From the Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor’s Pen

As I sat down to write this article, I want to thank thechurch for your many prayers through Amanda’ssurgery. It is a humbling experience to see over 100 persons responding to that request. She is getting along just fine and the surgery was far shorter than we had anticipated. So, again we all thank you.

As we think about prayer, it is important to know that all prayer is answered. Just not always the way you and I want. Garth Brooks once wrote a song about unanswered prayer. While, I understand what Garth was trying to convey, all prayer is answered and thank God, not always the way you or I ask. Thelyrics of that song go on to say, “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs that just because hedoesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care.” We are God’s children and God loves all his kids, even thoselike me who are often stubborn and even angry. God also knows what we need, not just what we want. Prayer is as much about us as it is the persons or things we are praying for. Prayer is really an honest and open conversation with the giver of all life, both in the physical realm and the spiritual. Scripture tells us in Matthew 6, “ But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done insecret, will reward you.” That being said, in Matthew18:20 we hear about the power of praying with others,“For where two or three are gathered in my name,there am I among them.” So pray in private but also know that others will pray with and for you. Prayeris powerful. It’s a conversation with God and Godhears and responds. There is no such thing as unanswered prayer.

Church Leadership

We will begin preparing for our annual Church Conference in late August and early September. Have you considered being part of the Church leadershsip? There will be several opportunities for you to serve. If you have an interest in serving on a committee talk to Pastor Ray. Several person’s termswill be expiring and some committees need to be expanded.

Back to School Needs

With school starting this month we are collecting some items that will serve the elementary students. Time is short so do your shopping now. Items include:

  • Boys & Girls underwear (various sizes)
  • Socks (boys and girls)
  • T-Shirts
  • Sweat pants
  • Pencils, markers, erasers, tablets, etc.

From the Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor’s Pen

Sometimes I will go to the grocery store for Maggie. She gives me a list of things she needs, and yet I can’t seem to find what I am supposed to be looking for. I wander around the store going from aisle to aisle. I do pretty well in the produce section. A banana is a banana, right? Pretty hard to mess that up. I do okay with eggs, soup, etc. Even I can find the egg case, but admittedly I sometimes struggle with bread and milk. There may be several varieties of bread by the same company, yet eventually after a call to Maggie I find the right item. We use a certain kind of Almond Milk and I have messed that up. Supposed to be original 30 calories and I end up with vanilla and sweetened. Things have changed. Used to be one variety of each item but now there are dozens of different tomato soups.

Church can be the same way. They may all have some shared characteristics such as a cross, stained glass, hymnals, THE OFFERING, and even a Bible Study. In most cases they are all very good. But what sets a church apart is really none of those things. It is simply, “Are we making disciples?” What is a disciple you might ask?

First, a disciple is a student, a follower. But more than that, a disciple is one who accepts the calling to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and stays with a person helping them to become a disciple. Christianity is far more than a weekly worship service or having a Bible study or serving on a committee.

A disciple strives to live out the calling that Christ places on each who is called by his name. Discipleship is not a secret society. It is taking the call of Jesus seriously to go and make disciples. It is to be “prepared to give a reason for the hope you have.” It’s like when we were children, “Show and tell.” Do you know people who need to know there is good news? We all know those folk. It’s sharing the love of Christ, the forgiveness of Christ and the good news that God is madly in love with us and we are his kids.

Painting Day!

Painting Day!

During the children’s ministry in July, the kids painted their own crosses to take home.

Saltdogs Outing

Saltdogs Outing

The Lakeview UMC visited the Saltdogs for a game in July. 40 people attended the game.

Bible Study

Bible Study

COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Lectionary Bible Study. Each week we will study the scripture lessons for the following Sunday. There is no cost for this study and it gives us a
chance to gain a deeper meaning of what you’ll hear on Sunday. For our Lakeview 2040 group we will provide child care.

Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens

We had originally planned this trip for July, but with the heat and unpredictable storms we are moving it to early September. The staff at Lauritzen Gardens assures us that this is a great time to visit with many beautiful fall flowers, etc. Tentatively we will plan on September 6th. Remember the cost is only $20 including transportation. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Church.

From the Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor’s Pen

I have been thinking a lot about what the word“Church” really means. When I look at Webster’s dictionary it says, “a building for public andespecially Christian worship.” In another place it says, “the clerical profession, considered the church as a possible career”. If that is the church then we aremissing the boat. The church, as the children’s saying goes, “Is not a building, not a steeple.” So then, what is the Church? “It’s the people.” It is you and I and all anywhere to believe that “we are saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ”

Now, it is true that we often say, “Let’s go to Church,” or “What Church should we attend?” What most of us really mean by that is “Let’s go to worship.” Yet, to me the Church is a feeding placeand a gathering place. We come to be in fellowship with other believers and seekers. We come to be encouraged or even at times, convicted. But the Church is you and I. The real church happens beyond Sunday morning. The Church is feeding the hungry, clothing those who lack, helping those in a tough place. Church happens in the mall, in the grocery store and wherever we are. Come Sunday to be fedthen let’s “Go ye into all the world,” and our little corner of the world. See you Sunday and bring a friend to worship.

From the Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor’s Pen

In 1965 Jackie DeShannon sang, “What the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of. No, not just for some butfor everyone….” When she recorded that song we were in some pretty tough times in the country.Vietnam was on everyone’s mind. There wereprotestors on every corner it seemed. People were burning flags, spitting on returning soldiers and much more.

The intent of this article is not to focus on the1960’s but to draw some parallels today.
Today, we see school shootings going rampant. According to a CNN report issued May 25 this year there has been one school shooting every week this year. Why? What is the cause of all this? This is more than a race issue. It has more to do with theDeShannon recording than anything else. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love………foreveryone.

Bishop Michael Curry, a name not known by many until he preached his amazing sermon at the Royal wedding, said simply but powerfully “Love is theonly way!” “What the world needs now is love not just for some but for everyone.”

In Matthew 22 we hear, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The fact is, some folks are not easy to like, let alone love but it is not an option. If thisworld is ever going to find it’s way out of thedarkness we have to love ALL people not just thosewho love us. We love “because He first loved us.” Love, “it’s the only thing there’s just too little of.”