Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Christmas Eve Reflections Service 2018


Psalm 98
Isaiah 52.7-10
Luke 2.1-7
Luke 2.8-20

Having a baby turns your life upside down
      Sleep
      Social status: No longer important in your own right, just as the parent of the grandchild
      Jesse, when Robin worked weekends

Shepherds?
      “ineligible to be judges or witnesses since frequently they grazed their flocks on other people’s lands. Thus, they were among the type of dishonest people who were excluded from court.” (Raymond E. Brown, The Birth of the Messiah, 420 f38).
      Who do we consider to be “eligible” for grace?
      Mary’s Song: God fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich empty away

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blind soccer players with the opportunity of a lifetime


Six students from Murewa United Methodist High School in Zimbabwe have been selected to play in the International Blind Soccer Association̢۪s women̢۪s match in Japan in 2019. Front row, from left, are students Fadzai Kimberley Nyakudya, Chengetai Chipanga and Monalisa Makoma; back row, from left, are Teresa Mharadzirwa, teacher/guide Constance Tendere Munemo, Tanisha Zonde, goalkeeper Gellie Mawarire, Tarumbidzwa Taruvinga, sports director Pilani Nyanhanda and Titus Tsiga. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.
Six students from Murewa United Methodist High School in Zimbabwe have been selected to play in the International Blind Soccer Association’s women’s match in Japan in 2019. Front row, from left, are students Fadzai Kimberley Nyakudya, Chengetai Chipanga and Monalisa Makoma; back row, from left, are Teresa Mharadzirwa, teacher/guide Constance Tendere Munemo, Tanisha Zonde, goalkeeper Gellie Mawarire, Tarumbidzwa Taruvinga, sports director Pilani Nyanhanda and Titus Tsiga. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.
By Chenayi Kumuterera
Dec. 12, 2018 | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS)


Tarumbidzwa Taruvinga, 17, has been blind since birth. A student at Murewa United Methodist High School, she never dreamed she would travel to Japan for a chance to compete in an international blind soccer tournament in Tokyo and Saitama. But now, if she gets enough funding, that is on her 2019 agenda.

“I just want to thank the almighty God for granting me this opportunity,” she said. “Being a firstborn brought up in a visually handicapped family, it’s amazing. 

“I was so excited and could not believe my ears. … My parents were also excited to hear such good news and opportunity in my life.” Her parents, also blind, attended Murewa United Methodist High School as well. 

“I will be glad to return and teach both boys and girls about the rules of blind football and techniques,”  Taruvinga added.

“I keep praying to Jesus for the funding of my trip,” she said. “I would play my best to raise the flag of excellence to my country, school and church.”

Six students from Murewa High School were selected to participate in the Feb. 20-24 soccer match: Taruvinga, Chengetai Chipanga, Kudakwashe Kundishora, Monalisa Makomo, Fadzai Kimberley Nyakudya and Tanisha Zonde. 

Christmas Caroling (1)




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Christmas Eve Family Service 2018


Psalm 98
Isaiah 52.7-10
Luke 2.1-7
Luke 2.8-20

Having a baby turns your life upside down
      Sleep
      Social status: No longer important in your own right, just as the parent of the grandchild
      Jesse, when Robin worked weekends

Shepherds?
      “ineligible to be judges or witnesses since frequently they grazed their flocks on other people’s lands. Thus, they were among the type of dishonest people who were excluded from court.” (Raymond E. Brown, The Birth of the Messiah, 420 f38).
      Who do we consider to be “eligible” for grace?
      Mary’s Song: God fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich empty away

Baptism!


Welcome Everly into the family! In the top pic, mom and dad flank the godparents. Congrats! (Dec 9)