Pastors Weekly Message

Pastors Weekly Message2018-02-08T13:12:48+00:00

2.08.2017

Dear Friends, 

 

THIS SUNDAY  

9:00 am Traditional Service with Brass 

10:45 am Jazz Service 

Sermon: Celebrating Our Ministry 

Scripture:  Matthew 25:31-40 

 

Sunday School for PreK-6th grade during worship: Kids will learn about Jesus’ miracles in this month’s theme: Freeze Frame! This week, Jesus Calms the Storm 

 

PB & J: Pancakes, Birthday & JazzTHIS Sunday, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm:  Come celebrate MUMC’s 45th Birthday with us: pancake lunch, jazz music from our own jazz band, and a special birthday presentation! 

 

PRAYERS 

Dave Van Tassel as he deals with health concerns. 

 

Cindy Erickson, Lisa LaMothe’s mother, as she deals with health concerns. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS/INFORMATION 

Ash Wednesday Worship – Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 pm – Please join us for this meaningful service to begin our Lenten journey.  This service will be led by our Confirmation students. 

 

Brown Bag Study: The Brown Bag Study will not meet on Monday, February 12.  Class will resume on Monday, February 19, 12:00-1:15 pm with the Lenten Study. 

 

Simpson Shelter – Thursday, February 15, 6:00-9:00 pm: Sign up to serve our delicious MUMC specialty meatloaf meal and/or to bring desserts. Each month we serve over 100 people!  We need 10 dozen cookies, 8 dozen brownies or bars and one dozen people. Join us for this fun and rewarding family service opportunity! Sign up in Fellowship Hall. Organizer: Kathy Arendt, 612.810.0699 or kjarendt@aol.com. 

 

Men’s Night Out – Saturday, February 17, 5:00-8:00 pm:  Our Annual Indoor Bocce Ball Event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17.  Dinner starts at 5:00 pm with a short program and the event following.  The cost is $5 to be paid at the door.  Look for the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or call Bill Lurth at 952-933-1390.  The menu will be the usual brats and sloppy joes. 

Young at Heart (Senior Group): Thursday February 22, 2:00-4:00 pm. Come enjoy the fellowship of being with old and new friends, play some games and have some snacks. Word of warning: this is a VERY competitive group! Please sign up in the lobby. Any questions, contact Judy Sunderland. 

 

CORR Book Study – Sunday March 11, 12:00 pm:  CORR invites you to a discussion based on the book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.  A light lunch will be provided, so please sign up with Pastor Tiffany by March 7.  A New York Times bestseller, the memoir will soon be made into a motion picture.  Vance tells his story of growing up in a white, Christian, working class family in Kentucky and Ohio. 

 

Register for Pastor Matt’s Fishing Camp – August 6-12, 2018: Join other men and women for great fellowship, fantastic food, and spiritual enrichment in this beautiful northern setting on Lac Seul, one of Ontario’s premier walleye lakes. Space is limited. Register at www.campminnesota.org or talk to Pastor Matt. 

 

FROM PASTOR MATTS HEART 

I love the sound of falling snow. I know, you think I’m crazy right? This past Saturday I was watching the big white fluffy flakes fall in my back yard. When one can get away from traffic and other background noises, there is a true sound to falling snow. It’s very hard to hear because there are so many other background sounds that usually drown it out. 

 

I remember vividly a time being in the Canadian wilderness miles from civilization in a snowstorm on a frozen lake. There were no other distractions, and I could hear the falling snow. This Saturday, very briefly, I heard it as well. It was like the faint voice of God, calling tenderly. 

 

I think God speaks to us in moments like this. It’s faint and subtle, but truly there if we slow down, clear the distractions away, and pay attention. Maybe this week is a great week to spend time listening for God’s voice. Rather than talking to God, spend some time listening for what God might be saying. You might hear God in the sound of sheer silence like Elijah. 

 

[The Lord] said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:11-13) 

 

Pastor Matt & Pastor Tiffany 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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