Walt JoBack, Kimberly Basil Jarrell
September 16 – November 11, 2012
Teen Girls and their moms are invited to participate in a Bible-based curriculum based on the book, And the Bride Wore White, by Danna Gresh. The purpose of the study is to provide practical “how to” skills for developing and maintaining purity in a world stained with sexual immorality. The class is most appropriate for girls 6th grade and above and all girls attend with an adult female mentor (their mom, grandmom, aunt, etc). Each class includes a different special activity along with the study. We will also hear insights from girls who have previously participated in the class and how they have used the information and skills from this class to help them throughout high school, college, and beyond.

The class will meet on Sundays from 9:45AM-10:45AM starting September 16 and completing on November 11. There are also two special gatherings, one the evening of Friday, October 19 and lunch on Sunday, November 11.

Friends and their moms are welcome to attend along with you. Please contact Debbi Schneider for more information or to register (
Every Young Man’s Battle
September 16 – November 11, 2012

Can any young man escape the lure of temptation in today’s world? All junior high and senior high young men are invited to attend a study based on the book, “Every Young Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. The study shows you how to rise above today’s self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training your eyes and your mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a plan. The class will be led by Chaplain Ron Feezer and Dale Boeckman. Due to the nature of the material, we ask that each young man attend with a male adult mentor (dad, granddad, uncle, etc).

Friends and their mentors are welcome to attend along with you. Please contact Debbi Schneider for more information or to register (


Purpose: The organized unit of the United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

To participate in the
United Methodist Women’s Groups

Upcoming Events:
Monday, September 10th at 6:00 pm Martha Circle
Meeting & Covered Dish in Fellowship Hall

Monday, September 10th at 7:00 pm Edith Miles Circle
Meeting in the Parlor

Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 am General
Meeting with Special Membership Brunch in Fellowship Hall

Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 9/2/12 – No Meeting – Labor Day
Sunday, 9/9/12 – Helping with Fun Fair @ Church – 12:00 pm; No Regular Meeting
Sunday, 9/16/12 – Regular Meeting – 2012/2013 Youth Group Elections 6:30–8:00 pm
Sunday, 9/23/12 – Regular Meeting – Plan Youth Sunday – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 9/30/12 – Youth Sunday – 8:15 & 11:00 am – No Regular Meeting

Ministry News
No time for exercise? Learn how to take 10!!
You found your keys. You found the motivation to clean out your closet. Now you’ve got to find 30 minutes in your day to get physically active — and there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.
Think you don’t have time? You don’t have to do all 30 minutes at once. You’ll get the same benefits if you divide your time into two or three 10 to 15 segments a day.
“Building physical activity back into our daily lives is one of the great public health challenges of this century,” said Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Exercise at the University of South Carolina. “Our bodies were designed to be physically active, and they don’t do well with long-term exposure to sedentary living. Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”
Here are some of Dr. Pate’s tips for getting active:

1. Get out the leash and walk your dog. It’s a great activity for both man and man’s best friend. Your heart — and your pooch — will thank you!
2. Take your child for a brisk walk. It’s an excellent way to get some one-on-one time (or one-on-three, depending on the size of your brood.) Spice up your routine by exploring new neighborhoods or turning your walk into a scavenger hunt.
3. Mall walk. Are you sweating (or shivering) at the idea of walking outside? Take a brisk stroll around your local mall instead. Window shop, people watch and give your heart a workout in a climate-controlled environment.
4. Join a team. Pick an activity you love and round up some friends. Team sports can be fun — and keep you motivated and accountable.
5. Walk and talk. Even if you’re glued to your phone for work calls, you don’t have to be glued to your seat. Make it a habit to talk and walk. Some workplaces have walking paths to make it even easier to burn while you earn.
6. Tune into fitness during TV time. Reject your inner couch potato. Walk, jog in place or use the treadmill at the gym while you watch your favorite 30-minute show.
7. Park and walk. How many times have you circled the parking lot to find “the” spot? Spare yourself the stress and gain more energy by parking far away (or even in a remote lot) and walking farther to your destination.
8. Take the stairs. The elevator may go up — but it doesn’t make your heart rate climb. Take the stairs instead. You may huff and puff at first, but over time, your body will thank you.
9. Dance! Do it in a ballroom, at a club or even in your living room. You’ll burn calories and gain a new hobby.
10. Skip the cake, say goodbye to pie and take a walk after dinner. You’ll get a reward that’s sweeter than dessert: more family time.
If these ideas don’t work for you, find something that you enjoy. Ditching the excuses can be the first step to a healthier you. Of course, if you have an injury, talk to your doctor first to see if there’s a low-impact exercise you can do or find out if you should wait until you’re healed.
And here’s more food for thought: “Our culture no longer requires us to be hunters and gathers, but our bodies still need the physical activity that is required by that way of life,” Russell said. So check out these tips to get moving today!

Learn more:
• Learn more Easy Tips to Get Active! At home, at work or at play!
• Find out the American Heart Association Guidelines for Physical Activity
• How Can Physical Activity Become a Way of Life?

Outreach Ministry News


Side by Side School Supply Drive
Sponsored by: First United Methodist Church
Please continue to bring school supplies (listed below) for our Laurel kids through September 2nd to support the School supply drive. Side by Side is very appreciative of the strong leadership and financial support of our church!

Requested school supplies:
Book bags Elmer’s school glue
#2 Pencils with erasers Child’s safety scissors
Blue and black ink pens (some red) Compass
College and wide ruled notebook paper Protractors
Single subject spiral notebooks Plastic school boxes
Pocket folders Pencil pouches
Three ring binders (1”- 3” inches) Backpacks
Dry erase markers Box of tissues
Markers Bottles of hand sanitizer
Box of 16 or 24 crayons Packages of baby wipes
Colored pencils Organizers
Pencil boxes Pencil sharpeners
Index cards Rulers
Composition books Calculators
Gift cards to Wal-Mart

Church Notes
Warner & Ida Brown, 415 P Street #413, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mary Johns, Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane #328A, Columbia, MD 20144
Church Meetings
Thursday, September 6th – 7:00 pm – Worship Team Meeting
Thursday, September 13th – 7:00 pm – Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 13th – 7:30 pm – Staff Parish Comm. Meeting

Community Happenings

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