|THE JOYFUL NOISE
I briefly shared last Sunday about a beautiful spiritual woman I met several months ago. I didn’t believe that love could come to me again since losing Cindy after 35 years of marriage, but it has. I will share several facts about this amazing woman; She founded a non-profit agency sixteen years ago that helps seniors who are marginalized by their social, physical, cognition, family structure, monetary, transportation, and other challenges. She is passionate, kind and very intelligent about her “calling” Her name is Joan Raderman, she is the director of The Circle of Care. We both now know that persons in their later years can find love; thanks be to God. She will visit both churches at some point in the future. You will love her. I will speak more of her in the future.
Paul Tillich, the great theologian, defined faith as courage. That is great. He said that is what faith will look like when you see it. It will look like courage. What faith is, is acting on your trust that God is faithful. Most of the time, if you are doing anything worthwhile, it is done on faith, and it takes courage.
Most people think the opposite of faith is doubt. They think, "I have some doubts, therefore I don't have faith." Well faith doesn't remove doubt. Faith is courage to go into an unknown future despite the doubts. Faith doesn't remove fear either. Faith is the courage to do the right thing even when your knees are trembling. Faith doesn't remove disappointments or guarantee victory. Faith is the courage to keep on going even when you want to give up, but you keep on going.
That is what faith looks like. Madeleine L'Engel put it perfectly. "I don't have to have some special qualification to do what I have to do. All I have to do is have the courage to go on and do it."
The future of the churches in our parish is bright, yet it will take courage to step into that bright future believing that God is inviting us to do so. We will have that courage to share the love of God in Christ with all others and with one another in the community of Faith. Doing all things right does take great courage. We risk being rejected. We may fear failure.
John Wesley suggested three basic things good Christians do; “Do no harm” Do good always, everywhere, to everyone” “Stay in love with God.” Sounds easy, but it’s not! It takes courage.
So dear friends let us “encourage” one another to good works.
May God bless us in our spiritual endeavor
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OPPORTUNITES TO SERVE
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN STARTS OCT. 20
Our church is like any other business, it needs funds to run on. We need to pay utility
Thank you for you prayerful giving.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Some of the positions/people that help to keep our church running are the Financial
FINANCIAL SECRETARY - RODENE M.
TREASURER- KAREN T.
United Methodist Women
The first meeting of the United Methodist Women (UMW) of Wheatland UMC for Fall
The group heard the usual reports. Rowann reported that box # 77 was sent for Project Patricia
Plans for the rest of this year were discussed. It was decided that we will hold a Harvest Celebration
Any ladies who attend this church are invited to attend UMW meetings on the second Thursday of each
A LETTER FROM:
Dear Sisters in Christ,
We Share with you the following letter from Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary of United
Your Sisters in Christ,