Imagine a world in which women.. General Secretary Susan Henry-Crowe reflects on Mother's Day and the recent announcement that the church failed to ratify two constitutional amendments related to justice for women.
This is a bittersweet week. In this particular year, when the life and contributions of mothers are celebrated on the second Sunday in May, faithful women of The United Methodist Church are likely to feel the pain of the Church’s rejection of amendments acknowledging their lives and roles in the Church.
While Mother’s Day cannot begin to capture the contributions of women, it is impossible to pass the day without remembering foremothers both in this life and in the life beyond.
My own mother, like most women, led a layered and complex life. My mother was a nurse anesthetist (a remarkable accomplishment for someone born in 1915), socially conscious, justice-seeking, a forever reconciling voice, mother of four, a friend to many and someone for whom Mother’s Day could not begin to pay adequate tribute to her personal, civic and church contributions.
According to the National Women’s History Project, Mother’s Day was born out of appreciation for the tireless advocacy of women...READ MORE
Two Big Reasons for Churches to Talk About Race!
ALEX JOYNER | MAY 10, 2018
These are dangerous days to talk about race. If you try to raise the subject in polite company you’re likely to face some averted glances or rolling eyes. For some, talk of race is a pretext for a political agenda. For others, the failure to talk about race is an admission of darker motives.
It’s time to talk, though, and I’d like to think the church is the best place for us to have this discussion.
Why? First, because the Christian story has always been about overcoming the walls that divide us. Ruth, the Moabite woman, crosses into Israelite society and restores a family’s fortunes. Jonah reluctantly brings good news to Ninevites. Jesus sits with a Samaritan woman. The Holy Spirit bursts into an international gathering on Pentecost and creates a new community. Paul declares that “Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us.” (Ephesians 2:14).
We shouldn’t be afraid of an honest encounter about race. When we confront it in Christ, it generally means good things are going to happen.
Secondly, the church is a place where we don’t have to pretend we’ve got it all together. We are broken people living in a broken land. A people of unclean lips. That’s what Sin does to us. And one of the manifestations of that Sin is Racism, the demon who haunts everything that happens in our scarred nation.
I’ll confess that I have avoided discussions of race for fear that I’ll do it wrong....READ MORE!
Peace with Justice Sunday is May 27
The United Methodist Church is unwilling to ignore injustice. Although you, and possibly even your congregation, may lack the resources alone to affect change in a broken world, participation in Peace with Justice Sunday allows the denomination to continue its global ministries of reconciliation. Help build awareness for this upcoming giving opportunity by using tools found in the comprehensive pastor and leader's kit, stocked with videos, social media imagery, worship resources and more. More…
Honoring all mothers Mother's Day is a special day to honor mothers and grandmothers, but it can also be painful for many. For those who are struggling, this day of celebration can make things worse. How can the church appropriately honor mothers while respecting the feelings of others in the congregation? Consider incorporating new ideas that boost sensitivity, understanding and compassion. More…
Samaritan Offering Mother's Day thru Father's Day | Pinnacle Living (former Virginia United Methodist Homes). Gifts through the Samarita Offering help to ensure the personal security and peace of mind of our most vulnerable residents, those who have outlived their monetary resources and, through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full cost of service. Gifts are accepted on an ongong basis by mail, through your church or online at Pinnacleliving.org/donate.
Grace Appreciates Teachers!
This is Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurses Appreciation Week. Be sure and thank the teachers and nurses in your life. It only takes a moment of reflection to realize what a tremendous impact they have had on each of our lives. Don't forget your Sunday School teachers, too! Grace UMC in Parksley hosted a breakfast for the staff of Metompkin Elementary School on Monday morning. Here's a picture. --Reprinted from Pastor Alan Layman's Mid-Week Message, May 9, 2018
Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm, Trinity UMC in Cape Charles will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary of ministry on the Eastern Shore. Clergy and friends of Trinity are invited to a worship celebration service at 3pm, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. District Superintendent Alex Joyner will be the featured speaker. Trinity UMC is located at 109 Plum St. in Cape Charles, VA.
Friday, June 1, 5-7 pm and Saturday, June 2, 7 am, Grace UMC will once again hold a Yard Sale during the Parksley Community Yard Sale on Saturday. The church will have a Preview Night on Friday, in their Leemont Hall; Admission is $3 (first chance at all the goodies). There is no Admission Fee on Saturday. For more information, contact the church office at 757-665-4783. Grace Church is located on 18484 Wilson Ave., Parksley (across from the Park)
Saturday, June 9, 9-12 noon is Epworth UMC's Spring Fling. They will have 12 vendors and lots of yummy baked goods as well. Proceeds will help finance their local mission ministry? Epworth is located at 4158 Seaside Road, Exmore, VA. For more information, contact Missions Chair Theresa Caison at email@example.com
Saturday June 20, Life Line Screening at Trinity United Methodist Church, 109 Plum Street Cape Charles, VA 23310. Life Line Screening offers ultrasound screenings for cardiovascular and osteoporosis risk factors. Appointments are required. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle to make an appointment.
Grace UMC in Parksley is in need of a pianist for their 11 am worship service on Sunday, May 27. Compensation is provided and the traditional hymns provided well in advance. If you know someone, please have them get in touch with Pastor Alan Layman at 757-665-4783 or firstname.lastname@example.org