Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Creating a World Free from Hunger


So grateful for our partnership with the Mountain Top Food Bank. Please bring your non-perishable gifts and put them in the Treasure Chest!

Friday, May 26, 2017

House, Priesthood, Sacrifices


20-21 May 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 6
      Baptism on 21 May at 10:45 am
John 1.35-39 (children)
1 Peter 2.2-10 (message)

Enjoy buildings under construction:
      The Brew House Lofts, Pittsburg
      Working for the contractor, cleaning up after the dry wall crew
      Habitat
      Looking for the unique detail, the way the pieces interlock
      Become HOMES

Looking for where God lives
      Catholic
      Wicca
      Alone in the woods
Options!
In the Christian tradition, one answer to WHERE we find God is among God’s people: If you want to meet the Living Stone, then let me introduce you to the living stones.
            The “you’s” are PLURAL, the verbs are plural

Focus text: 1 Peter 2:5  like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
      House, Priesthood, Sacrifices
      Metaphors borrowed from Hebrew temple/tabernacle worship

Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Mission Central to Niger


Our Medical team to Niamey, Niger in West Africa  arrived back home to the states on Monday, April 3rd. They worked in 3 small villages northeast of the capital city.   Here are a few photos of the village children and Dr Bill Daniel administering the meningitis shots.  The report is that from the order of 1000 doses of medicine, God gave us “loaves and fishes” and multiplied it to 1088 shots.  Thanks so much for the sharps containers….you can see them being used here in the makeshift village clinic.  All the supplies you sent were a blessing to this team and to the families in Niger.  Because of the generosity of Mission Central and other donors, we were able to provide these services and leave medical supplies for the nurses and clinics of these villages for their continued use.  They were thrilled with the blood pressure cuffs and supply of band-aids!
Many thanks to Mission Central for the work you do to care for the people of God and to further the work of his kingdom all around the world.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nursery


Our nursery is a great place to hang out. Talk with Chris, our coordinator, to sign on to the team!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The United Methodist Church in Dubai


By Thomas Kemper
Witness to faith in Jesus Christ takes many forms and can be found in unexpected places—such as the United Arab Emirates, where Oasis of Grace United Methodist Church is one of the newest congregations in our denominational connection.

The vital and vibrant church meets in a hotel in the officially Muslim country; it is an expression of the devotion of United Methodist migrant workers from the Philippines.
I was honored to worship there and take part in the installation of its first leadership team late during the Lenten season this year. I was in the UAE for the tenth anniversary of the First United Methodist Church in Dubai and to show that Global Ministries is walking with United Methodists and other Christians there. Oasis of Grace, launched last November, has a congregation of approximately 50 people.

First Church Dubai, Oasis of Grace, and a third congregation I had the chance to visit, Sharjah United Methodist Church, were started by Filipino United Methodists who come in large numbers to work in the prosperous, oil-rich kingdoms along the Persian Gulf. They bring the church with them and are allowed—in the UAE—to gather for worship, although Emirati Muslims are not allowed to come to the services or convert to Christianity. Another United Methodist community, which I was unable to visit, has been organized by migrant church members from Zimbabwe.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baptism Introduction

Introducing children to the baptismal font! A real joy to celebrate so many baptisms together this year.

Construction at the parsonage


Two projects were recently completed at the parsonage, addressing structural and safety issues. In the basement, the two steel I-beams that supported the house had twisted during construction. They have been straightened and properly supported. The front porch had begun to pull away from the house, causing damage to the brick work. It had been poured as a monolith, without a foundation, and the 9000 pounds of old concrete were slowly pulling away. This was replaced with a brand new front porch, with footer and foundation, and the rest of the sidewalk was leveled. Thanks to the careful work of our Trustee team and the generosity of the church!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Children's Church


Thanks to Holly for coordinating Children's Church this year. What a wonderful gift! And thanks to everyone who served.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Prison Ministry in Zimbabwe

