Abraham Lincoln was quoting Jesus when he said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. As we examine where our treasure lies (our money, time, and energy), we must look at our hearts. Do we have undivided hearts, or are we torn apart by too many obligations and masters?
We are first called to love God with our whole heart, mind, and strength; then, when God is in the proper place in our hearts, the other things in our lives fall into place.
Matthew 6:24 ( Common English Bible )
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Prayer: Holy One, our hope is in You. You have brought us forth into this world as Your children. You have provided for us this beautiful and bountiful earth. At times we have neglected to be good stewards of all that You have given us, and have focused on our own gain and material success. Steer us back to Your path, great God, to care for others, to show concern for their needs. Lead us away from the temptation to confuse our needs with our wants, and instead hold us to the call to love our neighbors as ourselves. For we know that good things come from You. You send the sun and the rain, the clouds and the rainbows. Help us to let go of worry and instead embrace the abundance You provide for us. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Next meeting is: Saturday, October 12th at 8:30AM in the lower level conference room. Our speaker will be Jim Krupa with the Lombard Citizen’s Police Academy. This topic was requested at our last meeting. Please RSVP so we have a count for breakfast.
October 27 to November 24 $11.00 Deadline to order books: October 13!!
There is a distinctively Christian way to engage the
so-called “outsider” and “stranger.”
Tolerate one another. Wait. Isn’t that supposed to be love one another? It’s one thing to genuinely love
people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives?
Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love-because to genuinely love those considered to be “Other” may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.
Wednesday, October 30 –
Staff/Pastor Parish Relations
Committee @ 6:30pm
All Church Charge Conference @ 7:00pm in the Chapel
Need Reports Emailed to Office no later than
Tuesday, October 15, since we have to have reports in to the conference 2 weeks prior to our Charge Conference!!
Fusion would like to retrofit our existing wired mics and go
wireless. This improves the following:
the sound of our vocalists,
the sanity of our sound techs moving cables back and forth, the messy look in the front of the Praise Team in the Chancel area, and the safety of those Fusion members that are clumsy and often trip over chords….
This is an expensive undertaking, so Fusion will be selling Christmas greens and garlands this year to help us raise those funds.
Ordering in early Fall and placing our order in mid-October gives us the largest discount available through Noble Farms.
Order forms can be found before and after Sunday services near the water fountain and on the MUSIC bulletin board outside of Brianna’s office.
Donations are also gratefully
Many thanks in advance!
The First United Methodist Church of Lombard follows Jesus Christ’s example of loving God and serving others. We believe all people are created in the image of God and affirm their inherent sacred worth and dignity.
We welcome into full inclusion in the life and ministries of our church people of all ages, races, national origins, physical and/or mental abilities, socioeconomic conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, faith backgrounds, family configurations, education backgrounds, and any other differences either real or perceived.
We especially proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in a church.As a Reconciling Congregation, we believe that we are being reconciled to God and to one another.