The council met on July 10 (7:00 p.m., room 200) and had a strategic conversation focusing on Congregational Care. The church council discussed Karen Lampe’s book, The Caring Congregation. Click here for the minutes of the meeting.
Archives for July 2014
Below is an instructional video of how to make your ZOE prayer doll. You may purchase the kits at Vacation Bible School (July 14-18) for $5. Have fun making your ZOE prayer doll!
I’ve been trying all morning to think of what to write. My problem is that we hope that these Thursday e-mails will be inviting and tantalizing, that they will whet your appetite for what we will be doing in worshipSunday, that they will make you want to come.
There’s no way for me to do that this week. The “Family Story” that we will be considering is almost too horrible to imagine. God (yes, God!) will say to Abraham Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him as a burnt offering… Abraham does as he is told.
I can’t make that pretty. Nor funny (hard to make jokes with Isaac – “he laughed” – trussed and bound on the altar). There’s no way to clean this up.
So, I’m not sure what to write that will get you interested in the conversation this Sunday about Genesis 22:1-14 other than to say this: perhaps it is only if we deal with this horrific story that we can begin to understand the decision God later makes to offer his son, his only son, the one whom he loves. Perhaps we have to come to grips with this story in order to appreciate fully the whole story.
So, I’m not sure what to write. Or to say. Except that I hope to see youSunday as we wrestle with this together.
Grace and peace.
In preparation for a sermon I will be delivering in a couple weeks, I have been meditating on the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24. For those of you who are like me, and need the spark notes on this rather long bible story, here they are:
Abraham is on his deathbed, and makes an oath with his servant to make sure his son, Isaac, marries a woman not from Canaan (Abraham’s current home), but from Abraham’s hometown – the city of Nahor. So the servant travels to Nahor. Upon arriving at the city well, where the daughters of the townspeople are drawing water – the servant says: “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham,” and continues to ask God to reveal Isaac’s future wife as the one who agrees to give both he and his camels a drink. The servant approaches Rebekah who does just this – and Rebekah even welcomes the servant to her house – to which the servant in Gen 24:27 says “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the way to the house of my master’s kin.”
Fast forwarding through some of the details, arrangements are made, Rebekah AGREES to go and marry Isaac, and the two become one. The reason I find myself writing about this passage today is not because of the clear story of God’s provision of a husband for Rebekah, or a wife for Isaac, or even Abraham’s oath. Rather, I find myself writing about this story because I was amazed at Abraham’s servant’s obedience and respect for God. This servant, who finds himself communicating with Yahweh only because his master has given him orders to, is a pretty amazing follower of God! He communicates with God, asks things of God, obeys God, and worships God multiple times through out the course of the story. Oh how much I have to learn from this servant – oh how much WE as the church have to learn from this servant.
It’s a new month, and still summer so we continue our focus on Harmony: Together is Better, and are sticking with our summer theme: Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. We carry on exploring the New Testament, looking at the letters and sermons delivered by people and for people.
This week, we’ll take a closer look at how friends forgive each other. In Colossians 3:13, Paul reminds us that God has forgiven us for everything we’ve ever done wrong! At some point, one of our friends will let us down. We should let go of what we’re holding against them and forgive them because God forgave us first. Putting up with each other means we don’t hold on to the things people might have done to hurt us. When we forgive them, we get to show them how much God loves them too. Our Bottom Line is: Friends forgive each other.
This month’s key verse is, “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17. It’s easy to be friends when everything is great. But friends should also stick together when life gets hard. That’s when friendships matter most. This week kids can also memorize Romans 12:16, “Agree with each other. Don’t be proud. Be willing to be a friend of people who aren’t considered important. Don’t think that you are better than others.” If your child memorizes the monthly or the weekly verse and can tell it to any member of the Children’s Ministry staff, they will receive a prize!
Our new curriculum, Orange, has great “Parent Cues” that we’ll be sending home each month, both in hard copy on Sunday morning and in these posts. For this week’s cue, use these conversations starters:
Ask a kid: What can be lost when friends don’t forgive each other?
Ask a parent: Why is it better to forgive right away when a friend hurts you?
In addition, they have live podcasts on the topic of the month. Download the podcast on www.OrangeParents.org. Also check out www.Studio252.tv and the Parent CUE App for your smartphone. I have the app and love it because it pops up and gives me conversation starters – it’s a great trigger reminding me of the weekly and monthly focus and how to bring it home. There’s even videos and songs for the kids!
For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
Orange you glad you read this today?
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ADVANCE NOTICE OF WALDO STREET CLOSING
Starting July 21 and lasting for perhaps up to six months, Waldo Street traffic will be disrupted while the Town of Cary fixes the drainage problem which has caused numerous floodings in the Church – especially in the main office area. They will be replacing the drainage pipes and drain entries on Waldo from Academy Street to Walker Street.
During this time, Waldo Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Monday through Friday. It will be open Saturday and Sunday for through-traffic, but parking will not be available on the street, and-depending on where they are digging-may also not be available in the Post Office lot or in the Ashworth Lot.Parking will always be available in the Church Parking Lot, however, with an entrance and exit off Walker Street.
During this process, you may park in the Church Parking Lot and will be guided by plastic cones and signs as to how to cross Waldo to get to the Church safely and easily. Street signs for detour traffic around the Church will be posted also.We are pleased the Town of Cary is addressing this flooding issue that has been a problem for the Church for some time, and we hope everyone will plan for this issue accordingly.
- Memorial Service for Carroll Ogle: July 12 at 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary
- Online Directory
- MOPS1 Schedule
- United Methodist Men’s Breakfast
- Church Council Meeting: July 10
- Sanctuary Flower Vase
MOMS OF PRE-SCHOOLERS
FUMCC MOPS 1 meets on the second and fourth Fridays 9:45-11:45 a.m., from September-May. MOPS is an international organization dedicated to meeting the needs of moms of preschoolers. Our meetings include sharing breakfast, prayer and devotional time, a speaker/craft/activity, and fellowship time. Childcare is provided through the MOPPETS program. For more information, please contact us atFUMCCMOPS1@yahoo.com.
UMM MONTHLY BREAKFAST
The United Methodist Men sponsor a monthly breakfast (second Saturday of each month, 8:00-9:30 a.m.) that is held in the Fellowship Hall. It is family-friendly and open to everyone. Register early by clicking here. The July breakfast will be this Saturday, July 12 and will feature a speaker from the Car Ministry of Apex UMC.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The council’s July 10 meeting (7:00 p.m., room 200) will be a strategic meeting where we will be focusing our conversation on Congregational Care. The church council will read Karen Lampe’s book, The Caring Congregation, in preparation of the strategic meeting.
SANCTUARY BRASS FLOWER VASE
We are currently missing one of the brass flower vases from the Sanctuary. If found, please return it to the church office or the Sacristy.
We never like to see a waitlist for our VBS – we wish we had room for hundreds more campers! But since we don’t have infinite space, and want to obey the fire code for capacity, and we are, indeed, on a waitlist, we are encouraging families to attend VBS with our friends at St. Francis!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT SAINT FRANCIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is July 14-18, 5 pm-7:45 pm. Join them for their Workshop of Wonders and discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God! Open to children pre-K through 5th grade. An adult study is also being offered, studying the same lessons as the kids. Register at www.saintfrancisumc.org/vbs
If you have any questions, please contact their church office at 919 362-4107.
The UMMen sponsor a monthly breakfast (second Saturday of each month at 8:00-9:30am) that is held in the Fellowship Hall. It is open to all persons, men and women. Register on the church’s website.
Aug 9 – Guest Speaker: The Healing Place