Monday Musings (10/15/12)

Dear Church Family,

Yesterday in worship Jodi shared with us about God being our forever friend. As I have meditated on this thought it came to me that God is the friend we can always go to and the friend who we can pick up with even if it has been a long time. Today, Emily and I went to work out at LA Fitness. As we walked in I spotted an old friend of mine from middle school. He was in town for his father’s funeral. I knew his dad had died but I had no idea I would run into him this morning. We hadn’t seen each other since the 8th grade and yet we were able to pick up as if it was just yesterday. This is how it is with God, although God doesn’t just desire a sometime relationship with you. He desires a daily relationship with you. My question for you this week is, how long has it been since you really talked to your forever friend? How long has it been since you talked with him about your hopes and about your dreams? How long has it been since you sat and listened to him and the dreams he has for you? Perhaps today is the day to do so. Perhaps today is the day to talk to your forever friend.
Along the Journey,
Pastor Jude

Church Cook-Out & More Event:
Remember that this Sunday, October 21 at 5pm the church is gathering at the memorial garden for a cookout event. Around 50 persons have signed up for this event so far. If you have not and you are coming please call the church office to let us know. The Nurture Committee is providing the hot dogs, chips, drinks, and smores for the event. We will meet at 5pm to eat. At 6pm the Education Committee will be hosting the movie “Prince of Egypt for the kids in rooms 1&2 of the Education Wing. This movie relates to their current Sunday school lesson. Pastor Jude will meet with the youth for a game of capture the flag and other fun games. The adults are invited to remain around the fire to sing old time favorite songs. If it is raining the campfire will be cancelled but the movie for the kids and the games for the youth will continue at 6pm.

Youth To Lead 8:30am Service This Week
This Sunday at least four of our youth will be leading in worship with their voices and instruments for the praise time at the 8:30am service. We wanted to let the congregation know that this was happening so that you could plan now on attending and supporting some of our youth. Peter Stumpf is organizing the youth for this event and If you have any questions please give him a call.

Upcoming Church Events:
• Every Thursday – 7pm Choir
• Saturday – 6pm Worship
• Sunday 8:30am & 11am Worship
• This Wednesday Fundraising Committee will meet at 7pm in the Library
• Wedding Rehearsal 10/19 at 1pm and Wedding on 10/20 at 3pm
• 10/18 Out of the Winds articles due
• MOPs & POPs Event on10/20 at 6pm
• Women’s Forum to see “Sound of Music” on 10/21 at Bethel Park Community Center
• WHUMC Family Cookout at Fire Pit on 10/21 at 5pm (See above Information)
• Tuesday, 10/23 MOP’s Meeting at 9:30am
• Windy Kids will meet on 10/24 at 6:45pm
• Sunday, 10/28 (after worship ) to Friday 10/2 Pastor Jude away
• Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be on Saturday, 11/3 from 4pm to 7pm
• Monday, 11/5 at 6:30pm Trustees Meeting
• Tuesday, 11/6 at 9am MOP’s Steering Meeting
• Wednesday, 11/7 at 1pm Community Committee
• Wednesday, 11/7 at 6:45pm Windy Kids
• Monday, 11/12 at 9:30am Men’s Breakfast
• Tuesday, 11/13 at 9:30am MOP’s Meeting
• Friday, 11/16 at 11:30am S.A.S.S. Meeting (Name That Tune Event)
• Friday, 11/16 at 7:00pm Pack 569 Meeting
• Wednesday, 11/21 at 7pm South Park Community Thanksgiving Worship at Grace Lutheran
• Saturday, 11/24 Fellowship Hall Reserved
• Tuesday, 11/27 at 7pm Church Council Meeting
• Wednesday, 11/28 at 6:45pm Windy Kids
• 12/2 Kid’s Sunday School Celebration for Attendance for the first quarter (after church)
• 12/2 – Angel’s for Mt. Vernon Nursing Home available on the Angel Tree (during worship)
• 12/2 Hanging of the Greens and Pizza right after 11am worship (steelers a 4:30 start)
• 12/3 at 6:30pm Trustees Meeting
• 12/9 Congregant Feed
• 12/10 at 8:30am Men’s Breakfast
• 12/10 in the pm MOP’s Cookie Exchange
• Birthday in Bethlehem (Community Outreach Event) on 12/15 at 12pm
• 12/24 4:30pm Worship at Grace Lutheran, 7pm & 11pm Worship at WHUMC
• 12/25 10am Christmas Day Worship at WHUMC
• 12/30 Combined Worship Service Sunday Morning