Traces of Grace
Thoughts from Pastor Scott
I've been thinking these days about how we hear the Holy Spirit and how we recognize when God is doing a new thing, rather than putting God's name on the new thing we want to do. And, like God often does, He brought something "across my desk" today that I wanted to share with you. Here it is from Seedbed's Wake Up Call:
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
So how does this work? How do we hear the voice of Jesus? We aren't dogs and Jesus isn't a trainer. He is our God and we are his beloved. Jesus is always speaking to us. This is really part of the very essence of following him—hearing his voice. We first learn to hear Jesus by listening to what he has already said in his Word. It is kind of like learning the language. Then we learn to listen to his voice through his indwelling presence via the Holy Spirit as he nuances, amplifies, clarifies, and interprets his words, ways, and will in the particularities of our own everyday lives. And yes, he speaks to us not in an audible voice but into the sacred place of our inmost being."
And in a further reflection: "One of the biggest mistakes his followers make is to assume they can hear his voice unaided by the recorded Word of God. Apart from Scripture and through the primary interpretive lens of the Gospels we will readily train ourselves to hear what we want to hear and call it the voice of Jesus. If we do not know what he said and did then we will not recognize what he wants to say and do now."
So here's my question for you today: Where are you reading in Scripture to help you learn God's language? And two, what is the Spirit trying to say to you?
Grace & Peace,
P.S. If you aren't receiving the Wake Up Call, I'd encourage you to sign up here.
Missionary Visit - November 6th
Helen Miehle, one of our missionaries, will be visiting us this Sunday, November 6th. She'll be sharing a brief update on her ministry in both services. If you'd like to hear a more in-depth report and ask questions, you're welcome to attend either the 9:00 Together in Christ class or the 10:30 Berean class, both meeting in the parlor.
Thanksgiving - Neighborhood Center
It’s that time of year again when we reach out to help families in Camden feel blessed and loved this Thanksgiving. The high cost of food and other items is severely impacting families this year. We can play a small part by donating food items to provide a special meal for Thanksgiving Day and beyond.
Any non-perishable food items are welcome, but from past experience, items especially needed are cereal, sugar, flour, soups, cake mix, and icing, cooking oil and cookies/treats. Many turkeys are also needed. Whole turkeys, turkey breasts and hams are much appreciated. Donated items may be placed at collection points in front of sanctuary and inside front door of the church. If you have a turkey to donate, please contact Sharyn Bailey and she will pick it up, or you may bring it to church on any given Sunday.
Food is taken to Neighborhood center on the Monday before Thanksgiving. It is placed on tables for families to select the items they need according to family size. Volunteers are needed Monday to do this as well as assist in giving out the food Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday. Most of these families are those involved in the Center’s programs such as daycare, after school and senior programs. To volunteer, you may see Sharyn or call Neighborhood Center directly. Thank you for caring for others this Thanksgiving.
Carols, Cookies & Cocoa - Nov 27th
All are invited to join us from 4:00-5:30pm on November 27 to sing carols, eat and decorate cookies, and drink hot cocoa as we enter the Advent season together. Please let us know on your connect card if you plan to attend and if you'd like to bring a batch of cookies to share.
Moses @ Sight and Sound!!
The spectacular show "Moses" will be at Sight and Sound on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, in Lancaster, PA. The cost of the show and the meal at Shady Maple is $130.00. The bus has limited capacity and seats are being filled quickly. A deposit of $30.00 must be paid to hold your spot (cash or check). Please make checks out to Pat Gunning. If you have any questions, please contact Marva Wallace or Pat Gunning.
Operation Christmas Child
Shoeboxes are available at both doors, and you can take them, fill them, return them, but please include the $10.00 handling charge -
Like last year, you can use the envelope in the Sanctuary pew marked "Operation Christmas Child". Place $20.00 CASH in the envelope and place in offering plate or give to Pat Gunning. Pat will fill a box or boxes for you. The $20.00 includes the $10.00 handling fee.
Let's get moving on those boxes. Christmas isn't that far away!
The last day to give cash donations is November 6th. The last day to bring your filled boxes is November 13th. Thank you!
St. Paul's Food Pantry
The St. Paul's Food Pantry assists individuals in Collingswood and surrounding communities who face food insecurity, as well as those who occasionally need help when faced with illness or loss of income. The food items that are needed are:
- Coffee - Regular
- Vegetable Oil
- Dish and Laundry Detergent
- Small 2-3 pound bags of sugar
- Body soap and Shampoo
- Household Cleaners (like "Lysol")
- Mayonnaise and Ketchup
Any questions, you can contact Connie Cline @ 609-230-3084.
Donations for the Collingswood food pantry should be put in the usual collection bins. Thank you for your generosity!
Our Traditional Sunday Morning Worship Service begins at 9am in our sanctuary. This service incorporates the great hymns of our faith, creeds, responsive readings, prayers, Scripture readings, and a sermon, among other things.
During the 9:00 hour, we also have Sunday school available for children, youth, and adults.
