Concord United Methodist Church
5178 Hinkleville Road
Paducah, Kentucky 42001-9693
G. K. Chesterton wrote, “At least five times,... the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.” (http://bit.ly/Y4YAUm)
I am betting on the faith “that was once delivered to the Saints.” (Jude 1:3) Having said that, the Church is changing. I was reminded of this fact when at a clergy meeting I was told “Nothing is sacred but the mission. Mission is not a program. Mission is a way of life.” That leads me to ask, “What is the mission?” For those who follow Jesus, the answer is clearly “Make Disciples.” (Matthew 28:19) But methods of disciple- making must change. It was always so. If anything has advanced, it is the pace at which change occurs.
John 6:1 reads, “After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.” In the few years between the time of Jesus and the time John wrote of Jesus, the name of this body of water changed. The body of water didn’t change, just it’s name. So John uses both names. If you can see such change in scripture over a short period of time, you can understand that change has been with the Church since the beginning.
One branch of the Church claims it is, “Reformed But Ever Reforming.” That statement speaks to a reality for the whole body. We are always is a state of change because society is ever changing. What doesn’t change is the good news of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world.
“Why make disciples?” is really the question that needs to be answered before asking, “How do we make Disciples?” To belong to Jesus means we have responsibilities. Hear how Paul puts it: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, emphasis mine.)
So our mission is making Disciples. And we have this mission because of what God has done for us and in us. The method may be something we pray about daily and ask God for direction and help.
In Christ Alone, Earl
Yesterday I saw the surgeon who surgically closed my small pressure sore two weeks before.
The time on bed rest passed slowly, but I expected good news.
On arrival in the clinic, a nurse looked at, measured and took a picture of the incision. “Well there are six sutures, but it looks like it doesn’t want to stick together.” My heart sank for a few minutes. Then, while talking to God, I knew I’d make it through whatever the doctor deemed necessary.
When he came in and looked at the incision, he agreed with the nurse. His solution: add four sutures. Before he spoke again I said, “Doc, do you think it would help if I stay in bed longer?” He said, “It would probably help.”
So back on bed rest this morning, I read my devotion from “Joni and Friends.” It began:
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realm.” Ephesians 3:10
The powers and principalities, all the heavenly hosts and the dark rulers of the universe, millions of unseen beings are intensely interested to see just how “able” God is to sustain the weak and the weary.
Ephesians 3:10 tells us that God teaches the unseen world all about Himself, and He does it using you and me as His audio-visual aids. We are used of the Lord to show the universe how great, awesome, and wonderful God and His grace are.* There’s more but you can see the power of God that changed my outlook yesterday. Reading this note from Joni opened my eyes again to God’s unchanging faithfulness.
In Christian Love, Berta
*Taken from More Precious Than Silver. Copyright © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. www.joniandfriends.org
To read more Snapshots: Devotions From Life http://snapshots-bertad.blogspot.com
"In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year's income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year's days. After being baptized by John in the River Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question of what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves...to answer questions like this is to begin to hear something not only of who you are but of both what you are becoming and what you are failing to become. It can be pretty depressing business all in all, but if sackcloth and ashes are at the start of it, something like Easter may be at the end."
- Frederich Buechner, _Whistling in the Dark: An ABC Theologized_, p. 74
VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE March Greeters: Gwen Slone & Jackie Bell Communion Assistants 8:15 Service Denver Parman, 10:30 Service John Culp, on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013: 8:15 Service Jimmy Hicks, 10:30 Service Wade Poat Nursery Workers: March 3 Mary Christian, Jane Edwards March 10 Esther Julian, Sandra Miller March 17 Chris Spaeth, Robin Flowers March 24 Stephanie Osterhout, Sharon Gross March 31 Kathy McNichols, Beth Diefenbach Fellowship Time Host/Hostess Schedule March 3 Kathy & Joshua McNichols, March 10 Mary Christian & Janette Kennedy, March 17 Nell Hudson & Reiko Jones, March 24 Christian Crouch & Margaret Gooch, March 31 Mary Christian & Helen Humphreys, April 7 Angela Harris
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
✝ We welcome Pam& Pace Ward to our church family. Pam joined the church on February 10th. Pace was baptized and joined the church on February 10th.
✝ Sympathy is expressed to Patti Fletcher and her family on the death of her brother-in-law, Danny Buckman.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
6:00 p.m.- Friday, March 29th
EASTER MORNING SCHEDULE
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service @ Community Life Church
(Brother Earl will be preaching)
8:15 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Fellowship Time
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Communion Offering Will Go To Lenten World Hunger Fund
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The United Methodist Women will be serving the meal at Family Kitchen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2nd. If you would like to participate join us at Holy House of Prayer (the former St. Lukes Aldersgate UMC) located at 1001 South 4th Street.
There will be a General Meeting of the United Methodist Women following the 10:30 Worship Service on Sunday, March 3rd. Following a potluck meal guest speaker, Michelle Thomas, will speak to us about the homeless in Paducah. The congregation is invited to join us.
If you have a heart for mission and would like to join United Methodist Women contact the church office (443-2669) or Dianne Dickey (816-0288).
