I received a message from Bishop McLee with a link to a video. It contains a word of encouragement from the bishop and info about how UMCOR is supported. I found it definitely worth watching. http://goo.gl/VrsYXT
Some of you have been asking me for more info about Ash Wednesday. As I was researching, I ran across this web articled by former pastor, Mark D. Roberts. It is excellent and worth passing on.
I also found an excellent shorter article with more historical details by a Lutheran writer, Richard P. Bucher
UMCOR has provided a 40 day devotional online to coincide with the Lenten offering for disaster relief through UMCOR. I recommend it. It is a great follow-up to our February series of messages on using our resources in godly ways too. http://www.umcgiving.org/atf/cf/%7ba5da7032-3d61-4af7-88b9-96b0e1145ff4%7d/OGHS_DEVOTIONAL_EBOOK_2-10-14.PDFfirstname.lastname@example.org&l=460_HTML&u=2715132&mid=6206185&jb=19
Winter Picnic a success
A week ago last night, our church hosted a winter picnic. We turned the heat up in the fellowship hall so folks could dress in summer clothes if they wanted and had a great time. We ate great fourth-of July food—hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, etc. plus desserts. Somebody brought mango salsa, yumm! It was an intergenerational party and the popular and hilarious games were intergenerational too. A big thank-you goes to our organizers: Judy Holcomb, JoAnne Jones and Lisa Griffin. Thanks to Christian Robison using Nancy Collins’ camera, I have a bunch of pictures to put on our website. There were so many good ones that I decided to make a separate gallery for some of the shots of the children.
Intergenerational games kept everyone’s interest
First there was the dress-up relay. What an ice-breaker! The idea was for each member of your team to don all the over-size clothes in the suitcase over the top of your clothes and then take them off and put them back in the suitcase so the next team member could do the same. I went last on my team but despite the fact that the other team was all finished, I was not spared the challenge, as the photo blog shows. Harrison took his own shirt off first before putting on the multiple suitcase shirts. At this my wife interjected, “Wardrobe malfunction!” More relay races followed. Those who didn’t want to play watched and some cheered. Then there was the egg race. Each team member in turn had to carry eggs on a spoon to a can. The object was to get more eggs in the can in a given time than your competitor on the other team. Last was the over/under ball pass. First back through the line, then forward, over the head of one person, then between the legs of the next. The fact that the game was intergenerational made it even more challenging.
A website that illustrates the UM response to a hurting world.
This morning in the message, I talked about how we respond as Christians to the brokenness of our world with prayer, compassionate action, and proclamation of the Good News. This afternoon, Caroline sent me a link to an interactive map of the “mission” work of the United Methodist church around the world.
I clinked on several of the links and immediately connected in my mind what I was seeing with what we had considered together in the morning sermon. There was a wide range of different activities involved, all part of showing the compassion of Jesus and bringing his Good News to our hurting world.
Saturday at 1 PM marked the culmination of several years of vision and planning by Fire Chief Don Lessin and the firefighters of the East Granby Fire Department. At a well-attended “wetting down” and dedication ceremony at the East Granby fire hall, they officially put into service their new Tanker #4. Bringing words of greeting were First Selectman, Jim Hayden, of East Granby and the sales representative from 4 Guys, the company who built the fire truck on a Kenworth T-800 frame. Because of the good relationship between the department and the Copper Hill United Methodist Church created by the annual dinner given for the department by the church, Chief Lessin invited Pastor Kelvin Jones of Copper Hill UMC to give the prayer of dedication at the event.
An excellent article about the new truck by Scot Allyn appeared in The Granby News.
I assembled a small gallery of photos using just my phone. Thanks to Christian Robison, a member of the department, for helping with it. Christian has some great pictures of the truck and the big flag on his Facebook page.
Here are the pictures I gathered.
