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Lower United Methodist Church
Wednesday Message
September 21, 2022

 

Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—
especially to those in the family of faith.”

We know that it takes a lot of effort and patience to reap the fruit. Sowing a seed doesn't produce fruit right away. Sowing a seed and just waiting does not necessarily yield fruit. It requires sowing seeds at the right time, providing the necessary nutrients, removing weeds, and watering them daily. Then we see a small sprout coming out.

Even in faith, we need a lot of effort and patience to bear fruit. Our obedience to the Lord's command may not come with an immediate result. In many cases, we have to wait a lot of time to experience the maturity and fruit of our faith. For example, preaching the gospel does not mean that people immediately believe in the gospel and become mature disciples of Jesus. When we sow the seeds of the gospel, we must continue to pray and give love until the gospel is planted in that person. And at a certain moment, the seed begins to grow on the person and show small buds.

We have welcomed many new believers into our church. It is a great joy and a blessing that they have come among us. But it also gives us duties and responsibilities. We need to give them a lot of prayer and love until they can settle in this church. Our kindness and welcoming them once or twice does not make them settle in this church. We must continue to invite new believers to come into our relationship and move on to sharing life with Christ with them. This will require a lot of time and effort from us.

The bible says to us in Galatians 6:9-10, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” God will never forget our love and prayers for the new family of faith. God, work with us to help our new members to be rooted in this church and to participate in His mission together.  


Pastor Yosub Namgung

Reading for this week: September One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online
 

 
 
Please pray for:

Christy and Dalton Brownley, III on the loss of Christy's father

A friend whose father passed away

Family of Dean Sickal who passed away

Families and friends who lost loved ones on 911, and those who are still having health problems

Kathleen Kruse - AFIB issue

All grandparents raising grandchildren

Robin Herbert - treatments 9/12 for aggressive melanoma

Ann and Herbert Stanley - Herbert is in hospice care

Dennis, Susan Thomas's nephew - COVID

Need for teachers to lead Sunday School

England - for the loss of the Queen

Carol, Ann Thomas's sister - feeling better, no cardiac problems.  Pray for a definitive diagnosis.

Jimmy Olgers - illness, difficulty eating and drinking

Ron Sheffield - continued prayers for upcoming medical procedures

Clayton Hogge, son of Wayne & Tammy Hogge - Coast Guard deployment

Amber Holland - Sinus surgery 9/21, travel mercies for Tom and Laura

Elderly - cost of upcoming heating season

People living through grief

Cookie Fleet - health issues

All of our new members

Amy Kellogg - continued prayers as she undergoes radiation treatment the next 4 weeks (good news - no chemotherapy is needed.)

Rob Brooks and family on the loss of his wife, Glenda


"Here I Am, Lord"

 
We hope you will join us this Sunday, September 25th for "Here I Am" Sunday.  At that time we will invite you to complete a brief survey regarding your gifts and talents and how you would like to share them to serve Lower UMC.
Pastor's Discretionary Fund

Please continue to use your communion offering envelopes to contribute to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  Money donated to this fund is used to provide assistance to those in our church family and community.  

Don't use offering envelopes?  No problem.  Simply note 'Communion Offering' on your check memo.  You can also select 'Communion Offering' when giving online.
World Communion Sunday
October 2, 2022

On Sunday, 10/2, the United Methodist Church will join with other denominations around the globe to celebrate Christian unity.  For more information regarding World Communion Sunday, you can watch this brief video.  

Additionally, the United Methodist Church collects a Special Sunday
offering on World Communion Sunday to fund scholarships for seminarians.  Look for the special offering envelope which will be made available in the sanctuary on
October 2nd. 


 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry


Lower UMC is happy to announce we will once again participate in the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry this year.  Look for more information in our October newsletter.  Shoeboxes are available for pickup at the church.  The collection of filled shoeboxes will take place the week November 14 - 21.  

Grief Support
 
If you or someone you know could benefit from grief support, we encourage you to learn more about the Grief Support Group at The Bay Center.  
Last Week

Attendance:  62                

Offering:     $2,020.00
E-giving:     $1,530.00
Total:           $3,550.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                   $
147,847.21

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                   $
149,074.00
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