Winter @ Carrier Mills First United Methodist Church
We are just a few weeks into the New Year - a time of boundless possibilities and many unknowns regarding how 2017 will unfold for each of us. God seems to speak to us about this hopeful, yet uncertain time through Psalm 46:10 where we read, Be still, and know that I am God! We are called to set aside our worries and anxieties; to simply trust in our loving, Creator God. As the Gospel of Matthew informs us in Chapter 6:25-34, Jesus more fully explored this idea of setting aside our worries and trusting in God's love and providence. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?' or "What will we drink?' or "What will we wear?" For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.
God calls each of us to trust in Him and to step confidently into the future, to do our part to live into God's dream of realizing His kingdom here on earth. Kingdom building is hard work. It requires dedication of purpose, teamwork, a willingness to step outside our comfort zones, and a readiness to engage the world with open hearts and Christian love. Living as God has called us to do can be life changing. Are you ready to change your life in 2017? If so, we hope that you'll accept our invitation to journey with us throughout the New Year as we work to create God's kingdom by exploring Bible scriptures and the lessons Jesus taught in worship and Sunday School, by deepening our relationship with both God and Jesus Christ through being of service to the last and the least of our neighbors, near and far, and through intentionally supporting and nurturing one another through life's ups and downs.
Sunday, 1.29 @ 9:30 am - Traditional Worship. During worship Kayla Kalodner will share about her recent Chrysalis experience.
Sunday, 1.29 @ 10:50 - Super Sunday School. Children age 2 through 5th Grade will join together for a special Sunday School class filled with great activities that have been carefully planned to make the lesson fun and meaningful for each child. Newcomers are always welcome!
Thursday, 2.2 @ 10:30 am - Women's Thursday Morning Book Group begins new selection, Univited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely. All women in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area welcome to join the group at any time. Chris King is the facilitator. The following description of the book comes from the Uninvited website.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection— from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God. With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:
- Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked
by others you are handpicked by God.
- Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions
of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
- Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your
soul and restore your confi dence in the midst of rejection.
- Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding
the secret of belonging.
Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not reject or uninvite.
Saturday, 2.4 @ 8:00 am - United Methodist Men Monthly Meeting. We welcome all men in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area, regardless of denomination, to join our new, casual, monthly men's group. The focus of the group is to help each man grow spiritually while deepening the bonds of friendship through studies, discussion and mission/service projects. Ryan Craig will prepare the breakfast. Bill Hughes will deliver a short devotion. If you're looking to lead a more Christ-centered life in world that has seemingly placed faith on the back-burner, we hope you'll join us.
Sunday, 2.12 @ 9:30 am - Scout Sunday. Members of CMFUMC's Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack will participate in the worship service.
Sunday, 2.19 @ 9:30 am - Finding Contentment in Jesus Christ is the title of the sermon Guest Speaker Bethany Mathis will deliver at the morning worship service. The sermon is based on the Luke 10:38-42. Bethany has authored two articles for Be Still, a Christian women's magazine published by The Daily Grace (thedailygrace.com): Radical Obedience in Everyday Life and Finding God through Rejection. We welcome the community to join us for this special worship service.
Sunday, 2.19 @ 1 -2 pm - 3rd Sunday Food Pantry. The CMFUMC congregation invites our neighbors in need from the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area to stop by Fellowship Hall for our monthly food distribution. We also have a limited number of personal care items.
Wednesday, 3.1 @ 6 pm - Ash Wednesday Worship Service. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty day faith
journey that ends in the joy of Easter morning. Traditionally, this is a time of inward reflection, repentance, forgiveness, and spiritual preparation for the Passion of the Christ and the Resurrection message that heals and frees. It is a time to give thoughtful consideration to what it really means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Imposition of Ashes. The ashes used in this service are made from burned and crushed palm leaves mixed with olive oil. In keeping with an ancient Christian tradition, the ashes are used to mark our foreheads or the back of one of our hands with a cross. The ashen cross is an outward and visible reminder that we belong to Christ.
Thursday, 3.2 - Sunday, 3.5 - Men's Walk to Emmaus @ Camp Jericho. For more information, visit the organization's website or their Facebook page.
Friday, 3.17 - Saturday, 3.18 - Dare 2 Share Event in St. Louis. This evangelism event is something our WOW teens look forward to attending each year. The theme for the 2017 gathering is Unshakeable. It is designed to empower teens to stand firm in their faith whatever Goliaths they encounter in their lives.
Sunday, 4.9 - Palm Sunday Worship Service @ 9:30 am. Be part of this festival service as we recall Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Excited crowds waved palm branches and shout Hosanna! Our children will begin the service with a palm processional.
Thursday, 4.13 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service @ 6 pm. Join us in solemn remembrance of the new covenant Jesus made with his disciples as they gathered for their last Passover meal together. We will celebrate Holy Communion. All are welcome at God's table.
Friday, 4.14 - Good Friday Worship Service @ 5:30 pm. Together we will stand witness to the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ - betrayed, abandoned, beaten, humiliated and forced to suffer and die a horrific death on a Roman cross. We will grieve his death and burial in a borrowed tomb as die the handful of faithful followers who remained with him to the end. For them, his death felt like the end of the world, but we know Easter is coming,
Friday, 4.14 - Casting Crowns Concert @ 7 pm.
Sunday, 4.16 - Easter Sunday! The teen-led SonRise Service will be held at 8 am and the Traditional Easter Sunday Worship Service will be at 9:30 am. Attend one or both services and celebrate the unbelievable joy of the Risen Christ and his triumph over the grave.
WOW Youth Fellowship meets Sundays from 5 - 6:30 throughout the school year.
WOW is an active group of Junior and Senior High students
who come together to for fun and the opportunity to deepen their spirituality
through study and service. Newcomers are always welcome.
The Rising gathers for worship each Sunday from 6:30 to 8 pm.
This casual, contemporary worship service features great music and inspirational messages.
Worship leaders are Ian Hardison and Ashley Broom Hardison.
Young Men's Book Group meets Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm.
This group is for all high school aged guys in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area.
Leaders are Rev. Stan Irvin and DeShawn Ellis.
Thursday Morning Women's Book Group meets from 10:30 am to Noon.
All women in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area are invited to be part of this book discussion group.
The group is currently reading Univited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.
Questions? Talk to facilitator Chris King.