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2-25-22 FUMC Updates … pray for PEACE

Like you, I am watching in shock at what’s happening to the sovereign nation and innocent people of Ukraine.  I find myself wondering how it’s possible that one mortal man from Russia, a country whose economy (GDP) is 1/10th the size of the United States, ½ the size of Germany, England, and France can be allowed to cause so much havoc and disaster in our world? Then I remember that we have asked this question in our recent past as other dictators, like Russia’s Lenin, followed by Stalin, Italy’s Mussolini, Uganda’s Idi Amin, and of course, Germany’s Hitler instigated unjust ways, killing so many people and destroying so many people’s homes and livelihoods.

One thing I know is this: when we don’t know what to DO we do know what we BELIEVE …God is our refuge and our strength! It is in God in whom we trust! (Psalm 91:2) Of all the Biblical wars in history, the story of King Jehoshaphat in 2nd Chronicles has ALWAYS stuck with me and some of the texts have been burned into my memory.  AT that time, the people of Judah cried out to the Lord because they were terrified, being threatened by warring enemies on all sides who wanted to crush them with their much larger armies and more powerful weapons.  They begged God to intervene, “Our God, won’t you punish them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chron. 20:12.  Jehoshaphat gathered the people together to PRAY – they PRAYED! And God responded: Don’t be afraid or discouraged by this great army because the battle isn’t yours. It belongs to God! 2 Chron. 20:15

Whatever battles and fears we face, let’s ALWAYS seek God first! We may not know what to do, but you can be faithful and pray and BELIEVE that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! 

BISHOP McKEE shared A pastoral letter from Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Area, chair of the Connectional Table.  Bishop McKee asks that we “continue to pray for peace, for reconciliation and for an end to all war.” If you would like to follow Bishop Alsted on his Facebook page go here … https://www.facebook.com/christian.alsted.5

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UPDATE ON KIDS BEACH CLUB … click here to see a 3 MIN video of week 3.  Please PRAY for our amazing volunteers as they prepare to give the kids their OWN, brand new Bible on Tuesday.  Many thanks to everyone who helped cut, laminate, and punch, who contributed to snacks and who bought Bibles, and who show up every Tuesday to make JESUS COOL AT SCHOOL! I have attached the prayer for our TEACHERS that I send to all the parents every week… it has the Administrator and teachers’ names we pray for on it.

A MODEST MEAL (6 pm) & ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE (6:45 pm), 3/2 …our first Wednesday of the month fellowship meal will be a wonderful opportunity to gather together and begin the mindset of Lenten fasting. The meal will be appropriately modest, and the special service afterwards will be a powerful introduction to the most sacred season of the year. Ashes will be imposed on your forehead as we come forward, as a church family, to hear these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.” I hope you’ll all make an effort to attend this special service begin to consider how YOU will invest in your spiritual soul this Lent.

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY SEW DAY, 3/3, 9 am – 3 pm, Asbury: this has been rescheduled for this Thursday so bring a lunch and come get involved with this awesome ministry.

SANCTUARY REFRESHENING, 3/3, 5 PM, Asbury … we’re going to have an informal conversation about how to freshen up our sanctuary using the generous gifts that people have designated to do this. We’ll pray for guidance on how to best use this love offering to glorify God and enhance the worship experience, and we’ll start by looking at how other churches have done small things to make a big difference.

LET US PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR WORLD!

Pastor Debbie