Got a few hours on Saturday, November 1st? LCAC needs some help sorting food and putting things away in preparation for a large food donation next weekend. See or contact Linda Patterson, Linda@sjumc.net if you can help out!
What are you doing on Saturday, December 27th? How about helping to feed folks in need? We need no more than 10 folks to help serve lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat). We will meet at Saint James by 9:45am and will be finished at 1:15pm. Dress comfortably, bring a baseball hat, and be prepared to be on your feet for our time at SOME. Sign up in the Lobby. You must be 13 to help out! See Linda Patterson or Bill McNaught for more info!
1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “God’s generosity” invites each of us to “make our mark” and thereby “leave a legacy.” Watching football, I often hear the commentators talking about a coach’s philosophy. When I look to bring together the series we’ve been pursuing, I am wondering about God’s philosophy; I see it play out in the Corinthians passage. God wants to cover all the bases (I know it’s a baseball metaphor!). We’ll talk about that this weekend in worship.
Last week we talked about “making a mark.” This week we move on to talk about what it looks like to leave a legacy. What is it of us that will carry forward, that will remain after we are gone? We are taking a look at David, a shepherd boy and general and king. When think of David I am reminded that chasing after God’s heart doesn’t require my being perfect, that I am broken just like David, and that my legacy is not predicated on being perfect. So what legacy are you leaving?
Would you like to develop some deeper relationships with other folks at Saint James? We are exploring the possibility of setting up some dinner teams (6-8 folks) with the plan to gather for dinner (out or at homes), spend some time talking about a topic, and growing deeper in our relationships. Groups would plan to gather every 3 weeks or so. Interested in being a part of a group? See Linda or contact her at Linda@sjumc.net.
You can help a family have an opportunity to be thankful this year by sharing out of your gratitude. Help LCAC feed more than 400 families this year at Thanksgiving by donating a $25 grocery gift card to Food Lion or Shoppers, or a turkey for a military family.
We can also use a couple of teams of folks to deliver Thanksgiving baskets to our senior/disabled families. If you are interested, contact Linda Patterson, Linda@sjumc.net if you have questions.
I think it is natural to wonder about purpose, direction, and meaning in life. It seems that the message we receive repeatedly throughout our lives is that we have to find our purpose. As folks who manage all that God has given us, what are some of the key principles to guide our “making a mark?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about God (an occupational hazard I suppose) but so have most of you. When I think about how my life intersects with God’s, where I encounter God in my daily life, I am drawn to one word: generous! There are very few moments when I am not experiencing the blanket of God’s grace. What about you? Sunday, we will look for the places where we might know and see God.
Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29. What can we say? At the last and least likely moment, the Israelites find themselves delivered. What does this passage tell us about our God and the trajectory for each of us, enfolded in God’s mercy? Sunday we’ll talk about it.
Thanks to all those who donated powdered milk over the past 2 months! ALIVE was thrilled with the donation of 35 boxes of milk!! You have helped to make a difference in the lives of 35 families in our community. Thanks for living out Jesus’ love to others in your gifts!