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Paradise United Methodist Church

THE GREETER

May 2013

 

 

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . .

May is a busy time.  We have youth in district and state competition, and at the national level in Robotics.  Our musicians have district and state competitions as well.  We will have concerts, a musical, and awards assemblies.  We also have graduation parties.  What a schedule!

 

The church calendar is changing as well.  We end the season of Easter and begin the season of Pentecost.  We continue our time of pastoral change.  In a church our size it is always a challenge when families are involved in activities.  It means that those of us who are not out of town for such events have the privilege of being the backbone of our attendance.

 

Now is also a good time to check our plans for March to the Manger, which is not until December, but now is a time to make plans four our gift to Jesus.

 

All of this happens against the background of the tragedies we have been facing in Boston, Texas, and the areas dealing with flooding.  This calls on us to be in prayer and Bible study as we find the strength to live the Christian life.  We need spiritual maturing to rise above the narrowness of the non-Christian reactions.  It calls us to love as Jesus loved.

 

As we make all these plans, it helps to give the proper hone to our mothers and our families.

 

Pastor Larry

 

MEN’S GROUP

Our Men’s Group will next meet on the second Monday in May, the 13th, at 6:30p.m. to continue our study of the book of Genesis.  Last month we          examined God’s call to Abraham and the beginning of God’s chosen people to bring the Messiah into the world.  This month we will study chapters 16-18 about Hagar, Ishmael, Sodom, and Gomorrah.

 

OUTREACH/MISSIONS

 

Missions collected 101 boxed meals for the Food Pantry in April and the May    collection for the pantry is bathroom      tissue.  The monetary collection in both May and June is for the Roach family mission.

 

Thank you again for your support of these      mission projects.  If you have questions or     suggestions regarding missions and    outreach, please contact Linda East or a member of the committee.

 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

 

Just a quick reminder that we are scheduled to pick up trash on Sunday, June 9.  As with previous occasions, we will meet in the Family Center to prepare at 9:00a.m.

 

 

MAY MESSAGES

 

We will conclude the season of           Eastertide with these messages:

 

May 5 -  “Stepping Into the Story” from Acts 16:9-15; and

 

May 12 – “That They May be One” from John 17:20-26.

 

Then, we will begin the season of       Pentecost with these messages:

 

May 19  – “Spiritual Fire” from Acts 2:1-21; and

 

May 26 – “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit” from Revelation 5:1-5.

 

SERVICE SQUAD SUNDAY

 

On Sunday, May 19, we will have Service Squad during the Sunday School hour.  Our project will be to make sandwiches for ReStart so please plan to attend and help with the project as the agency serves the sandwiches to individuals in need in the Kansas City area.  The sandwiches will be delivered later that day.  All        assistance in making the sandwiches will be much appreciated.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

Sunday School is at 10:0.0a.m on Sunday mornings.  Here is the schedule for May:

 

May 5: Discussion of James Moore’s book “Daddy is That a Story True or Were You Just Preaching?”

 

May 12: Fellowship Sunday – please join use for breakfast and fun fellowship.

 

May 19: Service Squad Project

 

May 26: Continued study of James Moore’s book.

 

POTLUCK DINNER

 

We will not have a potluck dinner in May as it falls on Memorial Day weekend.  However, mark your calendars for the potluck dinner scheduled for Sunday, June 23, immediately following the      worship service.  That will also be Pastor Arlin’s last planned meal with us, so please plan to join us after church.

 

MONTHLY REPORT

 

The Monthly Report as of April 30, 2013, is as    follows:

 

Beginning Balance:                    $8,772.08

Offering:                                  + $4,016.78

Expenses:                                - $2,270.45

Final Balance:                          $10,518.41

 

 

Paradise United Methodist Church

THE GREETER

March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

March is an exiting month.  Some of us will be interested in March Madness.  We will have students involved in track and soccer.  The weather will be improving and the snow will be behind us.

 

The biggest event in March is the last part of Lent, which culminates with Easter morning.  We will finish our Lenten study.  On March 17, I will repeat my first-person sermon of Simon of Cyrene, the individual who carried Jesus’ cross.  Arlin will lead an inspiring Good Friday service and we will gather for an exciting Easter service with breakfast and an inspiring Easter worship service.

