West Farmington United Methodist Church P.O. Box 93 West Farmington, Ohio 44491-0093 Phone: (330) 889-3345 http://www.farmingtoncommunity.org/wfumc/courier.htm WFChurchnews@aol.com Newsletter Staff Pastor Jim George 330-889-3345 Adult Sunday School 9:30 am Dorothy Cleer 330-889-2146 Church Services 10:30 am Joyce List 440-548-2618 Children’s Sunday School 10:30 am Carol Jean Goddard 330-889-0022 Sharon VanDervort 330-979-9314 April 2010 Note from the Pastor: It will just make us feel aggravated - anxious - and resentful. We need to do much more than focus on the problems we "The Main Thing" (condensed from the morning message have. We need to focus on the solutions. March 21) Or as the United Methodist Bishop put it - on the "main I talked this morning about how we need to refocus, as a thing". church and as individuals, on the Main Thing. It is very easy for us to become wrapped up in the business of church – For us in the church - and indeed for us as we go beyond the attendance numbers, financial reports, new (and old) church we need to focus spiritual growth and nurture, on what programs, and membership numbers and so on. But ―church‖ Paul calls in today's epistle reading "the prize of the heavenly is not about numbers, meetings, reports and the latest call of God in Jesus Christ." If we are focused on that - then if programs. It is about our relationship with God/Jesus. the Bishop is correct - and I know he is - everything else will fall into place. A few years ago, a United Methodist Bishop offered a new paradigm for the church. Let’s not focus on problems but let John Wesley used to ask his people on a regular basis: "What's us focus on "making sure that the main thing is the main the state of your soul?" thing". The main thing for the church is spiritual growth, nurture, Bible reading; not meetings, money, membership, or It is a great question - but it's not one we ask very much even doing justice. If we take care of the main thing, feeding anymore. We can get so busy within the church going to people spiritually, then they will be able to take care of meetings and worrying about money and about human everything else. resources that the "main thing" gets lost - and our behavior - our words and actions - can end up working against the main According to this paradigm, the important thing to understand thing instead of for it. is the flow. The flow is circular. People come into the church where they ought to be fed and nurtured spiritually, through And outside the church - in our homes - the main thing - is prayer, Bible study; and then they go out into the world to do often virtually invisible. We not only don't walk the walk, we their ministry in the family and work place. Then they come often don't even talk the talk - reserving it all, as it were to back to church bringing others with them and the cycle starts Sunday mornings. again. Think about it. I think that the bishop is right. I think we in the church all too often focus on the wrong things - both in our life together as a We talk more about who will win the Game (of whatever sport community or family of believers, and in our lives as you follow) than we talk about where we are going in life. individuals within the larger world. We focus more on the condition of our neighbors' back yard or whether or not we should get a new car - than we do on If we focus on what other people are doing or not doing to seeking the mind of Christ and asking him what we should be make things work the way we think they should work; if we about. We worry more about how our children will do on the focus on the problems that we have as a church, or the local soccer or baseball team than we do on whether or not problems that we have as individuals, that will not fix the they will grow up to be people who know the Lord and his problem. love in their lives and are able to show that love to others. A fondness for sports and a dedication to doing God's will are not necessarily contradictory. And our children most certainly need to be encouraged to excel in physical things - while at the Every athlete studies the techniques of those who are better same time learning to live a deeply spiritual life. than him or her so that they might improve themselves. The question is - what is the main thing in our lives? What do Fourth - Continue in prayer. Confess your failings and open we give priority to as part of the church of Christ Jesus? And your life to the transforming power of God. Don't forget to as individuals when we go home afterward? listen as well as to talk. In prayer face the reality of whose you are and learn to submit yourself to God's purpose for you. Why do so many of feel so scattered? So overwhelmed? Let him show you the direction you should run in - the path Could it be that we try to do too