Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Legacy of Leadership - 2



The 15 March covered dish social in recognition and honor of our legacy of leadership. Thanks to Jane for organizing the event!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Holy Week Cantata 2015

Thailand Mission: Creative, Sustainable

The Thailand Mission Initiative works toward sustainability.
By Rev. Karen L. Weiss

Rev. Karen L. Weiss, In Mission Together partnership coordinator for the Thailand Mission Initiative and a provisional member deacon for Susquehanna Annual Conference, shares an update concerning new sustainable mission projects in Thailand.
Gary Moon has been a Global Ministries missionary in Thailand for more than five years working alongside his wife, Cindy. Together, they are bringing their creative strengths to designing projects that are helping local communities in Thailand become self-sufficient.
One example is a farming project that the Moons helped facilitate in a village near Chiang Mai. The project was initiated in 2014 in collaboration with Mejo University, a local elementary school and The United Methodist Church.
The university’s agricultural department sent students to work with the elementary school children to set up a fish farm, a mushroom farm and a chicken farm. In addition, 600 coffee trees were planted on the elementary school’s property to provide additional educational opportunities for the students and resources for the school. The children are assigned a certain number of trees to tend during the school year while learning farming practices and personal responsibility. Many students may not continue to junior or senior year because they will have to start working to support their family’s income. Through farming education, these children are taught the skills they’ll need to help their families while also allowing them to stay in school.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fat Sunday Dessert Auction - 2



Thanks to all who made desserts and soups. It was a fabulous time together!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Worship at Wesley Village



On 15 March, our Confirmation Class led the worship service at Wesley Village. Thanks to Tim and Kim for leading this class each year, and thanks to the mentors, parents, and marvelous young people!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Empty! Children at the Altar, Easter 2015

United Methodist Women in Ivory Coast

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earning a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
By Kathy L. Gilbert
March 27, 2015| ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS)

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan is bent over her loud, blue, industrial sewing machine in the back corner of a small room she shares with three other tailors.
She works from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and she is happy and feels blessed because she is earning a living for herself and her seven children.
Surrounded by multicolored fabric and thread, N’Ghessan also keeps a folder nearby. Inside is the paperwork that shows she completed training and owns the machine she is using. She is one of 48 women who received a micro-loan from the United Methodist Women in the Côte d’Ivoire Conference. That loan started her business.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blue and Gold




We are proud to charter Pack 106 and Troop 106 here in Mountain Top. The annual recognition and celebration banquet was a huge success, with Bob (as always) adding his humor and a volcano that ran on Oreos and milk!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shocked and Silent - Easter Message 2015


2015/04/05 Christ Church, Mountain Top – EASTER!
Call to Worship, Psalm 118, excerpts
Children, empty box
Message, Mark 16.1-8
  
My embarrassing moment – shocked and silent
  
For those of us who come to church regularly and proclaim “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again,” the Easter story can get a little stale. We know how it ends, we are familiar with the foregone conclusion, even more certain than an undefeated Kentucky team finishing the season at the top of NCAA men’s basketball. In fact, if you like upsets, you might even start rooting for the story to end with Jesus dead: When the women got to the tomb, they found the stone sealed shut, the soldiers refusing entrance, but after a little bargaining, they were allowed in to anoint Jesus’ dead body with myrrh, an ancient embalming perfume. Then, they left to prepare macaroni salad and turkey sandwiches for the funeral dinner. Because it’s OVER.
      As Ben Franklin said, “Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes” (BrainyQuote.com).