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“We believe that healthy growing congregations have a balance of masculine and feminine spirit, reflecting our triune God. We envision female and male believers, lay and clergy, serving Christ as co-laborers and partners in Christ. This is a unity issue, not a gender issue. We must become ONE in Christ.”
“Women and men must stand side-by-side as co-laborers in Christ. The difficult challenges facing ministry to men must be enjoined by men and women in genuine partnership. We need each other, more than ever.”
~ from UMC Men’s Ministries Guidelines
“The alienation of many men from the femininity of Christian spirituality has created grounds for an enormous misunderstanding about men and religion that every pastoral caregiver must recognize and confront. The absence of so many men from so many churches, their lack of involvement, their diffidence and even hostility to Christian piety, has created a mostly unconscious assumption in our culture that men are not naturally religious. It is widely assumed that prayer and spirituality are basically female enterprises and that all but a few unusual men can relate to religion in only a peripheral way.
“A trip outside the bounds of American Christian culture, a journey into the temples, monasteries, and shrines of the world’s religions, would quickly shatter such a misandrist illusion”
“Our religion-alienated American men represent neither a wave of the future nor a rational advance over centuries of superstition. They are an anomaly, a quirk, an oddity in the community of all the men who ever lived, who ever wondered at the Unspeakable Mystery, sought alignment with the Eternal Tao, burned with affection for the Great Holy, or trembled before the Totally Other. And all of this ancient affinity for God – every bit of it – still lies buried deep in their unconscious, waiting to be called forth into a spiritual life that will make them a little less mad and a little more human. It waits there, this penchant for the Holy, drowned out by Muzak and numbed by the dreariness of shopping malls, paralyzed by stress and enervated by neglect, until something wakes it. Who will call religiosity fully to life in men, invigorate it, and nurture it in the face of the death-dealing boredom of modern secularity? That is the task of the church in its care of souls.”
~ from “The Crisis of Men and the Church” in Masculine Spirituality and the Bible, by Patrick M. Arnold
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Lenten Brunch is next Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and everyone is invited for good food, fellowship, and reflections on Lent. Note that this is a change in time.
DISCIPLESHIP IS A CONTACT SPORT. This is the theme of the 12th National Gathering of United Methodist Men in Indianapolis on July 7-8, 2017. Go to www.ummgathering.org for more information and to register.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
- Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Tuesday – Joshua 24:14-28
Wednesday – Hebrews 2:1-18
Thursday – Philemon 8-21
Friday – Romans Colossians 3:1-17
Saturday – Romans 12
- Join us for the following opportunities to connect with Christ during Lent.
- What are you prepared to give to have a closer walk with God? What can you give to embrace anew the work of justice? These questions will be tackled in a Lenten Class for Adults, Roll Down, Justice on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. during Lent. Join us in Room 126 as we use a collection of songs, lyrics, scriptures and prayers as we dive into the those questions.
- Wednesdays during Lent have two new dimensions:
- 12:15 p.m. Lenten Mid-Day Prayer Time in the Sanctuary.
- 6:00 p.m. – soup and salad dinner in the Fellowship Hall followed by group exploration of spiritual practices. Children are invited to join as many of the sessions will be interactive including movement, prayer through painting, music, and reflection.
- 7:30 p.m. – Simple Prayer Service in the Sanctuary
- Recorded Lent Reflections are now on the church website under the tab: Ministries/Call to Prayer Ministry. Recorded by members of the Morning Prayer Team, each session is based on the work of Max Lucado, as written in his book, He Chose the Nails. What God did to Win Your Heart. These six sessions as well as other recorded topicsre accessible 24/7.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Make a difference in the future of your church. At the end of the church-wide vison retreat, it was clear that we needed more time together as a large group to plan the next steps and organization moving forward. You are invited to join us on Sunday, April 9following the second service for a potluck lunch and meeting session. The potluck will be from 12:15-1:00 p.m. and then we will meet as a large group in our six ministry areas from 1-3 p.m. Please join us even if you did not participate in the retreat. Your input is important to our moving forward with our church. The six ministry areas are Leadership Development and Engagement, Worship and Spiritual Development, Multigenerational Involvement, Welcome and Connection, Mission, and Outreach.
- HELP Needed – Communion Servers and Liturgists for 2017. Sign up on the clipboards in the narthex on the Tower of Opportunity or contact the church office.
- Make a difference in someone’s life. If you know someone in need of a church family, let Pastor Daniel know. He would be happy to talk with them. Contact him at 301-262-1408.
- Join the Usher Team: Be the one who helps others have a meaningful experience with God by providing a warm, friendly atmosphere for growth, comfort, and meditation during worship. Join the team. See any usher about signing up.
- “STATE FAIR” Continues Nnext Week. Performances will be on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 3:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are on sale after each worship service outside the Fellowship Hall.
- Lenten Brunch on April 1 is open to everyone. The United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men invite all women and men this year’s Lenten Brunch in the Fellowship Hall. The brunch starts at 9:00 a.m. Join us for a delicious meal, Christian fellowship, and reflection of Lent. Childcare will be available at no charge. A freewill offering will be taken.
- Help a Church Member: If you know of any church member who has not attended worship services lately, or who may be sick and in need of prayers, please contact the church office at (301) 262-1408. You can make a difference in a person’s life by letting us know about anyone’s absence. Their absence could be caused by illness.
Prayer Call – Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call-dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#.
Monday – 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers – Room 124
Tuesday – 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
12:15 p.m. Angel Gang – Room 126.m.
7:00 p.m. Roll Down Justice Lenten Study – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Board of Trustees – Room 125
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
12:15 p.m. Lenten Mid-Day Prayer Time – Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup and Salad – Fellowship Hall
6:45 p.m. Lenten Spiritual Practice – Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Simple Prayer for Lent – Sanctuary
Thursday – 9:15 a.m. Christian Believer – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir – Room 124
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Friday – 7:30 p.m. Performance State Fair – Fellowship Hall
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Confirmation Class – Day in DC
9:00 a.m. UMW and UMM Lenten Brunch – Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m. Priscilla Hamilton Visitation and Funeral – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Performance State Fair – Fellowship Hall
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
12;30 p.m. Lunch at Allen Pond
3:00 p.m. Performance State Fair – Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m. UMYF
4/9/2017 Church potluck and retreat – Fellowship Hall
4/9/2017 Easter Egg Hunt – Memory Garden
7/1-8/2017 Guatemala Mission Trip
7/7-8/2017 12th National Gathering of UMM – Indianapolis, IN
7/16-22/2017 ASP Mission Trip
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