UMC Hymnals

Our UMC Hymnals are now 20 years old, and many are in need of repair.  If you come across a hymnal with a torn binding, please bring that hymnal to the church office, or place on the piano in the choir room.  The  Feringtons are working to repair damaged hymnals with special library binding tape to get us through until a new edition is printed in an estimated 5 years.

Church Work Day a Success

About a dozen folks showed up at church Saturday morning, March 3rd, to work on various small projects and jobs around church. We were able to pare down the “To Do” list of needed work around church. The Trusteees give many thanks to all who participated. See the White board in Narthex for postings of jobs/projects yet to be completed. Feel free to add to the list if you see something that needs to be done around church. We will have another work day for outside jobs as soon as the weather permits; the date will be published in Messenger and on White board.

In Need of Respite Care…….

Know someone who is? Asbury UMC (one of our neighboring UM Churches) will be the site for respite care for the caregivers of memory-impaired adults. This once a month program will give the caregiver a 4-hour break to do errands, attend doctor or dentist appointments, go to lunch with a friend or just relax.  It will be every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10am to 2pm, and starts March 13. Trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities, piano music/singing, games, and a nutritious lunch – all at NO CHARGE to the participants. Please contact or Amy Diati at 846-9392 to register.

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.

Lenten Worship Series

WUMC along with many other local UMC’s will be teaching and preaching on Rehab Worship during Lent. “Rehab is a word that can refer to many different things. Just a quick glance through the Wikipedia article on rehabilitation, or “rehab,” points to issues ranging from health (cognitive rehab, wildlife rehab, drug rehab, occupational rehab, physical rehab, psychiatric rehab, vision rehab, vocational rehab) to politics (restoration of disgraced politicians) to home improvement (Rehab Addict!). In general, the word rehabilitate means to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work; to restore to good condition or operation; or to restore a person’s reputation.” (UMC General Board of Disciplehip)

Let’s worship together to understand how Lent is a journey toward God’s rehabilitation in our lives- both individually and corporately.

~Pastor Heather

During Lent we are focusing on the theme of “Rehab.” This is not meant to be a time to be “preachy” or holier than thou. Rather, it is a time for all of us to admit our humanness, brokenness, and need for the Savior. Please continue to open yourself up for opportunities to be held accountable, to meet your neighbor in the pew or loft, and to respond to God’s message for you and the larger church. ~ Pastor Heather

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: