CMUMC Weekly Update 5-31-18

There has been much publicity and stories renewed and released about Billy Graham since his recent death. Here is one of my favorites:
 
Early in his preaching career, Billy Graham led a revival in a South Carolina town. Before the service started, he wanted to mail a letter.He asked a young boy on the street for directions to the post office. After the boy had given him directions, Graham said, “If you come to Central Baptist Church tonight, I’ll tell you how to get to heaven.” The boy replied, “No thanks. You don’t even know how to get to the post office.”
 
Billy Graham was America’s most renowned preacher, and touched more lives for Christ than anyone – yet in this illustration I wonder if Graham (and many, many other preachers of the time) had it wrong. At its most basic level, Christianity is not about getting to heaven, Christianity is about heaven coming to us, in and through the person of Jesus Christ.
 
A young family that are friends of ours from Holland have often told me that, to them, church is for those who are “looking over the geraniums.” Meaning, once you get older and don’t have much to do other than sit in the house and look out the windows, over the window boxes filled with geraniums, then you start going to church to prepare for death.

Jesus said, “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?” John 3:8-10
 
Nicodemus, the renowned Pharisee, also had it wrong. Jesus told him so when Nicodemus paid Jesus a nighttime visit seeking spiritual direction. Nicodemus was a bit mixed up about heavenly matters. Like the boy who gave directions to the post office, Jesus chided Nicodemus: “How can you call yourself a teacher of Israel if don’t you understand the basics?”

This insight is not intended to condemn Nicodemus or Billy Graham, because truth be known, I get it wrong often myself. The good news is, Jesus did not go to the trouble of bringing heaven to earth only to condemn earthlings (see John 3:17) who miss the point. Jesus came to point the way and demonstrate what love looks like on earth as it is in heaven. And then Jesus invited us to be a part of that process.
 
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Upcoming Opportunities:
Friday, 6/1 – Bible Talk @9am
Sunday, 6/3 –Children’sCreativeCraft Time (C3: It’s a Blast!) @10am – Education Building
Youth Sunday school @10am – Parsonage
Adult Sunday school @10am – Kitchen
Worship @11am
C.R.E.W. @5:30-7:30pm
Sunday, 6/3-Tuesday, 6/5 – North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Monday, 6/4 –NO– What? So What? Now What? Because of Annual Conference
Tuesday & Thursday, 6/5 & 6/7 – CrossWalk – weekly walking group @8pm every Tuesday & Thursday through the summer
Wednesday, 6/6 – CREED by Adam Hamilton @7pm
Friday, 6/8 – Bible Talk @9am
Saturday, 6/9 – Men’s Breakfast @7:31 – McDonald’s
Adult KIDS to Stacey’s Fish In @3pm at the Church
Sunday, 6/10 – VBS Meeting @12
Movie on the Lawn @8:30pm
Sunday, 6/17 – Father’s Day!
6/18-22 – Hero Central VBS @6:00-8:30pm
7/5-7 – C.R.E.W. Summer Retreat
7/1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores & Talent Show
7/20 – Spaghetti Bingo Dinner
 
To sign up to provide dinner for C.R.E.W.click here
*note on CREW dinner: provide a light supper for the youth, about 20 people total, such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, sandwiches, spaghetti, tacos, pizza, etc.
To sign up to participate in Sunday worshipclick here
*note on worship: weekly we need greeters, ushers, and acolyte; most Sundays we need someone to lead Call to Worship and read Scripture. Anyone who would like to help, select your Sunday and what you prefer to do.
To sign up to provide flowers for worshipclick here
*note on flowers: the calendar goes through all of next year. Pick a date now that is in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion or in memory of a loved one and claim the date! The cost is $50 per Sunday. The flowers will be placed on the altar that Sunday and following worship, you can carry the beautiful arrangement home with you.
 
Prayer Requests for the week:
Sandy Lee
Celeste Pinales
“Katie Bell” Ann Higginbotham
Ben Bentley
Suzanne Thomason
Wanda Poston
Sharon Churchwell
Darlene Seymour
Karina Montenegro
Rev. Dr. Ella McDonald
Karson Burnett-Barry
Suzanne Ayo’s parents
Linda Gavin’s cousin, Janell, and her family
Brandy Murray (Kinder teacher)
Annual Conference (the annual meeting of clergy and lay in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church)
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470