much? Or could it be that you should take. Athletes have their coaches to show them when we are doing things - we are approaching them from the what to do and how to go about doing it. They don't ignore wrong angle? them. Nor should we ignore ours. Perhaps it is a little of both. Perhaps it is a question of focus, And Fifth - Don't fear change. Change is the name of the of knowing what the main thing is - and making it the main game. We need to change. When we are open to God not thing. only will we change – but things around us will change. Growth is a process of changing – and that process is not Paul understood that when he talked about his background, always pain free. If you notice in the middle of the word and how blessed he had been by the cultural and religious Growth is the word OW - There are some things we will have standards of his day, and then said: to give up. There are some people who will turn on us. Let it happen. What we will receive in their place is far better. "Yet whatever gain I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as My friends - what we regard here today in the church and in loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our personal lives as a problem is really an opportunity - a my Lord." challenge - An opportunity to ask what our main thing is - This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind, and And a challenge to work towards it. straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus" May God bless us in the meeting of that challenge. Amen. (Philippians 3:7&13) Our problem is not physical - it's spiritual. We've lost our Prayer for Today: dreams and visions. How you feel about life is related to your Gracious and life giving God - you who make all things new sense of purpose. To what you consider the main thing. How by your saving and creative love - you who redeem the lives the church - how we - manage to deal with our problems also of your servants and reach out to those who are lost -- descend relates to our focus - to what we exert our efforts towards. we pray upon us this day. Hallow us with your presence and implant within our hearts the seed of your living word so that Five simple things can help us discipline our spiritual life - we may grow fruit that is pleasing to you. Reveal to us the and bring us closer to winning the prize of our calling in God. things that you want us to see - show us what it is you would Five things can help us meet our problems as a church and as have us do - and strengthen us as we walk as pilgrims through individuals from an entirely new angle - from an angle that this world. We ask it in the name of Christ Jesus -- Amen. focuses not on the problems - but on the great problem solver - God. Average Attendance last year: 57 First - Recognize your strengths and virtues - but resist Attendance average for 2010: 57 complacency. There is nothing positive in thinking that you are devoid of good. But there is danger in being satisfied with the degree of goodness and closeness you have with God 2010 Budget: $84,525 /$7044 per week today. God can always make you more like Christ than you are right now. February Receipts: $5579 Second - Accept the need to work and struggle spiritually. Salvation is a free gift. But a vital, intimate relationship with God does not come effortlessly. No relationship does. Athletes know their abilities. They also know that they must work to keep those abilities up to snuff - let alone to improve District Workshops, Sat., April 17 at Mentor them. UMC. See insert. We are asked to send 10% of our congregation to this event. We have been Third - Study the Bible - especially the gospels. We can't be challenged internally to send two people to every on more like Christ if we don't really know what he was like. Meditate on how the scriptures show Jesus dealing with life. of the 20 workshops! This is a great opportunity to Pay attention to his priorities, to his conflicts, to his actions, discover new ways of doing Church - Rethinking and to his teachings. Let these things be used by God in your Church. See Pastor Jim to register - all registrations life to challenge your thinking - to test how you do things. must be in by March 31. J--- Jesus first O--- Others second DON’T FORGET!!!!!!!! Y --- Yourself last Keep your priorities straight and God will give you the Apr 02 BAMA Good Friday Service, at W. strength to resist the temptations awaiting you. He has Farmington UMC, Tennebrae Service with stuck to his faith and beliefs and has made a good name for himself. Praise God ! ! ! Rev. Jim George coordinator. The Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m., and Peace, Blessings more to come Caroljean the Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Host churches Past, Present, Future provide the worship