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The Connection

A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
 
I'd like to ask you to join me a prayer for the United Methodist Church to support the work of the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, MN, May 5-15. As you know, the Wesley brothers believed “that God does nothing apart from believing prayer.” I would ask you to pray daily for our church, our conference leaders and our mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

The below is the prayer for the General Conference suggested by the United Methodist Women Group. Please stand with us by praying together.
I invite you to join me in the following weekly pattern:

Sunday: Pray for The United Methodist Church, for its lay members, clergy members, fellowship, discipleship and leadership work. Pray that we would ground our feet firmly in hope. Pray also for the future work of the church.

Monday: Pray for the delegates. The responsibility they carry can feel heavy, and the emotions they are feeling and receiving can take a toll. Pray for their resilience and openness to the Holy Spirit, who speaks even when we are in “self-protection mode” but to whom are most receptive when our hearts are open and we are hope-filled.

Tuesday: Pray for all who will be presiding and leading during the session and for the staff who will be serving. Their clarity and wisdom make a big difference in the kind of conversation that the delegates are able to have and whether the delegates have confidence in the processes surrounding their work.

Wednesday: Pray for the outreach and mission service of The United Methodist Church and how this will be enhanced by the structures and directions set by the special session. Pray for the ministry of congregations, conferences and agencies serving people in need around the world. The Prayer Calendar is a great resource to be reminded of some of these.

Thursday: Pray for the education ministry of the church and the ways that this equips us to engage in a future full of possibilities. Pray for the students and faculty that we support through scholarships, student ministries and publishing. Pray for the tutoring work of congregations and national mission institutions, for secondary schools, colleges, universities and seminaries who are also dealing with uncertainty about how they will connect with the church in the future.

Friday: Pray for all the justice ministries of the church and for how these will be strengthened by the work of the special session. Pray for the work to address policies that marginalize and patterns that demean. Pray for our relationships with ecumenical partners and persons engaged locally, regionally, nationally and globally in God’s love and the vision of justice we are called to lift up. Pray for a commitment to hope that shapes our engagement with a fractured but beautiful world.

Saturday: Pray for all of us across the church who are charged with the stewardship of the resources entrusted to us and how our hope, rooted in faith, shapes our use of these resources of time, commitment, effort and finances so that we might give neither too much nor too little regard to the potential of these gifts and our responsibility to use them well.

United Methodist Church, we are praying people. Let us pray focusing not on our own uncertainties but on God’s leading and the great mission and ministry ahead of us.


If you want to get more information for the 2020 General Conference and proposed plans, please visit this site and take a look at it.
 ( https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/general-conference-2020 )

2. Sunday Worship Service
As the Baptism of the Lord, I will preach about the Baptism. Jesus was baptized before he started his own ministry as the servant of God. It was not only with the water, but also with the spirit. How about you? Have you been baptized? only with the water? or also with the spirit? What does it mean to be baptized with the spirit? why do we need it? I hope you would find that answer in the worship service.

Please come and join us!
Amen.
Calendar for the week of January 9- January 19, 2020
 

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Finance Committee meeting

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Friday, January 10, 2020
Worship at Devonshire Estates

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Greeting Card Ministry

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

 

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Christian Education

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Worship

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Bible Study 2

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Bible Study 1

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Gospel Gang

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

Saturday, January 18, 2020
PEO lunch

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Christian Education

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Worship

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Help Needed!
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When: Saturday, January 25th

Time: 8am to 11am

Why: Cooking, Serving, Cleaning up Breakfast

w/Food Pantry Families

If your able to help please write your name, phone number and the time your able to help which is 8-9:30 am or 9-11:30 am on the sign up sheet after church on Sunday. if you are not able to attend church on Sunday please email lenoxumc@gmail.com. Thank you!

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14

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