This week @ NUMC

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Office Hours   9 am – 2 pm (M-F) -  203-426-9998


  • Sunday Services - June 22, 2014, begins our summer schedule - One Service – 9:00 am


  • Adult Bible Study 8:30am -   Betts Conference Room

 WORSHIP NOTES:   Read Lectionary Notes HERE

More this week…


  • 9:00 a.m. – Wesley Learning Center Camp
  • 7:00 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
  • 8:10 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall


  • 9:00 a.m. – Wesley Learning Center Camp
  • 12:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. - Staff parish Relations Committee – Betts Conference Room


  • 10:00 a.m. – Quilters – Rauner Hall
  • 8:00 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall



  • 8:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall


  • 11:00 a.m. – NUMC Disaster Relief Trailer – Tool Training followed by Inventory

Sunday (06/22) – Worship in the Park – One Service – 10:00 am – Treadwell Park

  • 8:30 am – Adult Bible Study – Betts Conference Room
  • 9:00 am - Service – Sanctuary
  • 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall

Upcoming Events and other Needs -

  • 1st Saturday each month (September through June) – NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner,  5:00 – 7:30 pm,        $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children. Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, 203-426-9998
  • Faith Food Pantry is in need of the following items:Pancake mix – pancake syrup – jelly  1/2 gallon juice (or bigger) Leave your donations in the basket in the Narthex.  There is a basket for your items.  Thank You for caring!! Questions about Faith Food Pantry? Call 203-426-3446
  • Association of the Religious Communities (ARC) needs occasional help moving furniture for the formally homeless who have found a new home. If you can assist with a truck or trailer or human power, please let us know and we will add you to the volunteer  list.

  • (1st and 3rd) @ 7:00 pm – Supervision Group – Stephen Ministers – Betts
  • 5 pm  Sewing Little Dresses for Africa – Final night – We would love to see YOU! Please plan to bring your machine, extension cords, scissors etc.  We provide kits, additional material and notions!

Live the Word to Sunday

Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion

Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion

Preparing the way for the Lord to let God’s Word work in your life during the week to make your worship experience more meaningful. Sermons during Worship services are often based upon the Revised Common Lectionary. You are invited to log onto this site and Leave Comment on the readings presented with your questions and/or thoughts. If you have not already done so,you may register here.

Previous week (8/31/2014, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
Prior week (9/7/2014, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 148; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
Last week (9/7/2014, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 14:19-31; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

September 21, 2014 Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Having received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, followers of Christ, filled with His very presence, brought his LIVING WORD to the world. What we receive will carry us through to Kingdom tide or what is known as the ordinary season. May you receive the gift offered in His sacrifice made for you and Christ’s saving grace. The focus of this first of three year cycle is the Gospel of Matthew. As you read this week, consider how the Living Word speaks to you. Jesus is calling you to respond to his Word. Consider the hopeful questions: Where does my help come from? Where do I see God active in the world? How is God calling me to live my life? These scriptures point us toward these profound questions and to faith and to the saving grace of God. It is our hope and prayer that your worship experience be enhanced as you gain a greater sense that God is with you in Jesus Christ.

Exodus 16:2-15 – The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron…
  • God had brought the Hebrew people out of Egypt, freed from a harsh slavery, destroyed Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea and now the they faced starvation in the desert, so they complained.
  • Notice how God responded.
  • Also consider how God met their needs not their wants.
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 – O give thanks to the LORD…
  • Here the Psalm writer offers us a prayer that helps us remember the great things that God has done, recounting the entire story of Exodus in a few verses.
  • We are called to remind God, tell him what he has done.
  • Do you think the reminder is for God’s benefit or ours?
Philippians 1:21-30 – For me living is Christ, and dying is gain…
  • A former prosecutor of the church, the Apostle Paul is responsible for the initial growth of the church as it spread throughout the world from Jerusalem.
  • Even through frequent beatings, a stoning, jail, Paul still prefers to press on, so much does he love his service in Christ.
  • How does Paul endure these trials and troubles?
Matthew 20:1-16 – For the Kingdom of heaven is like…”

  • Jesus tries to explain heaven in terms we may understand. By the way the daily wage was just enough to feed a family for one day.
  • Notice the concept of fairness that we hold is much different to Jesus.
  • Consider the meaning of the word Grace, blessings undeserved.

Next week (9/28/2014, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
Week after next (10/5/2014, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46
And the next week (10/12/2014, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

May the Living Word dwell and lead your heart. May you hear and respond to the Word fully, by seeking to live as Jesus intended and coming to know him through his grace and healing power. May the power of Living Word bring the presence of God in you. To God be the Glory.

Newtown UM Men Present Check to FAITH Food Pantry

FAITHFP Donate 2013

The Newtown United Methodist Men’s Fellowship group, represented by Jon Christensen (right),

presents a $300 check to FAITH Food Pantry, represented by Tom Gates (left).

FAITH Food Pantry is open Tuesday: 10 am-12 noon, and Thursday: 6 pm-7:30 pm for Newtown residents in need. One week’s worth of food is distributed once a month. FAITH also delivers food to persons unable to leave their homes. Perishable items generally purchased just prior to distribution. Peanut-butter, jelly, rice and dried pasta are generally always needed.

Community-Wide Gathering for Healing

This marks the six month anniversary of the terrible events on December 14th at Sandy Hook elementary School (SHS).

The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will sponsor a Community-Wide Gathering for Healing and Hope-Building today

- Friday, June 14th at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary of the Newtown Congregational Church.

It will be a time of prayer, song, community and care. All are welcome.

Also help prepare banners that are being sent to Oklahoma.

For more info call: 203 426-9024

PeaceBuilders – Helping kids after 12/14/2012

PeaceBuilders, an initiative to bring kids from Newtown together in community service and fun activities, is preparing to launch on March 17th.  Helping our kids become more resilient after the tragedy of 12-14 is a priority.

PeaceBuilders will engage kids from 11 to 14 years old in a transformation process to help them become compassionate global citizens building a culture of peace.  Part of resilience is acquiring understanding of how our diversity strengthens us as a community. PeaceBuilders will get kids involved in service activities that develop character and bring out the best qualities in one another.  Learning how these best qualities are present in every culture, religion and people helps prevent prejudice and promotes an active understanding of our common humanity.  Our first session will be on Sunday, March 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Newtown Youth Academy Conference Room.

Space is limited.  For more information or to register, please contact Rachel  (newtownpeacebuilders) @ <remove parenthesis> .