The Messenger First United Methodist Church 614 North Hastings Avenue - Hastings, NE 68901 Church (402) 463-6733 Fax (402) 462-9906 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.hastingsfirstmethodist.org Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/First-United-Methodist-HastingsNebraska Vol. 52, No. 69 , 2013 Greg Lindenberger, Lead Pastor Dr. Sam Rathod, Pastor of Congregational Care Judy Aspen, Christian Education Dir. Paige Skillett, Youth Ministry Assistant Tanjie Petr, Admin. Assist. The Messenger (USPS 592-580) is published semimonthly by the First United Methodist Church, 7th and Hastings Ave, Hastings, NE 68901. Periodicals postage paid at Hastings, NE 68901. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Messenger, 614 N Hastings Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 Barb Peck 402-462-5256 Janet Hibbs 402-463-2198 Sharon Stonecipher 402-462-6507 Margaret Pierce 402-462-0419 Lay Led Ministry of Pastoral Care Our Mission is to Look Up, Build Up, Reach Out, and Invite In COME EXPERIENCE THE “G-FORCE” WITH US! Monday, June 1st – Friday, June 5th 8:30 – 11:30 am Registration forms available in church office or at hastingsfirstmethodist.org. G-Force VBS Volunteers Needed June 1st – 5th Contact Judy at the church office (402-463-6733) or [email protected] Summer Sunday School Summer Sunday School will begin on Sunday June 7th at 10:00 am. Children up to age 5 will gather in Miss Vicki’s Pre-school room. Children age 6 to 12 will meet in the big Wild Things room upstairs for Disney/Pixar movies with ties to Scripture. Youth 13+ are encouraged to assist in Miss Vicki’s class or with the older kids upstairs. Adults will meet in Room 101 and will begin the summer with a study by Adam Hamilton exploring “Faith as John Wesley Lived It.” The title of the study is ‘Revival.’ The book to accompany the study may be purchased, but is optional. It is $12 and is available in a large print or regular print. Please let Judy know if you would like the book by May 29th. We will not have Sunday School on May 24th (Memorial Day Weekend,) or May 31st. May 21, 2015 th 4 Annual Golf Tournament Plan to attend the FUMC golf tournament on Friday, May 29th at the Southern Hills Golf Course. Shot gun start at 10am with registration and a chance on the putting green at 9am. Lunch will be provided. Our current hole sponsors: Kershner’s Auto Korner, Eugene & Barbara Peck, Hastings Internal Medicine – Richard French M.D., Computer Hardware, Woodward’s Disposal Service, Conway, Pauley & Johnson, P.C., Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance, KDA Farms, Inc., Family Medical Center of Hastings, Herbert & Dee Galitz, Bank of Doniphan, Charter Title & Escrow by Dan Wiebe, Companion’s Choice, Fred & Brenda Catlett, Advanced Eye Care – Steven Nicholson, Andrea Eigenberg, Nathan Bolen, Five Points Bank of Hastings, Raymond James by Rick Nelson, Richard & Connie Halloran, Rader Insurance, Dr. David & Brandee Schram, Krieger Electric Company. Additional sponsors: Kmart, Richard & Connie Anderson, Allen’s of Hastings, Inc., Elks Country Club, Lochland Country Club, Richard & Mary Jo Heishman, Eileen’s Cookies, Dan & Carol Coffey. We have hole sponsorships available and are now accepting golfer registrations. If you would like to be a sponsor or make a cash/merchandise donation to our 4th Annual Golf Tournament contact the church office at 402-4636733 or fill out the information below and mail or drop off to the office at 614 N Hastings Avenue, Hastings NE 68901. YES! I want to participate in the FUMC 4th Annual Golf Outing: ____Hole Sponsor $200 ____Golf Participant ($75 per golfer, $300 per team of four) Golfers receive one chance on the putting green, cart, bucket of practice balls and 18 holes of golf. ____I am unable to golf but would like to make a cash/merchandise donation (suggested minimum $50 value please) American Red Cross First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Monday, June 8, 2015 11:30am-5:30pm For an appointment contact Dacia at 402-363-9018 or www.redcrossblood.org Youth Missions BBQ Sunday, May 31st 11:00am – 12:30pm Free Will Donation Thank you for generously supporting FUMC Youth Mission Trips. Thoughts from the Pastor’s Desk: (Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. –John 15:13 Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day and it started at the end of the Civil War as a day