Wednesday, October 22nd —
Esther Circle will be going to Lakeview today.
CONFIRMATION CLASS will be in Casey UMC from 6 P.M. till 7:30 P.M.
I need a volunteer adult to be in the church on Wednesday evenings - to comply with the "Two Adult" requirement that is now in effect. In a different vein, if you would be able to help with a light meal at 6 PM, for about 10 young people, call the office and talk to Naomi or Pastor Lynn.
A few ideas for a light meal are:AD COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT - 7:30 P.M. - Adair U.M.C.
STUART FRIENDS’ HARVEST DINNER @ Stuart Town Hall 5 - 7PM
Try to get your items in for the Ingathering
THANKSGIVING INGATHERING SW SITE —
Location: GREENFIELD U.M.C.
Address: 108 SW 5TH ST
Starts: November 1, 2008 - 8:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Health, Sewing, School and Layette kits are sent to the Depot along with baby sweaters/jackets and empty school bags.
For more details go to Iowa United Methodist website.
Saturday: Continental Breakfast provided for CUMW and all women of the congregation- 9:00AM at CUMC
Sunday (26th): Blanket Sunday, bring your special offering
Sunday, October 26th —Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Our color is green. —
Our color is green.
OUR SCRIPTURE READINGS ARE:
This week the journey to the promised land is complete. The people have come to the ridges overlooking the land they are to occupy. Moses is still vigorous, sharp as ever. But it's a new kind of work ahead, and new leadership will be needed to accomplish it. Moses' death prompts a secret burial, a thirty-day period of mourning, and a decisive change in leadership to Joshua, whom Moses had apprenticed for many years, on whom he had laid hands to impart his spirit. Moses was allowed to see — but never enter — the Promised Land. He died in the land of Moab and was buried in an unknown burial place there. The Israelites mourned his death for thirty days. They knew it would take that long to let go of many accustomed ways of life so that new ways under new leadership could be embraced, a decisive new direction under Joshua.
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (Amplified Bible)1 AND MOSES went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land--from Gilead to Dan,2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah to the western Mediterranean sea,
3 And the South (the Negeb) and the plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palm Trees, as far as Zoar.
4 And the Lord said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.
5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord,
6 And He buried him in the valley of the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor, but no man knows where his tomb is to this day.
7 Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated.
8 And the Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
9 And Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the Israelites listened to him and did as the Lord commanded Moses.
10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,
11 None equal to him in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt - to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,
12 And in all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.
PSALM 90:1-6, 13-17 (UMH 789)
New International Version (NIV)Psalm 90:1-6
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning-
6 though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.
13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8
Paul continues his "re-introduction," recalling the suffering that accompanied his first visit, and the authenticity and gentleness of his proclamation among them. Here, the writers remind the Christians in Thessalonica of the nature of their initial meeting, how they conducted themselves while there, and the feelings of care they continue to have for them. In particular, they remind the Thessalonian Christians about the similarity of their shared experiences of persecution for the faith.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (Amplified Bible)
1 FOR YOU yourselves know, brethren, that our coming among you was not useless and fruitless.2 But though we had already suffered and been outrageously treated at Philippi, as you know, yet in the strength of our God we summoned courage to proclaim to you unfalteringly the good news (the Gospel) with earnest contention and much conflict and great opposition.
3 For our appeal [in preaching] does not [originate] from delusion or error or impure purpose or motive, nor in fraud or deceit.
4 But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts expecting them to be approved.
5 For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, as God is our witness.
6 Nor did we seek to extract praise and honor and glory from men, either from you or from anyone else, though we might have asserted our authority, stood on our dignity and claimed honor as apostles (special missionaries) of Christ (the Messiah).
7 But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children.
8 So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God's good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.MATTHEW 22:34-46
The Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a question: Which kind of commandment was the greatest? Jesus follows his reply with more questions about the identity of the Messiah. From that day, their questions ceased. The questions in this week's reading come from the Pharisees and then from him to them. Their question asks him to tell them what kind of law, of all the laws, is the most important. It is a trap, as verse 35 attests. At the very least they're asking him (they think) to choose between moral law and ceremonial law. His answer rejects both paths and blazes another. "Love the Lord your God with all you are AND your neighbor as yourself."
34 Now when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
35 And one of their number, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him.
36 Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law?
37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
40 These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
41 Now while the Pharisees were still assembled there, Jesus asked them a question,
42 Saying, What do you think of the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, The Son of David.
43 He said to them, How is it then that David, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, calls Him Lord, saying,
44 The Lord said to My Lord, Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet?
45 If then David thus calls Him Lord, how is He his Son?
46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day did anyone venture or dare to question Him.
Sunday Services November 2nd and November 23rd will be combined services. Service on the 2nd will be at the Adair Community Centre and on the 23rd, service will be at Casey U.M.C. Both services will be at 9:30 A.M.
Communion will be on November 9th and we will have a recognition of volunteers on that day.
We will have no more Prayer Shawl meetings until further notice. Thank you for all of the beautiful shawls that have been made. They are absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you for the many hours of service you give to your church. Where would we be without you.
God Bless and Keep You,