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.
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 ,2.19 @ 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.
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 Bad Girls of the Bible ... And What We Can Learn from Them.
Questions? Talk to facilitator Chris King.