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    Purpose of Ministry Statement: We are a responsive, respectful faith community reaching out in service to the needs of those around us with understanding, unlimited compassion and Christ centered support.

    Vision Statement: Our vision of sustainable ministry is to be a center of hospitality, hope and service, responding to the spiritual and basic needs of our community.


    Mom Genes Few people turn to the bible to read who “begat” whom in the various ancestral lineages. I can’t remember any- one telling me that they find inspiration in the repetitive patterns and unfamiliar names. So, you may wonder why I would want to spend the month of December focusing on part of Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1:1-6.

    “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah…”

    You might also wonder why I’d spill so much ink here when I’ll need to find enough words to fill five sermons. Then again, some of you are just glad you don’t have to be the liturgist who is assigned to read this passage AND make it sound interesting (“Salmon? Is he really named Salmon?)

    I was inspired, once again, by Pastor Stan de Pano and the book he chose for the Advent Bible Study he’s lead- ing. Underdogs and Outsiders: A Bible Study on the Untold Stories of Advent. As you might guess, the under- dogs and outsiders are named in the list above. Specifically, they are the five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bath- sheba (listed as the wife of Uriah), and Mary (who will be the last name listed).

    Most genealogies are traced through paternal lines, including Jesus’ in Luke 3:23-38. So, it is strange, if not sub- versive that Matthew included these women. What’s so important about these women? Why was Matthew com- pelled to include them when Luke didn’t ?

    Knowing who these women were helps to answer those questions. However, most church-going folks may know something about Ruth and Bathsheba, and quite a bit about Mary. Tamar and Rahab tend to be less familiar. So, if you’re not in Pastor Stan’s Bible Study, you may want to read up on them, as I won’t have enough time to share their whole story in one sermon.

    Here’s where you can find their stories: Tamar (Genesis 38); Rahab (Joshua 2 & 6:22-25); Ruth (both chapters); Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11 – pay close attention to vs. 1-4). As you read at home and listen on the Sundays in December, it might be helpful to ask or hold onto these ques- tions: What was this woman’s nationality/faith? What does that tell us about God? What characteristics make her an unlikely candidate to be enlisted in God’s saving work? What challenges, obstacles or hardships did she face? How did she overcome them? If our genes carry more than physical characteristics, what traits might she have passed on to Jesus? As we prepare and anticipate the celebration of God coming to us in the flesh, let’s learn what we can from the great grandmothers of Jesus. Blessings,

    Pastor Kelly

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    DISTRICT GATHERING: Saturday, January 27, 2018

    9:00 AM-3:30 PM


    With Keynoter Jason Byassee

    Jason Byassee is a Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancou- ver School of Theology. Previously, he was senior pastor of

    Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference. He serves as a contributing editor to Christian Century, and is the author of Trinity: The God We Don't Know, The Gifts of the Small Church, Reading Augustine: A Guide to Confessions, An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, and Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine. (Eerdmans, 2007). He has also co-authored the upcoming Faithful and Fractured with Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell. Dr. Byassee will also meet with SPRC's to talk about this book about clergy mental health.

    Other workshops will include a meeting of all Lay Leaders, an SPRC training, a redistricting meeting with local UMW's, and sessions on Urban Discipleship, Urban Strategies for Families, Community Organizing, and Interfaith Partnerships. Pastor John Helmiere will also give a teaching on Collaboratory Theology.

    So save the date --- more information coming soon...

    Ronald Commons Café News Update!

    The success of the Ronald Commons Cafe has been amazing! We now serve more than 100 meals every Thurs- day. We have become very popular for two reasons. First we couldn’t do this without the fantastic volunteer help that we get for you all and the participation of your congregations. Second we are committed to serving a great meal with top a quality menu every week! Did you know we only have a $100 - $120 dollar budget to put out this meal? And any supplies and equipment we need also comes out of that budget.

    When Dallas and I go shopping each week we squeeze that budget dollar so tight we give George Washington a nose bleed. I’m including a list of things we need to continue to be the wonderful ministry we have become. Please make this list available to your congregations as you see fit. With your help we can build an amazing pantry and then the budget will go a long way in providing wonderful meals every Thursday at the Ronald Commons Café. Unless the item has a specific number needed in it’s description we can use many multiples of each item.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Frank Church and Karien Balluff and I are committed to bringing great meals to the tables at the Ronald Commons Cafe! Sincerely, Bill Runte (cook)


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    "Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King; born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious freedom bring.” — “Come, Thou Long‑Expected Jesus,” stanza 2♪

  • In Our Thoughts and Prayers: As a church and people who believe in the power of prayer, let us continue to lift up our loved ones and friends in the joys and concerns that they are experiencing in their hearts and lives….

    For family members and friends who are grieving the loss of loved ones…

    The family of Shirley Betham for the death of son–in–law Ardell Moe,Connie’s husband, the De Pano’s family for the death of Melvin, the Quitevis family for the death of Elvin

    Those who are experiencing health concerns:

    Doreen Robinson, Aimee Mayuga, Chita’s cousin’s daughter, Dick Fleming, Leslie, Lydia Fernando, Lucy Maza, Rose Bernaldez, Jun Fernando, Susan De Groot the daughter of Virgie Sumabat, Lui Asistio, Virgie Sumabat, Tom the son-in-law of Shirley Betham, Andy

    the son of Corky Mayberry.

    Those in treatment for cancer, or who are in remission: Rev. Gloria Kymn, Diane the friend of Sandra Reynolds, Elise Ritter, Rusty Finley

    Those in recovery from surgery: Shirley Betham, Cheryl the daughter of Shirley Betham, Debra Cavinta

    Our homebound members or in care facility: Ron Warner, Margaret Hyman, Gen Sison, Cal McNamee, Fritz Schlatter, Evangelina Digan, Ofelia and Patrick Pascual, Rosie Lincoln, Victor Smiley, Ken & Corky Mayberry and Bev Jenes

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