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Manchester United Methodist Church has welcomed five new members!  On April 7, students completed their Confirmation class and took a vow to serve MUMC with their prayers, presence, gifts, and service.

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From left to right: Kelsey Anderson (Youth Director), Alyssa Sellner, Nick Andregg, Nolan Lyness, Liz Koloc, Hanna Koloc, and Pastor Mike (Senior Pastor).

bioWe give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love.  As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the Manchester United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

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Lent: 4/7

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Christ, CORE, High School, Lent, Love, Luke, Service, Transformation

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“Father Abraham had many sons / and many sons had Father Abraham / I am one of them, and so are you / so let’s just praise the Lord!”

Many of us are familiar with this silly Sunday School song.  Many of us are familiar with the story of Abram, a super-old, faithful man who was given a promise by God: “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them…so shall your offspring be,” (Gen 15:5, NIV).  That’s a crazy promise, right?  Abram and his wife, Sari were suuuuuuuuper old.  Like our grandparents having their first baby.  Sick.  Nasty.

When God spoke to him, Abram had a choice in how he was going to respond.

Put a pin in that thought and turn to the New Testament, to Simeon.  [Sorry, I have no catchy Sunday School song for him.]  Simeon was also old, and was also given a promise from God that “…he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ,” (Luke 2:26).  Like Abram, Simeon had a choice in how he was going to respond.

Both men could have taken the thing that was given to them from God (Abram: A promise for many children // Simeon: A promise that he would see the Messiah) and laughed in God’s face.  “Yeah right!  What are the chances that’ll happen?!”  Or they could have responded in faith and action.

Which they both did.  [For the rest of Abram’s story, read Genesis 15-22; For the rest of Simeon’s story, read Luke 2:25-35]

So what’s the importance of these two examples in our life today?

Our dear friend Bill preached this message at Manchester United Methodist Church last night.  He challenged our actions and asked us, “What are you doing with the things God has given you?”  God might not have told you that you will be given more children than there are stars in the sky like Abram, but He has given you gifts, talents, and passions.

You honor God by the way you live your life.  What are you doing with it?

Inspired by MUMC’s Lenten Service [Lay Leader: Bill Scanlan]

Mission Info

 

My office will be open on Mondays from 3:30-5pm to research and explore ways we can serve.  Feel free to join us then, or research on your own.  Not sure where to begin your research?  Check out the amazing organization @coreyouthmin follows on Twitter, or take a look at some organizations on Kels’ Ministry Resources Board on Pinterest.


…important announcements.

We are leaving TOMORROW for Acquire the Fire.  Please keep the team in your thoughts and prayers, and get excited to hear all about this amazing weekend!

If you cannot find the 2012-2013 Medical Release form sent in the mail, please download a new copy.

Stay tuned for your regularly scheduled programming of “Revolution!” updates.

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Posted: July 19, 2012 in Action, Christ, CORE, High School, Love, Lunch Bunch, Music, Service

Lunch Bunch on July 16. Small crowd, but great conversations.

Monday’s Lunch Bunch will be at Las Flores at 12:30pm.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.  This is due to many of us helping with Vacation Bible School.  Be sure to spread the word. :)

Remember all those Wednesday nights were Kelsey asked, “So then, how can we live out this scripture?”  Your answer was always the same: serve.  So here’s our shot.  Monday, July 30th CORE is serving with 2nd Helpings.  This great ministry hosts a weekly free meal for people in the community who are in need.  It’s incredible.  We will help prepare, serve, and eat with people.  What a great way to serve AND talk about the God that we love so much.

So here’s what you need to know:  Monday, July 30.  Be at the church at 4:30pm wearing your CORE shirt (or wearing our colors–red or black).  We need THREE SALADS (such as pasta salad, broccoli salad, etc).  If I don’t get any volunteers to make a salad I will be asking a few of you specifically (so here’s your chance to beat me!).

Serving people is a great way to live out the transformation that Jesus has made in your life.  It reminds me of this powerful song that I’ve shared before by the band For King & Country called “The Proof of Your Love.”  Check out the lyrics below…they’ll probs rock you with their truth. :)

If I sing but don’t have love
I waste my breath with every song
I bring an empty voice, a hollow noise
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don’t have love
I leave a bitter taste with every word I say

So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

If I give
To a needy soul but don’t have love then who is poor?
It seems all the poverty is found in me

So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
Oh, let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

When it’s all said and done
When we sing our final song
Only love remains
Only love remains

Let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

Action Plan for Phil 1:9-11
“Sandwiches”

What are the ingredients for a great sandwich?  Turkey.  Dill Spread.  Onion.  Tomatoes.  Pita Bread.  Egg Salad.  Ketchup.  The categories here are meat, spreads, toppings, and breads.

In your opinion, what category of ingredients defines the sandwich most?

I think it’s the meat.  After the meat, I think the top and bottom pieces of bread, because without them, it would just be a pile o’ meat.  Weird.  Then you have the extra things—the non-essentials that make the sandwich distinctly your own (toppings and spreads).

We’re going to break down our passage (Phil 1:-9-11) similarly to a sandwich.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (NIV)

First: Meat

I think that everything hinges on verse 10: “…so that you may be able to discern what is best…”  Discern means to decide what is best.  Our choices flow out of what we decide is best.  Right now, how do you decide what to do in a tough situation?  Let’s say you’re dating someone, and things are starting to heat up.  How do you decide how far is “too far”?