 

Let us continue to study scripture and pray that God will help us all grow spiritually.  Just as Christ rose from the grave, our spirit can rise above all the things this world throws at us to take our life from us.

 

MEN OF PARADISE

 

Our Men’s Group will next meet on Monday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study of the book of Genesis.  This month we looked at the descendants of Noah after the great flood and the story of the tower of Babel.  Next month we will examine God’s call to Abram and the beginning of God’s chosen people to bring the Messiah into the world in chapters 12-14.

 

 

 

 

YOUTH GROUP

 

Due to the small number of youth able to do a retreat, we will organize confirmation classes at the church.  Please talk with Tooti or Angie if you, or a child, age 12 or older, are interested in attending the classes.

 

OUTREACH/MISSIONS

 

In February, we collected 764 diapers for the Food Pantry.  The March collection for the Food Pantry is canned fruit. 

 

In February, the church also collected $134.25 for the Smithville After Prom       Program.  The monetary collection for March is new adult hats and gloves for Della Lamb, and a basket for those items is located at the back of the church.

 

If you have questions or suggestions         regarding any of the collections or mission projects, please contact Linda East or a member of the Outreach and Missions Committee.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

 

Holy week services will begin on Sunday, March 24, with worship on Palm Sunday at its regular time.  A Prayer Vigil will be held on Friday, March 29, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a Good Friday worship service at 7:00 p.m.  Then, Easter morning will begin with a breakfast at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Easter worship service at 10.a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH MESSAGES

 

Here are the scriptures and messages for March as we continue to celebrate the     season of Lent, culminating in the Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. 

 

Mar 3  -  “Buy Milk Without Money” from Isaiah 55:1-9

Mar 10  “Lessons From the Cross” from Luke 23:32-43

Mar 17  - “Simon of Cyrene” from Matthew 27:33-44

Mar 24 Palm Sunday – “Jesus’ First        Triumph” from Luke 19:28-40

Mar 29 Good Friday – “Life From Death” from Matthew 27:45-56

Mar 31 Easter Sunday – “Weeping at the Tomb” from John 10:1-18

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

Are you interested in a good discussion as you expand your knowledge and                understanding of the Bible and God’s         direction in your life?  Please join us for   Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. as we continue to study James Moore’s book, “Daddy is That Story True or Were You Just Preaching?” 

 

FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY

 

Fellowship Sunday is March 10. Please join us for breakfast and fellowship at 10:00 a.m., or just come early for church.  We would love to see you there!

 

POTLUCK DINNER

 

The potluck dinner in March will be held on the 24th, immediately following the worship  service.  Bring a dish and join in the fun!  There is always more than enough food, so feel free to bring a friend or neighbor.

CHURCH COUNCIL

 

Our Church Council will meet on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the      business and ministry of the congregation.  All leaders are invited to attend.

 

WORK DAY

 

The work day originally scheduled for       Saturday, March 23, has been cancelled due to lack of available workers.  Weather      permiting, the work day will be rescheduled for a Saturday in April.  

 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

 

Due to the conditions outside, we have move trash pickup back to Sunday, March 17.  We will start at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive back at the church in time for Sunday School.  We are also still scheduled to pick up trash on Sunday, June 9.  Thank you for your        continued support in this   endeavor.

 

MONTHLY REPORT

 

The Monthly Report as of February 28, 2013, is as follows:

 

Beginning Balance:                       $11,255.65

Offering:                                          +$3,627.00

Expenses:                                      - $2584.27

Final Balance:                               $12,298.38

 

 

February 2013 Greeter

Paradise United Methodist Church

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Christmas is behind us and this month we will turn our thoughts to the season of Lent.  This will be a time we prepare ourselves for Easter.  Just like Advent was a preparation for the good news of Jesus’ birth, Lent is a time to prepare for the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

 

As a time of preparation, we are encouraged to spend time in prayer and study.  We are asked to look deeply at our devotion to God.        Preparation also includes practices such as prayer and fasting.  People talk of “giving up” something for Lent, although I would prefer that we add something.  This may be a time of    missing a meal and giving the money we would have spent to a hunger program or to the food pantry.

 

We will have special services during Lent.  We will begin with Ash Wednesday and will have a six-week study, and will conclude with special Good Friday and Easter services.  The more deeply you are involved in all these events – the more meaning you will experience on Easter morning.

