Enews: Sunday, March 11, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews

Sunday, March 11

Dear Friend,


We can choose to keep our view focused on what we know, on what is right in front of us. We can choose to be bitter and angry and never satisfied. We can choose to ignore the gifts of God and only complain about our situation. Note that this is different than the cries of injustice, for God hears the cries of injustice. When the system oppresses the people, God takes notice, as God took notice of the Hebrew people when they were enslaved. But it is when the people are in a place of privilege and complain and grumble about their situation-this is when God gets angry.
This is when those of us who have privilege and power are ignoring the cries of the oppressed around us because we’re stumbling over ourselves.
And this is when we need to get to work and listen to the cries of the oppressed around us. For the kingdom, or beloved community of Christ, is one that endures forever. It is not found at our feet, but found when we lift up our gaze and see those around us as part of the beloved family of God.

The people of Israel complain about being in the desert because there is no food or water and they don’t like the food God has provided. Then a plague of snakes attacks them, and they ask for forgiveness and salvation. God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who is bitten by a snake can look at the bronze snake and be healed.
A song of praise for God who punished those who, in their foolishness disobeyed and rebelled, but who forgave and saved them when they called out to God.
Though we once followed the ways of the world and were dead in our sins, deserving judgement like anyone else, God saved us through Christ, as an act of grace that we did not earn. But God has created us to do good works in Christ.
As the snake was lifted up on a pole in the desert, so Christ is to be lifted up so that all who seek to be saved may look to him. God sent him into the world to save, not condemn, but those who love darkness rather than light are already condemned, because they want to keep their actions hidden and not have them exposed
Holy One, we confess to You that our thoughts are not often on the sacred, on the holy, but on the things that trip us up. We compare ourselves to those with wealth and power and we desire what others have. We hold high standards for those in need, that they should be able to get by on so little, when we have so much. We spend our energy in countless ways on things that do not matter eternally while ignoring the plight of those around us.
Forgive us. Call us into Your ways of Your Eternal Beloved Community, to love one another, to lift up one another, to care for each other’s needs as if they were our own. Lift up our gaze from the temporary so we may seek the eternal around us. In Your name we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bonnie Campbell; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Debbie Sanchez; Kim, Niece of Teddie and Dick Knapp; Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Marlene, friend of Shaver’s; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Darrell Singelaub, brother of Jean Bubert; Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Conversation with Pastor 
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary: 
Music by: Call to Worship
Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, Ron Lohman,
Jeff Kaiser
Liturgist:  Nicole Putong
Coffee And…:  


Women’s Choir rehearsal on
Tuesday at 6:30pm to sing at the Thank Offering Service
on the 18th. 
Come Sing With Us!!!

Many of you have asked how you can help Amy and Mike Castleberry. Please read the following and thank you for your care and help!
Food requests, no added salt, please, per the cardiologist, as healthy as possible, although usually if something is too rich, I’m only able to eat a small amount anyway, which is fine.  Casseroles are fine.  We like most anything, if fish, just not too fishy, like salmon.
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Take Care,
Your friends at Lotsa Helping Hands

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A democratic 6th district nominee’s forum at Congregation Etz Chaim, on March 12th @ 7:00pm. The focus for the forum would be on economy, taxes, and immigration. The group putting it on is the Coalition for a Better 6th. They are a bi-partisan organization.
The second one will be with the winner of the democratic primary and Congressman Roskam to another forum
later in the spring, summer, or fall.
Event sponsored by faith communities who are members of Interfaith Partners.


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