Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (July 2015)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Vacation Bible School 2015!

 

Living in the Warmth of God's Love

(1 Corinthians 13)

 

 Come and learn of Jesus' Love as we travel to lots of fun island locations.

 

Summer Sundays @ 9:45 AM

(June and July 2015)

Read more . . .

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 Congregations Respond with Bible Donations for Inmates and Their Families

 

 

The Mission Project table at Conference this year was buzzing with blessings. Individuals -- and congregations alike -- were blessed by joining together to Restore Lives with the Word of Life by helping to fund the purchase of Bibles for children, inmates and their families across the state.

 

Contributions to this special mission project were donated in excess of $15,000 and will provide funds for approximately 300 Bibles for children of inmates and for Disciple Bible Study packets for the inmates themselves. 

 

Thank you for your support of this life changing ministry!

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3rd Sunday Meal

August 16

 

Invite your friends to our next meal.  Bring your favorite Salads and desserts.  See you there!

 

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Mighty to Save

 

Dr. Kent Brantly, a U.S. medical missionary who contracted the Ebola virus last summer in Liberia, credits a “mighty God” — and lots of prayers — for his survival. After recovering from the disease, Brantly returned to the North Carolina headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse, the group he’d been working with in Africa.

He spoke about Deuteronomy 6, saying it’s important to remind others of God’s acts. “I will never grow tired of talking of this,” Brantly said. “I’m going to keep telling my story so I can remember what God has done in my life.”

Then Brantly offered this challenge: “Never think you’re just a normal person. If you’re pursuing God’s calling in your life, he will use you. Even if it’s a challenging calling, even if you find yourself in difficult circumstances, he will give you what you need to be faithful to him, even if it’s a whole army of people praying for you. Share your story over and over and over so you can remember we serve a mighty God.”

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Eylau United Methodist Women

 

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

 

 

 

The members of the United Methodist Women want to thank all who donated items for the Church Garage and Bake sale.  We could not have had such a successful sale without your help.  We made two thousand three hundred ninety-one dollars and thirty-eight cents.  We will be donating $2,000.00 to the church to go into the general fund to help pay the apportionments.  Again thank you to the ones who: Donated items, Helped mark, Baked goodies, Worked the sale, and Bought items.  A job well done!

 

The next occasion for the United Methodist Women is Mission U which will be held at Lakeview near the end of July, with the District Mission U, Sept. 5. 

 

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

 

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Closer and Closer

 

The progression — Father, Son, Spirit — represents a profound advance in intimacy. At Sinai, the people shrank from God and begged Moses to approach him on their behalf. But in Jesus’ day, people could hold a conversation with the Son of God; they could touch him and even hurt him. And after Pentecost the same flawed disciples who had fled from Jesus’ trial became carriers of the Living God. In an act of delegation beyond fathom, Jesus turned over the kingdom of God to the likes of his disciples — and to us.

—Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God

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Happy Birthday! 

 

3 Margie Martin

8 Mary Thrapp

11 Eric Carr

14 Brady Williams

16 Melba Phillips

29 Jo Adams

 

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Thank you for your efforts to use the church's resources wisely!

 

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Thinking of Him

(Fellowship Hall)

 

You are invited to join us, Wednesdays @ 7 PM

 

 

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It's All About God

 

When you receive this eNewsletter, we should be close to the mid-point of our summer Bible Study.  We are trusting that the Holy Spirit will break through in awesome and unexpected ways as we continue to delve deeper into the mysteries of our Awesome God. 

 

We begin our study by looking into several fundamental attributes embedded within God’s nature, which are considered to be unchanging.  First, God is spirit.  God does not have a corporal body as we do.  Even though the scriptures often speak of God as having physical attributes, God is a spiritual being.  Old Testament writers relied quite heavily upon the use of anthropomorphic language, saying for instance that God turned his “face” toward God’s people, because that was the way they conveyed God’s creating and sustaining presence among them.  We give to God human attributes because of our language limitations, but God is not like us physically and God is not finite. God is eternal, reaching not only forward but also backward into time.  Unlike human beings, though, God does not experience time in the same context as we experience time; God existed before all things and knows the “beginning” and the “end.”  He is omniscient; God is all-knowing (Isaiah 46:10).  And concerning space, God’s experience of it is very different from ours.  God is omnipresent.  God is present everywhere, always (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

 

God is active in the world, ever present, sustaining and creating. And not only is God omniscient and omnipresent, God is also omnipotent. God is in charge of all things created and uncreated (Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37). We have come to rely upon the cycle of life, death and new-life because God is constant and faithful to whom God is as life-giver. God is active and involved in the world and in the lives of His creatures. 

 

God is both immanent and transcendent. When we say that God is transcendent, we mean that there is a difference between the Creator and the creation. God continuously calls things into existence. The One who creates is greater than all things. He is over and above creation, but at the same time the Creator is in relationship with creation. When we talk about the immanence of God, we talk about the fact that God offers to humanity a lived experience. God is personal and does not stand aloof or separate from the world (Acts 17: 27a).

 

The God who entered into covenant with Israel is also the God who, through Jesus Christ, enters into covenant with the Christian community. “I will be your God and you will be My people,” exclaims the Lord (Ezekiel 36:28). 

 

 

We also discussed other pressing questions, like: Where did Cain's wife come from? How did the people in the Old Testament become so technologically advanced? and what did Jesus mean when He said to His disciples: ". . . as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40). 

 

If you have some pressing questions, as well, please join us for the remaining sessions.  And may we, as God's people, together experience His presence as we seek to move closer to Him through prayer, worship, study and service. 

 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

 

 

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Have a safe and blessed Fourth!

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Next Fellowship meal will be in August!

 

Salads & Desserts

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Liturgists for July

 

5 - Bill Adams

12 - Max Harris

19 - Carol Stoner

26 - Jewel Sullivan

 

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

 

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Newsletter Preparation

 

Newsletter Volunteer Day is July 22 @ 10:30AM 

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Committees

To see which Committees you will be serving on visit this link and click "LEADERSHIP"

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:

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

• Thinking of Him Bible Study @ 7 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

 

• Bible Study Continues, Through July 1-22

• Independence Day, July 4, 2015

• Church Council Meeting, July 12, 2015

• Finance Meeting, July 14, 2015

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, July 22, 2015

• Family Ministries, July 29, 2015

 

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