February Newsletter/2018

Pastor MaryAnn's Message

"Let your Christianity be so unmistakable and your walk so straight forward, that all who see you may have no doubt whose you are and whom you serve."         ~ J.C. Ryle

     How about you?  Where are you with your walk with Christ?  Can people tell you're a Christian by the way you walk or talk with Christ?  I don't know about you, but I serve a living God!  There is no mistaking a Christian that is right with Him!  It is really hard to hide that light of Christ....And why would you want to?  Let your light Shine for Christ and your love for Him be evident in all you do! 

In His Leading,

Pastor MaryAnn

.....Heads Up!

    Bible Study's last Meeting will be February 14th, Ash Wednesday/Valetines Day/Beginning of Lent.  We will nnot meet during Lent.  We will resume Wednesday, April 4th...after Easter Sunday.


   Classes started Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m., and will run for five weeks, through February 14th.  Contact me for further details.  Bring your Bible!           ~ Pastor MaryAnn

Sunday, February 11th....

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. See the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36).  Also, to continue reading this article check on the internet and Google: Transfiguration of Jesus Wikipedia.....  Or read it in your February Newsletter mailed to you.

Wednesday, February 14th...

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity.  It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10th.  To continue reading this article please check on the internet and Google:  Ash Wednesday Wikipedia....Or read it in your February Newsletter mailed to you.

 ~ from Wikipedia, the free encyclopdia

Black History Month

Only God is able.....   There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God.  We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb....We have worshiped the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensations are short-lived.  We have bowed before the god of money only to learn that there are such things as love and friendship that money cannot buy and that, in a world of possible depressions, stock market crashes and bad business investments, money is a rather uncertain deity.  These transitory gods are not able to save or bring happiness to the human heart.  Only God is able.  It is faith we must rediscover.           ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.   

  ~ February 1997, The Newsletter,Newsletter

 ~  Dr. James Dobson Focus on the Family

Cont'. from your Newsletter, "Marriage Killers", (written media mailed to you) continuing with point number 5 through 12....

5. Unrealistic Expectations:  Some couples come into marriage anticipating rose-covered cottages, walks down primrose lanes, and unmitigated joy.  There is no way a marriage between tow imperfect human beings can deliver on that expectation.  The late counselor Jean Lush believed, and I agree, that this romantic illusion is particularly characteristic of American women, who expect more form their husbands than they are capable of providing.  The consequent disappointment is an emotional minefield.

6.  Space Invaders:  By space invaders, I am not referring to aliens from Mars.  Rather, my concern is for those who violate the "breathing room" needed by their partners, quickly suffocation them and destroying the attraction between them.  Jealousy is one way the phenomenon manifests itself.  Another is a poor self-concept, which leads the insecure spouse to build a cage around the other.  It often suffocates the relationship.  Love must be free, and i must be confident.

7.  Sexual frustration and its partner, the greener grass of infidelity:  It is a deadly combination!

8. Business Collapse:  Failure in work does bad things to men especially.  Their agitation over financial reverses sometimes precipitates anger within the family.

9.  Business Success:  It is almost as risky to succeed wildly as it is to fail miserably in business.  King Solomon wrote: "Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread" (Proverbs 30:8).  Edward Fitzgerald said it another way: "One of the saddest pages kept by the recording angel is the record of souls that have been damned by success."  It's true.

10.  Getting Married too Young:  Girls who marry between 14 and 17 years of age are more than twice as likely to divorce as those who marry at 18 or 19 years of age.  Those who marry at 18 or 19 are 1.5 times as likely to divorce as those who marry in their 20's.  The pressures of adolescence and the stresses of early married life do not mix well.  Finish he first before taking on the second.

 11.  Alcohol and substance abuse:  These are notorious killers, not only of marriages, but of the people who indulge excessively.  Research indicates that 40 percent of all Americans and Canadians are close family members of an alcoholic.

12.  Pornography, gambling, and other addictions:  It should be obvious to everyone that the human personality is flawed.  It has a tendency to get hooked on destructive behaviors, especially early in life.  During a introductory stage, people think they can tamper with various enticements, such as pornography, gambling, hard drugs, etc., without being hurt.  Indeed, many do walk away unaffected.  For some, however, there are a weakness and a vulnerability that are unknown until too late.  Such people then become addicted to something that tears at the fabric of the family.  This warning may seem foolish and even prudish to my readers, but I've made a 20-year study of those who wreck their lives. Their problems often begin in experimentation with a known vice and ultimately end in death...or the death of a marriage.

These are a few of the common marriage killers.  But in truth, the list is virtually limitless.  If you are going to beat the odds and maintain an intimate, long-term marriage, you must take the task seriously.  The natural order of things will carry you away from one another, not bring you together.

                                                 ~  Dr. James Dobson Focus on the Family

United Methodist Leaders respond to #Me Too and #Church Too Movement

January 23, 2018EOC News    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    January 23, 2018

(Cont' from written media, February church newsletter mailed out to church members.)

Over the recent weeks and months.......

We acknowledge that the Church is also a place where sexual misconduct happens when persons in power positions choose to abuse their power. The stories are all too similar.  Alleged victims are often reluctant to come forward fearing they will not be believed or they will experience retaliation and the decision to report will be held against them.  Sexual misconduct is a symptom of a systemic problem within our Church and society where patriarchy flourishes.

The Church is a place for spiritual growth.  Unfortunately, spiritual violence happens every time a person experiences sexual misconduct within the Church.  Nothing excuses this behavior.

In November 2017, before the most recent flurry of stories came forward, the Council of Bishops affirmed, through its members, renewed commitment to addressing the systemic causes of sexual misconduct and abuse of power.  Upon invitation, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women provided two training sessions to the bishops during their recent meeting on topics of sustaining integrity in ministry and response to sexual misconduct.

The Council of Bishops is committed to leading The United Methodist Church in the prevention of sexual misconduct, to offering healing to the victims, and to finding paths for Christ's love to be shown to the perpetrator while maintaining standards of accountability.

The Council of Bishops joins with The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women to strongly encourage and support the reporting of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment allegations within the Church, Our denomination's website, www.umsexualethics.org offers information and a toll free, confidential number for support through the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

To the extent of our ability, we pledge to do the right thing iin every complaint received, including listening well to hear the story and developing a response which holds persons accountable and offers healing for all affected.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President, Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Tracy Malone,President of the Board, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church

Dawn Wiggins, General Secretary, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist CHurch