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Kimbrew Milligan 1922-2014

9 Dec

Megan forwarded us some pictures of Kimbrew to post here.

Kimbrew, not so long ago.

Kimbrew, not so long ago.

Please remember the family as they deal with this loss. Please celebrate the memories we have of Kimbrew and the knowledge that he certainly enjoys the everlasting peace of one found in God.

Kimbrew & Lee Owen

Why breakfast?

1 Jun


Breakfast represents the first nourishment of the day. Likewise, we hope that by cooking, eating and cleaning together and often, the bond of community and church family will be nourished, with relationships growing deeper and richer. Jesus and the early church exemplified this by living and working almost entirely in common. They shared almost everything, somewhat out of necessity and safety, but also because the great and difficult work of the church required the support of a loving community. From the beginning, God called his people into families and communities that share their faith and live their lives in common.  Two thousand and some years later, our society is wealthy, safe and technologically advanced, well beyond the imagination of those first Christians. A consequence, intended or not, is that our physical needs can be met living almost in total independence or isolation. And yet, much of the world is suffering from a hunger that cannot be satisfied by solitary means. Our avarice consumption of most everything to satisfy that hunger only leaves us with the hangover of loneliness, despair and low self-worth, and we soon are hungry again.  Can the Church be a better example for the world than the constant and hypnotic siren song that promotes and idolizes exuberant self-pride and independence? If so, we must reject our desire for a numbing, consumerized church model that is, at best, of moderate significance to its members and even less to the communities that surround it. We must reclaim our own sense of a humble, loving and interdependent community of worshipers. It has taken  long time for us to reach this state  and may take a long time to reclaim the spirit that began that first Pentecost, but God is patient. Can we start by sharing breakfast Sunday mornings at 9:30?

Prayers and more for Tornado Victims

21 May

prayerVictims of the resent tornadoes to our west will certainly need our prayers in the days and months to come.  The Volunteers in Mission coordinators in Arkansas has been in contact with the VIM coordinator in Oklahoma, and they are asking teams and people NOT to come right now. They have all of the people on the ground that they need. Be assured, there will be many mission opportunities for many months for those who feel led in this way. However, there is something you can do right away.

The United Methodist Comittee On Relief or UMCOR will be helping with this disaster for many months to come. You can make donations to this disaster response (advance #901670) in any of the following ways.

Text RESPONSE to 80888 to send a $10 gift immediately
Online: US Disaster Response, Advance #901670
Phone toll-free: 1-800-554-8583
Mail: Write check payable to UMCOR with the memo line: US Disaster Reponse, Advance #901670. Mail your check to: UMCOR, P. O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.
Local church: Write check payable to UMCOR with the memo line: US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 and place it in the offering plate.

Do the right thing, and then keep it to yourself!

11 Mar

From the pastor…The season of Lent on the Christian calendar has begun.  This past Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of what can be the most important forty days for a Christian.  Excluding Sundays, Lent spans forty days, always beginning on the Wednesday which is forty days prior to Easter.  Because the Sunday of Easter changes, the Wednesday marking the start of Lent changes as well.  Lent is meant to be a time of specific preparation for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.  During these forty days, Christians are invited to pray more, much more.  Prayers of penance and prayers seeking the true guidance of God are to be emphasized.  Also, acts of sacrifice and charity are to dominate our preparation time.  The reality of most of our lives is that we’re not keen on the idea of looking at the specific sins of our lives.  Neither are we all that open to self-sacrifice.  So, as your pastor, I hope you will take advantage of the time of Lent to become a better Christian and closer attuned to the will of God.  Do something sacrificially, but be sure to tell nobody.  You will be better for it.

Bother Roger.