Monthly Archives: February2016

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Pastor’s Blog  Rev. Aislinn Kopp

We continue our theme of Voices of the Wilderness this week with Elijah. Elijah’s story reads like something out of a science fiction film. We have food delivered by birds, oil and flour multiplying, people being mysteriously resurrected from the dead, fire from heaven lapping up sacrifices and drying up water. This is without mentioning how he is taken up into heaven at the end of his life. However, even for its reading like something straight off of the Syfy channel, we are encountered with the story of God’s provision for God’s people. We are forced to come face to face with the reality that God does not always work in the ways that we expect God to work. In fact it’s often the exact opposite. We find God providing food for Elijah using unclean birds and speaking in a still small voice rather than flame or earthquake.

When we find ourselves in the wilderness, whether we are in a wilderness made by ourselves or our circumstances, we often think that it is going to take a miracle to get us out of there. However, we often find that, like Elijah, we see God working in our lives in not only ways that we don’t expect, but also in ways that we didn’t really want. Yet, in embracing God’s work in us in the wilderness, we can, again like Elijah, experience a renewal for the work that we are called to do. May we continue to look for God in unexpected ways this week as we continue our Lenten journey.

Voices from the Wilderness   Rev. Aislinn Kopp  Blog

For the six Sundays of Lent, we will examine the lives of Joseph, David, Elijah, Abraham, Ruth, and Jesus to gain valuable insight for our own lives as we journey with the theme Voices from the Wilderness.

Many biblical characters experienced life’s desolation during their life journeys—their own unexpected and unofficial seasons of Lent. The wonder of our scripture is that human beings are portrayed “warts and all”—with faults, struggles, losses, and victories. Please come and share in these 40 days of examining our lives by examining the lives of those who are forerunners of our faith.

The lives of these characters are rich—offering us more insight into our lives than one sermon can give. Daily devotions will be available that will enrich your Lenten journey by leading you through short meditations and reflections about the characters we will identify with each Sunday. Limited printed copies will be available in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. The devotions will also be available online through email and our website.

May God grant us wisdom and insight on our Lenten journey.

Pastor’s Blog  Rev. Todd Watson

Life brings desolation. Maybe we don’t literally live in a desert, or maybe we have not become homeless and bereft of material possessions, but desolation comes anyway. No human being comes through life without significant loss. No human being lives this life without finding themselves “backed against a wall.” Death, broken relationships, career disappointments, addiction, illness, and financial loss/ruin all cause us to ask, “What’s life all about?” “God where are you?” “Do I really believe that God ultimately has me?”
Sad as it is to realize, most of us will not learn without pain. Additionally, most of us will not change without pain. We are so reluctant to change that we will often choose the pain that we know over the freedom that we don’t know. We human beings like life patterns of our own choosing even when they are self defeating, and we are reluctant to change them unless the pain of continuing them becomes great enough to push us to a different way of living. The early church recognized this human condition, and created the Lenten season to deliberately cause us to examine the way we live, let go of what is holding us back, and help us adapt to what will grow us in God.
Many biblical characters experienced life’s desolation during their life journeys–their own unexpected and unofficial seasons of Lent. If we are wise and faithful, we can learn from their lives and embrace God’s fullness for us. Learning from their lives is ultimate wisdom because we may imitate their victories and avoid their pitfalls.
With this in mind, Aislinn, Jeremy, and I have chosen a Lenten preaching cycle called, Voices from the Wilderness. For the next six Sundays we will examine the lives of Joseph, David, Elijah, Abraham, Ruth, and Jesus to glean valuable insight for ours. The wonder of our sacred texts, The Bible, is that human beings are portrayed “warts and all.” We get to see people like us with faults, struggles, losses, and victories. Please come and share in these 40 days of examining our lives by examining the lives of those who are forerunners of our faith. May God grant us wisdom and insight on our Lenten journey.

Peace,
Todd

Special offering
The Honduras Medical and Dental Mission Trips are scheduled for May
27th – June 2nd and June 4th – June 10th. We are now collecting funds
to help with buying diapers and medical supplies. If you would like to give,
please make your check payable to Main Street UMC and designate it by
writing Honduras on the memo line. We are attempting to send 2,000 diapers
to the families in the villages we serve. The cost of each diaper is $1.29.
Thank you so much,
Dr. Hudi & Betty Bly Hatten, Dr. Lisa Bushardt, and Dr. Joe Campbell

CALLING ALL EAGLE SCOUTS
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, February 21st at all three worship
services. Current Scouts and Leaders are asked to wear their uniforms on this Sunday.
Aldersgate Boy Scout Troop 50 will attend the 8:30 AM service. As a special feature, we are
attempting to locate all Main Street UMC members who are Eagle Scouts and invite them to attend
this service and be recognized, so if you are an Eagle Scout or Scout Leader, please call the
church office and get your name on the list.