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– OOPS! NO BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT
– HAIL, JOHN WESLEY… the man who saved England from
revolutionary war! –Weds, Sept 16
– FOUNDATION OF LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES BASIC COURSE – Thurs,
– INVITATION TO WORSHIP – Sun, Sept 20
– READERS, ONE AND ALL – Begins Thurs, Sept 24
In a previous life (pre-ministry) I used to bowl a lot. I worked at a bowling alley for a couple of years during my teens and could bowl three games free each day. I used them, every day. During that time I became a really good bowler and competed in leagues two or three nights per week. When Carol and I began to have kids, my priorities changed, and going to the bowling alley that often didn’t seem so important. I gradually stopped … and didn’t bowl again for about 20 years.
While we lived in Loveland, my sons decided they wanted to take up the sport. I began to go along with them and we had a lot of fun. We got into a weekly (very competitive) men’s league and gradually I began to rediscover the parts of a good bowling approach and delivery … but I couldn’t seem to knock down the miserable 10 pin! During one three game stretch I hit the pocket (where strikes generally occur) 22 times in 30 frames, and on 13 of those shots the ten pin was still standing afterward. I was alternately frustrated and furious! Something was wrong!
About 2/3 of the way through the season, I went to the owner of the bowling alley. (He had been a very successful professional bowler and had bought the bowling alley with his winnings.) I described the situation to him and he asked to see my bowling ball. I pulled it out and he looked in amazement. “How long ago did you get that?” he asked. Mentally I began to count backward. “Around 1978,” I said. “Good Lord,” he said, “I haven’t seen a rubber ball in at least ten years.” In the next few minutes, I got a brief history of the development of bowling equipment over the 25+ years since I had purchased a bowling ball. Things had really changed! (I won’t go into detail, as it would take pages and pages and I’d probably mess it up, anyway.) So, I told him the type of bowling shot I threw and he recommended a new ball. He drilled the holes for me and I went down to the lanes for a couple of practice games.
It was weird. I threw the ball the same way I had thrown the old ball. It hit the pocket and the pins seemed to explode. The first 8 shots I rolled were all strikes. Then I left another 10 pin, and threw about six more strikes. What a difference keeping up with new thinking can make. (Oddly enough, I’ve bowled with that same ball many times and I’ve never managed to duplicate that run of strikes … )
One of the first thoughts that ran through my head was, “Man, I wish I’d bought this thing earlier in the season!” In fact, during the last 1/3 of the season I averaged more than 10 pins per game higher than the first 2/3 of the year. Each week I’d enjoy the new higher scores, but always wish that things had been different before.
So, why am I reminiscing about bowling? Because of a comment that a colleague made a couple of weeks ago. A number of clergypersons were conversing and someone mentioned that we had inherited problems that our predecessors had known about but refused to deal with. Unfortunately, the problems have grown to the point where they can no longer be ignored. It was at that point he spoke up: “I once heard a Bishop say that being a church leader is like bowling one frame in a game. Others have bowled the frames before us, so we inherit a score from them. Now it is our turn. But we can’t worry about what score we’ve been handed. Anybody who bowls knows that you can only do your best in any given frame, and the final score depends on each of those efforts. God has called us to do the best with the frame we’ve been given, and to pass the game on to others so that they might have the best chance to contribute to a successful outcome.”
We are called to be faithful in our efforts – not to worry about what has gone before. In our case it means to be as positive and upbeat as we can while trying to proclaim the Gospel to anyone and everyone who comes within earshot! In doing this, we’ve also got to have the courage to look around for new ways of ‘playing’ God’s game. Is there a different way of communicating that might work better than what we’ve been doing? Is there something from our past that we need to rediscover? What are the needs of people in the 21st century? (Remember, we can’t go back in this ‘game’ and wish we could do things the old way … those frames are complete!)
As the spiritual leaders of the Roaring Fork UMC’s, Carol and I pledge to you that we will keep trying our best to connect people to the Grace of God through Jesus Christ. To do that we will continue to explore new ways of communicating and serving – and we’ll re-examine our Wesleyan heritage to see what forgotten treasures might be effective in our current times. The results will, undoubtedly, be surprising.
