Hi folks. It’s me again!
If our district schedules another Faith Fest next year, I hope that you will plan to attend. The music, all kinds of music, was uplifting, and the witnessing was definitely inspiring.
Two coming church events to be mindful of—Confirmation on Palm Sunday April 17 and Saturday May 14 for activities to show our appreciation for the community of Oakland.
This week please pray for
For this Sunday (3rd)
LOVE & JOY
Spring has sprung—but it doesn’t feel like it!
This Sunday (27th), is the District Sponsored Faith Fest at the Hancock UMC from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. It’s so close by that it would be a shame to miss out on this occasion of inspirational singing and witnessing. Also, if you attend, you’ll be able to support Merlin Jones who will be one of those sharing his witness. I have room in my car for four adults or five kids. If you’d like a ride, let me know.
If you missed out on our 2nd Annual Chicken Delight Potluck, you missed out on a really fun time. We raised close to $500 for Heifer Project chickens. Ward and Nancy Young entertained us with “The Chicken Song” and led us in a little kareyolkee. And we topped off the event with the chicken dance—which hopefully helped some of us wear off those extra calories from all that delicious food!
Two coming church events to be mindful of—Confirmation on Palm Sunday April 17 and Saturday May 14 for activities showing our appreciation for the community of Oakland.
I invite prayers for these persons and circumstances--Edith Haines (breast surgery next week); Cathey Grosvenor and her brother Larry (their mother Dorothy Forristall is now under hospice care); family and friends of Merle Davis (she passed away today); Nancy Allen (a retired pastor and friend diagnosed with multiple myeloma); also for the ongoing threat of radiation in Japan; and peace for the citizens and leaders of Libya and other “hot spots.”
For this Sunday (27th)
• Scripture: John 4:5-42
• Sermon Title: “The Ripple Effect”
1. Why was it out of the ordinary for Jesus to talk to the woman at the well? (verses 7,8,9)
2. What does the Samaritan woman do when she realizes that Jesus is the Messiah? (v. 25,26)
3. Why does she leave her water jar behind? (v. 28)
4. Reflect especially on verses 35-42 and the importance of spreading the Good News that Jesus
is the Messiah.
5. What happens to still water when a stone is dropped in?
6. How are you sharing the Good News that Jesus is our savior, God’s son?
LOVE & JOY
It’s almost Spring!
And we’re going to kick off the season with our second annual Chicken Delight potluck (20th). Bring your donations for Heifer Project chickens. Bring along a dish containing eggs or chicken; drinks and table settings will be provided. After the meal you are invited to join in our celebrative chicken dance.
Then, shake off the blues of winter by attending a Southwest District Faith Fest service of inspirational singing and witnessing at the at the Hancock United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday the 27th. I have room for four adults or five kids in my car. If you’d like a ride, let me know.
We can’t begin to imagine, even with all the photos and videos, the devastation in Japan from the earthquake, tsunami, and now the threat of radiation. But we can pray long and hard for the people involved. If you’d like to supplement your prayers with gifts now, check with the Red Cross or other reputable organizations. In due time, we will also take an offering for relief and recovery efforts.
It’s a troubled world we’re living in. In addition to our own concerns, our prayers for peace are sorely needed.
Please plan to show up Saturday, May 14 to help us as a church show that we care about our community and the persons who work to make it a good place to live in and conduct business. We’ll be serving a meal in honor of our town council and town workers. There will be other hands-on activities as well. Stay “tuned” in for further details.
For this Sunday (20th)
• Scripture: John 3:1-17
• Sermon Title: “Nick at Night”
LOVE & JOY
Not all of Lent is intended for somber self-reflection. Sundays during the season are still joyful reminders of the blessings that are ours through the resurrection. So come join us for our second annual Chicken Delight potluck (20th). Bring your donations for Heifer Project chickens and food dishes containing eggs or chicken; drinks and table settings will be provided. Also, feel free to join Rev. Textor, the children and other adults in our celebrative chicken dance!
Then, shed the winter blues by attending a Southwest District Faith Fest service of inspirational singing and witnessing at the Hancock United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday the 27th. I have room for four adults or five kids in my car. If you’d like a ride, let me know.
Don’t leave Mark Martens hanging folks! Check with him right away about serving as a senior high youth counselor either the last three Wednesdays of March or the first three Wednesdays of April.
Along with our present personal prayer concerns be sure to include the leaders and citizens of nations presently engaged in violent protest. Also, lift in prayer Christians who are being persecuted in these and other places.
Help us show that we care about the community of Oakland by taking part in activities for all age groups on Saturday May 14th. We’ll be serving a meal in honor of our town council and town workers. We also plan to get outside our church doors for some hands-on-community projects. Any ideas? Let me or our Administrative Council Chairperson Barb Schorsch know before our meeting next Thursday.
For this Sunday (13th)
• Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
• Sermon Title: “Facing Temptation”
LOVE & JOY