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Advent Quiz

Advent Quiz

What favorite Christmas Carol was written by Charles Wesley?
___ White Christmas
___ Away in a Manger
___ Hark the Herald Angels Sing
___ I’ll Be Home for Christmas
___ Jingle Bells

 
The correct answer is… “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.”
Charles Wesley is said to have written more than 6500 hymns. The text for Hark! the Herald Angels Sing is based on Luke 2:8-14 and was set to a melody by German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

There is a different Advent question each day at www.umc.org and click Advent Quiz

This year our Advent/Christmas Sermon Series is based on the Biblical characters in the Bible and the series is entitled “When God Interrupts!”  Last Sunday Verna preached on Elizabeth and discussed the challenges faced by an older woman interrupted by God to have a child and then her husband Zechariah interrupted by God when he was told he could not choose the child’s name.  We know the child as John…The Baptist.
This Sunday we take a look at Mary and when Life Seems IMPOSSIBLE!  The next Sunday we look at Joseph When Life Gets Messy! The Final Sunday in Advent takes a look at the Shepherds and we look real close at “When God Interrupts!”  We also have a different family lighting the Advent Wreath each week and of course our chance to sing our favorite Christmas Carols.  Invite a guest and join us every Sunday.

THIS Sunday is a very busy day in the parish!

  • Wesley Chapel worship at 10am
  • Dorsey Emmanuel worship at 11am
  • Lorien Worship at 2pm
  • Blue Christmas Worship at Dorsey Emmanuel 6pm

 

Blue Christmas Worship is a special service that involves participation by everyone attending and focuses on the realization that the Christmas Season often brings some difficult memories and challenges.  Maybe your family is separated by miles or deployment.  Maybe your family is separated by divorce or death.  Maybe you and girlfriend or boyfriends are no longer together.  Maybe life just doesn’t seem to that Christmas Spirit This Year.  Whatever the reason you may feel a little “BLUE” this season join us as we acknowledge the reality of your feelings and hope to leave with a knowledge of God’s love that will get us through.

Join us this Christmas season when God interrupts us all and we decide to lead follow or get out of the way!  God already interrupted our Thanksgiving with 15 families in need of food and our parish responded by feeding them all, in excess of 70 people.  Our Angel Tree is already full of kids who need a Christmas and Solomon’s Masonic Lodge has decided to partner with our ministry again as they have our baby mission.  They have donated over $400 to bring Christmas to these kids.  Do you have a business or organization that would like to join us?  Ask!  All they can say is no.  Then what about each of us?  Will we respond to God’s interruption by choosing a name and buying things off their wish list?

See you in the Christmas Season!

 

 

What Does It Mean to Hear From God?

This week, as I have a few other times, the newsletter is going to focus on an article found in Relevant Magazine which can be followed online. 

The author of the Article I am sharing is

Confirmation Class reminder

Confirmation Classes Begin THIS Sunday at 6pm – 7:30 pm @ Dorsey
These are the classes that are designed for older elementary to high school age young folks to confirm their baptism and profess their faith in Jesus and become full members of the United Methodist Church. 
These are also the classes for the same age group that has not been baptized and desires to pursue baptism and full membership in the United Methodist Church.

Confirmation Classes meet 8 times and have a required overnight Retreat.  All class members are expected to be in worship on Sunday especially Easter Sunday when there is no class.

Adult Membership Class begins Sunday March 29 at 6pm to 7:30pm @ Dorsey
Class 2 – April 26
Class 3 – May 17
These classes are for adult aged folks who desire baptism, membership, and general knowledge of the theology of the United Methodist Church. 

Lenten Quiz!

Over the last few weeks I have been taking The Lenten Quiz here so I decided to share a few of the questions with you and let you see how you do.  I will send the answers later, if you remind me.

1. At the Last Supper the disciples would have been…
         – sitting
         – standing
         – kneeling
         – reclining
2. What snack food has significance during Lent?
         – Pretzels
         – Popcorn
         – Chocolate
         – all of the above
3. Why do some churches, like ours, hold Easter sunrise services?
         – Jesus is sometimes called the light of the world
         – the women are said to have come to the tomb in the early morning
         – Easter vigil prayers often ended as the sun rose
         – All of the above
         – None of the above
4. Why are eggs associated with Easter?
         – They symbolize New Life
         – They have a shell around a body inside just like the tomb was around Jesus body and was then cracked open.
         – They can be dyed pretty colors to represent joy, just like we have joy because Jesus is Risen
         – All of the above
         – None of the above
5. What does INRI mean on a crucifix?
         – Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Rome
         – Nazareth, Kingdom of Jesus
         – Sign of Cross
         – Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews
Good Luck!

Pastor’s Note

Earlier today I received a Facebook message from our daughter Sabrina which I think is absolutely perfect for Lent.  It is a letter from the pastor of a Lutheran church in New Jersey and addresses so much of what we are carrying around that separates us from the relationship with Jesus for which we were created.  Lent can be a time of giving things up or taking things on to celebrate and glorify God but if it is not from our heart and not for the purpose of having a better relationship with Christ then it is simply a religious event which doesn’t often change our lives.  Lent is a time of repentance and reflection.

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The following is the letter:

Last week we talked about all the wrong and right reasons to fast for Lent. We are less than a week away from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Many Christians “give something up” for Lent, but it usually has very little of impact on their life and walk with Christ. The reason is that we usually give stuff up for all the wrong reasons.

With that said, I want to offer up 20 things you might consider giving up this Lent. These are things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.

  • Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.
  • Fear – God is on my side. In him I am more than a conqueror. (see Romans 8)
  • The need to please everyone – I can’t please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.
  • Envy – I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
  • Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.
  • Sense of entitlement – The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
  • Bitterness and Resentment – The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.
  • Blame – I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
  • Gossip and Negativity – I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic bringing other people down.
  • Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
  • Fear of failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.
  • A spirit of poverty – Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack
  • Feelings of unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)
  • Doubt – Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
  • Self-pity – God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
  • Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
  • Excuses – A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
  • Lack of counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
  • Pride – Blessed are the humble.
  • Worry – God is in control and worrying will not help.

God has so much more in store for you. But so many of these things above are holding you back from walking in the full destiny he has laid out for you. Today is a new day.

So there you have it. What else might you add to the list? Please share in the comments below.

God’s blessings,
Pastor Phil

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Confirmation Classes will begin Sunday March 1 at Dorsey At 6 pm.  Please mark this on your calendar NOW as all classes will be very important.  If you have not yet completed the request to attend classes please send me an email to let me know you are interested.  There is no age requirement in the United Methodist Church but the ability to make a decision for Jesus Christ is necessary.  The curriculum will be geared toward the upper elementary grades and above.