Saturday, September 29, 2018

Wise Communication

Kite Festival today 10-4!

International Disaster Response

Kite Festival this Saturday, 10 to 4!

One of the many facets of mission is International Disaster Response (IDR). Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the church is one of the first in when disaster strikes and one of the last to leave.

This is true in West Mosul, Iraq, where people have been displaced, lost their homes and are facing the daily realities of living in a war zone.

One mother shared she had lost her husband during the armed groups’ attacks of Mosul City. She now is trying to keep herself, three children and elderly father alive. She had to walk for days to get to where they currently live, and resources were difficult to locate. This mother in Mosul has received food assistance through the direct financial support provided by UMCOR to the International Blue Crescent.

She exclaimed it was the first time someone had provided support to help feed her children. This is mission work: supporting people in crisis, ensuring a mother can cook a proper meal for her family for the first time in six months. Through tears, she added, “I have felt guilty to eat instead of giving that to my children, but now, with proper food aid, I can leave that feeling, at least for the moment.”

Imagine a world where everyone shares this kind of love and support with others. This is possible through UMCOR, which serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance within the United States and abroad.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Talented (message by Kim)

Kite festival this Saturday, 10 to 4!

Thanks Kim for sharing a message close to your heart!

Matthew 25: 14-30 The Parable of the Talents

What is the definition of Talent.  I became curious
The origin is from the Greek Word Talanton .  This was used to describe a unit of money or weight.
The weight varied among different peoples and different times.
A Roman Talent might be valued at 500
An Attic talent at 1200
A Babylonian talent at 2000
As time went on, the theologians of the Latin middles ages began to give talent a figurative meaning. To use is as if it meant “natural ability” . The figurative usage became predominant .
Webster dictionary has the top definition as a special gift..athletic, creative or artistic.

In the Matthew story a theme is gathered: People should make good use of their natural gifts.
This is my message to you today
1 Peter 4:10  “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good steward of the manifold of God race” God has given each one of you a variety of strengths, talents and gifts. God expects us to use these gifts in His service. Putting them on a shelf or hiding them or feeling that the gift you have doesn’t really make a difference is not honoring our Heavenly Father. Every gift you have is important or God wouldn’t have given it to you. All of our gifts, strengths and talents are uniquely given to us.  Remember Ephesians 2:10” For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” What did HE create… Your strengths, your gifts, your talents!!!
Be Proud of who you are or should I say WHOSE you are! A child of the living God! Our mission here on Earth is to serve others. Our Church mission is to serve others. We each have a part to play and a mission to complete and God has equipped us with specific strengths and gifts and talents to get the job done. Am I , are YOU , are WE  doing our  part???

Thursday, September 27, 2018


From August 12, the complete arc - doubled!

David Davis Award

River Baptism in Vienna

Fariba Sadat Sadreddini and Seyed Mojtaba Rezaei Sani were baptized into the Christian faith by Matthew Laferty on Sunday, 3 June 2018, in the Oberes Muehlwasser in Vienna. They also entered into professing membership in the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna.

Check out all the pictures from our missionary partner!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Church provided family for Bulgarian boy

Presian Vlaiakov sings at the Sofia (Bulgaria) United Methodist Church. Vlaiakov, the son of a single mother, said his commitment to the church grew out of the love and help the church showed him as a child. Photo by the Rev. Mihail Stefanov.
By Ginny Whitehouse
Presian Vlaiakov sings at the Sofia (Bulgaria) United Methodist Church. Vlaiakov, the son of a single mother, said his commitment to the church grew out of the love and help the church showed him as a child. Photo by the Rev. Mihail Stefanov.

Presian Vlaiakov has happy memories of his childhood in Dobrich, Bulgaria: Running outside with friends all day in the summer and playing in The United Methodist Church day care after school.
His mind skips over his father, an alcoholic who left before he was born, and the poor neighborhood where he grew up in his town near the Romanian border.
Instead, he speaks of his mother, a much-loved community nurse, working hard to support her son and daughter, despite being shunned by family for getting a divorce. Vlaiakov remembers his mother taking him to church and together finding a community there.
“I went to the day care center, then I was invited to participate and go to worship. Since then, I am in the church,” Vlaiakov said.
The church provided stability and safety in an unstable time. Divorce still is a source of stigma in Bulgaria, but even more so during the time of communism. Even now, 80 percent of single mothers get no child care support from family or their children’s fathers, according to the Bulgarian Fund for Women.
Bulgarian K-12 public schools operate in two half-day shifts: from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children are on their own for the rest of the time a parent is working, unless child care can be arranged. That’s where The United Methodist Church day care stepped in, Vlaiakov said.