The Newsletter of The UMCMM ******* August 2016 Issue *******

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

From a Recent Call to Worship:

A lot has gone on the last couple of weeks in our world. There has been a lot of despair around the globe with recent events. Tragedy and heartache has come to families and sadness to others who have seen this go on. Innocent lives have been lost to those who want to cast darkness on everyone. For some, hope has been suppressed.

But like this morning, the sun rose and hope springs anew. By the mere fact that we are assembled here, in our little church on the hill, our wonderful house of worship; our faith is renewed. Renewed by scripture, our pastor’s guidance and each other.   Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

We are the messengers of the Good News. Our faith is unwavering. There are people who need to hear what we know. By living our lives under the eyes of God the way Jesus lived and taught us, we will reach people of despair one soul at a time.

We are so blessed because of God’s work and providing for us. Thanks be to God.

Let us give praise to God, the provider of all. Let us think of those who need to see the sun rise on their lives to restore their faith. Where there’s faith, there always is hope.

Thanks be to God!

Ed Mackey

Courageous Conversations is underway.  On Thursday evening in July and August (7/28, 8/4, 8/11 & 8/18, TBD) Pastor Jody invites you to join as we hold Courageous Conversations around the issues of human sexuality, race, and immigration, and other sensitive and relevant issues.  Come to as many or as few conversations as you’d like.

Church Camp- Mark your calendars, this year’s church camp for grades K-6 will be held at 3pm, Saturday 8/20.  Kids are invited to sleep over at the church and stay for 10am worship.  Those not sleeping over will be picked up at 8pm.

Women of Faith will be supporting Grace Smith House a local organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their children. Please consider donating women’s toiletries, shaving cream, hair brushes, nail clippers, wash cloths, cotton balls and q-tips.  Flip flops for showering – all sizes.

Used Books Fundraiser- We found a new avenue for selling donated used books that will earn us more cash than our yard sale venue. If you have used books to donate, now or in the future, feel free to give them to Art any time you see him. Or, if you have a bunch, he can pick them up. The books can be hard or soft cover and need to be in good condition: no stains, tears, water damage, broken spines, musty odors. No textbooks please. This can be something we do on an on-going basis.

 

Youth Group- Planning for this is well underway! Do you know some local kids who are interested in being part of a youth group?  We are in the planning phase and are looking to start a group this coming fall.  This will be a cooperative effort with other churches in our area so as to reach as many kids as possible.  Let PJ know if you’d like to be part of this exciting new ministry.

Confirmation- Any students 8th grade and above who would like to be part of the 2016-2017 confirmadon class should speak with PJ.

Membership Classes- Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

Stewardship Campaign- Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

Screenshot (60)Upcoming Calendar:

August 11, 7pm- Courageous Conversations

August 18, 7pm- Courageous Conversations

August 20, 3pm- Church Camp

August 22, 7pm- AD Board Meeting

On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School- now on summer recess.

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought-

“In the circle of successful living, prayer is the hub that holds the wheel together. Without our contact with God we are nothing. With it, we are ‘a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor.’” Conrad Hilton

 

 

The Newsletter of The UMCMM ******* July 2016 Issue *******

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

Snippet from the “Bible-in-a-Year” journey-

Please take a moment and first read Psalms 12-14 found at the following link and then read Pastor Jody’s reflection.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+12-14

Today’s readings in the Psalms really resonated with me.  Between things happening in the world and in my life I really connected with the pattern of lament, concern and questions followed by reliance on God.  Each of the three Psalms starts by focusing on the sin, the injustice, and the difficulties of this life.  Sometimes we look around and it can be so hard to stay positive and to believe this is God’s world.  Would God’s world have so much injustice?  Would God’s world harbor so much hatred?  Would God’s world allow so much evil?

