June 22, 2012
First UMC | eRevelations
June 22, 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 One Reason for What We Do”
Over the last couple of months I have been working with the Laurel Clergy Association to form a new ministry with our homeless population. We’re called New Day. On our steering committee are people from different churches in the Laurel community, and our own Jody Noyes is also on the steering committee.
New Day is here because we’re convinced of a few things. First, we believe that the path away from homelessness is not just receiving services and programs. Those are important, but they are not enough in themselves. So often, we see the same people time and again coming into LARS, Grassroots, Winterhaven, and other service-based organizations. These organizations do invaluable work, but it’s not quite enough.
New Day believes that what people really need are transformative relationships with people of God and of course with Jesus Christ himself. The various ministries New Day is planning revolve around that central premise. All people, especially our homeless neighbors, need the Lord and the Lord’s people.
Yet I’m amazed at how often people of faith forget or overlook the basic truth that people need Jesus. In an effort to not offend or “push religion” on anyone, many Christians will go out of their way not to talk about Jesus. And so, Christians settle for offering services and programs or for “being nice” with every good intention to help other people and to do good things. But wanting to help and do good things isn’t enough. That’s not the core of what people need. Again, people need the Lord Jesus shown and shared through his people.
I want to share with you a powerful verse of Scripture. It’s something the Apostle Paul shared with the church in Rome. He said,
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:15-17)
Paul was no stranger to controversy! What was the source of the controversy? It was his conviction of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel means “good news”. The gospel is the good news that God has sent his son Jesus Christ as the Lord, Savior, and Messiah of the world, and that by believing in him, we are forgiven, made righteous, and live forever in his resurrection.
So many times Paul was persecuted, beaten, stoned, imprisoned and eventually martyred for this conviction. And yet he was not ashamed of the gospel. He didn’t hide the gospel. He didn’t fail to share the gospel and to live the gospel. He wasn’t afraid of peoples’ objections and rejections. He was so convinced that all people need Jesus Christ that he was not going to keep this good news to himself.
What would it look like for you and for our church if everything we did was motivated by this core conviction? What more could we do if we truly believe that all people need Jesus? What things that we’re doing now would simply get in the way? How much more passionate and intentional would we be if we truly believed that all people need Jesus? How much less afraid and more joyful would we be knowing that Jesus is on our side, living his will through us to share the good news about him?
I want us all to wake up every day and not forget that people need the Lord. Let that truth guide you in all that you do and say. Then, your life will always be in mission with Christ. You will be a conduit and a conveyer of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t be ashamed of it any longer!
Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Our Divine Firewall” and the scripture is from John 10:1-10
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Wednesday Rehearsals 7:30 pm
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
Fourth of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
First United Methodist Church
424 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
1:00 pm Luncheon…
Pulled Pork, Beef Hotdogs, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Chips, Dessert, Beverage
2:00 pm Patriotic Musical
Presented by the Chancel Choir
“Land of the Free”
Judy Law – Choir Director
Dr. Mack Statham, Accompaniment
NOTICE!!! PRAYER MEETINGS
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: Germaine Acampora, People of Syria, Linda (friend of Germaine Acampora), Larry Foster, Robert Barnes (Jon Barnes brother), Marsha Barnes (Jon Barnes wife)
NO MEETINGS IN JULY & AUGUST
Sunday, 6/24/12 – Game Night/Bring A Friend Night – 6:30pm-8pm
Sunday, 7/1/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm
Sunday, 7/8/12 – Helping out with VBS
Sunday, 7/15/12 – Helping out with VBS Celebration at both morning services; No regular meeting
Outreach Ministry News
It’s Paw-Paw time again!!
SAVE THE DATE!! Saturday, August 11, 2012
Don’t forget to bring school supplies and cleaning supplies in for our trip to the Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House in Paw-Paw, W.V., scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2012.
You can also make a monetary contribution if you would prefer by making your check out directly to “Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House” (your cancelled check will be your receipt). Feel free to place your check in the offering plate or give to the office directly.
Donations should reach the church no later than Sunday, August 5, 2012.
We will need drivers and people to sort the donations. Please watch the bulletin for more details. Any questions, please call Richard Reynnells at 301-776-4154.
Thursday, June 28th – 7:00 pm Lay Leadership Development
Thursday, July 5th – 7:00 pm Worship Team Meeting
Church Job Opportunity
Paid Part-time Job Opportunity:
The FUMC-Laurel nursery is in need of a part-time nursery attendant. Minimum age: 16 years old. Hours: mostly Sunday from 1045 – 1230 (or until all of the children have been picked up). Trained, or willing to be trained, in basic first aid. Must have completed the child safety course within the last 3 years. NO DIAPER CHANGING REQUIRED. For additional information, contact our Nursery Coordinator (Diana Sansosti). Those interested should submit a short paragraph about why you would be a good candidate for this position to the church office (ATTN: SPRC). Position is currently available. Thanks for your support to this important ministry.
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