Enews: Sunday, May 12, 2019

First United Methodist Church E-news
Sunday, May 12
Mother’s Day!
Dear Friends,

How we welcome one another is how we welcome God. Do we welcome one another with suspicion, or do we welcome one another as we would welcome Christ? Do we accept the gifts from God through others freely, or do we doubt their generosity or motives?
On Mothers’ Day, may we remember those who are grieving the loss of their mothers and those who have been like mothers, as Dorcas was to the widows and other disciples. May we remember those who grieve the loss of a child, or who are unable to have children. How we live is a witness to Christ, but also how we welcome and accept one another, and how he will hold that space of celebration and grief…
READINGS 

Peter raises Tabitha of Joppa, which brings many people to faith.
David’s famous Psalm of thanksgiving, praise and confidence in God for the gift of life.

The hosts of heaven praise God, and the martyrs rejoice in the God who is their Shepherd.
Jesus speaks of himself as the Shepherd of his followers who are the sheep he cares for, and who know his voice.
Prayer
Almighty God, You are our Father, our Mother, our Creator. You birthed the world in creation and have called us to be born of Spirit, born from above, to become a new creation. The gifts You have given us to share Your love with the world are still growing, still becoming, still waiting to be birthed.
You are the midwife, still coaxing forward the wholeness of who You have intended us to be. Giver of Life, help us to better the lives of others in this world by practicing justice, loving one another, and living selflessly, as You did on earth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers:  Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, 
Ron Lohman, and Jeff King
Liturgist:  Amy Marzullo
Coffee and…:  

Beginning on May 19 (Lilac Parade Day) we will have one Worship Service at 9:00am,
with opportunities throughout the summer to worship outside.
Those will be announced in advance and
always with the understanding of current weather conditions.

 
Loretta Ruth Tanis (Moser)
June 2, 1935 – May 7, 2019
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019
here in our Sanctuary at 11:00am.
A luncheon will follow.
Congratulations to Moms Christine and Rachel Smith-Kozlowski and Big Sister Amelia!!!
Ruth Grace Smith-Kozlowski arrived at 3:10pm on May 7!

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