Well, God’s world is also our world, and we have not always made them best of it.  I’m not trying to add to the negativity by saying, “well, it’s our own fault.”  Rather I want us to follow the lead of the psalmists, even as they lament and question and even complain, each of those psalms ends with a return to faith.  It is only natural to be concerned about the state of our world and to notice the injustices around us.  In fact, I’d be very concerned if we weren’t noticing them… if we weren’t appalled and disgusted by them.  It is a much more dangerous attitude to not concern ourselves with evil and injustice.  The psalmists remind us that despite how things appear, and in fact are, this is still God’s world.  The God of love will not let us endure it alone.  The God who is bigger than war and hatred and sin has not, will not give up on humanity.  There is hope.  Always, there is hope.

Live in hope today, friends!

Peace, PJ

Courageous Conversations- Starting at the end of July Pastor Jody invites you to join as we hold Courageous Conversations around the issues of human sexuality, race, and immigration.  Please let PJ know if you’re interested in being part of this group.

Church Yard Sale- Saturday July 23. Start putting stuff aside. We will join the Farmers Market at the town park on 9W, Milton. Thanks in advance for your generous support.

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Just a reminder, selling donated items on EBay, Etsy, or at the Fashion Rewind consignment shop, are other ways we can sell, particularly if you have an item that you think is of value and you’d hate to “give it away” at the yard sale. See Art- he can help!   

Confirmation- Any students 8th grade and above who would like to be part of the 2016-2017 confirmadon class should speak with PJ.

Youth Group-  Do you know some local kids who are interested in being part of a youth group?  We are in the planning phase and are looking to start a group this coming fall.  This will be a cooperative effort with other churches in our area so as to reach as many kids as possible.  Let PJ know if you’d like to be part of this exciting new ministry.

Membership Classes-  Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

Stewardship Campaign-  Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

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Meet Me In Marlborough Newsletter-

The church is a member of Meet Me in Marlborough. If they would like to receive MMiM’s Local Happenings E-Newsletter you can join online at-

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001nkQbX5l1Qs-ds58S1xqQXIB0INR2YKE-3u5HFuwNn0vJ-0xPVk3vVwr2XWeJXelxFQoRwh6EbIgawq8C22a5reOAwJFBNQzg

Here’s the current Newsletter for an example-

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/MMiM-s-Summer-Happening-s-Newsletter-.html?soid=1101646784560&aid=jgYz_dTWAOI

Upcoming Calendar:

July 23, 9am to 2pm- Church Yard Sale at the Town Park

On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School- now on summer recess.

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought-

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine. –Kathleen Norris, poet

 

The Newsletter of The UMCMM “Pastor Jody’s Commissioning”

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

Pastor Jody’s Commissioning

Click on image below to view two short videos.

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Upcoming Calendar:

June 17, pm- Women of Faith

June 25, 8am- Men’s Group

June 26, Graduation Sunday

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On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School- now on summer recess.

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought:

God, by your Holy Spirit help Pastor Jody, your servant, to understand and live the mystery of your love with boldness and joy. Amen

The Newsletter of The UMCMM ******* June 2016 Issue *******

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

Magnifying God

In the words of the great psalmist, “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

When we magnify God, we see Him as He truly is, we see how great and good He is, how His strength will provide for us in our weakness, how He can easily take care of whatever need we have.

It is so important to magnify the Lord…

Most of us would agree that when our problems seem large, God seems small… small God, big problems; But the truth is the exact opposite—recognizing God for who He is- means big God, small problems.

Recognizing God’s limitlessness is the truth behind magnifying the Lord. It’s not that we make Him bigger. Instead, we see Him for His proper size in relation to everything else. We stop to be awed by His infinite greatness and the smallness of everything else—including us.

When we take ourselves out of the equation we realize it is all about God and all for God…

So, take on a new perspective with your current challenges and magnify the Lord to ensure a brand new outcome!

Susan Horton

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Pastor Jody’s Commissioning

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Graduation Sunday will be observed on June 26th.  Please let PJ know of any graduates.

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Confirmation- Any students 8th grade and above who would like to be part of the 2016-2017 confirmadon class should speak with PJ.

