July 6, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
July 6, 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
“The Difference between Knowing About God and Really Knowing God”
In one of his final prayers here on earth, Jesus prayed for you and me. Speaking to the Father, here is one of the things he prayed about, Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3). Here Jesus states that eternal life—abundant life that has no end—comes from knowing the Father and his Son Jesus whom he sent. But what does it mean to know God?
To get at an answer, let’s look at the world we live in. We live in a world filled with celebrities—movie stars, musicians, athletes, socialites. With the internet, it is possible to learn even intimate details about many of these folks. We can learn about their childhood, their families, their height, their favorite food and color, and more. You name it, and the information is probably out there somewhere.
However, you can know all about a celebrity without really knowing them. What’s the difference? Knowing about something is all head knowledge. Really knowing something is entirely experiential. We get to know someone by personally experiencing them—being around them, interacting with them, getting at who they really are on the inside beyond mere facts.
This same principle translates to God as well. My fear is that many of us know about God through Bible stories, creeds, sermons, Bible studies, and more. But for the most part, we haven’t gotten to know God through intimate personal experience in a way that brings to life and affirms all the things we read and hear about God in the Bible.
I’m reading a book called Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2008). Maybe some of you have run across this book or the very well known study book by the same title. Here’s an excerpt from the book about what it means to experience God:
We come to truly know God as we experience Him in and around our lives. Many people have grown up attending church and hearing about God all their lives, but they do not have a personal, dynamic, growing relationship with God. They never hear His voice. They have no idea what God’s will is. They do not encounter His love firsthand. They have no sense of divine purpose for their lives. They many know a lot about God, but they don’t really know Him. Merely knowing about God only comes through experience as He reveals Himself to you through His word and as you relate to Him. (Blackaby, 10).
So here’s an exercise for you to try. Take one of the many names of God from the Bible. Here are just a few: my hope (Ps. 71), our peace (Eph. 2:14), King of kings (1 Tim. 6:15), my salvation (Exod. 15:2), light of life (John 8:12), refuge and strength (Ps. 46:1). These names were given to describe God by people who personally experienced God in these ways. Which of these names for God describes how you have personally experienced God? Which of these names describes a way you desire to experience God? Give thanks to God and worship God for the ways you have experienced God in one of these ways. Pray to God for the ways you want to personally experience him in one of these given biblical names.
Do you see the difference? There’s a huge difference between knowing about all these names for God and having personally experienced God in these ways. I pray for you and for me that we’ll not only grow in our knowledge about God, but that we’ll also personally experience God in the ways in which God is revealed to us in the Bible.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Worship News
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Death Made Obsolete by Resurrection Life” and the scripture is from John 11:1-44
Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Off for the summer, If you would like to provide special music please sign up in the choir room.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am

Fellowship News

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: George Frazee, Tonya Wells, Jordan Wells, Geraldine Pinkston & Family, Family of Ron Stanley Sr., Tammy Palladino, Pastor Owens in Georgia, Curt Probst, Tammy Bowles, Family of Nkenge Poindexter
Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 7/8/12 – Helping out with VBS
Sunday, 7/15/12 – Helping out with VBS Celebration at both morning services; No regular meeting
Ministry News
For the next several days, temperatures are expected to be high. These temperatures when combined with relative humidity result in heat stress, which can lead to hyperthermic conditions. Direct sunlight increases the index by 15 degrees as a rule. Please review the charts below, check on your loved ones and neighbors.
NOAA’s National Weather Service
Heat Index


Outreach Ministry News

This Saturday, we will meet at the church at 3:00pm to decorate the altar and set up the things for Sunday.

This Sunday is Kick-off Sunday and we will be commissioned at both services. After Sunday School, we can go into the rooms that we will be using and take pictures so we know exactly how to set it back up again, and we will rearrange things so we can do our activities this week. We need lots of hands to help move things this Sunday.

I will make one final plea at the services this Sunday, especially for those who can’t be involved in VBS during the week, but I also wanted to ask you all to consider bringing in a snack item or two from the index cards out in the narthex for the “Very Hungry Caterpillars” who will be snacking this week! Bonnie has about 13 cards left with items that are necessary for the snacks for the kids.

I also am still in need of some guides, please review the list of team members below.

Finally, we will be meeting at 5:30pm Sunday night to have a short orientation before the kids start arriving at 6:15. We will wear our First Church t-shirts every night this week. If you do not have one at all, please see me Sunday night.

Thank you all for your willingness to serve this week, we have more than 60 kids preregistered and I expect God to show up in big ways this week!

Let me know how I can help with any final questions.

