Spring Forth into New Life

resurrection (1)The spring is a wonderful time of the year. Every farmer is sowing seeds with an abundant harvest in mind. Every gardener is envisioning savoring the fruits of their labor. All of us, coming off of a fresh celebration of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection can move forward trusting the Lord to work everything together for our good.

The good news on top of that good news is we can be co-laborers with the Lord in all that God does.  Look for those opportunities to work with the Lord in bringing life, peace, and joy to those around you. Join us for worship in May as each Sunday we learn lessons from the prophet Daniel. (Early Service – 8:45 AM & Traditional Service – 11:00 AM)

Also, check this month’s newsletter and Calendar

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Praying for the United Methodist Church

commissionThis week, we in the Virginia Annual Conference are called to consecrate special time to pray for the United Methodist Church and in particular for the Commission on the Way Forward and for the meeting of the Judicial Council in April. These groups are tasked with considering and making very important decisions in the life of our church.

Thank you for the fervency and focus of your prayers this week. To help you, I have included questions and answers from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops regarding the Judicial Council and the latest summary from Good News of the press release from the Commission on a Way Forward.

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Witnessing to the Resurrection

resurrection4Join us during April as we proclaim the glorious, good news that Jesus Christ is risen indeed! Follow Laurel Hill United Methodist on Facebook and remember our new email: laurelhillumc.varina@gmail.com. Here is our newsletter and Calendar for the month.

Especially remember to join us Easter weekend: Good Friday Service, 7 PM; Our Children’s Easter Celebration with Waffles and Eggs, starting with 8:15 AM Breakfast and the Easter Egg Hunt to follow around 10 AM. Don’t miss a single moment.

Easter Sunrise begins at 6:30 AM on the front porch; Breakfast provided by our Men’s Group at 7:15 AM; Early Service at 8:45 AM; Sunday School at 9:45 AM, and Traditional Worship at 11:00 AM.

Don’t forget to bring flowers to put on the flower cross Easter Sunday morning.

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March through Lent

lentAs we begin the season of Lent on March 1st here at Laurel Hill UMC at 7:00 PM, I encourage you to make these days “a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord”. (Acts 3: 19) Be immediate and active in your obedience and “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10: 24 – 25)

 

To help you with this, here is our March newsletter and calendar! Don’t forget to get your tickets for our final Mission Auction and Dinner, set for March 11th. Craft rooms open at 4:30 PM. Dinner begins being served at 5:00 PM. Live Auction starts at 6:30 PM.

March 12th, the Kean University Choir will be our special guests during the 11:00 AM service.

The Virginia Choristers will be with us during the 11:00 AM service on March 26th and share a concert with us after lunch that day at 1:30 PM.

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Love Constrains Us

compeledThe Bible speaks of how the love of God draws everything and everyone in our lives down to a singular relationship with Jesus. We don’t live for ourselves. We live so that others would know what the crucifixion and resurrection means for them. But, the Apostle Paul says their is something more ontological that we need to know that shapes our faith and witness as an ambassador for Jesus Christ and that raises the dead to life.

It comes from reading 2 Corinthians 5: 14. “For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.”

What are the implications of all being dead? What has to happen for all (or anyone) to go from being dead to being alive? For that, we’re going to tell the story of love from John 3: 13 – 21.

State the Facts: “No one has ever gone (ascended) into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”There are two groups of humanity. The first group is ‘the all’ who cannot ascend into heaven. The second group consists of the One who can.

Share the Faith: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

See the Future: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Show a Singular Focus: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Start the Funnel: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

The Simple Framework: “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that the works they have done that they are wrought in God.”

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Compelled by Love!

compeledPlease check out our February newsletter and calendar.

Don’t miss a single reason why we are compelled to live as ambassadors for Jesus Christ!

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Set Aside Time

snowfirstThe snow had just started when Karen’s cousin, Matt Mason posted this yesterday. We are praying for everyone at home today in the snow. It’s 22 degrees and snowing and feels colder because of the wind. But, if it makes you feel better, it’s minus 11 in White Lake, Wisconsin where Hannah and Ava are this morning.
As we are set aside because of the snow this weekend, I would recommend a few things if things get cancelled.

1. Set aside the time you were going to be in Sunday School and District Leadership Training on Sunday and use that same amount of time to read and meditate upon the Scriptures.

2. Set aside your tithes and gifts that you would have given or put on the altar rail and save it for the opportunity to share later.

3. Set aside that time you would have been in corporate worship to listen to good, Biblical preaching on TV or better yet sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to each other making up a melody in your heart to the Lord.

Use this time you are set aside by the snow to bless the Lord and rely upon Him. Don’t forget to check on your neighbors. Love you.

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