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The Armor of God children's sermon
The Armor of God children’s sermon

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Memorial Day Church Float
Memorial Day Church Float

 

 

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Team UMCMM

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Youth Group-  Do you know some local kids who are interested in being part of a youth group?  We are in the planning phase and are looking to start a group this coming fall.  This will be a cooperative effort with other churches in our area so as to reach as many kids as possible.  Let PJ know if you’d like to be part of this exciting new ministry,

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Membership Classes-  Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

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Stewardship Campaign-  Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

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Upcoming Calendar:

June 17, pm- Women of Faith

June 25, 8am- Men’s Group

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On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School- now on summer recess.

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought: (from our June 12 Worship Service)

God, thank you for the immeasurable free gift of your grace. You gave your Son in our place so we wouldn’t have to work to erase our sin. You have already done that for us. Your grace is all we need. We understand that we can never be enough or do enough to merit your gift. Forgive those foolish thoughts that discount your sacrifice, and remind us that you alone can save. You are our hope and salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

The Newsletter of The UMCMM ******** May 2016 Issue ********

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost was first a Jewish holiday, the celebration of the Festival of Weeks.  Later it would be celebrated as a Christian Holiday, observed on the 50th day after Easter (Pentecost means 50th day) and marking the “birthday” of the modern Christian church.

You can read about the first Christian Pentecost celebration in Acts chapter 2 of our Bible.  It is filled with rich, and sometimes confusing, imagery.  Tongues of fire descend from the sky, people make accusations of drunkenness, and people speak in languages that they don’t even know.  It might seem an awfully chaotic and disorderly scene, and indeed some of the people there appeared to feel that way.  It does not seem they stuck to their printed bulletin in church that day.  The Spirit of God had other plans.

It is, in fact, the Holy Spirit of God whom we celebrate on Pentecost Sunday.  This is because it is God’s creative Spirit, the air and breath of life, that enlivened the church and made us the Body of Christ.  The fire, the wind, and the prophetic message were all signs of the wondrous ways in which God was moving among the people.  God is moving still today.

Way back in Genesis 11 the people had tried to make their own way to God.  They took it upon themselves to build a tower to Heaven in Babel.  In the midst of their work God confused their languages to halt their progress.  God did a pretty good job considering there are over 7000 recorded languages today.  Pentecost was an undoing of that, in a sense.  When people are made one in Christ, and are bonded by the life giving breath of God’s Spirit, the many tongues become understandable.  Our pathway to unity in God is not found in frail human effort or ingenuity, but in the gracious and loving activity of God’s Spirit in and around us.

God is still breathing that life giving Spirit into our church today.  Despite claims of decline or moral decay in our culture, I truly believe that God is drawing us forward, renewing and refreshing us continually.  It may not always be what we expect, but if we are open to the unexpected… to the unusual… to a little seeming chaos, we might just find in the midst of it order… and meaning… and purpose… and above all, God is with us.

Wishing you an awesome Pentecost Season and beyond.  “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together!”- Richard Avery

Peace,  PJ

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Pastor Jody’s Commissioning will happen on Saturday June 11th at the NY Annual Conference in Hempstead.  Please let PJ know if you’re interested in going to the commissioning service.  We are hoping to rent a van to carpool.

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Through the Bible in a Year-  PJ is would like you to join him in reading through the Bible in one year.  We will be using a shared schedule of readings and will have an email group in which we can make daily observations and share insights.  Please speak with PJ if you are interested. 

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Youth Group-  Do you know some local kids who are interested in being part of a youth group?  We are in the planning phase and are looking to start a group this coming fall.  This will be a cooperative effort with other churches in our area so as to reach as many kids as possible.  Let PJ know if you’d like to be part of this exciting new ministry,

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Women of Faith are so grateful to all those who have generously supported our UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Layette Kit project for the last 14 months. Thanks to you we have assembled 80 kits. Praise God!

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Living Water flowed at a recent service.
Living Water Sermon

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Wonderful guests at recent Roast Beef Dinner
Wonderful guests at our recent Roast Beef Dinner

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Pentecost Sunday Balloon Launch

pentecost balloons

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Membership Classes-  Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

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Stewardship Campaign-  Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

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Upcoming Calendar:

May 20- Women of Faith

May 28- Men’s Group

June 11- Pastor Jody’s Commissioning at the NY Annual Conference in Hempstead, NY.