 

Pastor Larry

 

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GROUPS

 

Our Men’s Group will meet on Monday, February 4, at 6:30p.m. to continue our study of the book of Genesis.  Last month we looked at the murder of Abel by his brother, Cain, in Chapters 4 and 5, and reviewed Adam’s descendants down to Noah.  This month we will discuss the story of Noah and the great flood in Chapters 6 through 8.  All men in our congregation, as well as guests, are invited to attend.

 

The Women’s Group will be going to the    American Heartland Theater to “Menopause the Musical,” at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10.  The group will leave directly after church with plans to eat lunch at Crown Center for those that are hungry.  If you have any questions, please get in contact with Angie.

 

YOUTH GROUP

 

For youth 12 and up who are ready for           confirmation, please contact Angie or Tooti.  We have hoped to do a confirmation retreat with the Bishop for anyone who is interested.  The retreat is in St. Louis, and we will plan to leave the afternoon of Friday, March 1, and return the evening of Saturday, March 2.  This may not work with everyone’s schedule, but if some youth are interested, we will be happy to take a group.  Anyone who has already been confirmed are also welcome to participate in the retreat.

 

OUTREACH/MISSIONS

 

In January, we collected 74 packages of pasta and 65 jars of sauce for the Food Pantry.  The February collection for the Food Pantry is       diapers.  The Food Pantry assisted over 3,000 individuals in 2012 and we so appreciate       everyone’s continued assistance in collecting food and supplies for the Food Pantry.

 

The monetary collection for February is the After Prom Program.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

 

You are invited to join us at 7:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday (February 13) for a time of hymns, scripture, a short message, and communion.  The service will be very low key, but we will have ashes for those who would like to have them   imposed on their forehead or hand.  Bring your friends and join us for the beginning of the     season of Lent.

 

 

 

 

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

 

On Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., we will start a six-week study of the book, “Final Words from the Cross.”  The study was a series preached by Adam Hamilton, pastor at the Church of the Resurrection.  The study will start at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday, which is 30 minutes later than prior studies, but should allow more individuals to participate.  Please plan to join us for the following sessions:

 

February 20 – Father Forgive Them;

February 27 – Today You Will Be With Me in              Paradise;

March 6 – Behold Your Son – Behold Your Mother;

March 13 – My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me;

March 20 – I Thirst;

March 27 – It Is Finished – Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit.

 

FEBRUARY MESSAGES

 

In February, we will conclude the season of Epiphany and begin the time of Lent.  Here is a list of the scriptures and messages:

 

February 3 – “I’m Only a Boy (Girl)” from Jeremiah 1:4-10;

February 10 – “Visits from Moses and Elijah” from Luke 9:28-36;

February 13 – Ash Wednesday Service

February 17 – “The Temptations” from Luke 4:1-13; and

February 24 – “Jesus Grieves” from Luke 13:31-35.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

Are you interested in a good discussion as you expand your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and God’s direction in your life?  Please join us for Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. as we continue to study James Moore’s book, “Daddy is That Story True or Were You Just Preaching?” 

 

FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY

 

Fellowship Sunday is February 10. Please join us for breakfast and fellowship at 10:00 a.m., or just come early for church.  We would love to see you there!

 

POTLUCK DINNER

 

The potluck dinner in February will be held on the 24th, immediately following the worship  service.  Bring a dish and join in the fun!  There is always more than enough food, so feel free to bring a friend or neighbor.

 

MISSION FAMILY

 

 Please keep our mission family of Brandon,   Angie, Faith (11), Elisabeth (10), and Micayla (3) Roach in your prayers as they continue to serve the children in the schools at Mount Beulah in southern India.  They will come home from January through April in 2014 and we hope to have them worship with us during that time.

 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

 

We will be picking up trash on Sunday, March 10, and Sunday, June 9.  We will start at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive back at the church in time to have a snack during Fellowship Sunday.  Thank you for your continued support in this   endeavor.

 

MONTHLY REPORT

 

The Monthly Report as of January 31, 2013, is as follows:

 

Beginning Balance:                             $18,248.60

Offering:                                                 +$3,400.00

Expenses:                                         - $10,392.95

Final Balance:                                     $11,255.65

 

The above expenses include a new furnace for the sanctuary and repairs to the furnaces in the family center.

