Rachel Circle

The ladies of Rachel Circle celebrated Spring with colorful bouquets of flowers. During their meeting last Thursday, they packaged cookies for our homebound members.  Each member of Rachel Circle will take a vase of flowers and a box of cookies to a homebound member to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.  Pictured above are (left to right) Betty McClure, Nancy Goodwin, Doris Orgek and Pat Andler.  Thank you Rachel Circle!

National Healthcare Decision Day

National Healthcare Decision Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. The objectives of NHDD are to provide much needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and to improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance care planning to their patients.

There will be a display with Advance care information as well as the Five Wishes form for you to pick up and read.

I will be available if you have any questions or if you need help filling out the form. You can contact me at bwsaltarella@aol.com or call my cell phone 604-5023, to make an appointment. Remember that by filing out this paperwork, you are giving your family a special gift.

Welcome!

Are you new here? Visiting?  We are so glad you have joined us today!  Please grab a snack or hot beverage at the Oakgrove entrance and indicate to an usher that you are new.  We have a visitor bag with information about our church and how you can become a part of it!

New Ministry Opportunity

WUMC and Gateway-Longview are partnering to provide monthly birthday parties for the children and youth who reside just up the street from us. Every second Thursday of the month from 7-8pm, we will send volunteers to Gateway-Longview.  We have been asked to provide cake, cards, a spirit of joy and people to interact with these youth.  Bakers, card makers, and volunteers are needed!  Please contact the church office for more details.  A volunteer application is required to participate on campus.

A Way Forward Fleshing Out Three Possible Futures

By Heather Hahn
Jan. 22, 2018 | UMNS
The Commission on a Way Forward is fleshing out the details of three possible models for how the denomination treats LGBTQ inclusion. The multinational group, appointed by United Methodist bishops, held its seventh meeting behind closed doors Jan. 18-20 in Dallas.
Each model has its supporters among the 32 commission members with no single plan having a clear majority, commission members told United Methodist News Service. “Some commission members prefer one sketch; others prefer a different sketch,” the Rev. Tom Lambrecht said. “There’s no one sketch that pre-dominates how we think is the best way to go forward.” Dave Nuckols, another commission member, said that it’s less relevant which model commission members prefer than that they provide the bishops what they need.
The bishops also have asked the commission to draft a theological statement that both informs the three models and creates a compelling narrative for them. “Ultimately, the final report of our work is really not going to be our final report,” Nuckols said. “It’s going to be what the bishops make of our work because we are supporting them.”
The three options, in no particular order, are:
1. Affirm the current Book of Discipline language and place a high value on accountability. The church policy book says the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible with Christian teaching” and lists officiating at a same-gender union or being a “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy member as chargeable offenses under church law.
2. Remove restrictive language and place a high value on contextualization. This sketch also specifically protects the rights of those whose conscience will not allow them to perform same-gender weddings or ordain LGBTQ persons.
3. Create multiple branches that have clearly defined values such as accountability, contextualization and justice. This model would maintain shared doctrine and services and one Council of Bishops.
All three models come with a way for churches to exit the denomination. Read the full article at: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/way-forward-fleshing-out-3-possible-futures