Traces of Grace
Thoughts from Pastor Scott
Dear First Methodist Family,
This past Sunday we wrapped up our series, "Better Together: The Church as Community," in which we looked at what it means that our congregation is a worshipping, connecting, missional community. This week, we jump into our series on Ephesians called "Made for More." In this series I hope to answer the question, "How do we organize and mobilize to be the community of worship, connection, and mission God has called us to be?"
Over the past year I've been participating in a church multiplication cohort facilitated by Exponential. This cohort has been studying, thinking, and dreaming about what it looks like to get a church-planting DNA back in our Methodist movement. Some of the teaching we looked at came from a pastor by the name of Rob Wegner who walked through Ephesians and identified six shifts the church needs to make to become a church that plants churches. I don't agree with everything Rob said, but I do think he makes some good points. So, while I won't be preaching his content, I will be using some of his structure and principles as a framework.
I hope you've chosen to participate in one of the Ephesians Reading Plans (which are available below or on our website if you need a reference). I believe there is something that happens within us as a body of believers when we spend time soaking in Scripture together. Whether you're reading in advance of the Sunday message, or following the Sunday message, or reading the whole book each day or week, "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." (Eph. 1:17)
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday, either online or in-person. This communion Sunday our Communion Offering will be given to help the rebuilding efforts here in NJ following the tornado and flooding brought to us by Hurricane Ida. Whether you give in person or online, all gifts marked for the communion offering will be sent to "A Future with Hope" for Ida relief.
If you worship with us in person this week, don't forget there is coffee and tea and an opportunity to fellowship together available in the parlor from 10-10:30am. If you're worshipping with us online, I'd encourage you to pick up the phone and call or text someone from the church family as a way of fellowshipping and building up the body together.
Grace and Peace,
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
We invite you to join us this Communion Sunday as Pastor Scott begins a new series, Made For More. We will be studying Paul's letter to the Ephesians, beginning with Ephesians 1:15-23. You won't want to miss it! Please pray for Pastor Scott as he prepares for our services.
The link to access the livestream will be available on our website at fumccollingswood.org, where you’ll also be able to view a recording of the service throughout the week.
Fall Sunday Morning Schedule
- The Together in Christ Adult class led by Carol Doron, Pat Sheaffer, and Ruth Anne Detwiler will be in the Parlor at 9:00am.
- An Adult Class led by Meg Rambo will be in the Conference Room at 9:00am.
- Students in grades 6-12 will meet in the Youth Room upstairs at 9:00am.
- Students in Pre-K - Grade 5 will meet on the 4th floor of the Education Wing at 9:00am.
- Coffee, tea, and water will be available in the parlor/lobby area during the Fellowship Time (Try introducing yourself to someone new!)
- The Berean Forum Adult Class led by Karry Corbitt will be in the Parlor at 10:30am.
- A kids program for children Pre-K - grade 2 will be held upstairs at 10:30am.
- A Nursery will be available upstairs at 10:30am.
Current Sermon Series
Our new sermon series is "Made for More." We have been looking at what it means to move toward God in worship, toward one another in connection, and toward our community in mission and how we're called to do all of that together, as a community. Now, we will be looking at Paul's letter to the faithful saints in Ephesus and the six shifts we need to make to live into that calling. We hope you'll join us for this series.
This 7-week series begins this Sunday, Oct. 3rd and will continue until Nov. 14th.
Oct. 3 - Less Effort<More Jesus - Ephesians 1: 15-23
Oct. 10 - Less Volunteers<More Masterpieces - Ephesians 2:1-13
Oct. 17 - Made For More
Oct. 24 - Less Guilt<More Love - Ephesians 3:14-21
Oct. 31 - Less Hierarchy< More Missionaries - Ephesians 4:11-16
Nov. 7 - Less Programs< More Mission Fields - Ephesians 5:8-20
Nov. 14 - Less Strategy< More Surrender - Ephesians 6:10-18
Ephesians Reading Plan
It's not too late to join! Choose an option and let's lean into Ephesians together!