 

THE GREETER

January 2013

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Bible says that when Abraham was 75 years old, God told him it was time to leave his familiar surroundings and go where God would lead him. Thus, Abraham had a choice to make. His decision was between trusting God and making a change in his life or staying right where he was. He had to decide between the security he already enjoyed or obeying God’s urging. I am 71 years old and have been serving as your co-pastor for almost five years and I feel God calling me to make a change. I have four grandsons under the age of eleven who live near me in Liberty, one of which is without the presence of a father or paternal grandfather in his life. So, I feel God calling me to spend more time helping to guide these young boy’s lives into strong men of the faith. Nancy and I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Paradise church family and working with Lar-ry and Thelma, but like Abraham, we feel it is time to move on. I have visited with our District Superintendent, Steve Cox, and with our Lay Leader, Shay East, and will end my ministry here on June 30. Needless to say, the Paradise congregation and community will always occupy a warm and loving spot in our memories and we wish you a bright and ministry filled future. In Christ’s Service, Arlin and Nancy Renfrow

MEN OF PARADISE

For our January meeting, the Men’s Group will meet on the second Monday, January 14th, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study of the book of Genesis. Last month we looked at Chapter 3 when sin entered humankind, and Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden. This month we will discuss the murder of Abel by his brother Cain and review Adam’s descendants down to Noah, as reported in Chapters 4 and 5. All men in our congregation and guests are invited to attend.

WOMEN OF PARADISE The Women’s Group enjoyed a fun-filled evening on December 20, when they gathered for dinner at The Café in Briarcliff Village and the show “Nuncrackers,” which was at the American Heartland Theater at Crown Center. For those who have already purchased tickets, the Women’s Group will be going to “Me-nopause,” which is showing at the afore-mentioned theater on Sunday, February 10, at 2:00p.m. The group will leave for the show after the worship service that day.

YOUTH GROUP For youth between the 6th and 12th grades, we will be offering a confirmation retreat for all that are interested. We have the following dates to choose from: March 1-2, April 19-20, and April 26-27. Please let Angie know if you are interested in the retreat and which dates you can attend.

POTLUCK DINNER The next potluck will be on Sunday, January 27, immediately following the worship service. Please bring a dish and join in the fun as it is a wonderful way to spend a bit of your Sunday.

CHURCH COUNCIL Our Church Council will meet on Thursday, Jan-uary 17, at 6:30p.m. to discuss the business of the church and to plan our 2013 ministries. All committee chairs and members are encouraged to attend.

OUTREACH/MISSIONS For the Food Pantry in December, we collected 63 boxes of cereal, and miscellaneous items including 29 bags of popcorn, 3 toothbrushes, 4 deodorants, 2 containers of peanut butter, and 6 containers of detergent. Throughout the course of 2012, we provided $2,268 worth of items for the needy in our area and we appreciate your continued support of the Food Pantry. We hope each of you will continue that support in 2013. Our January collection for the Food Pantry is cans of spaghetti sauce and one-pound bags of spaghetti. In December, the monetary collection was utilized to deliver poinsettas to our home-bound church members. In addition, an individual in Smithville who requested assistance with their utility bill was provided with said assistance. In 2012, church members and attendees donated $1,669 in monetary collections toward causes such as the After Prom Program in Smithville, Della Lamb, Smithville Warrior Closet, and Meals on Wheels, during 2012. The monetary collection for January and February 2013 is for the Smithville After Prom Program. If you have questions or suggestions regarding any of the collections or mission projects, please contact Linda East or a member of the Outreach and Missions Committee.

SUNDAY SCHOOL The Sunday School class is continuing the study of a James Moore book. Please join us at 10:00a.m. on Sunday mornings for some great discussions. FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY Fellowship Sunday is January 13 at 10:00a.m. It’s a great time to catch up with your fellow church-goers so bring a breakfast dish and enjoy some Christian fellowship.

JANUARY MESSAGES January begins the church season of the Epiphany when we remember the visit of the Wise Men, Jesus’ baptism, His first miracle at the wedding in Cana, and the beginning of His earthy ministry. Here are the sermon titles and scriptures: January 6 -“Starry Night” from Matthew 2:1-12;

January 13 – “Baptized by the Spirit” from Luke 3:15-17 and 21-22;

 January 20 – “It’s a Miracle!” from John 2:1-11;

 and January 27 – “The Beginning of Ministry” from Luke 41:14-21.