MARCH MADNESS TIPOFF - “GROW IN GRATITUDE”
On Sunday, March 3rd we are going to embark on a new and exciting campaign that will bring smiles and touch the hearts of everyone! We are beginning a new ministry everyone can participate in. A ministry of gratitude...saying “Thank You” to others. Once a week you will be able to send a handwritten thank you note to someone who is special in your life (a parent, Sunday school teacher, coworker, etc). This small sacrifice will mean so much to those that receive your personal notes, but it will also bless the sender, which is you! This campaign will go on for one year, but I hope it does not stop there. I would love to see it become a permanent ministry for our church.
The church will provide the thank you notes. You will provide the heartfelt words, address and stamp. On Sunday, March 3rd I will be going to each Sunday school class and talking about the ministry. I am very excited about this ministry and look forward to everyone's participation. We are very blessed at Concord and have much to be thankful for so...beginning with thanks be to God, there must be many others in our lives that deserve a special thank you!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since, as members of one body, you are called to peace. And be thankful. Melinda Parman, Lay Leader
MOUNTAIN MISSION TRUCK
The Mountain Mission Truck will stop at Concord on Monday, March 11th. They have an urgent need for: children’s winter and summer clothing and shoes, men’s winter clothing and shoes, men’s suits, underwear for all ages, small kitchen appliances, colored copy paper, safety pins, bleach, liquid laundry detergent, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags (tall & 33 gallon size), Windex, toilet bowl cleaner, Pinesol (or other cleaner), and dishwashing soap. Items may be brought to the church during the week of March 4th.
FREE FOR THE TAKING The old playground is being dismantled to make room for renovations to the parking lot. If you or someone you know would like to have the metal swing set you may have it if you are willing to come and haul it off. Anyone interested in the swing set should contact Wayne Wallace.
AARP volunteers will be offering free tax-aide for tax payers with low-moderate income with special attention to those age 60 and older. They will be at Concord on March 7, 21, & 28 and April 4th. Appointments can be made by calling Ron Miller at 556-7141.
WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP MEALS
WEEKLY MENU FOR MARCH
March 6 - Poppy Seed Chicken, Salad, Cooked Carrots, Dessert
March 13 - Taco Bar, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice, Dessert
March 20 - Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Dessert
March 27 - Baked Ham, Hash Brown Casserole, Green Peas, Dessert
What do you think of when you hear the word “missions”? Do you think about starving children in a far away country? Maybe you think about a catastrophe that happened away from your area or country. Does the word remind you of people in need in this area? All of these are a type of mission.
Deuteronomy 15:11 - For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ Moses spoke these words to the children of Israel.
As the Mission Committee we would like to make aware that there is a fund called the ‘First Responders” that has been set up to help those in a crisis situation. If you know of anyone that is in need, please let us know. We recently helped a family that had lost everything in a fire.
At our first missions meeting there were a number of great ideas that surfaced. Some have already been initiated and some are in the works. Come be involved in one of the greatest things we can do in our community. We want to see the “Missions” be the best it can be, to reach out and touch people as the hand of Jesus would. Let us stand side-by-side and be excited for the cause of Christ, and in a small way be His hands!
We are proud of Concord, from the youth to the oldest member for the support of missions. When we started coming to this church, we were so impressed with the caring attitude of this church family.
Jesus tells us that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.
Come and receive a blessing by being a part of the greatest love we can share with others. Everyone is welcome to attend the next Missions Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. Wes & Mary Scaggs
A Gift Was Given to the Building Fund
In Memory of Arnold Dejarnett By
Wesley Sunday School Class
2013 CHURCH DIRECTORY
Time is fast approaching to publish the 2013 Church Directory. Don’t forget to update your picture and contact information. All information can be submitted by e-mail (email@example.com), placing it in the offering plate, bringing it by the office or mailing it to the office (5178 Hinkleville Road, Paducah KY 42001). Click Here for Directory Proof Please check your photo in the Concord Directory and see if you wish to submit a new one for your family! Regular visitors are welcome!- This is not a directory of church members, but photos of those we expect to see on any given Sunday. Its purpose is to help us get to know each other. Your help in updating pictures and verifying contact information will be greatly appreciated.
If you have been doing any mission work in the name of Concord United Methodist Church, please note this on the registration pad on the Sunday following the event.
MISSIONARIES IN NEED OF PRAYER
Ross and Lydia Barnes are working with Young Life in Jackson TN to meet high school youth on their own turf and in their own cultural to bring the message of the gospel to kids who really need to hear it. (Ross is G.L. & Camillah Burnett’s grandson.)
Patrick Wallace works with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Each week he meets with students for discipleship, leads Bible studies throughout campus, and has a discussion group on how faith relates to every area of life. Through this ministry, students and faculty are transformed, the campus is renewed, and world changers are developed. (Patrick is Wayne and Robbie Wallace’s grandson.)
Kurt & Susan Ackermann work with orphans in El Salvador. Susan is currently undergoing chemo treatments in Paducah.
Paducah Cooperative Ministry - Canned Fruit
Reaching Out - Living In Christ
Concord United Methodist Church Vision Statement