May 21, 2015 Messenger - First United Methodist Church

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]
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.
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Sharon Stonecipher 402-462-6507
Margaret Pierce
Lay Led Ministry of Pastoral Care
Our Mission is to Look Up, Build Up, Reach Out, and Invite In
Monday, June 1st – Friday, June 5th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Registration forms available in church office or at
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
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
For an appointment contact Dacia at 402-363-9018
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
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
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
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
May Driver
Richard Heishman
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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