Monthly Archives: November2016

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Pastor’s Blog:  Jeremy Knight

Last night (Wednesday), a dreaded ‘curse’ was vanquished. After 108 years the beloved Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Champions of Major League Baseball. To be honest, I struggled to make it past 11:00 p.m. to witness the fanfare. Despite my drowsiness last night I have been following the World Series closely and reflecting on the nations interest in the prevailing hope that this would be ‘the year’ the Cubs came through.

Several folks have asked me this week why there are so many folks rooting for the Chicago Cubs. The answer, at least for me, is a simple one; folks in my generation that followed baseball in our region were either Braves or Cubs fans. As a child of the 80’s, our 12 channel television lineup gave us access to TBS, based in Atlanta and WGN, based in Chicago. WGN televised all home Cubs games, from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. I won’t pretend to be a die-hard Cubs fan – most who know me well know my allegiances are in Atlanta, #GoBraves!

For Cubs fans across the nation and world, this offseason are a time to relish and receive the goodwill, the honor and happiness from proclaiming and celebrating that your team is a world champion. What may have often seemed like an impossibility is not. Hopes, angst, desires, frustrations and everything else that comes along with fandom get respite. Things are celebratory, rightly-ordered and most of all fulfilling. The large world-wide fanbase now gets to know the joy of the return on investment.

As we sit in the midst of our stewardship campaign this year I can’t help but connect the dots to our situation. We have been given much. God’s Grace has endured our apathy, our ignorance and continues to pursue us. We have such an indescribable inheritance friends. We have opportunities today and everyday to give back and honor the one who does more than be our ‘fan’. As we set our focus on Consecration Sunday (November 13th) it is my prayer that we sincerely re-evaluate not only what we have been given but how we invest it in ways that are eternal, life-giving and transformational. This is our responsibility. This is our legacy. Join us this week in worship as we draw closer to the one that gives unconditionally and in-turn invites us to give joyfully.

‘Givers can be divided into three types: the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. Some givers are like a piece of flint – to get anything out of it you must hammer it, and even then you only get chips and sparks. Other are like a sponge – to get anything out of a sponge you must squeeze it and squeeze it hard, because the more you squeeze a sponge, the more you get. But others are like a honeycomb – which just overflows with its own sweetness. That is how God gives to us, and it is how we should give in turn.’ – Anonymous

Pastor’s Blog:  Rev. Aislinn Kopp

You have heard us remind you after each baptism or joining of a new member that you have pledged to hold these people and this congregation in prayer.  This is not part of our United Methodist membership vows because someone thought it was a good idea, but it is a part because praying for the newest members of the body is a common thread among the people of God.  In 1 Samuel 1:27, Hannah prayed for her son, Samuel.  Samuel prayed for each king of Israel that he anointed.  It’s gospel tradition too!  Jesus prayed for his disciples.  Those disciples prayed for Paul after his conversion.  Paul prayed for Timothy and all the churches that he helped disciple, and one of those prayers is what we see in Ephesians 1:16-19.

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.  

Each generation prays for the one before it.  That continued commitment to prayer is the lifeline that sustains our commitment to Christ as the center of the Church.  Without prayer, we lose our connection to one another and to God.  As we continue our stewardship focus, we want to encourage you to take seriously your commitment to pray for one another, but we also want to honor all who prayed for us.  This week, we celebrate Memorial Sunday, and honor our saints who have prayed for us, our families, and this church family.



The regular meeting of Primetime will be held on Tuesday, November 8th, at 11:30 AM. Our program will be presented by The USM Trombone Ensemble under the direction of Ben Mclwain, Professor of Trombone. This will be an outstanding program so please try to be present! To make a reservation, call the church o ce, email or sign up on the pew register.


Please make your reservation now for lunch at Southern Oaks on Consecration Sunday, November 13th after the 10:00 AM combined worship service. We have a tradition of making our commitment together as a congregation, then celebrating our life together over lunch! You may RSVP regrets or acceptance in the pew register or call the church o ce. We need to hear from everyone!

If your Sunday school class would like to meet before 10:00 AM worship, please call the church office and we will make those arrangements.