In keeping with the policy that if Tri-Valley is closed, there will be no Wednesday Night Activities, all activities except Choir are cancelled tonight. Choir will still meet at 6pm to practice.
At Downs UMC we believe that all people are uniquely gifted by God for ministry. Christianity is not just something we believe, it something that we do. God has given us a deep and meaningful purpose here on earth. Through our ministry and our faithful actions, we help to make the kingdom of heaven visible here on earth. But Christianity is not just a cookie-cutter faith where everyone does the same thing. In fact, there is a wide variety of ways that we demonstrate our discipleship within the church and within the world. For the Christian, one of the most fulfilling experiences is finding that place where our skills and gifts can be used to bring heaven to earth in Christ’s name. At Downs UMC we are committed to helping you in any way we can to find your place within the ministry of Christ.
One of the places in the Bible where this concept is discussed well is the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 13). Not only does Paul name many of the different gifts God gives, but he uses some beautiful language to describe how we all work together within the church to accomplish God’s mission.
Our denominational website also has some excellent information about spiritual gifts that is well worth reading. These documents are just guides, they are not the final word on spiritual gifts, but we hope that they will help you begin the process of finding your place within the church.
The pastor also periodically offers a spiritual gifts class. They are one-session classes that use a few different tools (quizzes and inventories) to help provide you with some direction in understanding the gifts God has given you, and the opportunities where those gifts can best be used. The next classes are: Thursday March 13th and Sunday March 16th and you can register by contacting the church office at .firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather outside is frightful, but our chili and potato soup are so delightful. The Chili Supper will be held as scheduled today, Sunday, March 2. Come out between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and we’ll send you home warm and full!
There is no set price for the meal. Donations will be accepted for our Good Samaritan Ministry, which provides assistance to local folks in need. This is the only annual fundraiser of the Downs UMC Good Samaritan Ministry.
We hope everyone enjoys the snow day. This is just a reminder that we follow the school schedule for Wednesday night ministry. If the school has cancelled due to weather (as it has today) or if there is an early dismissal for the same reason, then Wednesday Night activities at the church are cancelled as well. We hope to see everyone next week.
The February 2014 newsletter is now posted on the website. Go to the “What’s Going On?” section and click on minutes/newsletter. You will find the newsletter under Newsletter with the February 1, 2014 date.
Information for the newsletter is due to the church office by the 20th of the month.