Most of the time we just go from week to week somehow just getting from hectic Monday to Friday, crashing for the weekend, and starting all over on Monday. We don’t take time to think about bigger questions. What really are the most important things? What could I do to have a more peaceful life? Why do I feel like I am not making a difference in the way I would like to? Is there a way to be part of the solution for this broken world? How do I find time for the people I love and the things I love? How can I better plan my finances so my checkbook reflects what I believe?
If these are the kinds of questions you have been asking, I have just the message series for you. From Feb. 9 through March 2, I’ll be talking about How to Use Our Time, Talent and Money in Godly Ways. Since Jesus said that he wanted us to have life to the full, these ways will also lead to great fulfillment and joy for us personally. Still skeptical? We welcome skeptics. Come and check it out.
How to Use Our Time, Talent and Money in Godly Ways
|Date||Message title||Scripture Passage||Hymns & readings|
|Feb. 9||Principles for Christian Stewardship||2 Cor. 8:1-9||Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven #66Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above #96|
|Feb. 16||A Christian Response to a Hurting World||Isa. 58:6-12; Matt. 9:18-38||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life #427The Voice of God is Calling #436|
|Feb. 23||Using Your Time for Holiness and Wholeness||Prov. 14:8; Eph. 5:8b-17 NRSV||Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above #126Rise Up, O Men of God #576|
|Mar. 2 Communion||The Challenge of Generosity||Luke 7:36-50; 10:25-37||And Can It Be #363Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service #581 (tune #381)|
Pastor Kelvin had an inspiration and decided to add a sermon to the current series. The new schedule is reflected in the following table.
God’s Word Is Our Lamp
|Date||Message title||Scripture Passage||Hymns & readings|
|Jan 5 Communion||The Structure of Our Bible||2 Timothy 3:10-17; Luke 24:44||Break Thou the Bread of Life #599
Thy Word is a Lamp #601 (weekly theme song)
|Jan 12||The Darkness is Passing; the True Light is Shining!||1 John 2:1-17||Psalm 119 UMH p. 840
Word of God Come Down to Earth #182
|Jan 19||How Did We Get Our Bible?||2 Peter 1:16-2:3||Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word #596|
|Jan 26||Learning About Bible Translations||Psalm 119:89-105||O Word of God Incarnate #598|
|Feb 2||Practical Hints for Bible Study||2 Timothy 2:15
|Wonderful Words of Life #600
Psalm 19 UMH p. 750
Council approves donations to fuel banks
The monthly meeting of the Church Council was held in Copper Hill’s Fellowship Hall on the evening of January 7.
There were ten in attendance, including Pastor Kelvin and JoAnne.
One of the more important items discussed was our community charity donations. We will be sending checks to the fuel banks in Suffied, East Granby, and Granby.
At this time of the year, and especially with the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing, there is a big demand for fuel assistance. Fuel banks often have more requests than they can handle each month, so every contribution becomes important.
We never know where the donation will make the difference in keeping children warm and healthy, or an elderly person comfortable so they can stay in their own home. It could be a neighbor or someone we know in town. Whichever the case, someone in our community will be thankful for the help.
So, whenever you place your gift in the collection plate, you are not only helping to heat our church, but also helping heat someone’s home.
Starting on January 12, 2014, Copper Hill United Methodist Church will hold its weekly 9 a.m. Sunday morning worship service in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of the sanctuary. Congregants are asked to enter through either the handicapped entrance on the west side of the sanctuary, or through the Fellowship Hall entrance. This arrangement will continue until warmer weather.
The change is necessary because our historic sanctuary is not yet well insulated. This was one topic of discussion during the January Council meeting and is high on the list of projects being considered in the current planning. Pastor Kelvin spoke for many when he announced that, for his part, he would like to make this the last year that Copper Hill UMC needs to make this move.
After their meeting, Council members moved the pulpit to the south end of the Fellowship Hall and arranged chairs there. Lay Leader Bob Loomis commented on some positive features about meeting in that space: it provides a welcoming close-knit atmosphere, and the acoustics are excellent, making the singing even more vibrant than usual.
Pastor Kelvin will continue his current practical Christian growth series titled, “God’s Word is Our Lamp.”