Traces of Grace
Thoughts from Pastor Scott
Happy Thanksgiving, First Methodist,
I hope this week finds you gathering with family or friends and that, as you gather, you're able to take some time to reflect on who God is & all that He is doing. In the hurry & flurry of life we don't always take the time to pause & reflect on God's goodness. My encouragement to you today is to make the time. If we're not intentional, we'll find the time given away to cooking, hosting, football, friends, eating, & family; all good things, but still things that take time. It's not often that we find time, we need to make time for gratitude.
Full of gratitude to God for you,
There are a lot of things people are afraid of; spiders, the dark, heights, being alone. You get the picture. You may even have some things you are afraid of. Fear isn't wrong, in and of itself. It's a response to a perceived danger we encounter. The problem comes when we let our fears control us. We can feel powerless in the face of our fears, but the reality is we have a choice of how we're going to respond.
Four times in the Christmas stories recorded in the Gospels, an angel appears to someone and some of the first words they speak are, "Do not be afraid." Which tells me, these people were afraid. We are going to spend the four weeks of Advent looking at the choices those individuals made in the face of their fears and what we can learn about facing our own fears.
- 11/28 - Luke 1:5-25 - Zechariah: Choosing Trust in the Face of Fear
- 12/5 - Luke 1:26-38 - Mary: Choosing Surrender in the Face of Fear
- 12/12 - Matthew 1:18-25 - Joseph: Choosing Integrity in the Face of Fear (Also, the Children's Christmas Play!!)
- 12/19 - Luke 2:8-20 - The Shepherds: Choosing Obedience in the Face of Fear
The Longest Night Service
We often talk about Christmas as a joyful time, "the most wonderful time of the year," but for many of us that joy can be tinged, or even overshadowed, by pain and grief. You are invited to join us for a special Christmas service that acknowledges the grief we can feel in the holiday season when we have lost someone we loved or experienced another type of loss. All are welcome and we encourage you to invite others.
Missionary - Southeast Asia
Ellie Hall, our missionary to Southeast Asia, who grew up in our church, will be speaking in the parlor on Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. Ellie will give us an update on her life and ministry for the past few years. Everyone is welcome to come!
Christmas Toy Drive
A huge “thank you” to all who donated food, turkeys and financial support to assist Neighborhood Center in providing our neighbors in Camden with much needed food support this holiday. We even made action news Monday as food was coming in and being set up.
After Thanksgiving is over, we think ahead to Christmas. Neighborhood Center Is happy to be able to resume our in person toy shop, where parents can choose donated toys appropriate for their children on Christmas. Like the Thanksgiving food, these toys are donated by churches and organizations. With prices of everything being so high, the Toy drive will be extra important this year! Please bring your new, unwrapped toys through December 12. They may be placed at collection points in the vestibule and the front of the sanctuary. You may also donate gift cards for Walmart, Target, Five Below, or McDonald’s. They should be $10 or $15 in amount and will be used for teens who are beyond the toy stage. Once again, thank you for caring for those less fortunate than ourselves!
This year, we will once again decorate our Sanctuary with poinsettias placed by members and friends. The cost is $9.00 per poinsettia. Please fill out the envelopes placed around the church in honor or memory of loved ones! You can return your order envelope with payment enclosed by Sunday, December 12th (checks preferred). Thanks so much.
Bus Trip - "Sight and Sound"
The show "David" will be at Sight and Sound on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Lancaster, PA. Also included is a meal at Shady Maple. The cost of the show and the meal is $122.00. The bus has a limited capacity and seats are being filled. A deposit of $22.00 must be paid to hold your spot. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Gunning.
Sunday Morning Schedule
- The Together in Christ Adult class led by Carol Doron, Pat Sheaffer, and Ruth Anne Detwiler meets in the Parlor at 9:00am.
- An Adult Class led by Meg Rambo meets in the Conference Room at 9:00am.
- Students in grades 6-12 meets in the Youth Room upstairs at 9:00am.
- Students in Pre-K - Grade 5 meets on the 4th floor of the Education Wing at 9:00am.
- God's Special Children meets downstairs (off the gym) at 9:15am.
- Coffee, tea, and water will be available in the parlor/lobby area during the Fellowship Time
- The Berean Forum Adult Class led by Karry Corbitt meets in the Parlor at 10:30am.
- A kids program for children Pre-K - grade 2 is held upstairs at 10:30am.
- A Nursery is available upstairs at 10:30am.
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 - November
Pray for the Zooks!
Please pray for us throughout this transition and beyond, and would you also consider joining our support team in the following ways?
To contact us, or join our prayer team:
Shawn - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole - email@example.com
To join our financial support team:
(Monthly support & one-time gifts are tax-deductible)
(Choose “Shawn and Nicole Zook” for your designation)
Checks payable to "Amoveo Group;" add “Shawn and Nicole Zook” in the memo line. Mail to: PO Box 464, Media, PA 19063
Thank you for all your prayers and support!!
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have
received it, and it will be yours."
"Prayers in the Garden" has now been changed to "Prayers in the Parlor" during the colder months. It is a time to gather and pray over the requests of our congregation and happens every Monday through Thursday, beginning at 9:00am. Feel free to come and join us!
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.
- The Zook Family as they look for a home and prepare for their new ministry.
- The Ollis family in the passing of Nancy Ollis
- Brian and Shauna Coffey
- Ryan Chetty - Age 20 - In ICU with COVID
- Carol Harding - fell and suffering sprained ankle.
- Mary Emily Cameron - home from hospital - continued healing for leg infection.
- Dick McCloy - Classic Hodgkins Lymphoma having chemo every other week and leaky heart valves that need repaired
- Mary Ann McCloy - double vision and extreme dizziness
- Sherry Rappe's sister, Jana - doctor's prognosis very positive in her cancer battle.
- 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.
- SPRC - as they determine our staffing needs for the future.
- 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