September 7, 2012

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September 7, 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
“Listening for God’s Voice”
This past Sunday and on this Sunday to come, I’m sharing about how to listen for God’s voice and how to respond to God. Does God still speak to us in real ways, and can we know what God is saying? Yes! For us, it comes down to learning how to listen for God and what to do once we hear from God.
I want to share with you one of my favorite biblical stories about listening for the voice of God. It features the prophet Elijah during one of the worst times of his life. He just had a major victory over the false prophets of Baal, but now the king and queen of Israel were embroiled in anger over it and wanted Elijah dead.
Could you imagine that? Could you imagine yourself in Elijah’s shoes? All he had ever done was to pursue God and fulfill God’s call on his life. And now his own king—the anointed of God!—wanted him dead. If there was ever a time Elijah needed to hear from his God, it was now.
Read what happened next:
[Elijah said], “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (1 Kings 19:10-13)
There came a point for Elijah, and for us, that he had to put aside his worries, doubts, and fears, and just keep himself still enough to listen and watch for God. He just had to stop, watch, and listen. God promised to speak to him, just as God promises to speak to us, too.
Let me suggest that Elijah needed to do what we need to do: just stop and listen. I think the greatest challenge we have to listening for God’s voice is all the NOISE we’re immersed in. We’re so busy. We’re surrounded by media, competing voices, activities, demands, and more. We have a hard time listening to each other because of all this noise. How would we expect to hear God, too?
We must, as Elijah did, stop and wait on God’s voice. We must also not get discouraged when we don’t immediately hear God’s voice or hear God’s voice in the ways we want and expect. Elijah had to listen through a wind storm, a fire, and an earthquake before he heard that gentle whisper from God. Even then, God still had more to say (which you can read past the verses I’ve included here.)
God has spoken to you, too, and still has more to say.
It’s very simple: God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit to reveal himself, his purposes, and his ways. And God communicates these things to us through the Scriptures, prayer, the church, and circumstances.
Yet the first step is always out commitment to listen. And then, when God speaks to us, we must then adjust ourselves to what God says and obey God. As we do, God’s voice will be clearer and clearer to us. And who wouldn’t want that?

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “God Does Still Speak to Us, Part 2” and the scripture
is 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 and Ephesians 4:1-16 .
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Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Practice 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
Kings Kids – Practice again October 3rd at 6:30 pm

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
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, Betty Johnson, Wilma Shober (Judy Law’s mother), Mr. Lee
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Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Please join our Tuesday morning Bible Study which is held every Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 11:00 am. We are studying “Experiencing God” Knowing & Doing the Will of God
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AND THE BRIDE WORE WHITE
September 16 – November 11, 2012
9:45AM-10:45AM
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 (deborahjschneider@yahoo.com)
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Every Young Man’s Battle
September 16 – November 11, 2012
9:45AM-10:45AM

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 (deborahjschneider@yahoo.com)

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UMW

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.

ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME
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 Potluck Brunch in Fellowship Hall

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UMYF
September Youth Group Happenings

Sunday, September 9 – Help at the Fun Fair – 12pm-2pm; No Regular Meeting

Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15 – Back to School Lock-in – 7pm-7am – Bring a friend, Snack, 2 liter bottle of soda and a game to share.

Saturday, September 15 – CCYM Meeting (Conference Center) 10am-12pm

Sunday, September 16 – No Regular Meeting

Sunday, September 23 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Elections

Sunday, September 30 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Game Night

Next week, look for more information about ROCK 2013, including registration, the Mass Choir, lodging, etc. This year’s theme is “Transformed from the Inside Out” and the theme verse is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Ministry News

Did You Know You Can Make a Difference in Your Health?

Blood Pressure Screening
and Educational Guidance available on
Sunday, September 16, 2012
after 8:15 Service in the Parlor

Stop by and find out your blood pressure reading.

Goals:
? To identify individuals undiagnosed with an elevated blood pressure.
? To monitor the blood pressure of persons currently taking blood pressure medications.
? To provide health education on the prevention of or management of elevated blood pressures.

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Outreach Ministry News
Support Brandon Frazee & the Maryland State Police Academy Class 139 for the 5K Race to Benefit Pathfinders for Autism.
Go to pathfindersforautism.org. Scroll down on the page for the picture for the Run Wild for Autism 5K and click on “read more”. Go down the page until you see Sponsorship Packages and click on “donate online”. Under the thermometer you will see “MD State Police Class 139”, click on them and then under the thermometer again you will see “sponsor our team”. Click on that and fill in the page and you are done!! Thanks for anything you can do to help with this worthy cause…..Brandon Frazee
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Side By Side
Community Kickball Tournament….
Three ways you can participate: join our church’s defending champions’ team; help sponsor the church team ($25 per player) or a school team; volunteer to help out on tournament day, October 6, 2012 (volunteer sign-up sheets are in the narthex). Any questions, contact Dave Myers at 301-490-0979.

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WEST RIVER WORK DAY
The men of Annapolis District UMM will work at the West River Retreat Center at 5100 Chalk Point Rd West River, MD 20778 on Saturday, Sept 15, from 8 am to 3 pm. Please join us in preparing our Retreat Center for the fall: re-striping the pool parking lot; removing the bathroom stalls, toilet and bench in the boys shower room; prepping the shower room for laying tile, putting sealer/stain on the enclosure around the dumpster, and removing the soccer goal from the middle of the field. Lunch will be provided but you must RSVP either via phone at 443-302-9866 or email to AnnapolisUMM@gmail.com

Church Notes
NEW ADDRESSES:
Candidate Brandon Frazee, Education & Training Division, 6852 4th Street, Sykesville, MD 21784
Church Meetings
Thursday, September 13th – 7:00 pm – Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 13th – 7:30 pm – Staff Parish Comm. Meeting

Community Happenings

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