In July of this year, a group of teens and adults will be coming to our area to work on houses. If you own your home and need some work done, inside or out, please call 800 596 3498. They will come to you and see what needs done and talk to you. They do not work on roofs, but will do exterior or interior painting, drywall, wheelchair ramps, or other minor repairs. There is no cost to you, and they always finish every job they start. They are also looking for financial support, and ladders to borrow for the week they are here, (July 9-15). Please get your name in ASAP so they can get the jobs scheduled. Thank you!!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)
Last week, I went to the International Auto Show at the Columbus Convention Center. That’s probably one of the few places you can see all the latest cars in all shapes and sizes, makes and models in one place. As I wandered from GM to MOPAR, FORD, and VW, Sports models to Cross-overs, I tried to take it all in. I spent time squinting at manufacturing prices through tinted windows and even slipping into a few sports cars to get the feel of being behind the wheel.
In the hallway, before you enter the auto show itself, there were some older cars displayed that had been restored to their original condition. There was a red 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible that brought back a lot of memories. Even though I never owned one, I had certainly gone into a lot of Chevy showrooms to see one and take home some Corvair pamphlets. There was also a 1967 Pontiac GTO which was another dream car of mine. I thought about the new cars on the convention floor and wondered how long their newness would last? Was a restoration in their future? The truth is, I would prefer an older car which has been restored, than a brand new one right off the showroom floor. Why? There’s something in our nature that enjoys seeing old things being made new again. Whether it’s furniture or houses or cars, it’s very satisfying when we see it.
In our Lenten study, Restored, the author, Rev. Tom Berlin, is standing in a junk yard talking about how the cars ended up there. It was the end of the line for all the cars sitting there. All the cars in the yard were good for was spare parts. For example, I bought a new 1973 Chevy Vega and drove it for many years. I finally had to visit a junk yard to replace the hatch on the back of it because it had rusted out. Tom says the cars in the junk yard are there because of accidents or just wearing out. He compares them to the messes we find ourselves in.
God, as our creator, wants to restore us to the image of Jesus. Just as it takes years to restore a car to its original condition, so it may take a long time to become all God wants us to be. In the meantime, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6.
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | April 15th | 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner | Baltimore
Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Everyone, men & women, please come! Join the UMW when Giorgi, our foreign exchange student from Georgia, will share about his country. Refreshments will follow the presentation.
The UMW will commence their business meeting at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Our choir will present the cantata, Lord of Glory, on Easter Sunday, 2nd service only.
The joy and celebration of the Risen Lord are depicted here in an exciting new work. It features a blend of original music and new arrangements of popular hymns such as What Wondrous Love, and Lead Me to Calvary.
We invite all to come and be blessed by this music and the narration.
Dolores Stuhmer was the hostess for our March meeting. Our meeting time always begins by enjoying delicious refreshments. This month before our business meeting began, Ruth Ann Ford had the program following up on last month’s program concerning the needs of women and children here and around the world. We don’t need to go farther than Columbus, Ohio to find an organization that is actively involved in meeting the needs of women and young children in our area.
President Brenda Hanna conducted the business. Our February Soup & Sandwich Lunch benefiting the Powers’ mission work brought donations amounting to $673. Our March Soup & Sandwich Lunch will benefit the church camp program.
Treasurer Ann Arebalo reported a March balance of $874.52.
Plans were completed for the Men & Boys Banquet to be held on March 14th. We appreciate Ann Arebalo heading this up and Rhonda Miller planning a fun program.
Rhonda also gave the reading program update and led our prayer concerns assigning new prayer partners. Many in our church family are in need of our prayers.
The date will be set soon for our UMW Mission Sunday. We’d like for Linda Crouse to speak about her week in Florida when she was one of many who were there to evangelize to other college students who were on their spring break on the beach.
Our April meeting will be held on April 6th since our regular meeting date would fall on Maundy Thursday. We’re hoping that Giorgi Esaiashvili will be able to speak to us. We invite all in our congregation to come and hear him, men too, and enjoy refreshments. Giorgi is the foreign exchange student living with the Stuhmers.
We appreciate our men being willing to serve the Easter breakfast again this year.
It’s spring! The crocuses are bursting forth in bloom! The daffodils are flashing their bright yellow faces! After the dreariness of winter, the grass is beginning to pop out in all its glorious greenness as the trees begin to bud! We see signs of new life all around us and hear the songs of the birds! Whenever spring is in the air, it always seems to put a new spring in our steps and we face each day with a new excitement.
In Isaiah 43:19 (NLT), God says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” I’m sure God’s not talking about spring. He’s talking about doing a new thing in the midst of Israel even though they remain a disobedient and stubborn people. He is going unleash the punishment due them, but as God says in Isaiah 43:25, 44:3 (NLT), “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” . . . “And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.”
Isn’t that what God has done for us through Jesus Christ? “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:6-11).
God has done something new in our lives! He has given us the Resurrection Life! We should be dead under the law of sin and death, but instead died for us and poured out His Spirit on us. “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you” (Romans 8:11 NLT). Not only did He pay the price for us to be able to live the Resurrected Life, God gave us the power to do so through the Holy Spirit living in us.
So what does this Resurrection Life that we have been given look like? Paul explains in Romans 8:15 (MSG). “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’” That’s a people that are alive.
During Lent, many have been reading Autopsy of Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive, while our prayer focus has used prayers and reflections from the book. Many have identified many similarities between the church described and New Zion. The book has sparked many discussions and reactions. Some are ready to tend to the burial of New Zion and point the finger at the pastor or someone else for its demise. Some believe that a change of leadership will solve the problems. Some don’t see any problems at all. Some have been moved to tears and prayer. Others have wrestled with it and are actively working with God having a sense of adventurous expectation. Where are you? Where does the resurrection life call you to be?
God is doing something new in our midst. It has already begun. Can you see it? Can you sense it? There is an air of expectancy as the Spirit moves and works in and through us. “What’s next, Papa?”
Grace and peace,
April 9 Palm Sunday
April 13 Holy Thursday – 7:30 p.m. Worship Service
April 14 Good Friday – 7:30 p.m. Worship Service
April 16 Easter Sunday
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service | breakfast follows
8:30 a.m. Easter Worsip
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Cantata
Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Church of Christ
107 N. High St.
by Terryann McCoy, United Methodist Women
ARE YOU GOING ON A MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER?
Funding assistance will be available by the UMW from donations from the March Soup & Sandwich Luncheon for New Zion youth who are committed to serving on a mission trip this summer.
Youth must complete an application form by March 12th to be eligible. Forms are on the resource table in the Narthex. Return forms to Terryann McCoy.