-Jenna Ryan

DRAFT- VBS Team Members 2012
3 Yr Olds Doodle Bugs 10 Max. Becky Boeckman, Shari Kornak, _______
Kathryn Hawes, Haley Kornak
4 & 5 Yr Olds Wiggle Worms 15 Max. Kim Newkirk, Diana Sansosti (not S), Ann Marie (not T)
Caitlyn Frazee, Teddy Hersey
Kindergarten Humble Honey Bees 20 Max. Laura Ryan, Ingrid Loukota (not S), Dawn King,
Kaili O., _______
1st & 2nd Gr. Faithful Fireflies 25 Max. Jeremy Newkrik (no W, Th), Essie Jarrell, Dale Boeckman (no Th)
Myriam Martin, _______
3rd & 4th Gr. Devoted Dragonflies 25 Max. Blairlee Owens, Katie Weston, John Tardy (not M),
Carey Myers (not W), _______
5th & 6th Gr. Spiritual Spiders 25 Max. Spring Easton, Pastor Chris, Trudie (not T)
_______, _______
Adult Class Praying Mantises Cherilyn Hostetler & Bev Raynor
Bible Story Room 210 & 211 Debbi Schneider
S-Greg M-John T-Ann Marie, Trudie W-Carey, Jeremy Th- Dale
Memory Verse Room 213 Catherine Myers
Games 2nd Cup Café Jim Ryan (not T) & Greg Sweitzer (not S), Daniel O., Tyler O.
Snacks F. Hall Bonnie & George Frazee, Samuel Reynells, Gabe Alexander
Music Room 206 Sarah & Jennifer Landy
Crafts Room 215 Jane Hanfman, Rowena Bowman, Juliette Pettu-Willliams,
Katrina Alexander
Registration Office/Admin Laura O., Dave Hostetler
Photographer Office Kathy Hersey

Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House and
Side by Side School’s Supply Drive
Sponsored by: First United Methodist Church

School supply lists for the Fall are very extensive and costly in these current economic times. Please help these children with your donation. Donations can be left in the tub located in the Narthex marked School Supply Drive.

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

All school supplies collected will be divided between the Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House (PAW PAW, West Virginia) and Side By Side (Laurel). Our church will be taking school supplies to PAW PAW on August 11th (donations need to be given by August 5th) and Side By Side will receive our donations on September 1st.

Thanks in advance for supporting the children of Laurel and PAW PAW with your donations.

The Elementary Sunday School Classes

Church Meetings
Thursday, July 26th – 7:00 pm Lay Leadership Development

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, MD. This week Mt. Zion is celebrating its 150th anniversary and we would like our fellow churches in the community to celebrate with us. On Saturday, July 14th we will be hosting a Carnival from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be games, crafts, entertainment (several local bands), old time photos, pony rides, petting zoo, food, and fun for all ages.
The United States Army Field Band – Summer Concert Series at Fort Meade

Free Concerts – All Concerts are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Constitution Park (Just off English Avenue, across from the Parade Field)

Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus – 4 August, 2012
The Jazz Ambassadors – 11 August, 2012
The Volunteer – 18 August, 2012 Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, The Volunteers,
and the Jazz Ambassadors – 25 August, 2012

All Concerts are held outdoors and attendees may bring blankets or lawn chairs.
In the event of inclement weather, the first three will be canceled, but the final concert on 25 August will take place in the McGill Training Center and feature a variety of selections from The Volunteers. The most up-to-date inclement weather information will be posted on www.armyfieldband.com
July Birthdays:
1 Essie Jarrell
3 Becky Boeckman
Nayla Jimenez
5 Lyle Tiffany
Jeffery Weston
6 Anthony Gyang
Patrick Herman
7 Charles Freeman
Dylan Gyang
Robert May
Esther Spence
Peggy Sweitzer
8 Cherilyn Hostetler
Larissa Knoblett
9 Jonah Hall
Brad Swank
Mary Jo Watlington
11 Marlene Carr
12 Susannah Offenbacher
15 Glen Shaffer
17 Chandler Robbins
18 Larry Foster
21 Katrina Turner
22 Lauren Welsh
23 Terry Castruita
Jill Cotton
Robert Hanna
Nathan Lowe
Shirley Lutz
24 James Gourdine
Tom Jarrell, IV
Dave Meixner
Aiden Pruitt
Marshall Pruitt
25 Tiffany Lilly
26 George Anderson
27 William Hawkins
Jeffrey Holmes
Kaili Offenbacher
30 Allan Frost
Natalie Yelenik
31 Matthew Jackson

July Anniversaries
1 David & Sherry Myers
3 Adam & Lauren Engle
10 Ron & Amanda Feeser
15 Courtney & Michelle Falk
28 Ken & Kathy Hersey
30 Ken & LeAnn McCreedy

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