Hello good people of Shields Valley UMC,
I hope you are keeping grounded in this wind while you enjoy this beautiful fall! I am working with the pastors of Montana on being brave leaders while creating courageous cultures based on Brené Brown's work. This week in my reading I came across this quote which has me pondering. Ibram Kendi quotes a movie when he writes, "Fear is not real. It is a product of our imagination. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice." What does it look like for us to choose courage in the face of danger as people of faith? This is worth pondering.
Hello Good People of Park County United Methodist Ministries,
Winter Clothing Drive
Our current mission is to collect coats and warm winter clothing for all ages: adults and children. So, if you are tired of wearing, can’t fit into, or have outgrown boots, mittens, caps, coats, scarves, snow pants—anything for winter, bring your donations in! Your donations of new and gently used (clean and in good working order) can be brought into to your local church or to the collection box at Ace Hardware by Saturday, Oct. 30th. We will hand out the winterwear to the public as our Church Beyond the Walls project on Sunday, Oct. 31st from 1-4 at the Food Resource Center (2nd and Lewis). Thank you in advance.
Hello Good People!
This week I’ve been inspired by the Upper Room Devotion on Oct. 10th. It focused on the story of shepherd boy David stepping up to battle the giant warrior Goliath. What gave David courage in that moment? It wasn’t his physical prowess; he was just a young boy. It wasn’t his military training; he had no training. It wasn’t his weapons; he only had a sling shot. What gave him courage was his belief in his god, The Living God. He said, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?... You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty!” (I Samuel 17:26, 45) We don’t confront anything on our own. We have the living God with us.
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, Oct. 10th and next week, Oct. 17th, worship will be at Grace at 8:00, Pine Creek at 9:30 and Holbrook at 11:00.
With another successful Pine Creek harvest sale in the books, here are a few pictures with highlights from that day.
Hebrews 13:1-2 says, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” What is hospitality? My initial reaction is to think of my grandmother.
We are bombarded daily with negativity, conflict, and hate. Do you feel it? My heart is heavy this week as I hear people credit Christians with much of the hateful, judgmental, and exploitive approach to issues today. I believe in a God of love and grace, a God of compassion and mercy, a God of hope and abundant life. Which is antithetical to how our faith is often portrayed in the media and how some chose to express their faith. My deepest hope for us in Park County (and beyond) is that we are a people of love and light. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine!” My prayer for us is that we find ways to boldly live this life of love and proclaim to the world in word and deed that love is the way. Will you join me? As we continue to collaborate together amongst our 4 churches, may the light of Christ shine brightly in all we do!
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Here is a prayer written by Derek Weber and published on UMC Discipleship Ministries website.
We remember, God of history and remembrance, we remember. We remember when the towers fell and the lives were lost; we remember the dust and the smoke, the despair, and the grief. We remember that sense of vulnerability and shock. We remember the numbness that overwhelmed us as we watched our screens for hours and hours, waiting for an explanation and understanding that never came. We remember.
We remember, God of hope and presence, we remember. We remember the heroes, those who rushed to help, who guided the wounded down innumerable flights of stairs, who rose to overwhelm those who held death in their hands. We remember the hours and the days of binding wounds and healing hurts, giving comfort, drying tears. We remember words of support and compassion from nations far and wide. We remember.
We remember in part because we see the ripples of that tragic day continue to impact our world twenty years later. We grieve with allies today as our allies grieved with us twenty years ago. And together we wonder if there will ever be an end . . . to violence, to war, to hatred, to death. We remember and we grieve our world’s inability to learn the things that lead to peace.
We call to you now in our remembrance, God of justice and of peace. Give us a will to truly pray that your kin-dom may come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen and Amen
Worship this Sunday, July 25th will be at Anita Brawner’s place at noon. Our “Christmas in July” themed gathering will include a potluck lunch, singing of Christmas carols, games, and fellowship. Please bring food to share and a chair. Anita lives in Paradise Valley, off of East River Rd, at 56 Deep Creek. Her phone number is (406)222-1789 if you need directions. There will be no Zoom this week.
Hi Good People of Park County and beyond!
I will continue to send weekly emails which will include a devotion, that week’s worship info, and other relevant announcements. As we emerge from COVID restrictions and live into a new future, our worship schedule will be changing. I will explain that in a bit, but first I want to share a scripture that was lifted up in my devotional guide this week. It is a familiar passage, the fruit of the spirit in Galatians, but from The Message. As I read this contemporary translation, the passage came alive for me in new ways. It is about what life can look like when we live by the Spirit.
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