Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
“By Our Actions, We will Share Christ’s Love!”
– PASTOR’S THOUGHTS
– WORSHIP INVITATION – Sun, March 7
– KNITTERS, GATHER TOGETHER – Weds, March 3
– UPDATE ON THE SHELTONS
– UMW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – Tues, March 9
– UMW MEETING – Thurs, March 11
– NEW UPPER ROOM IS AVAILABLE
– WANT TO VISIT THE PAST?
Faith is often a matter of perception. Another way of saying that is faith is often a function of how we look at the world. For example, coming back from a weekend retreat many years ago, our minivan began to “run rough.” As my mechanical ability can be completely contained in the user manual for a screwdriver, I decided to keep driving until something definitive happened. We got home fine, and shortly thereafter I took the car to our mechanic. After about ten minutes he said to me, “How far did you drive this thing after it started running rough?” I answered, “About 200 miles.” He shook his head, “Your distributor is barely connected to the engine … it’s just flopping around. It’s a miracle it didn’t just quit on you.” He quickly followed up with an estimate to fix it … in the several hundreds of dollars!
At that point, I had a choice of how to look at the situation. Would it be thankfulness … or irritation? Thankful that somehow, someway we had managed to get home … or upset and irritated that I had to charge yet another repair to a credit card that was nearly over the limit? I chose the faith perspective. That doesn’t mean I think that God reached down and held the distributor in place. Instead of becoming angry, I found myself thinking … “Thank God that we not only made it home safely, but I have barely enough room on my credit card to pay the mechanic.”
Faith can also be a function of how people look at the past and present. We can spend our time looking backward – lamenting problems and setbacks (both real and imagined) and use them to build up a stockpile of fear and anxiety … or we can be thankful for where and who we are. In fact, we are the product of our lifetime of experiences – including problems – and without them we would be poorer in experience and whatever learnings came from them. Rather than mining our past difficulties to provide fuel for future anxieties, we can choose to look at the future and think, “Thank you God for leading me / us through some real garbage times … I know that with your love guiding and strengthening me I can continue in confidence into the future.”
People of faith try to react faith-fully, with patience and compassion for others and with hope and optimism toward the future. When difficult things happen – and they will – remember the depths of God’s love for you and look at the situation knowing that in some mysterious and probably unknown way God will somehow be present.
See you in church.
KNITTERS, GATHER TOGETHER on Weds, March 3 at 1:45 for an afternoon of knitting…and visiting! Keep an eye out for your official invitation in next Tuesday’s newsletter. Molly will be sending you your invitation to you directly.
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: March 7, 2021 09:45 am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 4481 9532
UPDATE ON THE SHELTONS – Ted has a pretty serious fall this past week which hurt his shoulder and required stitches. He did not have to stay in the hospital and he and Norma are still at their daughter Kristi’s house (190 Rockledge Drive -Glenwood). They would enjoy cards but are not up to company or phone calls.
UMW – The executive committee meeting (Tues, March 9, 1:00) and general meeting (Thurs, March 11, 9:30) will be upon us before we know it! Hope you’ll be able to join us; here’s your invitation to the general meeting on Thursday:
First UMC UMW is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Invitation to: UMW Meeting
Time: Mar 11, 2021 09:15 am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 8680 2344
NEW UPPER ROOM IS AVAILABLE – you can pick one up from the office or the table in the Narthex. We’d love to find good homes for all of them!
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 – Closed
TUESDAY – 10 – 3*
WEDNESDAY – Closed
THURSDAY – 10-3*
FRIDAY – Closed
* Please call the office (945-6232) before coming and leave a message if need be