Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Loving and Learning in Lodi January 19 2020

            On this weekend when we remember the non-violent ways of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we’ll look at Dr. Seuss’ story about the Sneetches and look for the spiritual lessons we can learn from them!

                                                               See you Sunday, as we listen for God’s voice…
                                                                                       Pastor Diane


Sunday, January 19, 2020
Liturgist:      Patti Graves                                               Greeter/s:    Jeff & Marta Van Loon
Hymns:         How Firm a Foundation                              verses 1, 2, 4 & 5                #529
                     Grace Alone                                              verses 1 & 2                        TFWS #2162
                     We Shall Overcome                                    verses 1 - 4                         #533


           “You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.

           If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.”

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God.                People:  Thanks be to God.

THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings 7:00 – 8:00pm. Join us!

The Staff Parish Relations Committee meets next Wednesday, January 22nd at 5:15 p.m.

Soups for Super Bowl Sunday Potluck - February 2nd - Our United Methodist Women will be providing a gift basket and a large cooker of soup to a “Soup cook-off” benefit for Matthew 25 on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church, Wadsworth, 1 -4 pm. In preparation for that, they will be providing soups for our monthly church potluck on the 2nd. We’ll be able to let them know what our favorite soup is and that is the one they’ll take to the Soup Cook Off. You can join them in bringing a soup if you want. Otherwise, bring a salad or light dessert to share and have fun tasting some yummy soups!!

Life Line Screening - will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at Lodi United Methodist Church on 3/3/2020.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries ...a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs...a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat... tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, to assess the risk of osteoporosis.    Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to do.  To register for this event and to receive a $10 discount on any package priced above $129, please visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle
or call 1-888-653-6441 or text the word circle to 797979.

2020 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you have chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!


Please save your plastic caps & lids for a “buddy bench” at Sylvia Anderson’s great nephew, Braden’s school.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Loving and Learning in Lodi January 12 2020

           Being a good leader is tricky business! This Sunday we’ll explore and contrast Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle’s and Jesus’ leadership styles. We’ll also take time to thank those among us who’s committee leadership ended in 2019 and pray for our committee leadership in 2020.

                                                          See you Sunday, as we listen for God’s voice…
                                                                               Pastor Diane


United Methodist News:  Last week, a Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation was presented by a group in the United Methodist Church composed of a few of the Central Conference bishops and leaders from the Traditionalist, Centrist, and Progressive groups in the church. They had worked together since last summer with prominent attorney and mediator, Kenneth Feinberg and offer the protocol as a way to end the impasses we face theologically and separate graciously. All parties involved agree to the Protocol. In short, it allows the Traditionalists to separate from the UMC retaining their properties, assets and liabilities and create a new form of Methodism. Below are the links to the Protocol document itself and another article that gives more explanation of the process and details. Our own Bishop Malone reminds us that this is one possible option and that other ideas are being worked on as well. She, also, encourages us to follow our own news outlet: www.umnews.org. I hope this is helpful information for you as I offer it in the spirit of keeping you informed. If you have questions, please feel free to talk to me or contact me.

THE NEWS ARTICLE: 
THE PROTOCOL DOCUMENT: 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

A live-streamed panel discussion with members of the team that developed the Protocol  for The United Methodist Church’s future is set for Monday, Jan. 13. The panel interview, conducted by UM News, will be streamed on UMNews.org beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The panel discussion will last approximately one hour and will be recorded and archived on the site.


Sunday, January 12, 2020
Liturgist:       Jeff Van Loon                                               Greeter/s:    Ron and Faye Stewart
Hymns:        When Morning Gilds the Sky                     verses 1 - 4                       #185
                   Make Me a Servant                                 Sing twice                         TFWS #2176
                   Here I Am Lord                                     verses 1 1 4                       #593




          Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names,
so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God.              People:  Thanks be to God.



THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings 7:00 – 8:00pm. Join us!

United Methodist Women meet this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. All women of the church are welcome to attend!

Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

2020 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you have chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!


Please save your plastic caps & lids for a “buddy bench” at Sylvia Anderson’s great nephew, Braden’s school.