 MISSION FAMILY Our mission family of Brandon, Angie, Faith (11), Elisabeth (10), and Micayla (3) Roach have now been serving in southern India for nine months and are looking forward to an even busier year in 2013. Please keep them in your prayers, asking God to continue to watch over them as they work with the children in the schools at Mount Beulah. They will come home from January through April in 2014, and we hope to have them worship with us during that time.MONTHLY REPORT The Monthly Report as of December 31, 2012, is as follows: Beginning Balance: $14,296.94 Offering: + $3,436.00 March to the Manger: + $3,655.00 Expenses: – $3,826.49 Final Balance: $17,561.45 The offering amount noted above does not include the offering from December 30.

November 2012

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . .

In his famous song, “My Tribute,” Andrae Crouch pens the following words: “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me?”  We are in the month of Thanksgiving Day and this is an important question to ask.  How will you say “thanks” this year?

We say thanks in our daily prayer.  It is important to find a time to read     scripture and perhaps a devotion.  Some read the Upper Room.  Others may have a source on the computer.

  1. We thank God by doing good deeds for others – especially to someone who cannot “pay you back” or     someone who needs encouragement.  This is where our monthly “mission giving” comes into the picture.
  2. We thank God by our service through the church.  When you volunteer your time to serve as an officer or           participate in projects, you are being thankful.
  3. Our giving to God through the church is also a means of thanking God.  Your gifts help the church to serve the    community.
  4. Regular worship attendance is another way to thank God.  Some people talk about going to worship because of what they get out of it.  That is          important, but it is also important to be at worship in order to bless other    people.  On a Sunday when you would rather stay at home, there may be a person attending who would directly be touched by your presence.  We all feel more inspired when 50 are at   worship than when 20 are present.

It would be a good practice for you to examine this list of ways to express thanks and see what other things you can add to it.  What a good way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful and   prepare yourself for the Advent/Christmas     season.

Pastor Larry

MEN’S GROUP

Our Men’s Group will meet on Monday,           November 5th, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study of the book of Genesis.  All men in our   congregation and guests are invited to attend.

OUTREACH/MISSIONS

Missions collected 50 boxes of facial tissues for the Food Pantry in October and the November collection for the pantry is soups. Also in         October, the church collected $220 for the   Blanket Sunday for the Festival of Sharing.  Over the course of the past few months, members  donated 8 new adult hats, 2 scarves, and 10 pairs of gloves for Della Lamb, which will be    delivered to the organization in early November.

Thank you again for your support of these      mission projects.  If you have questions or     suggestions regarding missions and outreach, please contact Linda East or a member of the committee.

ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE

Our congregation will meet with other churches on Monday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m., at the Platte Woods UMC to approve plans for carrying out our ministries in 2013.  In addition, members of our Pastor Parish Relations Committee are asked to meet with the District Superintendent prior to that meeting at 6:00 p.m.  Our local Church Council will then meet at its regular meeting on Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Center to discuss the        business of our local congregation.

 

 

NOVEMBER MESSAGES

In November, we will continue to bring messages from the New Testament with lessons that help us on our Christian walk.  The sermons and scriptures are as follows:

November 4 – “Loving Saints” from Mark 12:28-34;

November 11 – “True Generosity” from Mark 12:38-44;

November 18 – “How to Be Thankful” from 1 Timothy 2:1-7; and

November 25 – “Christ, the Different King” from John 18:33-37.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

During the month of November, the Sunday School class will continue its study of the James Moore book, “Daddy is that Story True or Were You Just Preaching?”  Please come join us!

Fellowship Sunday is November 11 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome for the potluck breakfast and fellowship with other church members!

POTLUCK & CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Please celebrate the start of the Advent Season with the decorating of the church on November 25 after the worship service.  That day is also Potluck Sunday, so bring a dish, socialize with your fellow church members, and help prepare the church for the special season.

CHURCH COUNCIL

As noted above, the Church Council will meet on Thursday, November 15, at 6:30p.m. in the  Family Center.