service, special music, and refreshments afterward. Good Friday Service will Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, start with refreshments at 6:00pm with the service at redeeming the time---Colossians 4:5 7:00pm. The past is gone, never to return. The present is our time of opportunity. The future is hidden from us, but if we read and study the Bible, God reveals to us more UP-COMING GREETERS about the future. Some people think they are forced to do things. Children 4/4 Bill & Joyce List often feel they are forced to get up in the morning, milk 4/11 Rainbow Girls the cows, or wash the dishes. When we accept Jesus as 4/18 Georgene & Dave Svoboda our Master, we don't have to do those things unwillingly. 4/25 Barb & Lloyd Adams We want to do them because we love Jesus and want to do what is pleasing to Him. Note: If you can not greet on the date requested, please We want to use our time to the glory of God. The way call Janie @ 330-889-2704 we use our precious moments of time now will largely determine how we will "use" endless eternity. Don't fret LAY SPEAKERS CLASSES #3 in series over what you do with time if you could live it over again. Get busy with the time you have left. John Wesley believed that it was not enough to believe "The mouth of fools poureth out foolishness" (Proverbs and have faith, but that love and faith should be put into 15:2). This foolishness means useless talk. In our social practice in our lives. gatherings the talk is often about the weather, the One main emphasis is grace: that undeserved, crops, the garden, the neighbors, the cars, the people, unmerited, and loving action of God. clothing, etc. When our conversation is changed to Kinds of grace----- useful talk, we talk about heavenly things and about the 1) Prevenient-the grace that causes our first thoughts coming of the Lord, which should be a comfort to us. of God and draws us to God. Revelation 10:6 tells us that sometime, time will be no 2) Justifying - the grace from God that is willing to longer. accept us and forgive us, "just as if" we had never "God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing sinned. to pray for you" (1 Samuel 12:23). We may be sinning by not taking time to pray for our brethern or for those 3) Sanctifying - the grace that continues to nurture us in need. and to increase our knowledge so that we can more fully love God and our neighbor. Little drops of water, little grains of sand Another main emphasis is faith and good works. This is Makes the mighty ocean and the pleasant land. seen when we join our hearts and hands in mission and Thus the little minutes, humble though they be service. Make the mighty ages of eternity. The mission of our church is one of nurture and Julia A. Fletcher Carnly outreach. Our faith is nurtured by the church through our Christian fellowship and participating in a worshipful Eli A. Yoder-Stuarts Draft, Va. community. We are blessed and strengthened as individuals when What we do early in the morning shows what our main we emphasize these principles in living out our faith. goal is in life. A simple suggestion was the only bit of "sage" advice I gave my son when he decided to enter the political arena----I told him to always remember his Auntie Joy--- APRIL FLOWER: Sweet Pea, Daisy Coming Events Mark your Calendar APRIL BIRTHSTONE: Diamond 1st Sun - Communion 2nd Sun - Special Collection for Bristol Area Food April is National Humor Month. National Ministry (BAFM) Humor month was founded in 1976 by best- 3rd Sun - 4th Sun - Noisy Collection & Carry-In Luncheon selling humorist Larry Wilde, Director of The (We have a guest Speaker!) Carmel Institute of Humor. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and Tuesdays - Windsor House Nursing Home Ministry, therapeutic value of laughter can improve Champion, 10 am health, boost morale, increase communication Tuesdays - Bible Study discussion group – 7pm in skills and enrich the quality of one's life. the parsonage. Wednesdays - Scripture Bible Study – 10am in the parsonage ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Apr 02 Good Friday Service at 7pm, refreshments at 6pm Apr 03 Roast Beef Dinner 4-6:30pm Tuesdays: Windsor House Nursing Home Ministry, Apr 04 Early Easter Service at 8:30am followed by 10-11am in Champion. Sing old hymns, read breakfast, regular service at 10:30am. scriptures, tell stories, and share your faith and love of God with people who need to know that someone Apr 05 Trustees meeting at 7pm and Church Council at 7:30pm cares. See Carol Goddard to help. Apr 14 United Methodist Women meeting – 10am at Communion is always offered the first Sunday of the church the month. If you are unable to attend worship and Apr 17 District Workshops – registration due March want to receive communion, please call