From Pastor Mary Beth: Things You Won’t Find in the Bible: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

We often throw words around to prove a point or to bolster our position. There’s an extra punch when we say, “But it’s in the Bible!” This month we consider popular phrases that you won’t find in the Bible. We are on a search for the truths we will find there.

And so we begin this week with the theme of grace. Grace is a word that means unearned love and forgiveness. We love to say, God helps those who help themselves. But the truth that goes deeper is that “God helps those who cannot help themselves.” Self-reliance is important but grace is essential. It’s why we say to children at communion, “This means Jesus loves you.” It’s why we sing this song:

Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.    

 Yes . . . the Bible tells us so.

Pastor Mary Beth

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Pizza and a Movie! On Sunday night, July 16 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will show the documentary film “An Act of Love.” This 90-minute award winning film tells the story of the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s fight for LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Schaefer had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding; they were later reinstated upon appeal.  See  http://www.anactoflovefilm.com for more information about the film.  Contact: Mark Elder markuselder@gmail.com. This event is free and no RSVP is required, please come!

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Conversations on a Way Forward  Sunday, April 9 from 3:00 to 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.You are invited for conversation and an update on the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, facilitated by Dave Nuckols, a Commission member. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference (our denomination’s legislative body). It is tasked --to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the UMC’s Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality; -- as well as explore options that will help maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Tthe Commission’s work is tentatively scheduled to result in a called General Conference in 2019, that will determine the way forward and structure of our denomination. For more information, see the Commision website: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-wayforward. For other questions about this event, contact Mark Elder at markuselder@gmail.com.

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Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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