February 26, 2024 Weekly Missive
(HUMC, 15395 Highway 17N, Hampstead NC 28443; email@example.com)
Good Day, Saints,
Here is the image that we have of Jesus: Peering at us from pictures with a smile on His face. Meek and mild, a gentle force calmly walking beside us in the storms of life. Isaiah called Him the Prince of Peace. The problem is that this image of Jesus is…well, incomplete.
Of course, it is the same image that too many people have of us Christians, especially if one is a minister. Some folks have the mind that a minister should take whatever guff comes their way. Admittedly, I try really hard to be kind. In fact, I want people to see in me a kind spirit because, selfishly, I believe that if I can show forth the fruit of kindness, gentleness, and love that God will overlook the moments when I was less than I should have been. And I know that there is a side of me that I prefer to keep contained. I also like to think that there is no better legacy than for people to remember you as a positive role model in a world full of raging foolishness. (Deduct a point, if you like, from my kindness quotient.)
Here’s the thing: Our lesson for this Sunday, coming from John 2:13-22, reminds us that meek and mild Jesus was not always so much so. If you look at the lesson, you see that Jesus was not a divine doormat. Jesus had it in Him to demonstrate a righteous anger, which is no less noble than love itself, because both coexist in the Divine. We certainly see this in the portrayal of Jesus in John’s Revelation when the author writes: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war…Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations…” Revelation 19
Christians are, to be sure, called to be kind and gentle people. But there is nothing in Scripture that suggest that one is not to be passionate enough to stand for truth and justice. In fact, there are times when one must care enough to fight for what is right, times when we must not let the devil win.
But note that there is a difference between being passionate for what is right and being angry simply because one is mean-spirited. One seeks to better the world, to reconcile, while another seeks only to stir the pot. One is a positive; the other a negative.
Come join with us on Sunday morning at either our 8:45 or 11:00 service. If you come to worship, you won’t be disappointed. Stay encouraged; stay faithful.
Still in His Peace,
Peaceful Pastures: Experiential Soul Care Peaceful Pastures is a local non-profit that provides experiential soul care. We are here to help bring restoration to those who are hurting, to walk with those desiring a deep connection with Christ, and to offer those in need of rest, a place away from the everyday stressors of life. This is achieved through Biblically-based Equine Assisted Programs, Christ-centered Yoga and a place of retreat in nature.
Ongoing & Upcoming Events at Peaceful Pastures:
- Christ-centered Yoga every Thursday from 9:15am-10:15am
- Farm volunteer hours every Friday from 10am-1pm
*please rsvp to Melanie @ 910-228-9188
- Open House: Friday March 8th from 3-6pm & Saturday March 9th from 10am -1pm
There will be Equine-assisted demonstrations, short yoga sessions, and a self-guided prayer journey on our nature trails for all guests to enjoy.
UWIF Game-a-Rama! The United Methodist Women In Faith will host their annual Game-a-Rama, Wednesday, March 13th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the FLC. Tickets are $15 each. Contact Twila Jones for tickets (270-9888).
Food on Fourth Wednesday The Music Department is excited to sponsor the Food on Fourth Wednesday Meal this Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM in the FLC! The theme is "Soup and Salad". Come sample delicious soups and vote for your favorite with your donation. All proceeds will support the HUMC Music Department.
United Methodist Men We will meet Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 AM in the FLC. All men of the church are welcome to attend!
Upcoming Hope Circle Reminder We will not have our regular meeting at 10:00 AM on March 12th, but will meet at 1:00 PM in the FLC to setup for the “Game-a-Rama”. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
Come Join Our Walking Group!! Join us in the Family Life Center for exercise and fellowship! All you need are comfortable walking shoes, and a desire to exercise via walking. We gather on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Contact Nancy Davis 609-805-5934, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information!
Mark Your Calendars ! HUMC will host a blood drive on Monday, April 8th. Register at www.redcrossblood.org.
Staff Parish Committee Save the date! Our next meeting is March 11th at 6:30 PM, room 9. Please note, this is a different time from our normal meetings.
Save the Date! All Invited! On Palm Sunday, March 24th, HUMC's Youth are
hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on church followed by a Covered Dish/Party in the FLC and could use some help to make this event a success. Help fill eggs (located in the bins in the narthex) or feel free to donate candy, eggs, prizes, or other Easter themed goodies over the coming weeks. Also, they will need dish items or finger food to share (mini sandwiches, fruit, side items, desserts) on March 24th to help us welcome families to this fun event! Thank you for your support! Questions? Contact Jaime Alberti 910-524-1712