ELECTION 2012

On Tuesday, November 6, we have a privilege and responsibility that many in the world envy.  We can exercise our right to vote for the people we want to lead our country.  To cast an          informed vote we must be knowledgeable about the candidates.  Please plan to choose our  country’s leaders by voting on election day.

ADOPT A HIGHWAY

Mark your calendars!  The next session of Adopt-a-Highway trash pick up is scheduled for Sunday, December 9.  We will meet in the   Family Center at 9:00a a.m. and will then head out to our starting points on Highway W.  Pastor Larry is obtaining snacks donated by Applebee’s.  It is also Fellowship Sunday, so bring a breakfast item to share with others as we should finish picking up trash in time to partake of the       fellowship and good food back at the church.

 

October 2012

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

All of us encounter roadblocks in life when we are forced to change our plans for getting   something done, or for accomplishing some goal, or for reaching some destination.  When that happens, what are we to do?  Some people allow the situation to make them angry, others waste time feeling sorry for   themselves, some quit, while others seek to blame someone or something.

 I read about a young man named Oswald Smith who had one reoccurring dream – he wanted to be a    missionary.  Over and over again, he prayed, “Lord, I want to go as a missionary for you. Open a door of service for me.”

When an opportunity presented itself, Oswald applied for such a position and soon found    himself standing before the examining board that was selecting missionaries.  Needless to say, he was excited because he felt his prayers were  finally being answered.  But when the              examination was over, the board did not select Oswald, explaining that he did not meet their qualifications.

Much to Oswald’s disappointment, his dream had encountered a roadblock.  But Oswald did what each of us should do in that situation, he prayed again and God planted another idea in his heart.  If he could not go as a missionary, he would build a church which would send out    missionaries.

And that’s exactly what he did.  As pastor of The People’s Church in Toronto, Canada, Oswald’s    congregation sent out more missionaries than any other church at that time.  Faced with a roadblock, Oswald turned to God and God helped him make a detour around the roadblock and into a new way of serving his faith.

That is what each of us should do when we face a disappointment in life.  God wants us to turn to Him and He will never, ever fail us.  He will help us through our most difficult times by sending us in a new direction.

Pastor Arlin

 

MEN & WOMEN OF PARADISE

 

The Men’s Group met on Monday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. and began a study of the book of Genesis.  The men will meet again on Monday, November 5, in the sanctuary to continue the study.

 

The Women’s Group also met on Monday,     October 3, to discuss the group’s future.  After much discussion, those present elected to     suspend the monthly meetings, but to plan     special projects and get-togethers, such as new church banners, blankets for graduates, or an evening out at a dinner theater or looking at Christmas lights.

 

The two groups hosted a work day on Saturday,    October 6, in which they cleaned the outside and  inside of the church in preparation for a wedding   being held at the church on October 20.

 

YOUTH GROUP

 

Calling all youth!  Please join us on Saturday,        October 20, as we go to Hillcrest Ministries in Platte Woods.  We will spend the morning   working and providing help in the thrift store.  Times to be announced soon!  Please contact Angie or Tooti if you plan to join in.

 

POTLUCK DINNER

 

October’s potluck dinner will be held at 12:00p.m. on Sunday, October 28, right after the worship service.  Please come and bring a neighbor or a friend.

 

OUTREACH/MISSIONS

 

In September, we collected 100 cans of meat for the Food Pantry in Smithville.  In October, the Food Pantry collection is facial tissue and the monetary collection will be Blanket Sunday for the Festival of Sharing.

 

If you have questions or suggestions regarding any of the collections or mission projects, please contact Linda East or a member of the Outreach and Missions Committee.

 

OCTOBER SERMONS

 

In October, we will continue to bring messages from the New Testament with lessons that help us on our Christian walk.  Here are the sermon titles and   scriptures:

 

October 7 -  “We All Have One Father” from        Hebrews 1:1-4 & 2:5-12;

October 14 -  “Our Great High Priest” from         Hebrews 4:14-16;

October 21 -  “How to be Great” from Mark     10:35-45; and

October 28 – “Persistent Sight” from Mark 10:46-52.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

The Sunday School group is working on a book by James Moore.  Please come and join in on any   Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for great discussion and   learning.

 

Fellowship Sunday is October 14 at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a breakfast item and spend time with your fellow church members!

