Monthly Archives: July2017

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In preparation for our next monthly gathering (Wednesday November 15th), we again invite anyone who
wants to join to do so. This group will ‘ebb-and-flow’ as each month we will use a different book to study
together and converse. Meetings will center around compassionate dialogue and intentional fellowship.
The group focuses on the intersection of faith and a certain topic i.e. Racial Reconciliation, Science and
Faith, Social Justice, etc… This month we will explore Christian identity in a multi-faith world. This opportunity
is open to all adults. For questions or to sign-up contact Jeremy Knight by calling the church
office or by emailing

What an incredible turnout and exciting night we shared as a church family at the Fall Festival this past
Wednesday evening! The children were so cute, and the attendance was so great! I want to thank our
entire staff, wonderful Sunday School classes who helped run the indoor games, our adults and teens
who supervised the outdoor inflatables, our photographers, those who promoted on social media, the
weekday preschool who helped coordinate our meal with Tophers, those who decorated and brought
candy, and everyone on the children’s ministry team and parent volunteers! What an incredible, fun
night we all experienced because you came with a willing heart and smile on your face!
I want to say special thanks to Michelle Clay and Cassi Carothers, in addition to everyone else, for their
wonderful help behind the scenes! Ladies, we love and appreciate you and your families so much! God
bless you all, and to God be the Glory! Now, the mission work continues as we follow up with families
who came as our guests! Keep up the prayers church family!

We have just a few more weeks of work left on our R3SM partner’s house.
Thanks to help from some traveling relief teams, we are now on track to
get our partner home by Thanksgiving! If you want to be involved in this
project, now is the time! We will meet at the church at 8:00 AM for any
who need directions to the house. Contact Aislinn for more details.

Pastor’s Blog Rev. Aislinn Kopp

Our series on The Struggle of the Christian Life continues this week with The Struggle of Dysfunctional Families. In today’s world, we often feel like our families fail to live up to our expectations. We want to be the Cleavers from “Leave it to Beaver,” but in reality, we might be the Bundys from “Married with Children.” Families are tricky, and their function is often dysfunction. And while we focus on our own families, we also must not forget that the church is a big dysfunctional family, too. However, we are in good company! The Bible never gives us a picture of a happy nuclear family like the Cleavers. Biblical families have the disagreeable siblings, the backstabbing, the infighting, the unhappy parents, and even the family members that leave the rest of the family behind.

This Sunday, we will take a look at one of those messy Biblical families. When we think of Joseph, we may think of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, but Jacob and his sons were far from a happy family. They did not even begin as a happy family. Jacob was tricked into marrying the older sister of the girl he loved (Leah) before he could marry the girl that he loved (Rachel). The sisters were jealous of one another because of the favoritism that Jacob showed and because of the favoritism he showed toward Rachel’s children (Joseph and Benjamin). No wonder the brothers had no idea how to be family to one another!

Join us Sunday as we take an honest look at family dysfunction and seek to find a way through the mess.

August 21st — August 23rd from
10:00-11:30 AM at Parkway Heights.
Registration forms are available
in the brochure racks near the
entrances to the Sanctuary

Please join us this fall at Main Street UMC Preschool! We accept infants –
Pre-Kindergarten and we would love to have your little one join us. You can
register on our church website or leave a message for our director, Betsy
Alston, in the church office. You can also email her for more information at See are Facebook page for details. Our Fall Open
House will be August 31st and our first day of Preschool is September 5th.
Join us at Main Street for lots of love, fun and learning!