PASTOR’S PEN
 

Victims of Fires S.O.

 

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday in September and we will be celebrating Holy Communion. One of our traditions on Communion Sunday is to take a special offering for some important cause. This time our special offering will be for victims of fires. We have been praying for the victims of the fires and this week we will respond with an offering. United Methodists are on the ground serving in areas affected by the fires. Our offering will be sent for supplies and support especially for the poor who are particularly devastated and displaced by events like this. Offerings will be shared with local mission teams and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Make out checks to First UMC and note “Fire Relief.”

This week we will be discussing the look of commitment. Just what does a committed life look like?  How does your faith in God move you to action on behalf of others? How can you be a good neighbor to those your community has excluded? How would you answer these questions?

Think and pray about this. We will be discussing these things.

In Peace,

Pastor Steve

 



Kitchen Update

Update on kitchen and restroom renovation — we are currently in conversation with potential contractors. We changed the deadline to receive bids to September 10. After that we will be selecting the contractor and moving forward. Thanks be to God for Ed Moncrief for his work as our project manager. This is a great labor of love on his part. Many thanks Ed!

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual?” I hear that alot. I have not always been sure what the person saying it means.This is what the sermon will explore this week. I would put it this way. There are two ways to be religious. One focus is on rules, rituals and the outward forms of the religion. The other focus is on the heart. Personal and social transformation. If we get stuck on the surface of religious practice — we don’t get to the depths of spirituality. Check out the gospel lesson for Sunday and see how this plays out. Mark 7: 1 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 23. See you in worship. 

Pastor Steve

 




Pastor Steve Lundin