 

ELECTION 2012

 

On Tuesday, November 6, we have a privilege and responsibility that many in the world envy.  We can exercise our right to vote for the people we want to lead our country.  To cast an          informed vote we must be knowledgeable about the candidates and there are televised         presidential debates on October 3, 16, and 22 to help us decide.  We have a responsibility as Christians to participate in this selection process.

 

MARCH TO THE MANGER

 

When I was first introduced to “March to the Manger,” I thought it was a spiritual gimmick the previous pastor had pulled on the congregation.  When I told them we didn’t have to continue it, their response was, “but we like it!”  I couldn’t understand why they liked it.

 

When I participated I that first Christmas, I             understood.  It was a spiritual experience of      Christmas I had never had before.  I felt closer to Christ and each year it has become more    meaningful in my life.  There was a four-year gap in this activity when I served a church that could not see the vision and those were my least   spiritual Christmases.

 

Individuals at Paradise have found that same        experience.  The more fully we participate, the more spiritual our Christmas becomes.  Some of you have been planning on it all year and we should all be in full view of these activities for this year.  If you haven’t already, decide now how you will participate and be in prayer for it.

 

September 2012

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN . . . . . . . . . . . .

Your pastors have chosen the Book of James as the text for our sermons in       September.  The book, which is actually an epistle, is popularly credited to the brother of Jesus.  It is a letter with a very practical     approach on how to live a fruitful life.  It is very down to earth and practical, and is     almost like a proverb of the New Testament.

The great Martin Luther was not a fan of the Book of James because of its strong         emphasis on “works.”  Luther felt that our salvation is based on the grace of God as a free gift that we can do nothing to earn.  He was horrified that James would say that faith without works is vain.  Regardless of Luther’s feelings, the church accepted this book as one of the official 27 books of the New     Testament.

In September, we will be looking at many great themes, such as being doers of God’s word and not just hearers, care of the poor, control of the tongue, and dealing with     conflict.  The letter is only three chapters long.  If you wish to get the most out of the sermons, you might read the entire letter in one sitting and then read a few verses of it each day.  The sermon titles and verses are included in the Greeter under the section   titled September Messages section so you can easily read the passage for the            upcoming sermon each day of the week.  If you do that, I promise you will be better    prepared to get the most out of each sermon.

Pastor Larry

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GROUPS

The Men’s Group will next meet on Monday, October 1, at 6:30p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will begin a study of the book of Genesis.

The Women’s Group will also meet on    Monday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join us as we make plans for the upcoming year.

YOUTH GROUP

Calling all youth!  Please contact Tooti and/or Angie with your schedules and what you would like to do this year.  You can contact either of them via Facebook, email, or text.

 OUTREACH/MISSIONS

In August, Missions collected 121 boxed meals  for the Food Pantry and they will be delivered on September 4.  The September collection for the pantry is canned meats. Because   local stores have not stared      carrying new adult hats, scarves, and gloves, we will    continue to collect those items for Della Lamb in September, and there is a basket at the back of the sanctuary for the donated items.  If the items become available this month, we hope to deliver the items to the organization in October.

The Missions Committee truly appreciates     everyone’s continued support of these     mission  projects.  If you have questions or suggestions regarding missions and         outreach, please contact Linda East or a member of the committee.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL

Our Church Council will meet on Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Center.

SEPTEMBER MESSAGES

In September, we will visit the Book of James for the wisdom and guidance he provides for our Christian walk.  The worship messages are as follows:

September 2 -  “Labor for the Word” from James 1:17-27;

September 9 – “Faith Without Works” from James 2:14-17;

September 16 – “Taming the Tongue” from James 3:1-12;

September 23 – “What Causes Conflict” from James 3:13-4:3 and 7-8a; and

September 30 – Laity Sunday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Come join us for Sunday School at 10:00a.m.  It is a great time for discussion and increasing your knowledge. Here is the schedule for the month of September:

September 2 – Preparation for Service Squad and James Moore study

September 9 – Fellowship Sunday (everyone is welcome to join us for a bite to eat and   fellowship before the worship service)

September 16 – James Moore study

September 23 – James Moore study

September 30 – James Moore study

POTLUCK DINNERS

Potluck Sundays are back!  Please join us for lunch after the worship service on September 23.  It makes for a wonderful time of  fellowship and for those of you who like to watch the Chiefs, we will try to have the game on as well!

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