Luke 17:5-6. In one of Paul’s best-known passages about Love (1 Corinthians 13), he concludes his remarks by telling us that “now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.” These three virtues must characterize our lives. This week is the first of three weeks about these virtues; we begin with a consideration of faith. What is faith? Can we get more? Find out Sunday!
Some folks have been asking me over the last year this question: Have we bought a new church yet? My initial response (at least in my head) is that one cannot “buy” a church; we are the Church. However, I knew what folks meant and that in various ways all of us were expressing our uncertainty about what the future would hold, whether we would find our way into the future that God might have for us. Sometimes the question arose of whether or not selling had been God’s will or not. I am absolutely certain for a variety of reasons that we needed to make the change, that God was in all of that.
So on we looked and PRAYED. There was a lot of praying going on. Recently (early August), we saw a piece of property that is all of 500 feet from where we were before. On September 30, after due diligence and more prayer and discerning, we closed on the property and on October 3 we had our first annual meeting (called “Charge Conference” in United Methodist circles) in the worship space!
We are now working on getting the space and its adjacent house (I’m calling it our “Mission House”) ready for us move in, hopefully by the beginning of December (for Christmas!). It’s not quite ready for open houses yet but we will keep you up to date on what is happening!
Keep praying and imagining what God might have in store for us!
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13. We’ve looked at all kinds of beauty though certainly not exhaustively- beauty in a painting, in music, in the work of our hands. What is beauty? How will we find it and enjoy it? What do you think beauty is? This Sunday’s assignment, should you chose to accept it, it to bring something of beauty to worship. You cannot fail at this assignment for, at the very least, you will bring yourself! However, if you’d like to bring something special or beautiful, do it. I won’t call on you to talk about it in worship; just bring whatever it is with you.
Genesis 2:4-9. I have to admit I changed up the Bible passage for this week. I was working with a passage from Jeremiah about the potter and the clay (God as the potter) when I thought about this beautiful passage about God’s hands-on shaping of humanity in the second chapter of Genesis. This week we will talk about beauty in the act of creation and not just the Big Beginnings but in the everyday ways we “shape” pieces of our lives; we are co-creators with God! Join us in considering how “fearfully and wonderfully” we are made and how we share with God in the ongoing process of making!
Almost everyone listens to the music. When listening to music, do you feel yourself being lifted? Do you feel a Divine connection? Not just with “religious music” but all music? Like visual art, music has the potential to take us to a different place, to connect with God. This weekend we will talk about and listen to music as an entryway in the experience of God.
Hunger Free Alexandria is launching a new Lazarus West End Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street. The grand opening is Monday, October 24th. The West End Lazarus Food Pantry will be open Mondays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. We need volunteers to: Paint and build shelves on Friday October 21st 9:00am – 2:00pm in partnership with Rebuilding Together, no skills required; Help provide lunch for the team of 10 – 15 volunteers on October 21st; Stock shelves and organize on Sunday October 23rd.
Volunteers are needed to work at the pantry on an ongoing basis, minimum of once per month is preferred. This will include helping to register guests and being hosts to people as they select their food. Volunteers will be needed to pick-up gleaned food from donors and the Capital Area Food Bank weekly. Training will be provided.
There are many additional opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities! Please contact Phyllis Johnson 601 880-4117 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.
Saint James has 15 team members for Complete the Circle on Sunday, November 6th, 1-2:30pm. This event is designed to raise awareness of hunger in our community and to bring food to feed our See Linda Patterson, or email her, Linda@sjumc.net if you’d like to help out!
Can’t be there? Bring dried beans, canned beans or bagged rice to donate!
Springdale residents may need rides for Election Day. Anyone able to help our neighbors? Email Linda@sjumc.net if you can help out!
Mark 4:35-41. A new series begins this week and I’m really excited as we look for God and a connection to the Eternal in various forms of Beauty. What is beautiful for you? Begin to imagine how beauty might be a window into God’s heart for you. This week we’ll look at beauty in the artwork of Rembrandt van Rijn. Will this piece of art help us see something in Jesus we didn’t before?
Luke 15:1-10. This is the story about how lots of folks were drawing near to Jesus (Yeshua in Aramaic/Hebrew) and religious folks were miffed. Jesus tells several parables about finding that which is lost. What do you think these stories are about? We will talk about it on Sunday!