Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Leadership

Our district superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, joined us for worship (30 March, 10:45) and gave the blessing at the conclusion of our service. We are blessed with his leadership, prayers, and support.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Gift of Light

By Janet Coates, upon the donation of new altar candles:

The six new Altar Candles are given to the Glory of God, as God’s gifts and love surrounds us, and as an honorarium to all that God has given to us, and in grateful recognition of my family’s past and present Methodist church members.

First and foremost: I am acknowledging and honoring all that God has given to us and our family. I chose this gift because of what light, since childhood, has meant to me, and I wish to share some thoughts with you all. This gift is given because “God gave us light”. To me, the candles are a physical symbol which reflects that light. In the Old Testament, Genesis 1:14-19, “God brought humanity out of the darkness into light.” In the New Testament, John 3:17-21 and John 8:12, God gave us, “The Light of the World” and in John 1:6-12, John the Baptist witness about the true Light, Jesus Christ.

Since the early 1800’s through our lineage to Luther Peck and his five sons, we have practiced the Methodist doctrines and traditions. All five sons became Methodist preachers. The youngest, Jesse Truesell Peck, was ordained a Bishop in 1872, in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Oneonta, New York Conference. Each generation taught the next generation of God’s gifts, of God’s love, and God’s sacrifice for us, of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Egg Hunt, 2




Lots of fun, lots of eggs, lots of cup cakes, lots of kids ... ! Thanks to all for their help, including cup cakes donated by Baumeister's Bakery.

Agricultural Consultant


Hakob Margaryan is an agricultural consultant for UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) Armenia’s FRB (Foods Resource Bank) program. He joined UMCOR in 2004.

Within this program, Margaryan spends most of his time conducting assessments of cattle, poultry and beehives in communities or establishments where UMCOR has provided livelihood support. These include vulnerable communities, orphanages, elderly homes, boarding schools and psychiatric hospitals throughout various regions of Armenia.

“I am proud of my work,” says Margaryan. “I feel good that I can help people, farmers and community members with my knowledge and professional experience, and that I’m acknowledged by many of them as a high-quality specialist. I’m very glad to be working for UMCOR, with its very kind staff, among whom I have many good friends. I value my work, particularly taking into account the fact that via UMCOR, I am able to provide assistance to the socially vulnerable,” continues Margaryan. “I am thankful to God that he granted me this profession, so that I may be useful to society.” 

A Yerevan State Agricultural University graduate, Margaryan for many years worked with multiple collective farms, communities and farmers as a veterinarian. This experience helped hone his professional skills and prepare Margaryan for his current position with UMCOR.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Choirs, choirs, choirs!



Three of our choirs, from recent worship celebrations. Opportunities for ALL ages to give praise!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

New members!

Tammy, presented by Tim, and Robin, presented by Norma, make their vows as members of Christ Church and disciples of Jesus, Sunday 6 April. Welcome!

Party Time: Prodigal God (5)


04/06/2014, Holy Communion
Luke 15.1-32

Review:
      1.   Lost and Found
      2.   Lost Boys
      3.   Big Brother
      4.   The True Elder Brother
      5.   Party Time
Potpourri of resources . . . around the party theme: The PARTY as
      sign and instrument of RECONCILIATION
      celebration of the SAVIOR
      embodiment of the NEW COMMUNITY

Kenneth E. Bailey, the perspective of a New Testament scholar who lived and taught in the Middle East for almost 50 years.

“qetsatsah” ceremony, exercised by the entire community
      for those who lose the family inheritance to Gentiles
      fill an urn with burnt corn & burnt nuts
      break it in front of the offender and shout:
            “JP is cut off from his people”

younger brother, intending to earn his way back
      not fully appreciating the damage done
      with no confidence that he can avoid being shunned
      “I have sinned against heaven and against you”
            words of manipulation by the Pharoah to Moses (Ex 10.16, Bailey)
father, planning ahead, “seeks” him, finding him at the edge of town
      runs to him (what a mother would do, Bailey)
      welcomes publically
      no way the community can shun him when the father accepts him
            (Bailey)
      the PARTY is the sign and instrument of RECONCILIATION
      exactly what Jesus is doing w/ tax collectors and sinners
      father in story has become the Jesus figure, the savior figure
            in absence of the “true elder brother” the parable longs for


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blue and Gold, 2



The young men were knighted as they received their rank at the banquet.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Palms and Donkeys


The preschool Sunday School class prepares their palms and donkey ears to tell the story of Palm Sunday to the other classes (Sunday 30 March).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Egg Hunt, 1





130 kids came out on Sunday afternoon (Apr 6) to hunt eggs, decorate cup cakes, sing, and have fun together! Thanks to Joanne and the youth for spearheading this wonderful community event!

Children's Choir

Our children's choir performing in March. Practices are every Thursday night!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bowl for Kids' Sake



The youth participated in Bowl for Kids Sake, raising funds for the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.  It was a lot of fun, and a little sister had the high score - starting out with four straight strikes! Wow!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blue and Gold



Our Cub Scout pack had its annual Blue and Gold banquet last Sunday afternoon. Lots of fun!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Washington Mudslide, and more


Last week’s devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., took its toll on rescue workers who diligently searched for survivors underneath a square-mile of debris and muck, which in some parts was 30 to 40 feet deep. The mudslide claimed the lives of 21 people, and about 30 people are still missing, according to recent news reports.

UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) is responding with an emergency grant to the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference to provide temporary housing needs, case management support, and spiritual and emotional care for affected families, as they try to make sense of this tragic event. 

Bishop Grant Hagiya, of the Pacific Northwest Conference, called for prayer support following the disaster. The conference has asked churches to start collecting monetary donations for those who lost possessions and homes in the mudslide.

Please pray for healing, recovery efforts and strength for the days ahead. 

In addition, please pray for those affected by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of northern Chile yesterday, April 1. The quake triggered a tsunami which hit the shore with 6-ft. tall waves. About five people have died. UMCOR is monitoring the situation and has made contact with local partner EMAH, the humanitarian assistance arm of the Methodist Church of Chile.


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