to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. During the 20th century, the holiday was set as the last Monday in the month of May and signals the beginning of Summer. The intent of this holiday is still to honor those who sacrificed their lives in wartimes. The idea of placing flowers on all the graves of those who are dear to us began when someone remembered how important the efforts were of those who remained at home and put together the instruments of battle for those soldiers fighting the battles. I have to admit that I grew up in an era where serving in the military was not as popular as it had once been. I have learned how soldiers are still so willing to sacrifice their own life for the good of others through news accounts, books and movies. The times have changed and we find our country in continuing battles and there are more heroes to celebrate. The idea of making a sacrifice out of our love for those close to us is carried on by most parents. The love for a child would drive most of us to make such a final sacrifice for them. Perhaps that is why it is so difficult for parents who have lost children too early to overcome their grief. At any rate, Memorial Day has become the occasion for everyone to remember and reflect upon the life of those who remain deep within our hearts. I am sure to spend time reflecting upon family members as most of you will do so this year. What I encourage you to include in your time of memories is the story that this line of scripture comes from. Jesus was willing to lay down his life for those who call themselves his friends. Jesus was not just a relative or acquaintance or even a soldier. He was God incarnate, come to earth to make the ultimate sacrifice. It is that sacrifice that allows us to believe death does not have the final word. As you remember those who have made sacrifices in life for you on this Memorial Day, consider the One who did it for your ultimate gift of peace. Remember, It’s all about Jesus! Pastor Greg Send Kids to Camp Help FUMC children and youth experience the wonders of God at one of the UMC camps in Nebraska. Camp Scholarship donations may be given to FUMC, and earmarked “Camp Scholarship.” Currently, we have five youth registered for camp, with several more hoping to go. The average cost for camp is just over $300. In The Mail… What a welcome surprise it was to see Pastor Sam when I was in the hospital for an epidural. Thanks much to the quilting ladies, who gave me a surprise luncheon and to Alene Moore for bringing me home. Thanks for the signature sheets, it was great to read all the names, as I love my church family very much. May God bless you all! Jessie Garska Dear Friends at FUMC, Thank you so much for your donation. We very much appreciate your support of this important work. Sincerely, Heifer International, Eliza Penich On Wednesdays, starting June 3rd through July 8th - You are invited to join a Book Study, “How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation,” by John Dominic Crossan at the First Presbyterian Church – Fellowship Hall at Noon. John Dominic Crossan, the acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and God & Empire, grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith. Come join us as we explore this exciting, provocative, and inspirational book! May Driver Richard Heishman 402-462-5301 Laity and Music Ministry Saturday, May 23, 2015 No Worship Sunday, May 24, 2015 Who We Are: Methodists Message by Pastor Greg Lindenberger “The Necessity for Grace” Scripture: Ephesians 2: 8-10 9:00 a.m. Praise Service Ushers: Jason & Kim McCoy Greeters: Joe & Kelly Warrick, Rogene Short 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service Ushers: George Spencer, Carol Gill, Ben Kohler Greeters: Terry & Debra Zuelow, Gary & D’Maris Brooks Chimes: Tom Michalek Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:00 p.m. Worship Pianist: Janet Hibbs Sunday, May 31, 2015 Message by Pastor Greg Lindenberger Who We Are: Methodists “Works of Mercy” Scripture: James 2:14-18; Proverbs 31:8-9 9:00 a.m. Praise Service Ushers: Stan & Marcy Knudson Greeters: Mike & Julie Simmons, Wayne Hinerman 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service Ushers: George Spencer, Carol Gill, Ben Kohler Greeters: Genevieve Laux, Darlene Brumbaugh Chimes: Connie Halloran In observance of Memorial Day the office will be closed on Monday, May 25th. 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