Wednesday’s Word

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Baptism of the Lord Sunday 

Baptism of the Lord Sunday is part of the liturgical church year scheduled the Sunday after Epiphany. This year it falls on January 12, 2020. The scripture for this Sunday reminds us of the story about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptism. During the worship service, the congregation will also celebrate the reaffirmation of our baptismal covenant and be reminded of our own personal baptism.

Baptism is one of the two sacraments that the Methodist practice that was ordained by Jesus Christ. As Methodist, we recognize God’s prevenient grace is at work in us from the time of our birth. For this reason, we practice infant baptism. Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace of God working in our lives. We believe God is the primary actor, through the sign of the water, offering the gift of grace and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. At our baptism, we are initiated into the family of God and called to participate in the life of the church.

Please join us in worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, 202, to reaffirm the covenant that God has made with you and leave empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Emergency Relief Donation Drive for McDougald Terrence Residents

of McDougald Terrace are being evacuated out of their home due to unsafe living conditions.  In support of the displaced families, we are being asked to provide items from the list below:.  Please bring your donations to church this Sunday.  You may bring any of the items on the list or you may make a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund.  Monies from the Good Samaritan Fund will be used to purchase food.

 

  • Gently Used:
    • Clothes (children, women, & men)
    • Shoes
    • Jackets/sweaters
    • Hat/scarfs
  • Unopened:
    • Toiletries
    • Feminine produces
    • Baby Food/Milk/Formula
    • Diapers
    • Blankets
    • Non-perishable food Items
    • Canned goods
    • Cleaning Supplies
    • School Supplies    


Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

Dear United Methodist friends,

Grace and peace to you in this new year.

I write to encourage your gracious and prayerful attention to thehttps://www.umnews.org/en/news/diverse-leaders-group-offers-separation-plan released today (January 3, 2020)  by a diverse group of United Methodist leaders. The proposal is the outcome of a skillfully mediated process in which these leaders came to a unanimous sense of possibility for our future. The proposal is offered to the church in humility and hope. I urge you to read the proposal and accompanying resources.

Styled by some media as a split, all the participants understand this to be a continuity of the UMC with provisions for separation for those who desire to do so.

As the year unfolds, there will be continued discussion and discernment relative to this proposal across the church as we move toward the General Conference in May.

We are thankful for the way we work together allowing this proposal to be considered along with other proposals and petitions that were submitted through our legislative process. As with all proposals and petitions, General Conference is the place where any decision will be made.

Thank you for your prayers for our church in this time and for your patience and perseverance. Together let us share strong hope for ministry configurations of our shared life that offer space for all to worship, grow in grace, and serve with faithfulness and joy.

With the shared confidence we have in God’s providence, power, and grace,

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
 


  Mission Moment Newsletter Nugget

Every year, United Methodist teens from around the world raise thousands of dollars for the Youth Service Fund. It is not the size of the gift that matters, but the number of people involved in giving.

If every youth attending a United Methodist church in the United States alone gave just $2, we would raise more than $1.5 million. But that’s not all. Any youth can apply for funding. These funds exist for youth who want to serve their peers and need a financial boost to get a new ministry off the ground.

For nearly 50 years, countless youth worldwide have benefited. Here’s how to spread the spirit of generosity:

  • Share fundraising ideas, stories of giving to the Youth Service Fund and tips on living generously.
  • Brainstorm how to best serve others. Share your dream ministry and start turning it into a reality.
  • Go to the fund homepage,youthservicefund.org, to see how your gifts make a difference.

—Adapted from Youth Service Fund webpage

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