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On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought:

Until God opens the next door for you, praise him in the hallway. –Anonymous

The Newsletter of The UMCMM ******* April 2016 Issue *******

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

Revival Services: Pastor Jody will be the guest preacher at two evening revival services in Middletown, NY.- the evenings of Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th.  You are invited to come and be part of what God is doing.  Services will be held at St. Paul’s UMC in Middletown, NY.

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Pastor Jody’s Commissioning will happen on Saturday June 11th at the NY Annual Conference in Hempstead.  Please signup in the church foyer if you’re interested in coming to the commissioning service.

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Membership Classes- Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

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Through the Bible in a Year- PJ is would like you to join him in reading through the Bible in one year.  We will be using a shared schedule of readings and will have an email group in which we can make daily observations and share insights.  Please speak with PJ if you are interested.  We are hoping to start this on Pentecost Sunday.

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Hugh, dangerous tree no more...
Hugh, dangerous tree no more…

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Local newspaper, Meet Me In Marlborough, promotion article:

Finally, Old Man Winter has packed up and is headed for the southern hemisphere. Members of The United Methodist Church of Milton and Marlboro waved him a good-bye and are getting ready for our Spring Roast Beef Dinner. Please join us at the Marlboro High School on Saturday, May 14, 2015.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 795-5485 or 795-2302. The cost is $15 for adults; $7 for children 6-12 years old; children 5 and under are free. Continuous seating will begin around 5:00 pm. Take-outs will be available.

The homemade dinner is served “family style” consisting of apple cider, seasoned roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, freshly baked apple cake, along with coffee and tea. We guarantee you won’t go home hungry.

Our church greatly appreciates the community’s past support in making our dinners a success. So, stop by the High School on May 14th for a great meal!

And, all are welcome to join us every Sunday for worship service at 10am.

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Stewardship Campaign- Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

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Upcoming Calendar:

April 22- Women of Faith

April 29- Revival Service. Pastor Jody will be the guest speaker at St. Paul’s UMC in Middletown, NY

April 30- Revival Service. Pastor Jody will be the guest speaker at St. Paul’s UMC in Middletown, NY

May 14-  Roast beef dinner

June 11- Pastor Jody’s Commissioning at the NY Annual Conference in Hempstead, NY.

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On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought:

Father, be present with us, our steady Guide, pointing out the way You want us to go.

The Newsletter of The UMCMM ***** Easter Sunrise Vigil *****

Newsletter LogoThe United Methodist Church of Milton-Marlboro

112 Church St., P.O. Box 275, Milton, NY 12547

(845) 795-2302, http://www.mm-umc.com

Proclaiming the good news of God’s glory and informing you about the life of our church family.


The Upcoming Church Calendar and the On-Going Church Calendar are at the end of this newsletter. Scroll down to view.

Easter Sunrise Vigil

On the river.
On the river.

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Membership Classes- Anyone interested in joining the membership of the church please contact Pastor Jody.

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Through the Bible in a Year- PJ is wondering if you would like to join him in reading through the Bible in one year. We will be using a schedule of readings shared via email. Please contact PJ if you would like to participate. 

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Stewardship Campaign- Our stewardship campaign will be held in the fall of this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare this program.

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Upcoming Calendar:

April 1-  7pm Women of Faith

April 10-  11:15am Administrative Board meeting

April 23-  8am Men’s Group

May 14-  Roast beef dinner

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On-Going Calendar:

Sunday 10am Worship Service

Sunday 10am Sunday School

Wednesday 1pm Living Prayer- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list

Women of Faith 1/month- contact Ruthanne to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the third Friday of the month at 7pm.

Men’s Group 1/month- contact Art to be added to the email distribution list. The group meets the forth Saturday of the month at 8am.

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Final thought:

While you can live a good life on your own, with Jesus strengthening you, you can give beyond your desire, share beyond your ability, and love beyond yourself.