Messages from Pastor Karen Jones

June 11, 2018

Thank you for your extravagant generosity and hospitality to our UMArmy campers this week. Please join us for worship Thursday night at 7pm.
As we talked about Samuel anointing David as king this past Sunday, I hope you take some time this week to consider how God has anointed you in your baptism with gifts of grace and service. Gifts and graces are given to build up the body of Christ and Paul tells us in I Corinthians that all of the members (gifts) are needed for the body to be whole. What gifts and graces has God anointed you with to build up this portion of Christ’s body known as First UMC Center? As I watch the youth and adults serving in Center this week, using their gifts and sometimes discovering that they can do more than they ever imagined they could, I wonder what are each of us might be capable of if we put ourselves in a position to stretch our boundaries of what is possible. Along with anointing is a call. We each have a call on our lives. Sometimes life gives us new callings and opportunities through different stages of our lives. Discipleship is something none of us retires from. What might God have in store for you?

Karen


June 4, 2018

UMArmy arrives Sunday, June 10, 2018!  We are excited to welcome 65+ youth and adults from Jasper and Spring to Center this week! Here are some ways you can help or participate: 

  • Desserts for Sunday night 
  • Cookies and brownies throughout the week 
  • Potato salad and baked beans for Thursday night client night 
  • Attend worship Thursday night @ 7:00 pm 
  • Provide showers at your home for a work team (8 people) 
  • Tidy up your church spaces for campers this next Sunday. We need to make space/room available for the campers.

Church Camp If you have children or youth registered for Lakeview church camp, the church will pay Lakeview the entire amount of the fee this next week. We need you to pay your ½ ($200) by July 1. If you need a scholarship for your part of the camp fee, see Pastor Karen.

Report from Annual Conference Sarah and I represented you at annual conference this past week. We attended wonderful worship, saw lots of friends and made some new ones. We also took care of the business of the conference. We heard many reports and voted on proposed resolutions to the general conference. We heard some reports about the Commission on the Way Forward and will share information with you at a later date about listening sessions to be held across the conference. We heard more about the conference initiative, We Love All God’s Children. Our focus over the next few years will be to focus on children’s literacy, children’s health and children’s discipleship. I hope and pray that we will look at our community’s children and find ways to address these issues in ways that are specific to the needs of our community. While the children of Center are God’s children, they are also our children. What a wonderful way to make a long-term impact on the lives of children, their families and our entire community.

Karen