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Office Hours 9 am – 2 pm (M-F) - 203-426-9998
Saturday - June 1, 2013 – SPAGHETTI SUPPER followed by NUMC Coffee House
- Adult Bible Study 9:00 am - Betts Conference Room
- Sunday Service @ 8:00 am & 10:00 am – (and Church School @10:00 am)
WORSHIP NOTES: Scripture: Luke 7:1-10 Sermon Title: “A Healing Word”
More this week…
- Haiti Team Complementary “thank you” breakfast - Rauner Hall
- Parish Nurse Sunday - Have your blood pressure checked
- 11:30 am Class of 2014 Confirmation Class meeting - Betts
- Praying for Newtown – Sunday 4 p.m. – A Monthly Interfaith Gathering for Prayer sponsored by Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association to support healing of our entire town community. This on-going gathering will take place the first Sunday of each month and will rotate venues. This month the gathering will be hosted by NUMC – 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook. For more information call 203-426-9024
- Outreach Committee “Little Dresses for Africa” - Rauner Hall 10 am – 2 pm – Call Betsy for more info
- 10:00 am – Staff Meeting
- 3-5 pm Confirmation Class- Betts
- 7:00 pm – New Testament Disciple Bible Study
- 7:30 pm Board of Trustees – Choir Room
- (1st and 3rd) - 7 pm – Supervision Group – Stephen Ministers – Betts
- Choir Practices: 7:30 pm Senior Choir
- 7:30 pm – Blue Grass Group - Fellowship Hall
- Church Women United - Betts Conference Room
- 1st Saturday each month (September through June) – NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner , 5- 7:30 pm, $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children. Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, 203-426-9998
Upcoming Events and other Needs -
- Saturday, June 15th – United Methodist Men’s Breakfast Meeting 7:15 am – 9 am – Rauner Hall – Review last year’s activities and plan for next year. Questions: Call Jon C or Mike J
- Sunday, June 16th – Worship In the Park One Service - 10 a.m. - Treadwell Park – Sandy Hook family picnic follows
- Sunday, June 23rd – One Service - Worship 10 a.m. Our District Superintendent, Ken Kieffer, is preaching – Connectional Care Luncheon following service - Rauner Hall
- Sunday, June 30th – Summer Worship Schedule begins – One Service - 9 a.m. – Outdoor Worship - parsonage lawn
- 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.
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 (5/26/2013) Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15
Prior week (6/2/2013) 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 96, Galatians 1:1-12 and Luke 7:1-10
Last week (6/9/2013) 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24 and Luke 7:11-17
June 16, 2013 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Biblically, this is known as ordinary time (from the word ordinal or counted time) between Pentecost and Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. Our focus this liturgical year (which began after thanksgiving, in November) is the Gospel of Luke, great physician and companion of Paul. We also draw from the gospel of John, especially at the high points, such as Christ’s birth and passion. As you read, 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.
- Elijah the prophet comes to us from the time after King David and King Solomon, about 860 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
- You’ll notice that King Ahab and Jezebel where in of the worst in the eyes of God.
- This is why God raised up prophets, to speak truth to strength!
Psalm 5:1-8 – Give ear to my words, O LORD…
- From the Psalm writer we have an attitude to try on in prayer.
- Try reading this as a prayer with you doing the praying.
- Many have suggested remembering psalms to bring up in times of need, to find words for prayer when words do not come easily.
Galatians 2:15-21 – We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners…
- Paul, once energetically putting the followers of Christ in jail, writes to one of the first churches.
- Consider Paul’s words about works and faith.
- What brings us to get the graceful forgiveness that Jesus offers?
Luke 7:36-8:3 – One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him…
- In those days the Pharisees are the ones who knew the law of Moses. It was wrong for a Rabbi or teacher to touch a woman, let alone speak with one.
- When something is considered important, it is repeated by others. Notice this story appears in all four gospels Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:1-8.
- So as you read this story from Luke consider what brings Jesus to show favor to this sinfuyl woman; her actions (works) or her faith?
Next week (6/23/2013) 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Psalm 42, Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 8:26-39
Week after next (6/30/2013) 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62
And the next week (7/6/2013) 2 Kings 5:1-14, Psalm 30, Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
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.
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.
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, 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) @ gmail.com <remove parenthesis> .