Friday, July 29, 2016

Even more new members!

Amanda and Andy, presented by Cris, at the 7:00 pm Open Table gathering on July 17. You can find information on who we are and our membership vows on the About Us and Resources pages.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Youth Mission Trip 2016

Lots of fun to go along with the hard work.

More new members!

Cathy, presented by Suzanne; Judy, presented by Mary; and Gail and Ted, presented by Steve at the 10:45 worship service on July 10. You can find information on who we are and our membership vows on the About Us and Resources pages.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Youth Mission Trip - in Local News!

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by Tessa Iglesias

Mission trips are common summer activities, and the United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth is no exception. This week, 56 workers descended upon Washington, paint brushes and hammers in hand, to participate in community outreach.
The U.M. ARMY, a national organization, started almost 40 years ago, with a goal “to provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults.”
This year, there are more than 4,000 participants working on mission week programs across the Southwest, Northeast and Southeast.
The rest of the story, from the Washington County Observer-Reporter, tells the story of our young people in mission this year!

New members!

Debbie, presented by Cheryl, and Pat and Rose, presented by Dori, at the 8:30 worship service on July 10. Congratulations on your next steps in discipleship! You can find information on who we are and our membership vows on the About Us and Resources pages.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Controversy, Communion, Welch's Grape Juice

Welch's Grape Juice was created by a Methodist as a substitute for communion wine. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

A Feature by Joe Iovino*
June 28, 2016
You are probably familiar with Welch’s Grape Juice, but you may not know it has ties to the history of The United Methodist Church.
In the 1800s, churches faced a dilemma. To combat the epidemic of alcoholism, the temperance movement advocated total abstinence from all alcohol. In celebration of the Lord’s Supper though, the church filled the communion chalice with wine.
Substituting grape juice seems an obvious solution. “For us today it is such common practice. We don’t know any different,” explains Adrienne Possenti, church historian at First United Methodist Church of Vineland, New Jersey.
In the 1800s, however, that was no easy task. Raw grape juice stored at room temperature—home refrigerators were not available until 1913—naturally ferments into wine. This caused a problem for congregations not wanting to use anything containing alcohol.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vacation Bible School gift

 Vacation Bible School gift - from a bake sale! Our children's ministries make a huge difference.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cursed and Captive: O Freedom! (3) (2017-0717)

(Sorry, no video this week.)

2016/07/17 Christ Church, Mountain Top
Call to worship, Psalm 22, selections
Children, Luke 8.26-39 (Gerasene demoniac)
Message, Galatians 3.1-29

Review: Freedom theme
      People pleasing
      Guilt trips – discussion of the racial divides in our nation
This week: (human experience)
      Living under a curse
      Living as captives
Intro story:

      Abandoning the gospel
      Paul’s frustration
Galatians 1:6-9  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--  7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed!  9 As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
Galatians 3:1  You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified!
      Theological question:
            The applicability of Jewish law to Gentile Christians
            Law as a path to righteousness
            Law as a boundary for the covenant community

      Law as a path to righteousness.
      Law exposes, names, and condemns sin
            Righteousness only comes through Jesus