|THE JOYFUL NOISE
all weather has arrived and we are fast approaching the holidays. Halloween jack-olanterns are ready to be carved and children prepare their costumes in anticipation of mountains of candy filling their bags. Then itís on to Thanksgiving family gatherings and holiday meals. Christmas season carries us into winter and the miracle of the birth of our Savior. And soon the wind will begin its long howling presence and we will hunker down to persevere through the winter months.
The midterm election is here and I donít know about you, but I will be glad when that has passed. The non-stop negative ads and the news buildup is stress inducing to say the least. Itís not an easy time to discuss politics, especially if you donít fit into the status quo views. It really is sad that one can scarcely have a civil conversation over issues.
I remember back when I was a kid my parents would talk about an upcoming election. Maybe you can remember those days too. They would have heated discussions about candidates and issues. One would vote Democrat and the other Republican. And when it was over they went on with life, continuing on as a team, no matter who won. I think thatís the way many Americans were back in the 1970s. When it was all said and done, we were all Americans, working toward a common goal. I miss those times and I miss the sense of hopeful optimism we commonly felt about the future. It seemed back then there were endless possibilities for careers, for family, and for dreaming. These times seem so far away today.
You may be familiar with a statement Abraham Lincoln made, ďA house divided cannot stand.Ē His words ring especially true today because America is a house divided. So please be in prayer for our country and the election. Pray that goodness and honesty will prevail. Pray that the people who are elected will bring new hope to the political process and bring us back together. Pray that those elected officials will work with one another across party lines to solve the difficult problems facing our country. Pray that our leaders will hear our voices and work to make life better for all Americans. Finally, let us pray for a return to hopeful optimism and a belief that we can all unite for a higher cause.
Here are three scriptures to meditate on regarding the election and our common bonds.
I Cor. 13:4-8
Matthew 22:35-40 Common English Bible
If you would like to read about how the Methodist church approaches political issues, please check out the link below. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/socialprinciples-social-creed
Grace and peace,
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
NOVEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov. 1-4th: Pastor Riley is off this week.
Nov. 17th:8:00 a.m. Monthly Breakfast Meetings
Nov. 18th:Ad Council meetinhg to approve conference documents
Nov. 23rd:Newsletter Deadline
Pastorís scheduled Seventh Week-off Dates
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VETERANS DAY DINNER
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Wheatland UMC held their Project Patricia work
The UMW monthly meeting was held on October 11 at noon. Apparently, more people were out
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SUNDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY YOUTH GROUP
WUMC 125th ANNIVERSARY 2019