Month: December 2014

It’s winter and God is in his heaven

By Dixie Stephens Winter brings conflicting feelings for gardeners. The enjoyment of our much-needed rest soon gives way to restlessness. By New Years, I am aching for the physical challenge of working the soil; chafing under woolen clothing that feels too heavy; and pleading with God for a sunny day. During these months, I spend …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/4/15 (Second Sunday after Christmas Day)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Luke 2:41-52. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah has a message of hope to God’s people, Paul tells Christians that God chose us for a reason—that we should be holy and blameless in God’s sight, …

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Jubilee House “All Saints Service” on Dec. 28

Central United  Methodist Church will be holding an “All Saints Service” to honor our friends that have died since October 2013. All are invited to attend the service. The Jubilee House Memorial Cross will stand in honor at the altar of Central United Methodist All Saints Service. Central United Methodist Church 222 Cass Street Traverse …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/28/14 (First Sunday after Christmas)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we hear a song of thanksgiving to God for the vindication and redemption of God’s people in Jerusalem, Paul teaches us that we become children of God through …

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Ministry of the week – St. Theo Amity Guild (STAG)

STAG originated a few years ago when four men decided to provide a monthly meeting that would include fellowship, Evening Prayer, a meal, and the presentation of a special interest topic. It was also decided that they would participate and support the Jubilee House Food Pantry Ministry by providing help with the monthly grocery pick-up …

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Joining the apprentice experience

By Jo Panter Director, Apprentice Traverse City I recently read an article on how to evaluate return on investment (ROI) as a measure of profitability from meetings. Things like time spent, facility costs, quality of agenda, information presented, and quality of interaction by those who are present are included. Did it create a greater proficiency …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/21/14 (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God promises David he will build him a royal dynasty that will last forever, Paul ends his letter to the Romans with a hymn of praise, and Mary says …

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Is the Christmas story necessary?

By The Rev. Katheryn King Is the Christmas Story Necessary? That might seem like a silly question.  Yet it is not silly at all when we remember that two of the four New Testament gospels do not have stories of Jesus’ birth or infancy.  Mark’s simply begins with the ministry of John the Baptist.  Then …

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Voice of the vestry: Will my children have faith?

By Nancy Flowers Just when you think you have nothing to say, a thought worth sharing presents itself. While cooking breakfast and packing lunches this morning with my seven-year-old daughter, the question of where she got her name came up. “Mom,” she said, “I heard this story in church about the boy Moses, and they …

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Speaking for God: John the Baptist part II

By the Rev. Daniel P. Richards This week again we look at John the Baptist and his proclamation of Jesus.  He is questioned in the Gospel about who he is and turns the focus away from himself to Jesus.  This is, as I used to say to kids in school, a big idea that is …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/14/14 (Third Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text.  In this week’s readings, we have more beautiful poetry of hope from the Book of Isaiah, Paul gives us more instruction on living as good Christians, and John the Baptist confounds the priests, …

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