Monday Musings (4/22/13)

judeGood Morning Friends,

What does faith mean to you? How do you live it out? On Sunday we talked about following our Shepherd and about how nothing can snatch us out of God’s hand. Do you believe this in your heart of hearts? One of the great ways in which I have come to know the Shepherd’s voice and the provision of my God is through the learning/accountability groups I am part of.

Twice a month I meet with a clergy book study group. We read the same book, talk about the book, and seek to grow in our understanding of the Lord and the ministry he has called us to. We always end in prayer and pray for the needs of one another. The second group I am a part of is an accountability group. I meet with three other clergy twice a month. We talk about our lives, our holy habits, the areas we are growing in and the areas we need to grow in. We hold each other accountable in our Christian walk and we always end in prayer for each other and our ministries.

What groups are you part of that help you to grow in the Lord? Do you attend Sunday School, Bible Study, a fellowship group, or something else? Often times if we don’t have one of these in our lives we are not growing in the Lord. There is nothing in our lives to challenge us in our understanding of who God is, how God is working in our lives and who God wants us to be. I want to challenge each of you to get involved in a study group here at the church. It will help you to learn of the Lord and to grow in the Lord. None of us are who God wants us to be. We are still growing and becoming like Christ. How will you take the steps today to grow in the Lord and become that holy and sanctified person that God has called you to be?

Along the Journey,
Pastor Jude

Adult Retreat
Anyone interested in attending the Adult Retreat is invited to sign up with the church office. We will gather at 7pm on Friday, May 10th at Jumonville. We will spend Friday evening playing games, having a camp fire and getting to know each other. Saturday will be filled with a walk to the cross, a walk to green cathedral, and a study on Esther. We will look at what it means to be called of God for such a time as this. We will eat both breakfast and lunch on Saturday at the Inn. We will close our time out together by 3pm with worship and communion. If you have any questions about the retreat please see Pastor Jude. The cost of the Retreat is $65 per person. Scholarships are available. Currently there are only five rooms available.

Roastbeef Dinner Update
We want to thank the many people who helped out with the roastbeef dinner this year. At the end of it all we made a profit of $511. Thank you all for your efforts in raising this money and reaching out into our community to share the love of Christ.

Work Day This Saturday
The work day from last week had to be rescheduled because of the death in our family. This Saturday was originally the rain date for the confirmation class and for Mops. They will be gathering at 9am to work on the outside property here at the church. Anyone else who is free from 9am to noon is invited to come and join with them.

Dates to Remember
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday at 7pm Zumba Fitness Class in Fellowship Hall
4/23 – SPRC Meeting
4/27 – 9am Confirmation/Mops Outside Cleanup
4/27 – 10am Women’s Forum Brunch
4/28 – 12pm – Begin dropping items for May Market (call a Mops Mom for details)
4/28 – 7pm God and Me Scout Study (for all scouts in K-3 grade in our church, call Pastor if interested)
4/30 – 7pm Nominations Committee Meeting
5/3 – 6:30pm Movie Night at WHUMC – “Wesley”
5/4 – 7am Mops May Market
5/8 – 1:00pm Community Committee
5/10-5/11 WHUMC Spring Adult Retreat at Jumonville – Cost is $65 per adult – limit of 10 rooms so RSVP today
5/12 – Mother’s Day – Choirs Greatest Hits & Sunday School Kids sing at 11am service
5/13 – 8:30am Men’s Breakfast
5/14 – 7:00pm Women’s Forum
5/17 – 11:30am S.A.S.S.
5/19 – Pentecost Sunday – 10am Combined Worship Service for Confirmation. Fellowship meal to follow
5/26 – Summer Sunday Schedule Begins (8:30am & 10am) (please note that on hot days we will worship in Fellowship Hall for the 10am service) (fellowship time will be in rooms 3&4 in Ed. Wing at 9:30am)
6/13-6/16 – Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference
6/17-21 – Community VBS at WHUMC