Our Contemporary Sunday Morning Worship Service begins at 10:30am in our sanctuary. This service incorporates new and old songs, most often led on guitar, as well as Scripture readings, prayers, and other worship elements. Nursery is available during the 10:30 service for children birth-Kindergarten and all children are welcome in the worship service. There is also an adult Sunday school class that meets in the parlor during the 10:30 time slot. Our 10:30 service will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in-person. Anyone can access this livestream, but if you'd like to chat with others throughout the service, you must have a Faithlife account and become of member of our Faithlife Group. If you aren't already a member of our group, and would like to become one, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply with an invitation.
Here are all the links you'll need for the full Sunday Morning experience...
Join our Live Stream Service - https://www.faithlife.com/fumccollingswood/livestream
Access our Digital Bulletin - https://fumccollingswood.org/bulletins Online Giving - https://fumccollingswood.org/giving
All of our past morning worship services can be viewed on our website by visiting https://fumccollingswood.org.
You can also view the services on our YouTube Channel.
Our Young Adults group regularly meets upstairs between the youth rooms on Sunday mornings at 9am and on Monday nights at 7pm for study and fellowship. Please contact Pastor Jeremy if you would like to receive regular updates for our gatherings at email@example.com
Verse of the Month
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.
Prayers in the Parlor now in the Library
Prayers in the Parlor is now being held in the Library (Great Room). This is a time to gather and pray over the requests of our congregation and happens every Monday at 8:30am and Tuesday through Thursday 9am.
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
"Prayers in the Parlor" is now being held in the Library (Great Room). It is a time to gather and pray over the requests of our congregation and happens every Monday at 8:30am and Tuesday through Thursday, 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 grace to trust God and lead our congregation faithfully and well.
- Pastor Jeremy & Rebecca - as they navigate the loss of Jeremy's mom, Jennifer.
- Linda Adam's - daughter-in-law's brother Ed - cancer
- Karen Alexander (& family) - in the passing of her Mom, Carol
- Steve Bottiglieri's father Vincent - heart
- The Berryhill's friend Melinda Johnson diagnosed with brain cancer
- Kathy & Phil Boswell (Phil - recovery from surgery) health problems & medical concerns
- Dave Cahilly - health issues
- Mary Emily Cameron - total hearing loss in 1 ear
- Connie Cline's longtime friend has cancer/is steps from eternity and needs to get into a relationship with God.
- The Cluelow's friend Liz for the return to church, the house, and a part time job.
- Coffey's family friend Daniel Bowler recovering from medical procedures
- College Students attending Passion Conference- that God would prepare their hearts for what He has in store for them in January at the conference in Atlanta.
- Jim Craig - broken collarbone and Parkinson complications
- Kristie Crozier's daughter Grace - safe travels as she moves to Colorado
- Susan Dallegro - friend Jennifer sick on ventilator and her mother Maryann
- The Edwards Family
- Maryilyn Ellis's friends Julie and Dorothy both have cancer
- Harry Ellis - Blood Pressure
- The Imm's Family, friends of Dotti Escuti
- Dick, Peggy and Janel Esher
- Connie Farling - medical tests, wisdom for the doctors
- Charles Ferrara - in rehab
- Ken Franck's cousin Regina Gebka - ovarian cancer - recovery from surgery 9/1 and chemo treatments
- Pat Gunning's niece Marsha - Leukemia
- Carol Harding - home from the hospital
- Tina Hemphill - in the passing of her father
- James Jungclaus (& family) in the passing of his wife Donna
- Klimczak's daughter Kim - hit by a car at high speed - suffered many injuries
- Dick McCloy - permanent remission from 6 months of chemo treatments
- Mary Ann McCloy - shortness of breath and fatigue, heart procedure on Nov 4th
- Kathy McGuarn's - daughter Jenny DePaul's - infection set-back - continued recovery from surgery 9/12
- Nicole Meyers Dad - major seizure
- Dawn Molloy's lifelong friend Ellen - has finally left the hospital/rehab. She is still recovering, and we are requesting your continued prayers. Thank you for your support as we travel this unfamiliar road. Each day is a new day. God is good!
- Mondatsos' daughter Anna
- Ella Patterson's brother - seizures
- Jaime Frost, daughter of Harry & Linda Rameriz - serious health issues
- Rameriz's - as they settle into their new home in SC
- Sherry Rappe's granddaughters' best friend Francesca - (brain bleed/blood clot) - Praise that she is out of ICU, eating, talking and starting OT & PT
- Kay Shannon's husband's cousin Lynne - in the hospital with cancer and pneumonia
- Mark Skrobanek's mom, Carol - testing this week. May God give her clarity for treatment
- Joan Stecher's friends Denise Young and Danielle Catling
- Joan and Ken Steward's granddaughter Katelyn - is hospitalized
- Ruthmarie Weinberg - Medical tests
- Michael Zee
- Our Missionaries
Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
The FUMC Staff