Let me begin by saying Thank You! Capital letters and bold, Thank You! As a congregation we have accomplished an awful lot during my first three months here. I have experienced very open hearts and a sense of willingness to serve that has inspired me, Thank You!
As we ready ourselves for the Fall Kickoff on September 13th I believe the work we have done, physically, spiritually, and in our church building uniquely positions Montezuma United Methodist Church to serve God faithfully in our community as we begin this new chapter in our history.
However, there is one more important task that we must accomplish to make our mission more complete. We must enter a Season ofPrayer and Invitation. God calls us to “go and make disciples,” not wait for folks to come to us. As a matter of fact, statistics tell us that a very large percentage of people are just waiting to be asked. Now I recognize that in our society today, discussing church with someone we sort-of-know can seem uncomfortable. However, I think the church has made it easy. If you were to give someone a copy of our Special Edition newsletter and ask them to join you for a free breakfast on the morning of the 13th, it will not be a big deal, especially if it is bathed in prayer. We must not forget, all that we are doing is not to put more people in the pews…we are doing all of this so we can introduce more people to Jesus Christ and a life of peace and eternity! Wow, that’s a pretty important mission. This is the stuff that changes the world, one conversion at a time!
Our Journey Together
On the 13th as part of our Fall Kickoff, we will begin our journey through the Bible. The study we will use is called The Story, written by Max Lacado and Randy Frazee. This study is one that allows the entire church congregation, from the preschoolers to our senior citizens the opportunity to walk together through the stories of the Bible. I have done this study at a church previously, and it was a real blessing to those that attended. The study creates a sense of togetherness within the church body and provides us with a solid Biblical foundation as we all journey on toward our goal of Christian perfection.
I will lead three studies during this time; Sunday morning at 9:15 in fellowship hall. And, if we have enough interest, Thursday morning at 10:30, and Thursday night at 6:30. I think this will give every single person in our church an opportunity to participate at some time. Please take a few minutes and sign up at the table in back by the book sign up.
Meal and a Message
For the first three weeks that we start The Story in September, the 13th, 20th, and 27th, we will be serving free breakfast to children and adults beginning at 8:45 each of those Sundays. This should make it easier for those families that have children to get here and have one less thing to worry about knowing the children can eat here. For the adults, the idea is for us to drink coffee, eat breakfast as we walk through the Bible study each Sunday. Low stress, and just have a time to relax. At 10:30 we will head upstairs for a worship service that seems to have a real sense of energy and The Spirit.
This is an exciting new chapter in our church history, please consider being part of this wonderful, family journey.
1:00 – Program: Melissa Doll, HoneyBee Ministries
If you are unable to come for the whole program, please join us for lunch during your lunch hour. RSVP: 641-623-5410
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, September 16th
6:00 p.m. Meal – Nomination Committee
6:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
7:00 p.m. Council Meeting
Everyone is welcome to come!!!
KICK OFF SUNDAY.....
SEPTEMBER 13TH!!! Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth,
and Meal & A Message
start at 9:15 a.m. Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome to come see
all the excitement!!!
Montezuma United Methodist Church will be doing a food drive the month of September. Please bring items and drop them off in the Mission Center.
Hunger Action month in September is a nationwide campaign to help mobilize the public to take action against hunger. Did you know that the Montezuma Food Pantry serves on average 210 households a month? Of those, 33% are Grinnell residents; 40% Montezuma residents; 8% from Barnes City; 8% from BGM; 6% from Searsboro; and 5% from Deep River. Our 2015 budget is over $30,000.
You are invited to an open house at the Montezuma Food Pantry on Friday, September 18th from 4:00-6:00p.m.
Thanks, to the Montezuma United
First of all I want to thank all of you for your many prayers as well as the many kindnesses that you have shown Clara and me during my extended bout with acute myeloid leukemia. With leukemia, you never know when the cancer will come back, but as for now I’m in remission. Clara and I are taking each day of remission as a special gift from God. It would be impossible to thank all those individually who have helped us through this difficult period so I’m writing this letter to all of you together.
Those who prayed for us really made a difference – God does answer prayers. I recollect nights, nights were always the worst, when I would feel alone and ready to give up the fight. Then God would send me that perfect person to show me that I was not alone. I was in the loving arms of Christ. I remember that lady would come to me at night to put cold compresses on my forehead and talk about God’s love. I thought she was a dream but months later I met this angel sent by your prayers and she was a nurse. I remember the young man who spent more than an hour cleaning me up after a particular bad night. He was so kind, caring and understanding that all I could think of was Christ washing the disciples’ feet. I am sure that he too was sent by your prayers.
Those who sent notes and cards seemed to know when I was in need of encouragement. Whenever I was particularly down, cards and notes would be delivered and I would feel regenerated and able to face another day. Please don’t ever forget how much good a card can do when someone is sick or injured. Of course, food was a special treat, both while I was in the hospital and when I got home. Food and especially sweets has a magic way of raising the spirits.
If anyone wants to see God at work just look at the actions of the congregation of the Montezuma United Methodist Church. Once again, thanks for taking such wonderful care of Clara and me in our time of need. You are truly the hands of Christ at work.
Virgil and Clara
Mary Ellen Kelling and family would like to thank the congregation for their many prayers, cards, and deeds after Mary Ellen’s nip fracture on June 8th. It is all healing well but is taking time and patience. Time I have. Patience is lacking but we will get there with your continued support. Thank you again!!
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People reveals the unfolding, grand narrative of the Scriptures through 31 accessible chapters. Using the classic, timeless text of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible text, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems and teachings to come together in a single, compelling read. Like any good novel, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance and redemption - and this story’s true! From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee: "This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace - the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity."
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