|THE JOYFUL NOISE
We have entered the season of Lent; a time of responding to God’s invitation to come to a closer relationship. We are removing the things that are barriers that stand between ourselves, God and others. We live in a time when protecting our children and pets is essential.
For an increasing number of responsible pet owners have now "micro-chipped" their dogs and cats. A small "chip" is injected under the skin and when a special scanner is run over the chip, the creature's whole history is made available—pet's name, owner's name, home address, home phone, vet's name, vet's phone, medications taken. It's all there. Most animal shelters now have these scanners.
When a lost or wandering animal is brought in, "scanning" is the first procedure. Often the "lost" is "found," immediately.
Parents have gotten the message too. An increasing number of parents keep track of where their children are at all times. Tiny cameras can also keep an eye on driving habits, speed, and who gets in and out of the car.
More parents put controls on online accounts, alerting mom and dad when inappropriate web sites are accessed or e-mails received.
If we are as concerned for our children's safety and welfare as we are for Rover's, shouldn't we micro-chip our kids as well?
Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and emerged with a very clear understanding of God’s kingdom.
We are surrounded by temptations on every side.
On a tight budget or watching your weight? "Dollar Menus" at fast food joints tempt us to binge on a pile of cheap, fatty, over-processed food.
The beauty of the Internet? . . .It contains everything.
The curse of the Internet? . . .. It contains everything.
At the touch of a button, good information is available.
At the touch of a button, here is an endless supply of garbage, gossip, pornography, violence, and hate.
Cell phones keep us in touch no matter where we are.
Yet cell phones tempt us to never be anywhere except on the phone.
You can come up with your own candidates for proof of how our culture is packed with options that are both possibilities and pitfalls.
The season of Lent is a time of spiritual searching and renewal.
It is a time for dedication to a life of service to others
It is a time of preparation for the passion of Christ.
How has Lent become a time to give up chocolates, or hamburgers, or video games?
What have we done?
The temptation that the satan flung at Jesus after his forty-day-fast in the wilderness weren't just challenges to DO something he wasn't supposed to do.
They were challenges tempting Jesus to be someone he was not born to be….if you are the Son of God…
Are our temptations any different?
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GATHERINGS & MEETING IN JANUARY
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
OPPORTUNITES TO SERVE
*SAVE THE DATE……..
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The United Methodist Women met on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after church. The meeting
The Project Patricia group sent box no. 82 to the Kansas church. We need more terry
We will hold our St. Patrick’s Day Potato Bar Supper fund raiser on Tuesday, March
The group decided to do the annual kitchen deep cleaning on March 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Any ladies who attend this church are invited to attend UMW meetings on the second
WHEATLAND FOOD PANTRY
COMMUNITY DINNER & GAME NIGHT – MARCH 8th
CHUGWATER LADIES AID