Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (February 2015)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Scout Sunday is February 8

 

A Psalm for Scouts and Scouters

 

The Lord God is our Great Scoutmaster who provides all our needs.  He lets us camp in forests tall and meadows green.  He leads us on trails besides waters deep and still, brooks babbling, streams rushing, and rivers raging.  He restores our bodies, minds and souls, even as we observe the eagle soaring to greater heights above.  He encourages the Eagle Scout in his upward climb.  He teaches Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to live the Scout Oath and Law.  Even though the trails may lead through dark valleys with towering mountains, we are courageous because he leads us onward.  He continually blesses us with food for mind and body.  Even when our enemies dislike or distrust us, he blesses us with the gifts of love and forgiveness.  Surely, his goodness and mercy will sustain us all the days of our lives.  And, when we climb the final trail through the awesome pass that leads to the Great Councilfire, we shall join those who traveled the trail before us and joyfully live with him forever!

 

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Ash Wednesday Service

February 18 @ 6PM

 

February 18, is not just another Wednesday.  It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.  It is written in the scriptures that Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness.  During that time, he asked himself what it meant to be Jesus.  During the forty days of Lent, Christians are encouraged to ask themselves what it means to be who they are.  A regular part of the Ash Wednesday worship service is the “Invitation To The Observance Of Lenten Discipleship.”  For those of you who wish to understand the season a little better, I extend the invitation.  I hope you will take some time to reflect upon this very important calling:

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

the early Christians observed with great devotion

      the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection,

and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration

      there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation.

During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.

It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins

      and had separated themselves from the community of faith

            were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,

      and restored to participation in the life of the Church.

In this way the whole congregation was reminded

      of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,

      to observe a holy Lent:

      by self-examination and repentance;

      by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;

     and by reading and meditation on God's Holy Word.

 

Grace & Peace

 

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+Christian Symbol+ 

 

Scroll
A scroll may symbolize the writings of Scripture, particularly the Old Testament.  In Luke 4, Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah in his home synagogue at Nazareth. A scroll may also symbolize the Day of Judgment, with the names of the elect, or saved, written on it.  In Revelation 5, the creatures and elders around God's throne sing to Christ the Lamb: "You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9).

 

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Eylau United Methodist Women

 

The first 2015 meeting of Eylau United Methodist Women will be on February 16, with Pam Kumpe as our guest speaker.  Pam will be bringing us greetings from Haiti, and her recent mission trip.  Pam is a local author, who has written several books based on her experiences doing God’s work.  She has a ministry at the local women’s behavioral unit each Sunday morning, and also attends the Church under the Bridge on Saturday morning, ministering to the homeless.  We will meet at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall.

 

The annual UMW and Church garage sale has been scheduled for March 20 & 21.  Everyone is encouraged to clean out those closets’ you have been putting off doing, also storage units too.  All donated items can be placed in the gym, on the left  side of the door.  We will have a sign up sheet for all those who can work during the sale, and setting up.  Please let Ann Black or Delma Kidd know when you can donate a hour or two to this effort. 

 

February 27 & 28 will be the United Methodist Conference Spring Festival at Lakeview Conference Center. All ladies interested in going will need to have their registration in by February 13.  See Carol Stoner for a registration form. The theme Scripture is Psalm 149: 3-4.  Registration for dorm housing, is $69 per person, and includes a Friday Evening meal, Saturday breakfast and lunch.  

 

The North District Spring Celebration will be March 28, at First UMC in DeKalb, TX.  Registration is 9-9:30 am.  Lunch will be served. 

 

Once again this year, the United Methodist Women will celebrate the month of November, by turning in our World Thank Banks.  Everyone in the church is encouraged to begin putting a coin in a container each time, you have something you want to thank the Lord for. We will bring our containers to the altar the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

 

If you wish to join United Methodist Women, you may do so by attending one of our meetings.

 

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Happy Birthday!

 

10 Bill Avance

14 Charolotte McGarr

19 Ann Black

21 Brenda Lee

27 Freida Bettes

27 Top Morrow

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Thinking of Him

 

Did you know that Reverend Paula Behrens is not only a pastor, but also, an author?  That is true.  And she would like to recommend to anyone wishing to delve deeper into Christian thoughts about God (during the Lenten Season), her book, "Thinking of Him."  There are several copies around the church that you may pick up to read, study and/or share. 

