Dear Church Family,
As you read this we are in the midst of Holy Week. An act of remembrance of the fullness of God's love for us and how far God was willing to go to reconcile the relationship between God and human beings. We were created to be in a love relationship with God. Sin, disobedience to God's truth, keeps that love relationship broken.
Most of us find it very difficult to relate to a level of love so deep, that we would be willing to send our only child to suffer so tremendously for three days. Then, be put to such a horrible death as crucifixion. Yet, that is exactly what God did for us.
Then we find Jesus struggling with God's desire as he prayed in the garden prior to his arrest following the last supper. Here these words of Jesus from Matthew 26:37-42,
37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Couldn't you men keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter. 41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."
Here we see Jesus as fully human. His desire was not to die on the cross. Yet, his love for God was so great he was still willing to do God's will.
We know the depth of God's love for us. Through God's unmeasurable grace God has shown us love by forgiving our sin through the death of Jesus that our love relationship with God can be restored.
The Easter question for us is this, am I willing to become like Jesus and cry out to God and declare "not my will but yours be done." The benefit is an ever growing and deepening love relationship with God and others. Remember your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit when you accept Jesus as your Savior. God dwells in you and will never leave you.
Let this Easter be of great blessing as you declare Jesus is alive in you!
Finance & Stewardship
Facts, Figures & FYI's
Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 7th. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 8th on the shelf outside the Church Office.
Please contact Tom Wiggins, email@example.com if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.
"Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends"
Mar. 4 105
Mar. 11 110
Mar. 18 106
Mar. 25 145
WUMC Family News
Hospitalized: Jim Simpson, St. Luke's Hospital
Sue Gregory, Lakes of Monclova
Elaine Larimer, St. Luke's Hospital
Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort: for Bernard Utz, family and friends of Vonnie Utz who passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Funeral service was held at WUMC on Friday, March 16, 2018.
April Scripture Reading and Prayer
Prayer Chain: Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of April.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is coming! July 9 - 12, Ages 4 to Sixth Grade
Mark your calendar....Tell your friends!
In preparation for VBS the following donation items are needed:
Party Blowers ( at least 6 inches in length), Quart size zip-loc baggies, Black ultra fine-tip Sharpie markers, Hot Glue sticks, Buttons (any size and color), 100 new shiny pennies, Bags of white rice, and 1 package of cone shapped Dixie cups .
You can drop-off your supplies to Stephanie Shelton or put them in the VBS Donation Box by the Cummunity Room. The list will be updated each week as items are donated. If you have questions about any of the items, please contact Stephanie Shelton at email@example.com 567-202-5035.
Operation Christmas Child APRIL ITEMS
Thank you shoppers for the great items you have brought in. April's items are Hygiene items - toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs, deodorant, soap (in plastic bag), wash cloths, lip balm, Band-Aids, finger nail care.
NORWEX Cleaning Products
Come join us for a demonstaration of NORWEX cleaning products and learn how the products can help us on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30am.(after M&M;s Bible Study). Lara Eisel, daughter of Tom & Karen Wiggins is a NORWEX dealer and will be here to share with us these products.
Bring your cleaning dilemma and be prepared to find a NORWEX solution.