Right now, many of us are determining “what is best” based on our own feelings.  But scripture (and common sense) tell us that our feelings change constantly.  Feelings cannot be trusted, especially for the Christ-follower.  So what can be trusted?  Look back at Philippians 1:9-11.

Second:  Bread

The Christ-follower needs two things to discern what is “best.”

1. Knowledge.

2. Insight

These are our pieces of bread.  Remember, they give the sandwich its distinct “sandwich-ness,” because otherwise, it’s just a pile of meat.  And you need both of them to fulfill its sandwich destiny.  So let’s talk about them.

Knowledge.  This comes from scripture, sermons, lessons, quality Christian resources…it’s the stuff you get TAUGHT about who God is and what He’s all about.  Many people know stuff about God, and maybe even believe in Him; but knowing about Him is different than understanding Him.

That’s insight.  Insight means taking our knowledge and asking, “What does God mean when He says this?”  This is where mentors, pastors, youth leaders, and trusted Christ-followers are the ones to help you answer that question.  The Holy Spirit lives inside of those who are Christ-followers, and the Holy Spirit helps us understand.  How cool is that?!  God isn’t just about facts; He’s about helping us love Him and love others.  (P.S. That’s the greatest command. Mark 12:30-31)

Let’s take a step back and ask, “why are we making this sandwich?”  If we’re literally talking about a sandwich, it’s because we’re hungry.  So in this metaphor, for what might we be “hungry”?  (Hint: Look at the passage—the later part of v.10)

“…To be found Pure and Blameless.”  When you’re a Christ-follower you have said “I believe You are legit, Jesus, and I am giving my life to You.”  This act of surrender shows Him that we know we are sinners in need of a Savior.  Our “good works” aren’t enough to save us.  Becoming pure and blameless is SO EASY.  How do we do it?  FORGIVENESS.  With Christ as our Savior, we have full benefits of His sacrifice.  There is no reason we should be found unclean or full of sin.  But let’s be honest, even Christ-followers still sin.  This means that forgiveness is an ongoing event in our lives so that our sin might not separate us from the God we love.

We need to be sincere with God.  We need to not “play” Christian, but to mean everything with our whole hearts.  If we ask for forgiveness for the same action over, and over, and over, and over, and over again, do you think we’re truly sincere in our desire of forgiveness?  Does God think we’re sincere?  At some point we need to make choices (meat!) that are no longer in conflict with God (sin) and require us to ask for forgiveness.

This is where our KNOWLEDGE + INSIGHT = DISCERN WHAT IS BEST.

When that equation happens, v.11 says that we will be “…filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ…”  What are examples of “fruit” that we’ve discussed this year?  (Gal 5:22)  Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Faithfulness. Self-Control.  It’s not about US doing these things, but about God doing them through us.  What do you think that might mean?

The final component to our “sandwich” discussion is regarding the last part of the passage: “—to the glory and praise of God.”  For Christ-followers, this is our ONLY purpose on Earth.  We are to bring GLORY to Him.  Just like we said earlier, we acknowledge that we are not good without Him, and only He has the power to save us.  We GLORIFY Him for doing that.  How incredibly loving is He?!

So, based on your info about DISCERNMENT (meat), KNOWLEDGE (bread), and INSIGHT (bread), what goal/challenge do we want to place on CORE for the summer?  (Specific // Measurable // Attainable // Realistic // Timely)

CORE students decided that our “Summer Goal #1” is to have a community service project day where everyone invites a friend and we share what we are learning about God.

This Week’s Personal Challenge:  Make a piece of artwork (2D, 3D, poem, etc) reflecting any scripture/metaphors/lessons we’ve discussed this past year.  The church will be open with supplies on Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm if you would like to work here.  Drop your artwork in Kelsey’s office sometime this week.)

Tonight was not about introducing more scripture, or new scripture.  Tonight was about asking the question, “How can we live this out?”  These are the notes taken from the students’ ideas.  In the following month we will dig deeply into the concept of belief in action.  Tonight, we simply listened to the thoughts of our students, from their personal perspective.

Matthew 25:40

Main Points:
  • If you hurt someone, you are hurting Christ.
  • Treat others like you treat Christ.
  • Be selfless.
  • Doing a favor= doing a favor for God.
How can we live this out?
  • Including, not excluding.
  • Don’t avoid those who irritate us.
  • Don’t be mean, and encourage others not to be mean.
  • Stand up for those who are struggling.
  • Stop friends from teasing/hurting others.
  • Support each other in doing the “right” thing.

1 John 3:16-24

Main Points:
  • Giving someone the cold shoulder = ignoring God.
  • Love with your heart and your head.
  • Stop criticizing yourself–then you’ll not criticize others.  (God don’t make junk!)
  • Sacrifice for fellow believers.
  • Don’t judge yourself because God has forgiven you.  (Christ died for you!)
How can we live this out?
  • Visit someone who is hurting.
  • Listen to others.

Philippians 1:9-11

Main Points:
  • “Love” the right way.  (The ones who need it.)
How can we live this out?

Think before you speak.

Test your feelings!

Check your motives.

Give advice, don’t just take it.

Grow in KNOWLEDGE (scripture), INSIGHT (understanding scripture), AND DISCERNMENT (what is best, then do it!).

Challenge for this week:

Make a personal goal (based on the ideas above) and TRY to achieve it.  Text/facebook Kels “Transformation” if you do try.