BREAD BATH & BEYOND
Worship in a new year!
The new year always brings opportunity to move beyond our limitations … to find new beginnings and be better than we were before. The most basic transforming experiences of our faith – bread & bath – communion and baptism – are the starting points for life “beyond” our limitations. We focus on moving beyond our limitations to live a bold life of faith and hope in Christ.
“See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
January 7: Bread and Bath
When we celebrate communion, we remember not only the past, but “into the future”. We begin the year with a commitment to “break open” our lives to God’s future for us. We remember our baptism and affirm the Spirit that lives and moves and breathes through us – offering power and strength beyond what we think we have.
January 14: Beyond Belief
As people found it hard to believe who Jesus was, we go beyond our own beliefs and assumptions about where God shows up. Can we move beyond these to open our eyes to the holy in unexpected places and people?
January 21: Beyond the Horizon
Jesus called the fishermen into new work and life. Where is Jesus calling us that just might be beyond the horizons we now see for ourselves?
January 28: Beyond the Boundaries
Sometimes we are captured by the boundaries of our own making. We can lean on the authority of Jesus in our lives to conquer and be freed to move beyond the limitations we set upon ourselves.
February 4: Beyond the Chaos
When the chaos is just too much, what do we do? Work harder? Worry more? Or can we take a clue from Jesus and get beyond the chaos, if only for a short while to remember that God is with us?
February 11: Beyond the Fear
Do you feel like there are extraordinary things you could do if only you could move beyond the fear?
We will be doing the Adopt-a-Family program again this year, where we identify and
donate to families in need of support this holiday season. We’ll be using the Scrip gift cards to divide among chosen families in need of support. You can participate very simply! All you have to do is purchase a gift card or donate money and we’ll purchase the card for you! Cards can be purchased now until Friday, December 15th so we can be ready to deliver on Sunday, Dec. 17th after the service. The more we receive, the more we can fill a home with holiday joy! If you have any questions, please see Debbie Bone or contact Kristen in the office.
Sometimes Christmas does not feel like a happy time. We may be grieving the death of someone we love. We may be worried about many things. We remember that Jesus was born into a world of pain, so we offer a special opportunity to experience the presence of Christ during the painful times of our lives as well. Come, Sunday evening, December 17th at 7:00pm for this special service of healing, memories, and Christ’s presence with us.
Preparing for Christmas
In a culture of fear, in a world of uncertainty, we need to be reminded: Do Not Be Afraid. When we read the stories of Jesus’ birth, we meet many characters who had cause to feel afraid due to the circumstances they faced and the cultural context of the time. But angels came to visit them and the message they brought was “Do Not Be Afraid.” In our modern day and age, sometimes we need to hear exactly the same message. This season we encourage one another to “fly in the face of fear” claiming hope, peace, joy, and love for the world.
Nov. 26th : Make ready a People: more hope
Dec. 3rd : Nothing is Impossible: more peace
Dec. 10th : Do Not Be Afraid: more joy
Dec. 17th : This Will Be a Sign: more love
(Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III, our District Superintendent, preaching)
Dec. 24th : Children’s Pageant
Dec. 31st : Get up and Go: more life
You are invited to share your Christmas joy with the residents at the United Methodist Elder Care with singing of Christmas carols! If you enjoy singing carols, spending time with the United Methodist community, and are available, please come. This is going to be a great time of fellowship! Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, December 3 at 11:30 am
Linn Health Care Center
Thursday, December 14 at 6 pm
For more details, please get in touch with Kristen at 401-743-4884 or via email.
Wesley UMC is please to host the dinner fundraiser for Bridge Liberia to provide benches to the schools they work with in Liberia. Please join us!
Saturday, December 9 5-9 pm
Tickets: $12 adults, $5 kids, $30 for a family of 4
Performance by Passion for Dance and a door prize!
Contact Donowea Seidi 401-288-8456 or Rose Greene 617-487-2535