From the Pastor’s Pen 7/2017

From the Pastor’s Pen 7/2017

Three years ago on the first Sunday in July I was richly blessed. That was my first Sunday out of retirement and my first Sunday at Lakeview United Methodist Church. I had filled the pulpit a couple times for Pastor Call, so I had some knowledge of this church and the devotion of it’s people. I have served churches across the state and have never lived anywhere we didn’t love. Yet, to be part of this congregation of God’s people is amazing. Over these three years you have about tripled in attendance. You have started new ministries that many would have said was impossible.

What makes this so wonderful is that YOU did it! Not the Pastor or the District or the Conference! It was you, the people of God at Lakeview. You had a vision of what could be and you refused to listen to voices that said we were too small. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I have many “favorite” Bible verses, but above them all is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I can’t wait to see what dreams you have for what is no longer a small church. You are vibrant and vital and God is using you. An old spiritual says, “It’s not the preacher nor the teacher…” It is YOU a body of believers actively engaged in ministry to God’s people.

From the Pastor’s Pen 6/2017

From the Pastor’s Pen 6/2017

As I write this article we are entering the season of Pentecost. Technically, “Pentecost” is 50 days from Easter Sunday including Easter itself. Theologically, this marks When the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and the other believers. You have probably heard of people “speaking in tongues,” and you may even know someone who has that gift. The primary purpose originally was that there were people from all over who spoke a variety of languages. So, when the disciples began to speak it was the language of the Holy Spirit and everyone in the crowd heard them in their own language.

In the church we celebrate Pentecost on one Sunday. This year it is June 4. In reality, Pentecost is every day. That’s because it is the language of God through the Holy Spirit. What difference does that mean for us living in Nebraska? It makes a big difference because no longer do we speak the language of the world which is filled with hatred, violence, poverty, corruption and more. But the language of God is simply when we share the love of God to a hurting world. It’s when we speak the language of caring, compassion humility. This is a universal language that can only be spoken by people with the heart of God for others. When you see someone hungry, hurting, sad, angry, etc. the language of God can restore hope to them. And “hope does not disappoint us.” None of us are perfect by any imagination. Yet, we can still speak peace to those who do not know it. We can speak the language of God to persons of different cultures and nationalities. And when we do “they may all be one as Jesus and the Father are one.” John 17:21

Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Pastor Ray will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for ten days beginning October 17. We will spend two nights in Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee. There we will take a boat ride and sing hymns. We’ll also see where the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish took place. The remainder of our time we will headquarter out of Jerusalem, pray at the Western Wall, Walk the Via Dolorosa, visit Jericho, the Baptismal Site, The Dead Sea, Masada, the birthplace of Jesus, Mt. Calvary, and much more. If you would like to know more there are brochures at the church or just call Pastor Ray.

Free Dinner Outreach

Free Dinner Outreach

The Outreach Committee has begun a new ministry to those who need a meal or just some great fellowship. The first dinner was May 25. We had a nice crowd, wonderful volunteers and it will only grow. Thanks to all who helped. A project of this size would not be possible without your help and donations. The next dinner will be June 29. If you would like to know more visit with Bobby Dasher on Sunday mornings or call the church 402) 474- 2816.

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

Pastor Ray Norris and the congregation at Lakeview United Methodist welcomed two new members on May 14th. Brenda Wagner and Rhonda Guilford re-pledged their faith and became official members.

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Thank you to all the children who attended our Easter Scavenger Hunt, we hope to see you all again soon!

A special thanks to Arlyss who made the hunt possible and all of those who assisted that day.

   

News 4/27/17

News 4/27/17

SPECIAL NOTICE

Due to Mother’s Day, Graduation and Memorial Weekend there will be no potluck in May.

Blood Pressure

Do you know your numbers? It can save your life. Screening is the 3rd Sunday of each month after worship.

Thank You

Thank you to the family of Jan John for the gift of a stair lift. It will now make our church more accessible to those who have trouble with stairs. No longer do people have to miss worship because they do not have access to restrooms or a fellowship dinner because of the stairs to the fellowship hall.

Check Out Our Website

Vinnie Pasho is updating our presence on the web and we are sure you’ll like what you see. It will be more user friendly, new links, pictures and happenings. Plans even call for sermons online. Either go to www.lakeviewumc.com or search for Lakeview United Methodist church.

Children’s Ministry

Coordinated by Alicia Pasho.

Children go to their own worship experience following the Children’s message in morning worship. This is designed for children of all ages.

Important Dates

Important Dates

May 14th

Join us as we honor our mother’s and those who have been like mothers for all their sacrifices and for giving us the gift of life whether they are still living or alive only in our hearts. Mothers play a very important role in Scripture, especially the mother of Jesus.

May 28th

This year Lakeview will honor the accomplishments of Marissa Maeweathers and Malique Palmer. We are very proud of these two young adults and pray for them as they prepare to enter the next part of their journey.

We will remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We will also remember our loved ones and friends who have gone ahead of us. Worship will be filled with memories and patriotic music.

Pastor’s Message 4/27/17

Pastor’s Message 4/27/17

One of my favorite pass times is walking. I do it partly for health reasons. It helps lower blood pressure, it is good for the mind, muscles and your state of mind. But the primary reason I enjoy walking, whether on the bike path or in the mall on cold or wet days is that I meet all sorts of people. As I write this I am thinking of all the people I met today. It was a cold and wet so it was off to the mall. I saw teens, older adults, women and men. I saw people stop to browse in a store. I saw people working in the food court. I saw security personnel. I saw people who were hired to keep the mall clean. I saw Hispanic, Black, Asian, one Native American family, etc. I stopped to visit with a man from Israel and we talked about all the places I have been in his country. He was an Israeli Christian. I spoke to several Muslim women. I am convinced I met several who would not profess a religion. There were some affluent persons and I know there were some who didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Their ethnicity, religion (or lack of), their financial situation, etc. make no difference. Their name is simply “Child of God.” Not one person was ever created by anyone other than God. Hence, they all deserve our respect and our kindness. We are called to treat all persons as if they were Jesus in the flesh. Remember, He was homeless, spit on, kicked, beaten and crucified. The next person you see, say silently, “There goes Jesus.”

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