In July and August we are going to be exploring different children's books and looking for lessons from them that connect to Scripture
Starting with Easter on March 27th we asking ourselves if we believe in resurrection. We will be looking at the stories of the early disciples who struggle to understand the miraculous nature of Christ's resurrection and challenging ourselves to believe that God is still working in powerful ways in our lives today.
During the season of Lent (February and March) we looked at the metaphor of faith as a seed. We explored passages which work from this metaphor, asking what seeds we are planting in our own lives in preparation for Easter on March 27th.
On February 7th we did a special "Stump the Pastor" sermon where congregation members were able to ask questions and Pastor Jeff tried his best to give helpful answers.
From January 17th through January 31st we looked at the Three Simple Rules of John Wesley, "Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God" (as phrased by Bishop Rueben Job).
On Sunday, January 10th we will be remembering our own baptisms as we celebrate the "Baptism of the Lord" Sunday.
We ended our Christmas Season with a lesson from the Epiphany story of the Wise Men, reminding us that the greatest gift we can give to God is our hearts and our lives.
Rev. Joe Carpenter brought us a message from Colossians about the importance of the "third space" in our lives and how we can make the church that place outside of work and home for people.
For Advent we looked at how "A Child Changes Everything" and about how we prepare our homes (November 29th), our hearts (December 6th), our minds (December 13th) and our lives (December 20th) for the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.
From October 25th to November 22nd we looked at the membership vows of The United Methodist Church and how we serve God with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
Our sermon series "Choosing to be a Church of Life," based on the book I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church by Paul Nixon, ran from September 13th to October 18th.
On August 30th we did a special "Stump the Pastor" sermon where congregation members were able to ask questions and Pastor Jeff tried his best to give helpful answers. You can find it as well as our Labor Day sermon here
Our Eating Healthy series explored John 6 and looked at the intersection of food and spirituality, building from Jesus' theme of "I am the Bread of Life".