Share the Love
On March 3, 10 a.m. Fellowship Hall
We will learn how to practically love and encourage our neighbors. We'll make some cards of encouragement and enjoy delicious snacks while we do it.
Everyone will continue the 9:15 worship by proceeding to Fellowship Hall. 11 a.m. worshippers will come early to join us. There is no Sunday School for children and youth as they weill worship with us during the shortened fmaily oriented service at 9:15 a.m.
“THE WAY FORWARD”
Since 1972 The United Methodist Church has been confronted with and conflicted over questions about human sexuality. Each General Conference has struggled with and voted on this issue. At our most recent General Conference in 2016, the delegates pushed the “pause” button and asked our bishops to find some way to guide us through this divisive matter. The bishops appointed a commission, known as The Commission on the Way Forward (COWF), to bring recommendations to a special General Conference set for February 23-26, 2019. The commission has met, discussed and set forth recommendations to this special General Conference.
Regardless of the outcome, the UMC will be a different church after 2019 and 2020. We need to be in prayer for God’s guidance in this “wilderness” time. We are asking for prayer during the General Conference through two different avenues:
¨Our Sanctuary will be open during the times listed below. We would like to have prayers lifted each day. So come, reflect, pray, light prayer candles in the MUM Sanctuary. The sanctuary will be open on:
Saturday, February 23; Sunday, February 24; Monday, February 24; Tuesday, February 26 at 11 a.m.-noon (except Sunday); 2-3 p.m.; and 6-7 p.m.
If you can commit to praying at the church during one of these times, please sign up on the schedule on the Connections bulletin board (beside the parlor) so that we know that ALL of these times will be covered. You are welcome to come, even if you do not sign up as many of us can be in prayer during each time.
Devotional materials will be available in the sanctuary if you wish to use them.
¨If you cannot make the trip to the sanctuary, let’s make a commitment to pray for the church during these times from our home, school, offices…
Here is a link to the Adam Hamilton and Bishop Schnase video on The Way Forward that was shown at our sessions prior ro the special General Conference: https://vimeo.com/292414110
The Art and Practice of Prayer
Lenten Study led by Pastor Ed
What is prayer? Does it simply consist of getting something out of God or does it tap into something deeper in us, a longing for intimate connection, as a parent picks up a child to hold them? This curriculum is to start the discussion as to what prayer means and how we regain a practice that is at the core of who we are. We will hear from theologians and thinkers who share their own journeys of prayer. Part of the curriculum will provide suggestions for practices that can either be done alone or communally.
Monday nights 7:00 p.m. March 11 through April 15
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.March 13 through April 17
Topics will include: Prayer as Emptying and Making Room; Prayer as Communion; Prayer as the Gift of Presence; Prayer as Breath for the Journey; Prayer as an Agent of Transformation; Prayer as Listening
Sign up on theAdult Ministries Bulletin Board or call Dona, 412-372-7474, to join us on this spiritual Lenten journey.
Awakening the Soul Retreat at MUM!
Friday, March 15 & Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
So often we feel stress and frustration as we do our best to make it through the day. Many have been injured, damaged, even broken by the harshness of life. This retreat is a unique opportunity to ease the pressure and pain so we can discover a place within that offers a deeper sense of self. Nurturing our souls helps us to experience wholeness and harmony in our lives. Through various techniques we will gain greater access to this often unexplored place within and realize greater peace and insight.
Retreat Facilitators: Al & Jeanne Fike, Bill Frase, and Ed Schoeneck
The Men’s Annual Retreat is April 5 -7, 2019!!!
The theme for the Men’s Retreat is “Faith Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” led by Rev. Craig Peterson. Rev. Ed will, also, be participating in the weekend. The material comes from the Focus of the Family Faith Lessons “That the World May Know,” The Bible’s timeless call to Impact Culture. We will be guided through the lessons from sites in the Holy Land by Ray Vander Laan.
The cost is $145 for a double and $165 for a single room which includes 2 nights and 6 meals.
There will be dinner followed by a session Friday evening which will include ice breakers, singing, devotion and lessons with discussion. There will be sessions Saturday (after breakfast and after dinner) with the afternoon free. The final session will be following breakfast on Sunday morning followed by communion and lunch.
The retreat will include plenty of free time to do whatever you want - hike, travel around the Olmsted area, sit around the fireplace, watch TV, nap, read, meditate, enjoy the beauty of the Retreat Center or just relax! This is a great opportunity to enhance your spiritual growth, as well as, take a break from some of the stresses of every day life by doing what is relaxing and meaningful to YOU. ALL MEN (post-high age and older) and FRIENDS are invited.
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Silence & Singing, Shadow & Candlelight, Prayer & Reflection
Taizé worship is an ecumenical sung and silent prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative space through songs, Scripture, prayer, silence and candlelight. The sanctuary is beautifully designed just for Taizé and features soft lighting, flowing fabric and many candles. The music, which is contemplative in nature, emphasizes simple one or two line phrases usually from the Psalms, other passages of Scripture or liturgy. Short chants are repeated over and over again to give the service a contemplative atmosphere. The service includes a time of prayers. Taizé provides a time at the end of the day to relax from the stress of the day’s activities. It offers a time for worship and reflection, a time for calming the body and the mind. In the silence God’s word can reach the hidden corners of our hearts, and the light of Christ can reach, heal, and transform us. Join us as we experience this beautiful service!
First Saturday of each month, Noon-2 p.m.
Food, fellowship and entertainment
For all Seniors 65 and older!
See our Senior Saturday page for more information.