"....it is not the duty of the Christian to decide who is worthy of love.
It is the duty of the Christian to love."
What an odd time to be alive. Even as I write this, I am listening to the impeachment hearings that have been held for the past couple weeks (and which I assume will continue through the publication of our newsletter). I suspect that most of us have already formed opinions about the hearings (and our hoped-for results thereof) as well as the state of political process in our country. Yet, even as I witness these historical events and certainly have opinions on what is happening, I also feel somewhat helpless. I have no doubt that the proceedings and machinations of real people in Washington, D.C. will have an impact on me, my family, and ordinary Americans (indeed on ordinary persons all over the world). But I certainly do not possess the power or access to impact these events (at least not beyond my vote).
"Christians must be present and active in a hurting world, especially so that we might share the Good News (that God loves us and redeems us in spite of our shortcomings) with those who are traumatized by these trying times."
Some of you may remember Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting that aired on PBS for about 10 years in the mid-80s though the mid-90s. Amazingly, even though Bob Ross died in 1995 and his show was about as basic as it gets, it has enjoyed a renaissance through Netflix and YouTube. I confess that I love watching The Joy of Painting. I don’t paint and don’t really have any interest in doing so. I don’t even find Ross’ paintings all that spectacular. I enjoy the show because Bob Ross is so astonishingly positive and he has such a wonderful, soothing voice.
Bring your appetite and get ready to judge at the annual Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Family Life Committee on Sunday, October 13, at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be prizes awarded for the best chili, best soup, best cornbread, and also the best children’s dessert (made by children from pre-K through 5th grade). We hope you will join us and experience the fun and fellowship of one of our favorite fall activities!
"But do not doubt – God calls each and every baptized Christian to be in service to the world (not to self, but to the world!)."
In Canada, Veteran’s Day is known as Remembrance Day. For Canada and the U.S., the origin of the holiday is a commemoration of the end of World War I; the armistice signed on November 11. While it is good and appropriate for us to honor those who have served our country, I think that as Christians it is important for us to remember as much as it is to honor. The opposite of remembrance, of course, is forgetfulness. If we forget our past, we forget also who we are and whose we are, for it is in the actions of not only our ancestors and forebears, but also of God that defines our identity.
Mike Carpenter turned over his position as director of the Summer Feeding Program with the following statement: "As you may know by now, I have stepped down as the Director of the Children’s Summer Feeding Program, which has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life. I have prayed and discussed this at length with my family! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your prayers, donations, volunteering, and support! This program truly has been a church-wide effort, and it has required each one of you for this program to succeed. We are making a difference in children’s lives in Grant County! May God bless each of you and your families!"
Joe Archer, chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, presented Mike with a plaque inscribed with these words: "In recognition of Mike Carpenter in appreciation of his vision, dedication, leadership, and contribution to the Grant County Summer Feeding Program. Over 42,000 meals served from 2014-2019. Presented on September 22, 2019, First United Methodist Church, Sheridan, Arkansas. 'The King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Matthew 25:40."
We are thankful to Mike for his service and pray for his continued successful leadership as a Career Technology Education and Science teacher for the Sheridan School District.
Judy Green was named the new director of the Summer Feeding Program.
In September of 2017, a study of faith in America was released. Though this study is now two years old, it is increasingly relevant as more recent (though less rigorous) studies show that the trends are deepening. In any case, the study shows that white Christians are no longer a majority of people in the United States. However, white Christians make up 73% of the Republican party. Believe it or not, white Christians make up a smaller percentage of the Republican party today than 10 years ago. Furthermore, fewer than 33% of the Democratic party consists of white Christians (down from 50% 10 years ago). This is a drastic change. In the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter was president, white Christians accounted for 80% of the U.S. population.
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