– PASTOR’S THOUGHTS
– FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP – MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
– FELLOWSHIP HALL IS FINISHED!!
– FUMC LITERARY LADIES MEETING – Thurs, March 25
– PALM SUNDAY – Sun, March 28
– WORSHIP INVITATION – Sun, March 28
– KNITTING MINISTRY – Thurs, April 1 (no foolin’)
– EASTER SUNDAY AND COMMUNION- Sun, April 4
– UMW MEETING – Thurs, April 8
– PLEASE HELP SUPPORT UMCOR
– NEWS OF NORMA SHELTON
– WANT TO VISIT THE PAST?
Every adult can look back into their past and pick out certain individuals who truly made a positive difference in their life. More often than not those persons were teachers, sometimes in school, other times they’ve been people who teach important lessons through the way that they live.
Today I’m remembering one person who taught me a lot about faith and living. She was an art teacher, but I never knew her in that capacity. I knew her as a smiling and energetic part of the church that I once pastored. She was quiet most of the time, but a sense of assurance radiated from her all of the time.
Her faith ran deep. She had served as a missionary in her youth, raised a family and taught hundreds of school children the wonders of combining color and shape and texture and creating something beautiful where nothing had existed before. She loved horses and riding and reveled in the beauty of God’s creation.
Being too weak to saddle her horse one day, she went to the doctor … and was diagnosed with a form of ALS, a family of diseases known sometimes as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It is characterized by loss of strength in every muscle and proceeds slowly and inexorably until nothing is possible … not even breathing. Carol and I watched as she and her husband wrestled with the physical and spiritual implications of a long and slow decline into helplessness and death.
Despite her strength gradually seeping away, her smile never faltered. Despite the questions of how something so terrible could happen to someone who had served Christ faithfully and given so much of her life to others, her faith never wavered. In her determination to live each day to its fullest … regardless how much or little that entailed … she taught me and everyone around her about the power of faith and what a beautiful work of art life can be when it paints the lives of others with the love of God.
Eventually, of course, she found healing – once again becoming whole again with God and Jesus in some place that is a lot better than this world. She taught Carol and I a lot about living a faith-full life right up to the very end – even when that journey becomes unexpectedly difficult.
Being a human being is all about relationships. Nothing else really matters. If you had your choice whether to be someone special who touches lives around you and makes a real impression, or one of the nameless and faceless thousands who make up the vast majority of the encounters of our lives, which would you choose?
I think we’d all choose to live a life which mattered … one which has meaning. Our lives only have meaning in the way they impact the lives of others. Isn’t it time to stop trying to create meaning in our lives by purchasing things or stockpiling funds? If you left this world right now, how many lives would have been enriched? How many people will sit down 20 or 30 years from now and tell their kids about how important you were in their life? It’s possible that these words make you feel a little uncomfortable, and that’s OK. Comfort is deceptive and can seduce us into thinking we’ve done all we need to in the world. Jesus Christ calls us to continually do more!
As for me, I’m going to say a special prayer thanking God for people whose faith continues to inspire me even after many years, and I’m going to rededicate my life to trying to be someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.
How about you?
See you in church …
FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP – MAKE YOUR RESERVATION – Last week the Church Council voted to resume face-to-face worship in the sanctuary beginning Easter Sunday at the usual time–YEA!!! If you prefer, or we run out of space, we will also continue to live-stream services via Zoom. We will be following all COVID protocols including wearing of masks and social distancing. As a result of spacing individuals six feet apart (families can sit together), we need to limit the number of people in the Sanctuary and are asking you to make reservations in advance via email at email@example.com if you plan to attend in person. (If you don’t have email please feel free to call the office.) Please include your name and the number of people who will be attending. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis and you will receive a confirmation. We will ask you to continue making reservations until we have a handle on how many people to expect.
Sanitizing stations will be available in the narthex and the sanctuary as well as extra masks. We will be offering Communion on Easter but the elements will be available at the back of the church as you enter. (If you plan to attend via Zoom, please be sure to have your elements available at home.) There will also be some other necessary changes. We will NOT be singing as that increases the spacing requirement to 12 feet. The offering plate will not be passed but there will be a box in back of the church for your Easter offering (to be divided equally among our covenant missionary Kutela Katembo, the Grand Mesa Church Camp, and future mission trips.) You’ll be asked to exit directly outside from the service and no formal fellowship time will be held inside or coffee and refreshments provided.
We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to seeing you!
Another piece of good news – FELLOWSHIP HALL IS FINISHED! Everything has been moved back, hooked up, and sanitized (including dishes). If someone(s) would like to check that the pots, pans, and dishes are in the right place and move them, if necessary, please contact the office. That way we can avoid a duplication of efforts. Let’s pray we’ll be able to use it before too much longer!
FUMC LITERARY LADIES MEETING – On Thurs, March 25 we will discuss Easter Stories: Classic Tales for this Holy Season It includes 26 short stories compiled from C.S. Lewis, Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, etc. These stories focus on the spiritual meaning of the season. They do not always mention Jesus, nor even the usual tropes like sunlight and springtime. But they do reveal a particular melody of the Easter Story. Each reader is to pick their favorite 2 or 3 stories to be able to share. Join in via Zoom at 12:45 to catch up, with our discussion beginning at 1:00. Hope you’ll be able to join us; here’s your invitation:
Topic: Literary Ladies Book Meeting
Time: Mar 25, 2021 12:45 pm
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Meeting ID: 824 7978 5000
WORSHIP INVITATION – Roaring Fork Methodists are inviting you to Worship via Zoom. Please click on the link in the invitation below to join us.
Topic: Roaring Fork Methodist Worship
Time: Mar 28, 2021 09:45 am
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Meeting ID: 861 8102 6168
EASTER SUNDAY OFFERING – Our Easter offering will be divided equally among our covenant missionary Kutela Katembo, the Grand Mesa Church Camp, and future mission trips.
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT UMCOR UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief. It is unmatched in taking on difficult projects — from disaster response to hunger and health issues — and ensuring that 100% of all donations to a specific project or disaster relief go to the victims of these events.
The only way that is possible is through giving on UMCOR Sunday. This year it was March 14 but we are continuing to collect donations. All giving on UMCOR Sunday goes to pay the administrative costs for running UMCOR. That’s what allows 100% of disaster donations to go to the victims. Our giving can make possible assistance to people desperate for help … wherever they are in the world. Without our giving … the compassionate hand of Christ won’t be felt in the same way.
Click on the link below to give. It will take you to a website featuring UMCOR information and a “GIVE” button. If you prefer, you can mail your check to the church at P O Box 7 with “UMCOR” written on the memo line, or stop by the office on Mon, Tues or Thurs (please call first).Be generous.
NEWS OF NORMA SHELTON – We want to let you know that Norma passed from this world of illness and suffering last week to go on to a glorious place. Expressions of care can be sent to Ted and Kristi at 190 Rockledge Drive -Glenwood. Services to be determined at a later time.
WANT TO VISIT THE PAST? Here’s an easy way to find our most recent video postings, including classes. Just click on the link below and you’ll be taken to a page which features a “menu” of video delights! What could be better than “bingeing” on the Good News!!
WEBSITE ADDRESS – http:/glenwoodumc.com
MONDAY – 10 – 3
TUESDAY – 10 – 3
WEDNESDAY – Closed
THURSDAY – 10-3
FRIDAY – Closed