It’s back-to-school time. That means new beginnings for most of our teachers and school children. Programming at church somewhat follows the school year too. So shortly after school begins, plans are laid for new Bible studies and other small groups. Musical groups start practicing again.
New beginnings are important in our lives. During the month of September, the series of messages is entitled simply, New Beginnings. I took the idea for the series from a book I recently read called No Little Places. Here is the outline for the series as I see it now.
Hymns & choruses
A Spiritual New Beginning
(Philippian Jail Keeper)
Summer Send-off was a fun party! The children at Copper Hill Church enjoyed a great time at church on Sunday, August 24. Organizers JoAnne Jones and Lisa Griffin planned a series of activities bound to please. It began with active outdoor games on our West lawn under Lisa’s direction on a perfect sunny day. After various types of tag, relays and sack races, the children went inside for snacks appropriate for kids– sandwiches, veggies, and watermelon. They even had beach “cupcakes” prepared by Ruth Robison. These had ocean-colored gelatin with a topping that looked like sand on one side and a tiny beach umbrella jutting from the sand. JoAnne Jones led the children in singing some children’s songs. Next there was a skit put on by adults and teen helper, Hunter Prevost. Pastor Kelvin served as narrator and explainer as the children learned about the event in Jesus’ life when he fed 5000 people with just 5 loaves and 2 fish. Finally, it was craft time. Parents helped supervise as the children decorated crosses in honor of Jesus. The gallery of pictures is thanks to Christian Robison and Pastor Kelvin Jones.
On Sunday, August 17, volunteers from Copper Hill United Methodist Church spent part of the afternoon on the local rail trail walking to raise funds for the fight against malaria. The annual Skeeter Walk as it is called brought out a baker’s dozen volunteers to hike in the pleasant afternoon sunshine. Each one had asked for sponsors to support them on their walk. All together the group raised $700 toward the United Methodist Church’s campaign called Imagine No Malaria. Currently, the biggest goal of the campaign is to distribute sleeping nets in Africa that prevent children from getting malaria. It is a practical way of being a part of today’s expression of the healing ministry of Jesus. http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/Global-Health/Imagine-No-Malaria
Many in the group wore T shirts for the occasion and carried fly-swatters so people on the trail would recognize the walkers who were part of the effort, giving additional publicity to the cause. The biggest fund-raisers were Susan Madry, Judy Holcomb and Robert Loomis. Any slackers on the walk itself were put to shame by Louise Holcomb’s brisk pace despite her walker. JoAnne Jones probably set the fastest pace as she nearly walked the circuit twice, first accompanying Nancy out and back, then catching up again and finishing the course with Susan. Jan was the bravest as her direction was determined by those who pushed her chair, Hunter, Robert, and Ron. One walker not shown in the picture is Pastor Jones.
Summer Send-Off Kids’ Party
Sun. Aug. 24
11 AM – 1:30 PM
Copper Hill United Methodist Church
27 Copper Hill Road, East Granby
Lunch included no charge
Games, Bible story drama, and crafts for children
Bring a friend!
For more info:
Pastor Kelvin & JoAnne Jones
“True Love” is the title for August message series
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christian teaching about love? We take it for granted without thinking about it. Our new August message series called “True Love” promises to be an interesting one filled with human interest as well as basic Christian teaching. Your life will be richer for taking time to interact with this topic in God’s house.
Many have had differing responses to the immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States. Sometimes the responses have not reflected an understanding of the teaching of Scripture. Here is an excellent letter from the United Methodist bishops of the Texas area who are close to the problem urging the people of the UMC toward a positive and Christ-like response.
The weather was great; the food was better; and the company was the best. Sunday afternoon, July 13,at Sunrise Park, children, young adults and grandparents from Copper Hill Church gathered for a fun-filled afternoon. Swimming was the main activity for most of the children and a few older folks as well. JoAnne intrigued the crowd by swimming the length of the lake and back. Several sat and chatted, enjoying the spacious, well-kept pavilion overlooking the lake. It was a perfect for the occasion. Thanks to Judy’s good planning, we had a scrumptious picnic supper at 5 pm with cake, cookies and watermelon for dessert too. After the meal, Pastor Kelvin led in a short vesper service which included lots of active participation by the children. JoAnne played accordion to provide the music.
My wife and I feel privileged to have served at Copper Hill United Methodist for a year now. Just as I began my ministry talking about what it means to be the church, so I felt it would be a good thing in this anniversary month to revisit that theme. Long range planning and our 200th anniversary planning both need to stay grounded in a good understanding of the purposes of the church. I’ve titled this new series, “Heritage and Hope.” It begins with a review of history. All during the month it encourages us to overcome obstacles and stay focused on the Great Commission. It also challenges us to move ahead as God leads. I pray that you will take time to come apart to God’s house to hear some of these messages and be encouraged in your faith.
All of us rejoice when our closest relationships are doing well. And nothing bums us out as much as having tension between us and our best friends or closest family members. Fortunately for us, the Bible is a great resource for practical how-to ideas that can help us interact with others in healthier ways and recover more quickly when conflicts become a problem. Over the next two months, my new series called, “Perspectives for Healthy Relationships” will draw on Biblical wisdom to help us. I kicked it off this last weekend on Mother’s Day with a message explaining how men and women are equally valued by God. Here is the outline for the series.
Perspectives for Healthy Relationships
Hymns & readings
May 11 Mother’s Day
The Value of a Woman
Genesis 1:27-31: Acts 2:17,18
Faith of Our Mothers; Happy the Home When God is There UMH #445
Tips for a Happy and Lasting Relationship
1 Peter 2:11 – 3:12
Love Divine UMH # 384
May 25 Memorial Sunday
Jean Schlaper speaking
America the Beautiful UMH #696
Jean Schlaper speaking
June 8 Pentecost & Communion
Walking in Step with God’s Spirit
Surely the Presence UMH #328 Spirit of Faith Come Down, UMH #332
Easter morning at Copper Hill United Methodist was filled with joy amid a friendly welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to experienced cook Judy Holcomb and volunteers, we started with a gourmet breakfast. Service at 9 was filled music, heartfelt and well prepared. Pastor Kelvin surprised everyone by supplying the brass music. The Holiday choir sang an upbeat, “We are Celebrating Resurrection Day.” JoAnne Jones played harp for offertory and then the Men’s quartet sang, “Jesus Came Out Alive.” Afterward it was Easter egg hunt time for the children while some of the adults enjoyed a second helping of the Easter breakfast for brunch. Thanks to Nancy Collins, we have some pictures to remind us of the day’s events.