Meet in the Sanctuary at 10am. Sunday School will take place immediately following the Children’s Moment, early in the service allowing approximately 45 minutes for Sunday School. Classes are held in the Christian Education wing off the West entrance. Youth Classes are in the basement of the church. Safe Sanctuary policies are in place. A new exciting curriculum has been purchased to be used in both classes this year. This will allow us to be more structured and have a consistent routine with the students. We are looking forward to teaching the children of this church about Christ and the Bible! Adult Bible Study information can be found in the bulletin or on our website at www.vumc.org.
Coming this Fall…… Wednesdays 7-8:30pm beginning September 28th
"Disciple Fast Tract; The New Testament" with Reverend Underwood … study guides are available in the office. .
Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study, provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text. "Fast Track" groups meet for a total of 24 weeks, devoting 12 weeks each to the Old Testament and the New Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings, which last approximately 75 minutes
A brief, illustrated review video enables participants to recall important facts and ideas; lively and engaging video presenters then offer insights into the current week's session. Participants have the opportunity to take a spiritual gifts assessment and determine meaningful ways they can serve and live out their discipleship commitment. They also have opportunities for celebrations marking their completion of the Old and New Testament components of "Disciple Fast Track".
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We moved to one worship service at 10:00 am. There are a series of events that led to this change. This will not be a blending of the Praise Service with the Traditional Worship Service but it will be an integration of the two. Because of the course and nature of the worship there is no defined ending time. Suffice it to say worship begins at 10:00 am…. Spread the Word!
To all of my brothers and sisters who have voiced concern about a separated worship taking away the opportunity to build community, this is your chance to support your view by attending regularly. And by your invitation build the community of faith with friends, neighbors and relatives who have been missing. What a great opportunity to show that we are stronger together than separate.
We really are a blessed church. We have a wealth of faith resources, many that are yet untapped. During this time of summer I urge you to pray about your place and part in our community of faith. We are the Body of Christ and together we are an awesome witness of God’s love.
“You are the Body of Christ and individually members of it.” – I Corinthians 12:27
As individuals (disciples) and as the church (The Body of Christ) lived out in love:
“4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7
Pastor Calls. If you know of someone in need of a prayer call or admitted to a hospital, please contact the Pastor as soon as possible by text or personal cell. Feel free to call the Pastor’s cell when things are urgent so that David can attend to the need.
The invitation to invite the pastor (not the pastor’s family) for a home visit has shown that either there is little desire to have the pastor visit or there is an expectation that the pastor will invite himself. Honestly, the best model for visitation is to have church disciples go two by two and visit all those related to the church with part of the visitation agenda to inquire about a pastoral visit.
I am more than happy to make home visits and at this point I will work at inviting myself into homes. I do not need to go with anyone because often times pastoral conversations need to be kept in confidence, but I do need help making appointments. I will begin to set times aside in the week and have the church administrative assistant (or another who may be interested in working in this ministry with me) call for appointments.