This year we’ve been forced to undertake changes we would have otherwise fought against tooth-and-nail! We have to remember that we can’t change ‘the frames’ that we’ve already experienced. We can only look forward and re-commit our lives to following Christ as faith-fully as we can. It’s important that we don’t fall in love with “the way it used to be.” It will NEVER be that way again. We cannot stop pushing to improve. Our definitions of “success” are no longer valid – though “success” should never have been a consideration. God doesn’t call us to be successful! God calls us to be faithful! And the faithful people of Jesus Christ should never be satisfied until everyone in the world has heard His gospel and we live in an age of peace.
That sounds a little like a miracle, doesn’t it? And it sounds so BIG! But remember, our part of the ‘game’ is just one small frame. God will handle the rest.
See you in church!
OOPS! NO BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT Tues, Sept 15. Apologies to all…not sure how tonight got stuck in my brain but Bible Study doesn’t begin until Tues, Sept 22. Following is the revised Zoom invitation:
Topic: Bible Study
Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:00 pm
Meeting ID: 869 0041 6208
HAIL, JOHN WESLEY … the man who saved England from revolutionary war!
What’s that you say … you didn’t realize that historians have credited Wesley and the Methodist movement for easing the anger and frustration of the poor masses … and thereby helping King George III avoid the fate of Marie Antoinette! (Chop!)
Sept. 16 (Wednesday) at 6:00 pm, we’re starting our 10 week series on Methodist history. Our first ZOOM gathering will look at why the Methodist theological approach was so important and why it caught on so strongly across Great Britain.
The ZOOM link is below … nothing to read in advance – just bring your curiosity!
Topic: Methodist History # 1
Time: Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 845 0341 7009
FOUNDATION OF LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES BASIC COURSE begins this Thurs Sept 17 via Zoom and continues for a total of 5 weeks.
In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book (the text for Foundation of Lay Servant Ministries), Sandy and Brian Jackson discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. They encourage each person to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles.
Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion.
This course is designed for 5 two-hour sessions. It is suitable for youth and adults Foundation of Lay Servant Ministries is open to everyone at no charge (You do not need to be in the Lay Servant Ministries program), however, you must have a copy of Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book (by Sandy Jackson and Brian Jackson, available from Cokesbury ($8.49 plus shipping) and Amazon ($11.00 paperback or $9.99 Kindle)) to participate.
Register at www.LayServantTraining.org or call Gene at (719) 873-5311, email email@example.com
INVITATION TO WORSHIP – 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: Sunday, Sept 20, 2020 09:45 AM
Meeting ID: 894 7891 2572
READERS, ONE AND ALL – Please JOIN the UMW Literary Ladies as we delve into another season of reading and discussing books. Whether we meet through ZOOM or in person, we love talking about thought-provoking books. Join us for one book discussion OR all the book discussions. We will have at least one copy of the book in the church library and some ladies buy books to share.
September 24, 2020 Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography by Smith
More than 50 years after her death, Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered as a formidable First Lady and tireless social activist. Often overlooked is her deep and inclusive spirituality. Her personal faith was focused on Jesus and fueled her commitment to civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of all the “little people” marginalized in American society.
November 19, 2020 (Third Thursday due to Thanksgiving) The Underground Girls of Kabul by Nordberg
In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is celebrated and the arrival of a daughter is mourned as misfortune. A “bacha posh” is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. This is a moving account of those secretly living in a deeply segregated society where women have few rights and little freedom.
January 28, 2021 So You Want to Talk About Race by Oluo (Bonus Book)
Widespread reporting on white supremacy has made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. The author guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. (This book is recommended by our UMW Conference and has a free, self-paced, online class to accompany the reading of the book.)
Information about the March and May discussions will follow in a future newsletter.
**Another date to remember: Join the UMW District Book Discussion via Zoom on September 24, 6 p.m. The selection is SPOKEN INTO BEING by Michael Williams who leads us into the act of storytelling and helps us meet God in new ways. Zoom link was in September Chronicles (UMW publication) or contact Molly Hoey and I can send to you.
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MONDAY – Closed
TUESDAY – 10 – 3
WEDNESDAY – Closed
THURSDAY – 10 – 2
FRIDAY – Closed