It is a joy and a blessing to be called by Christ – as we all are. Answering the call is not easy, however, and asks of us, as it did of Jesus, a commitment to giving of ourselves, to making the sacrifices – small and large – that allow the reign of God to be manifest in our lives and in our world. Sacrifice is not a popular word, but it is one that needs to be rediscovered if we are to address the massive challenges facing our world.
Let’s pray that our Sunday’s worship gives us the courage and the faith to lay down our lives in service of Christ and God’s reign again
Isaiah’s second servant song seems to refer to both an individual and to the nation of Israel. Either way the message is clear – the work is hard and leads to mockery and rejection, but God will make God’s servant a light to the nations and will ultimately bring the servant praise and recognition.
John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit, and two of John’s disciples follow Jesus. One of them, Andrew, calls his brother Simon to meet Jesus, and Jesus names him Peter.
Prayer of Brokenness
God of Hope, at times all we feel is hopelessness. We have waited so long for justice. We have worked so hard and it seems for nothing. The world seems to get worse, as more people struggle to make ends meet, as more people become homeless, as violence rages around us. Burn the flame in us, O God, of hope. Be the light that cannot be hidden. Remind us that we are not alone, and others can help our light to shine. Call upon us to lean on one another during trying times.
May we remember each other in prayer, and may we seek prayer from others.
May we encourage and lift up one another, and call upon others for help. May we be renewed in spirit, O God, and look to Jesus Christ, the perfecter of our faith, who lived as one of us, died as one of us, but lives again so that all may have eternal love and life.
It is in Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Amy Thorpe, Mark Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Connie & LG Bryant
Men’s Group Meeting on Saturday, January 18 @ 8:30am.
Rob Bell – Love Wins (Adult Christian Formation Class)
Jan 19 – Read Chapters 4-5
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!