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Thursday, January 18, 2018

John Wesley - Jedi?

The more I read and learn about John Wesley’s convictions, hard work, and austere lifestyle, the more I believe Methodism's founder could have made an excellent Jedi.

Of course, the Star Wars stories are complete fiction, set “a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away.” Still, these films contain motifs that resonate with contemporary audiences, such as the Christian themes of self-sacrifice, faith in the face of persecution, rebirth, and hope for future generations.

In diving deeper and reflecting on the Jedi characters, I see parallels with John Wesley’s life and ministry.

Read more at this link.

The Advance turns 70

Imagine No Malaria is one of the health initiatives that is supported by The Advance. It is also the kind of visionary, world-changing thinking that The Advance has supported for 70 years: Malaria has been eradicated in the United States since the 1950s; why shouldn't it be eradicated in the rest of the world as well?

An Imagine No Malaria mobile clinic program funded by The Advance (Advance #3021190) goes from village to village in Mozambique to provide not only malaria testing and education, but also other medical services, such as general screening, HIV testing, eye consultation, weighing and vaccination of children, and family planning.

Imagine No Malaria is just one of more than 600 mission projects supported through The Advance. The areas of impact for Advance projects extend to the whole of the human experience:

  1. Food & Agriculture
  2. Evangelism and Church Growth
  3. Disaster Response & Recovery
  4. Education
  5. Health
  6. Economic Empowerment
  7. Social Justice
  8. Water & Sanitation
  9. Women & Children
  10. Mission Personnel
  11. Migration
Since 1948, The Advance has been connecting the generosity of United Methodists with the needs of people throughout the world. Thanks for being a part of God's love at work.
Rev. Russell Pierce
Executive Director for Mission Engagement
General Board of Global Ministries

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wonderful time @ WOW!

John Wesley approves of WOW!
Sunrise shares with the community
Standing room only!
A word from John Wesley
Twenty-three were on hand tonight as Worship on Wednesday (WOW) made its first appearance at The Living Center.

The members of Sunrise (Cleo Guenther, Carole Koval, Bill Lyon, and Connie Rakiecki) offered some toe-tapping bluegrass/gospel music to get our time together underway.

Pastor Charles shared a devotional, reading several passages from John Wesley's sermons/journal about prayer. Communion was shared to bring the evening to a close.

Our next WOW @ The Living Center will be 6 pm on February 21.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pantry Partner Sunday Needs

Pantry Partner Sunday offering will be collected on January 21st.

Let's go, "WOW" Tomorrow!

Worship on Wednesday (WOW) breaks new ground tomorrow with its first-ever gathering at The Living Center.

We'll be offering WOW at The Living Center on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Each WOW gathering includes a devotion and communion.

Tomorrow's WOW will also feature songs from our own "Sunrise!"

Memorial service for Nancy Benner

The community gathered this afternoon at The Living Center's second floor chapel to pay respects to Joyce "Nancy" Benner.

Parking reminder

We have a significant number of people coming to service who need to be able to park close to the building.  Currently, we only have 2 handicap parking places in the back with access to the ramp to enter the building.  We have more than 2 people who are needing this access. 

Please, if you are able to park further away and/or enter via the front sidewalk, make this choice.  Please help by leaving as many close parking spots in the parking lot open for our residents driving themselves who need to be in close proximity to the building.  Often times it’s difficult for these people to get going, they are arriving later than many of us, and the parking places have already filled.

Thank you for everything each of you can do to help make our church accessible for everyone.