Harare Metropolitan Province assistant commissioner Elizabeth Banda Karinda, left, accepts donations from Zivorinashe Mujaji and Tarisai Mufambi of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for the Harare East District. The United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe donated more than $1,300 worth of food to female inmates at Chikurubi Prison. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.
Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS
Harare Metropolitan Province assistant commissioner Elizabeth Banda Karinda, left, accepts donations from Zivorinashe Mujaji and Tarisai Mufambi of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for the Harare East District. The United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe donated more than $1,300 worth of food to female inmates at Chikurubi Prison.
By Kudzai Chingwe
May 3, 2017 | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS)
The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has donated more than $1,300 worth of food to female inmates at Chikurubi Prison.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Zivorinashe Mujaji, United Methodist Board of Church and Society chairperson for the Harare East District, said the church was touched by the plight of the female inmates who faced many challenges, among them food shortages, while serving their prison terms.
“As (The United Methodist Church), we were disturbed by the food situation obtaining in most prisons around the country, and today we have responded to the call by our counterparts, the Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe, on the challenges being faced by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services on feeding the inmates,” she said.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Living Word


29-30 Apr 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 3
Psalm 116 (call to worship)
Luke 24.13-35 (children)
1 Peter 1.10-25 (message)

Rich fare!
      Last week:
            Building anticipation and surprise of grace
            Hope in the midst of pain
            “Living hope”, do not see but love and believe
      Link to today’s text, v 13, “Therefore”
Therefore – based on being “born again to a living hope” – SET YOUR HOPE (the imperative in the passage). Participles are “preparing mind for action” and “gird up your loins”. Both reflection and action are part of setting our hope.
      Implications of Easter/resurrection
1 Peter 1:11  the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory.
1 Peter 1:21  Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
The message of prophets: who God is has direct implications for who we are!
Judge – purified people
Impartial – genuine mutual love
Holy God – holy people
Good news – hopeful people

Focus theme: “Living Word”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

From Brothel Madam to Mission Founder

The San Antonio, Texas brothel run by Mary “Madam” Volino would in 1895 become a rescue ministry for young women in prostitution. The change came after Volino’s dramatic conversion. The Methodist-supported ministry would soon shift its focus, arranging adoptions of babies born there to young women pregnant out of wedlock. This undated photo shows the infant room. Photo courtesy of Providence Place.
The San Antonio, Texas brothel run by Mary “Madam” Volino would in 1895 become a rescue ministry for young women in prostitution. The change came after Volino’s dramatic conversion. The Methodist-supported ministry would soon shift its focus, arranging adoptions of babies born there to young women pregnant out of wedlock. This undated photo shows the infant room.

by Sam Hodges
April 26, 2017 | SAN ANTONIO (UMNS)
She ran one of San Antonio’s most popular brothels. Then she came to Christian faith and turned that bawdy house into a Methodist mission.
With her conversion in 1895, Mary “Madam” Volino began to rescue the young women she had employed as prostitutes from that trade.
“Girls, I’ll give you shelter and God will give us bread,” she reportedly said at the end of a worship service in her former house of ill repute in downtown San Antonio’s red light district.
Volino died long ago, but her ministry is in its 122nd year and continues to be supported by United Methodists.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Egg Hunt (4)




Living Hope


22-23 Apr 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 2
Psalm 16.5-11 (call to worship)
John 20.19-31 (children)
1 Peter 1.1-9 (message)

Draw attention to a few details in the text:
·       Trinity clearly articulated (1.2): chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood (NIV)
·       Timing of salvation gift: (1.4), kept in heaven for you; (1.9), are receiving the outcome/goal of your faith. Thus, being born again is described both as being born into a “living hope” (now/not yet) and as being born into an “inheritance” (not yet) (1.3-4).
·       Resurrection and new birth – the power that raises Jesus from the dead is the very same power that gives us new life in Christ Jesus (1.3): he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
·       Suffering described as simply part of life, perhaps as persecution for the sake of our faith, and as having a unique purpose in the life of a follower of Jesus – to refine our faith (1.6-7): now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,  7 so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (Please note that there is much more that the Scriptures say about suffering. This is only one voice, one facet, of the whole.)