Santa and Mrs Claus stopped by Lakeview UMC for a quick visit. All of the kids had the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
Please welcome Fred and Nancy Liebers to Lakeview United Methodist as our two newest members.
Growing up in a farming community I learned a few lessons that apply to our faith and discipleship. First is that farming takes hard work. Second, farming takes a lot of faith. God doesn’t just miracously give you an abundant crop. Farming is a partnership with God.
For example, you are not going to get a crop unless you plant. And you can’t plant unless you harvest. It’s also true that sometimes a crop doesn’t produce as we had hoped. Drought, hail, too much rain and weeds can diminish, or even destroy, a crop. But those things don’t keep us from tilling the soil and planting still more seeds.
It’s the same with our discipleship. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….”
Have you ever grown a crop whether wheat, corn, beans, or even garden vegetables without planting? Highly unlikely.
There is a process to farming, whether in soil or in a soul. You cannot plant what you do no sow. What does this mean for us as a church? Simply, it means that first of all, church is not a place we go on Sunday morning. That’s worship. Church is more than that. We can never afford to be satisfied with the gathering unless we also scatter. Part of being the Church is the gathering for worship, study, fellowship and outreach. But gathering a crop of corn in a bin will never produce a harvest. Those seeds have to be scattered. That’s where we come in as the Church. We gather together certainly, but we are called to scatter the seeds in others. Scripture says some “seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Will you commit to being both a gatherer and one who scatters? God will provide that harvest.
After church service on October 29th a few kids from the youth group took an outing to Roca Berry Farm. Jack, Christopher, Samantha, and Aubree made the trip. Based on the smiles in the pictures below, I think they had a great time.
The kids visited a few haunted houses. Including this one!
There were plenty of slides to go down, and some not so graceful landings.
Next, they went into the petting zoo where the goats would steal the food directly out of the vending machine. Samantha had a hard time keeping them away.
Of course you have to get on the moon bounce.
The unanimous winner for best activity was the zip line. All four kids went down! Here is Jack zipping towards the bottom.
Everyone had a fun time and got to take home a pumpkin.