the Pastor, 31. See Pastor Jim. 330-889-3345, and he will arrange to bring Apr 25 Dave Scavuzzo, District Superintendent, will communion to you that first week of the month. be our guest speaker for Worship. We will have our Carry-In luncheon afterwards instead of the 3rd Sunday. Prayer Chain – we are in continual need of updating our prayer chain (phone calls and e-mails). The power of prayer is immense whether as Easter Egg Hunt individuals or as a corporate church body. If you want to be part of this network, please call the Come to the village park on College Street on Pastor, 330-889-3345, or drop him an e-mail Saturday April 3rd at 2:00. The Easter Bunny will (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will add you to be present to visit with in the Shelter House. FUN! the list. Prayer List – Please let the Pastor know about any prayer concerns that you would like the church to pray about. Also, please help us stay up to date with the status of individuals you may be familiar with on the list. Sunday School – Adult Sunday School 9:30am; Children’s Sunday School during the service. Nursery is available. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Tuesdays: Windsor House Nursing Home Ministry, W. FARMINGTON UMC PRAYER MARKER 10-11am in Champion. Sing old hymns, read March 21, 2010 scriptures, tell stories, and share your faith and love Card Showers: of God with people who need to know someone cares. See Carol Goddard to help. Lyle Hickox Joannie Hickox Communion is always offered the first Sunday of 2751 B Road 2945 Estero Blvd. the month. If you are unable to attend worship and Grand Junction, Colo. 81501 Lot 48 want to receive communion, please call the Pastor, Fort Myers Beach 330-889-3345, and he will arrange to bring Holly Fusselman Walker Florida 33931 communion to you that first week of the month. C/o: KC Fusselman P.O. Box 33 Prayer Chain – we are in continual need of updating our prayer chain (phone calls and e-mails). West Farmington, Ohio 44491 The power of prayer is immense whether as individuals or as a corporate church body. If you Recently Hospitalized: Richard Yocum (Cleve Clinic) want to be part of this network, please call the Remember our shut-ins: Pastor, 330-889-3345, or drop him an e-mail Dorothy Anthony -- Betty Klouda -- Marion Root (email@example.com) and he will add you to Ann (Peg) Martin – Betty Stafford – Richard Petrick — Marjorie Heil the list. Mary Beechy Jimmy Lang -Tuesday Nights at 7:00pm at the parsonage. ―I Andrius Biliunas Betty Len Have Decided to Live Like a Believer‖ by Tony Mary Ellen Blaha Joe Len Campolo through the end of February. This is a Esther Burr Donna Long Jeff Cape Max Mansfield video and discussion series on how to live (deal) Joan Chambers Blanche Marcello with yourself, your spouse, your family, your Ray Chambers Chase McCollum community, and the world. Tony is a renowned Matt Chandler Ellie Musial evangelist who is a master of using humor to bring Ed Cleer Rick Padavan his message. Michael Cleer Kim Park - Wednesday Morning Bible Study at 10:00AM Michael Cross Kyle Quinn Jr. Wednesday Night Bible Study has switched to Ray Cross Kim Roseblossom Wednesday MORNINGS at 10 am in the Shirley Cross Ron Saxion parsonage. ―The Minor Prophets‖ - the 12 Books at Sherry Desenberg Elise Sprong the end of the Old Testament. Haley Dorshock Brenda Stauffer What do specific passages mean, and how does the Angela Foft Julie Sternagle Adam Gilbert Jim VanDervort Scripture relate to my life. Jackie Gingerich Holly Fusselman We’ll also look at ancient customs, location of Kathy Granados Gary Watts places, and the meanings of words. Diane Greathouse Chad Webb This week is the book of Amos. Christine Hall Brittany Williams Adult Sunday School – For April the class Joni Hickox Justin Woodworth continues the study on ―Community.‖ The weekly Evelyn Hinkle Kate Woodworth lessons will cover the ―Pain and Joy (of Margaret Klinger Matt & Heather George Community),‖ ―Love within the Community,‖ ―Connecting in the Community,‖ and ―Come on In Please note we have started the prayer list over (to the Community).