 

Her book is also available on Amazon.com

 

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Do THREE THINGS

a week:   

 

1) Come to a worship service to fall more in love with God and His Word.

2) Participate in a small group to learn how to better love others in community.  

3) Serve in a ministry to impact others.

 

Love God, love others, serve God in the world.

(Simple Church, Eric Geiger)

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Bible Quiz

 

Which Jericho woman hid the two Israelite spies, and where did she hide them?

A. Joanna, in her stable
B. Bathsheba, at her neighbor’s house
C. Milkah, under a pile of blankets
D. Rahab, on her roof


Answer: D (See Joshua 2:3, 6.)

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The Lenten Season

 

Ash Wednesday, February 18, will begin our Lenten season this year.  Lent is the season of repentance.  We all know that I’m not telling you anything new.  People are supposed to repent during this season and that leads us toward Good Friday and Easter.  But who is supposed to repent?  What are they to repent from?  Probably those who have committed those really bad sins, right?  You know the ones.  Everybody knows which sins are the really bad sins.  Not the ones you and I commit, but the ones the other people do.  At least that is how many of us think.

 

A story was once told about another church:  It seems that one Sunday following the sermon a member came forward during the invitation.  He was noticeably disturbed.  Obviously, he was carrying a heavy burden.  When he got to the altar, the pastor of the church met the man and took his hand.  The man was weeping and under a huge burden of guilt.  Suddenly the man blurted out to the pastor, “My sin is full of life!” 

 

Of course what he meant to say was, “My life is full of sin.”  But he had it right the first time.  His sin was full of life.  It was growing and expanding.  He was feeding it with unholy thoughts, words and actions.  His sin was full of life. 

 

Let me offer to you something you may not know.  Any sin that you and I allow to remain in our lives will be full of life.  Sin doesn’t lie dormant.  It demands to be fed.  It demands to grow like a cancer.  A root of bitterness, soon becomes a whole tree.  A seed of gossip, soon becomes a whole crop of juicy gossip.  A shoot of immorality, will soon grow into a full grown plant.

 

It’s not how much sin you have in your life that is the problem.  It is that there is some sin in your life and in my life, sin that wants to grow and wants to be full of life, sin that wishes to expand to the point that it rules us.

 

This is why we need a season of repentance.  We all need Lent, because we all have some sin in our lives.  Of course, we could wait.  We could put off repentance.  It worked for the dying thief on the cross.  And it worked for… well, it worked for… well, we can’t think of anyone else at the moment.

 

Augustine said that we should not presume.  We should not presume that we will have time later for repentance.  Let’s use the time given to us this season to turn from anything in our lives that is displeasing to God.  We all need this time of repentance.  We need it every year.  Don’t let the Lenten season slip by once again; if you do, your sin will be full of life.

 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

 

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God, you never forget your promise to give us life and preserve us in love. Help us keep covenant with you in return, in all we do.  Amen.

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Third Sunday Meal

 

Bring a friend and your favorite dish to our 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal, February 15 @ noon.

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Liturgist for February

 

1 - Bill Adams

8 - Max Harris

15 - Joe Breed

22 - Jewel Sullivan

 

* Please let the pastor know if you would like your name added to the Alternate Liturgist list.

 

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You are invited to help with the Newsletter

mail-out preparation!

 

Newsletter Volunteer Day is February 18 @ 10:30AM 

 

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2015 Committees

To see which Committees you will be serving on in 2015 visit this link:

2015 COMMITTEES

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Opportunities

SUNDAYS:

• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Wesley Sundays/A Modern day Class Meeting - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM

MONDAYS:

• Prayer Meeting @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)

TUESDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

WEDNESDAYS:

• Wesley Wednesdays/A Modern day Class Meeting @ 11 AM (Check Calendar)

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

 

• Education Meeting, February 4, 2015

• Scout Sunday, February 8, 2015

• Church Council Meeting, February 8, 2015

• Finance Meeting, February 11, 2015

• Valentines Day, February 14, 2015

• 3rd Sunday Meal, February 15, 2015

• President's Day (Office Closed), February 16, 2015

• United Methodist Women, February 16, 2015

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, February 18, 2015

• Ash Wednesday Service, February, 18, 2015 

• First Sunday in Lent, February 22, 2015

 

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