The stories of new beginnings almost always are stories of struggle and hope. Jesus begins his ministry by calling the disciples after John was arrested. Paul begins this letter to the church in Corinth naming the divisions he sees, but claiming Christ as the one they are united under. Jesus heals the man possessed by demons, who in turn is commissioned by Jesus to go share the good news. Isaiah sees the desolation that is to come and finds hope for the future in the current situation. If we only see the struggle, we only see the one running among the tombs of the dead-helpless and hopeless. If we only see the struggle, it seems impossible to overcome.
Jesus calls forth disciples despite the fear of being arrested. Jesus heals the man once avoided by the people and sends him out to proclaim the Gospel. The seeds of hope are planted, even if we don’t see them now, but they will grow into a harvest.
Jesus begins his ministry and is seen by Matthew to be fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy of the light shining in the darkness. He preaches the nearness of God’s reign, calls his first disciples and heals those who are afflicted with disease.
God of our Ancestors, breathe new life into the stories of old. Help us to understand what we need to learn, from their mistakes and from their faith. Call us to remember our past wrongdoings, and help us to cling to the faith of old, that You are with us, and You make all things new.
Guide us away from the practices of fear and division, and lead us to embrace the love You have continued to reveal to us through Jesus Christ. May the great cloud of witnesses from our past, from our Scriptures and history, teach us how to live in new ways for our future. Amen.
Music: Fusion and Aldersgate Ringers
Ushers: Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe,
Coffee And…: The Wixson and Marzullo Families
Thursday, Jan 23
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
Saturday, Jan 25
8:00am Aurora District Event
Sunday, Jan 26
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45 Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Monday, Jan 27
7:00pm Women’s Book Group
Tuesday, Jan 28
7:00pm LaLeche League
Thursday, Jan 30
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
Rob Bell – Love Wins (Adult Christian Formation Class)
Jan 26 – Read Chapters 6-7
Feb.2 – Read Chapter 8
The Auction Season is in full swing! The Great Gatsby Crew is putting on a Roaring Good Time for Missions at the 30th Annual Auction and Dinner on Sunday, February 16. Be sure this very special event is on your
calendar. The Silent Auction, begins at 4:00pm; Dinner is at 5:00pm: and the Live Auction begins 6:00pm.
Dinner tickets and event sign-ups begin on Sunday, January 26. If you plan to host an event, please turn in your donation form ASAP to Denise Karhoff King or Susan Friend so we can promote the event and create the sign-up sheets!
Your active support is needed to enable FUMC to make a meaningful contribution to the outreach and ministries of the United Methodist Church!
What can you do??
Host an event – It doesn’t have to be a huge affair. Offer a meal or gathering for 2
people if you can. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just provide a place to eat and visit. Take a few people out to eat. You don’t even have to cook, clean, or tidy up!
Be a sponsor. Simply write a check marked “auction sponsor” and turn it in to Susan Friend.
Offer an item for auction
If you can cook, bake or make something, please do it!
Buy something and donate it.
Buy a gift card or certificate and donate it!
If you can offer a service – car detailing, wash windows, do yard work, or if you have a special skill that you can share, offer it up! Someone would appreciate the chance to bid on it!
Sign up for events – They are a fun way to get better acquainted with people and food is usually involved, if not the main feature, so events are winners!
Buy items at the auction – for yourself and for others!
Come to the auction, bid on items and have fun cheering on the other bidders!
Donation forms are available at locations throughout the church and on the church website Click Here!.
If you have questions, contact Susan Friend, 630-309-0408, or email@example.com. Please turn in your forms by February 2 so we can get the bid sheets and event sign-up sheets ready!!!
The Auction Dinner will be a meatloaf dinner with potatoes and gravy, vegetable du jour, relish tray, and a decadent dessert. Stop by The Plaza for tasty ala carte treats and
beverages. Put on your Roaring 20s attire and enjoy raising funds to support the missions of the United Methodist Church. (Be sure you are wearing something that allows you to raise your arm freely to place your bids!) Don’t forget to bring your friends, family, and neighbors! They can help us raise more funds!