‖ Scriptures will be from John, for 2010. To ensure that any names you have placed on the list are retained please let Pastor 1 John, Luke and Matthew. Come and join us on Jim know their name, status/condition and your Sunday mornings at 9:30am. name. Cards are in the pews. You can also email any prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday Night Discussion Group - 7pm in the parsonage. We are continuing with the video & discussion series – ―He Chose the Nails‖ by Max Lucado. This study looks at the primacy of the Goddard; Josh Hall; Philip Lancaster; Mark Mahon; Tammy Rodriguez; Reed Sutliff; Justin Loza; Anthony Wojtonek; Cross in our history and how we can more clearly Navy: understand what the death of Jesus means. Kris Stribling: Tim Walker Air Force: Wednesday MORNING Bible Study, 10am in the Mychael Bulford; Grant & Hayley Crandall; Erik McIntosh; A.J. parsonage, continues with the ―The Minor Musial; Brian Hray Prophets‖ - the 12 Books at the end of the Old Marine: Testament. What do specific passages mean, and Phil Rabadeux; Kris & Cory Reed; Daniel Nellis Jr.; how does the Scripture relate to my life. We’ll also Army Reserves: Charles Cross; look at ancient customs, location of places, and the meanings of words. This month the class will cover Marine Reserves: Ryan Romack; the Books of Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, MI National Guard: Zechariah, and Malachi. We meet at 10am in the Jim Richards Jr.; parsonage. Coast Guard: Alfonso Estades Adult Sunday School Things You Never Hear in Church Teachings of Jesus on Community 1) Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew. April 04 – Lesson 5 The Pain and the Joy (Easter) 2) I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon April 11 - Lesson 6 Love within the Community went 25 minutes over time. April 18 – Lesson 7 Connecting in the Community April 25 – Lesson 8 Come On In 3) Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf. APRIL ANNIVERSARIES 4) I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists. April 5 John and Lisa Spelich April 8 Paul David and Eilene Hurd 5) I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the April 30 Robert and Roxanne Gorman Junior High Sunday School class. 6) Forget the denominational minimum salary; let's pay our pastor so he can live like we do. 7) I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard APRIL BIRTHDAYS before! April 6 Kyle Boyk 8) Since we're all here, let's start the service early. April 6 David Bontrager April 7 Mya Sotera 9) Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible April 9 Shirley Williams seminar in the Bahamas. April 12 Starr Spangler April 14 Tim Mitton 10) Nothing inspires me and strengthens my April 17 Jane Bailey commitment like our annual stewardship April 17 Nathaniel Metheny campaign! April 20 Haley Spangler April 23 Taylor Amato April 24 Marilyn Young April 28 Bill List April 29 Betty Fluharty Active Military Poetry Corner Army: Mark Adams; Josh Berg; Bill Stewart; Lindsey Romack Canete; Felix Canete Jr.; Gregory Clisby; Isaac Ralston; Ken If you have a favorite poem or would like to submit passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Sen. Nelson was awarded the Presidential a poem you wrote yourself please email me the Medal of Freedom -- the highest honor given to civilians information to email@example.com in the United States -- for his role as Earth Day founder. Now, the fight for a clean environment continues. We invite you to be a part of this history and a part of Earth I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Heaven's door, Day. Discover energy you didn't even know you had. Not by the beauty of it all, Feel it rumble through the grass roots under your feet Nor the lights or its decor. and the technology at your fingertips. Channel it into building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations But it was the folks in Heaven to come. Who made me sputter and gasp-- The thieves, the liars, the sinners, For more information on the history of Earth Day and The alcoholics and the trash. Senator Gaylord Nelson, visit: There stood the kid from seventh grade www.nelsonearthday.net Who swiped my lunch money twice. Next to him was my old neighbor Who never said anything nice. Herb, who I always thought Was rotting away in hell, COMPUTER Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, Looking incredibly well. RECYCLING Bristol Area Ministerial Assoc. (BAMA) is I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal? I would love to hear Your take. sponsoring a computer (and anything How'd all these sinners get up here? electronic – see below) recycling program God must've made a mistake. this spring through April 15. Each BAMA 'And why is everyone so quiet, church is a short term collection point with So somber - give me a clue.' West Farmington UMC being the final drop 'Hush, child,' He said, 'they're all in shock. No one thought they'd be seeing you.' off point. The items will then be taken to RET3 Job Corp. in Cleveland who will Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a refurbish or dismantle and recycle all items. Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. Hard drives removed Every saint has a PAST... Hard drives are wiped utilizing the US Every sinner has a FUTURE! Department of Defense (DOD3) drive wipe Author Unknown program provided by Blancco that rewrites the drive three times (If the hard drive is defective it is disassembled and destroyed) 100% of the donated equipment is Recycled Refurbished computers are donated on your History of Earth Day behalf to schools, non-profits in need, and Earth Day is April 22. Each year marks the underprivileged families. anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental "No Landfill" Guarantee movement in 1970. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first RET3 is able to accept the following items for nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the donation: political establishment and force this issue onto the Personal Scanners national agenda. computers Copiers Laptop computers Printers Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich Servers & storage Cables, wires, and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor devices extension cords leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the Mainframe Digital cameras United States Environmental Protection Agency and the equipment Cellular phones Last October The Harkerode Foundation also started a Monitors (CRT DVD players clothing giveaway that was partnered with and held at the West Farmington United Methodist church. and LCD) NO TV’s at this Docking stations time, please New and gently used clothing was dropped off at the Floppy drives church where Vickie and Sharon, along with countless DVD/CD burners volunteers, organized, folded, and sorted the clothes Circuit Boards into a manageable system. The clothing “giveaway” days were very fun! It was like a huge garage sale but it was FREE! Many people came and took clothing for their Bring items to your church or to WFUMC by kids, grandkids, husbands, mothers, and themselves. This is a community event that should be viewed as a April 15. clothing trade as well! If you want to drop off clothes that your kids have grown out of and come on the Call 330-889-3345 with questions. giveaway days and pick up clothes that fit your kids then please do so! Everyone is welcome to donate and to Church Rummage Sale “shop”! The left over clothes were picked up by the local Girl Scout troop and donated to The Good Will for “Make a Difference Day”. Cash donations were accepted and all The West Farmington United Methodist Church donations were used to towards the Share – A – will be holding a Rummage Sale during the Christmas program. There will be another clothing Farmington community sales again this year! giveaway this year! The event will probably take place in They will be accepting donations for the October--So save your gently used clothes and we will rummage sale. More information will be ensure that they are put to good use. submitted next month such as dates and times In addition to these previous things, The Harkelrode that items can be dropped off at the church. All Foundation has sponsored ball teams, sponsored kids to items EXCEPT clothing will be taken. go to choir trips; she sponsored a cheerleader to go to Florida. The foundation has sponsored kids in sports with money for the pay to play. Recently the foundation sponsored two teams in Warren to play in the HARKELRODE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION tournament at Harding in April. There have been 4590 LAKEVIEW RD donations made for local families to help with medical WEST FARMINGTON, OH bills, donations to the festival in Farmington as well as 44491-9766 donations made to kids who are having medical problems in the form of gifts. Nintendo Wii games, telescopes, and the like are usually on the list! Motto: To Help Make Childrens Dreams Come True. Vickie also speaks at numerous events such as Prom Promises and anything that has to do with kids. She was Vickie Harkelrode of West Farmington, started a also nominated as parade marshal last year at the scholarship foundation for high school seniors in Farmington Festival. honor of her two sons, who both died tragically at the ages of 9 and 18. The Harkelrode Foundation holds an annual golf But the scholarship program is not the only thing that outing in July and a basketball game the week of The Harkelrode Foundation supports. Thanksgiving every year to raise funds for these donations. So the next time you see an event going For the last two years Vickie Harkelrode with her on or have a few dollars to donate—Think Harkelrode Foundation in conjunction with the West Farmington United Methodist church has worked on the Harkelrode! annual Share – A – Christmas program; the two have made it a huge success! The event was started by the church but was limited to Farmington residents only. After the first year, Vickie contacted Sharon VanDervort and asked if her foundation could get involved in the Share – A – Christmas program. Since then, the program has expanded to include Farmington, Bristol, and Southington families as well.
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