Option 1: Read the book of Ephesians each day. (It's only 6 chapters)
Option 2: Read one chapter of Ephesians daily, reading the whole book each week (i.e., Mon = Eph 1, Tues = Eph 2, Wed Eph 3, etc.)
Option 3: Read a single chapter of Ephesians each week, reading the whole book over the course of the series (i.e., week 1 = Eph 1, Week 2 = Eph 2, Week 3 = Eph 3, etc.)
Option 4: Read a portion of a chapter each day, five days a week, reading one chapter a week and the whole book over the course of the series (details above)
Church Conference - Save the Date!
Our annual Church Conference will be held in the sanctuary Wednesday, October 13 @ 7pm. Reach out to the office if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We would like to invite anyone who crochets or knits or would like to learn, to join us for Prayer Shawl Ministry each month. Our next get together will be Thursday, Oct. 14th, at 1:00pm, at the home of Shirl Latch. Any questions or additional information please call Shirley Latch at : 856-854-4777.
Operation Christmas Child- Shoe Boxes
Christmas Child Shoe Boxes are available. An Instruction sheet is also available and it is strongly urged that it be read before filling the boxes. Miss Pat explained last Sunday that there is a new "twist" or option for this year's event. This could be of interest to those of you that aren't able to shop for the contents of a shoe box and still wish to participate- Just place $20.00 cash in the "white envelope marked Operation Christmas Child," drop it in the offering plate, and we will do the shopping for you!
Thanks for being a part of this important ministry to the children of our world! If you have any questions please contact "Miss Pat" Gunning - (856)962-8010
Mission Partnership -
Seeds of Hope Ministries', CELEBRATION BANQUET, will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Sovereign Grace Church, Marlton NJ beginning at 6:15 pm. Tickets are available online in their weekly e-newsletter and Social Media. They invite us in celebrating God's work in Camden!
We praise God and thank Him for all the prayers that have been answered throughout this challenging time and also:
- For all God is doing, even in the smallest of details!
- For our freedom to worship together in person.
- For members of our church family who have recovered from surgeries, treatments and illnesses.
Verse of the Month - October
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have
received it, and it will be yours."
Wednesday Night Prayer meeting continues each week, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary. All are invited to attend!!
"Prayers in the Garden" is a time to gather and pray over the requests of our congregation and happens every Monday through Thursday! Feel free to come and join us beginning at 8:00am. We will be gathering at the end of the Parsonage's driveway.
Please continue to pray for...our homebound members; our church members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and financial care; any families and relationships that have been strained during this time, our Troops and our Missionaries. The list is long, but God is BIG!
Please pray for the following:
- Pastor Scott & Meg - for the Lord's guidance & direction in all matters and decisions.
- Shirley Latch - a pinched nerve giving her a lot of pain.
- Sherry Rappe's sister, Jana - doctor's prognosis very positive in her cancer battle.
- Lorraine Rudderow -feeling better but needs to gain strength.
- Linda Adams son-in-law - received a kidney transplant and is doing well.
- Linda Hamrick -continues to recover .
- Carol & Bud Shropshire - health issues; son David's cancer; grandson Brian's cancer.
- Karen Kline, her son, Craig & his family - as he continues his cancer treatments.
- Nicholas Ferrara(Grandson of Charles & Joan)- presently serving in Saudi Arabia.
- Charles Ferrara
- Arnie Arnold - continued serious medical issues.
- Gus Mondatsos - pain management for his back was unsuccessful; visit with Orthopedic dr. set for end of Oct.
- Joel & Kay Shannon- grandson Andrew Sperry, helicopter pilot, has been recently deployed.
- GSC class to begin Oct. 3.
- Please be in prayer for our new schedule that began on Sept. 12th. It includes new times for Sunday Services, Sunday School classes for youth & adults, and Fellowship time in the church parlor for all.
- SPRC - upcoming projects.
- Charge Conference - Oct. 13th, 7:00pm.
- Our Missionaries
- God’s hand upon our towns, state and country and our elected leaders.
If you have any other prayer concerns or ways we can serve you please let us know. We desire to journey with you.
Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
The FUMC Staff