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Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*We are now on Facebook*
*Sundays: 8:00 a.m.
Informal with guitar by the river - approx. Mid-May to October 15
In the sanctuary approx. October 16 to Mid-May
*Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
Traditional service with organ and bell choir
*Sundays: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday School for children youth and adults- September 1 to May 30
*Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.
Highland Village Bible Study
*Wednesdays: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Confirmation Class for all students in Grades 7 and 8 (approx. Sept. thru May)
John 15:26,26, 16:4b-15
Jesus Is Not with Us Now
How's that title for getting your attention? It sounds like heresy, doesn't it? Well, I would argue that this statement is based in the scripture for this week.
Jesus, in this section of John's gospel, is preparing the disciples for his departure - both his death on the cross and, ultimately, his ascension to heaven. He clearly says, "But now I am going to him who sent me" (Jn 16:5), "it is better for you that I go away" (Jn 16:7b) and "I am going to the Father and you will not see me anymore" (Jn 16:10b). Jesus is not with us now.
At the same time he promised, "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. The "helper" is, of course, "the Spirit ,who reveals the truth about God." (Jn 14:16b-17a) So, Jesus may not be with us now, but the Holy Spirit is.
We consider the Spirit this week because this Sunday is "Pentecost". The story we all know and love is Luke's account of the Holy Spirit coming down as tongues of fire on the disciples. We, however, are reading John's version of the coming of the Holy Spirit. For John, the Spirit is present when Jesus leaves - which is a bit before Pentecost.
John refers to the Holy Spirit as the "Advocate" or "Counselor". These titles translate to the "one called along side". That helps us get a feeling for who the Spirit is and the role the Spirit plays in our lives - a force that is with us.
John Taylor, an Anglican Bishop, described the Holy Spirit as the "go-between God". In the context of the "not-here" Jesus, this means that the Holy Spirit serves to bridge between the past - when Jesus was present as God in-the-flesh, with the Christ to come on the last day. The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the "one called along side" with us, is the "now", experience of our Creator & Savior.
That sounds all wonderfully "churchy" I know. But, what are the implications for us today? Well, the implications are huge. To accept that the Holy Spirit is the "now" God, means that through this "Advocate" we can be "shown" truth. We will be able to recognize the presence of God in our world. We will be made aware of pathways to God's kingdom come.
The Spirit comes to walk alongside us so we may open ourselves to see possibilities, avoid dead ends and dangers, and direct our energy in ways that facilitate life, peace and joy. In other words, we can be inspired / "in-spirited" to live meaningful lives which make a difference.
I am not suggesting that we forget, or even diminish Jesus or God, the Creator. I am, however, reminding us that one very important pathway toward a fuller, meaningful and influential life comes when the Holy Spirit is recognized and embraced. Glancing up to see a "tongue of flame" over your head might be fun. But, slowing down to allow the Spirit of God "go-between" us and the "day-to-dayness" of life so we can connect with God and our neighbor in true communion is what the Pentecost experience is all about.
Grace & peace,
What's Happening Now?
*We Are Now On Facebook!!
Catch up-to-date news and announcements happening in our church on Facebook. Just enter www.facebook.com/watertowncumc or click on the Facebook icon above. Then enter your email address and Facebook password and like it. You will then see what is happening here at CUMC. Learn about our Pig Road and see pictures of our outdoor worship service. You can also catch church cancellations, worshipping outdoors or any other last minute information about events. Check it out.
*Meals-On-Wheels - June 1-5
It is our turn to deliver meals to the shut-ins in our community. See the sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Bev Spangler at 920-261-6132.
We will be honoring the graduates of high school, college and technical schools at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24. If you know of anyone who will be graduating this year, please contact the church office no later than Tuesday, May 12. The Froehlich-CUMC Scholarship will also be presented.
*Mallard's Game*Summer Camp 2015
24 tickets are available for the circuit churches to attend a Mallard's game in Madison on Friday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. Cost of this event is $18 per person, which includes food that will be served from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sign up in the narthex to attend this fun event!
It's that time of the year again: Time to start planting the community garden. We will plant one area of the garden for the generation of fresh produce to be donated to the food pantry and other community-based food programs. The remaining area will be for those individuals who wish to grow their own food, but may not have access to land. If you are interested in helping to prepare the garden or needing a garden plot, please contact Joe Wall at 920-988-1229.
*Summer Camp - 2015
We are pleased to have a number of Summer 2015 United Methodist Camp catalogs in the narthex. For over 150 years, campers have had their lives transformed through camping ministries. Every camp experience will include opportunities to grow in faith, to experience friendship and true Christian community, and to have fun in an outdoor setting. We invite you to look through the catalog and imagine yourself at camp this summer! Camping Scholarships up to $200 are available. Contact Pastor Ron.
*Summer Midweek Services - 2015
Our Summer Midweek Services will once again be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting June 10. Because this ministry continues to grow, our need for financial support continues to grow also. We estimate that we need approximately $100 for each of our midweek events. Please consider supporting this ministry with a financial gift to honor or remember someone you care for. If you would just like to donate any amount to this ministry, please identify this gift placing summer midweek service on your check. We appreciate your support of this successful ministry!
*In-Gathering Kits For Annual Conference
Annual Conference will be here before you know it. Please begin to gather the items so that we can collect them in May and June. 1-gallon plastic bags with a list of items needed can be found on the table in the narthex. Please complete the whole kit - it becomes much easier for those who will be delivering the kits. Please return the complete sewing kit by Sunday, June 7. Thank you!
-3 yards of cotton/cotton-blend fabric. Must be uncut and unwashed
-1 pair of SEWING scissors
-1 package of hand sewing needles
-1 spool of threat (250+ yards: match or coordinate with fabric)
-5-8 matching buttons (not small shirt size)
Wrap sewing notions inside the fabric and place in a one-gallon plastic bag. Shipping donation is $1.
*Pig Roast Fundraiser
Come join us at our Pig Roast on Wednesday, June 10, from 4-6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The menu includes roast pig, coleslaw, pasta salad, baked beans, rolls, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12 years and children 5 & under are free. Tickets are now available. Following the pig roast, our first summer music concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Pastor Ron & family will be featured.
*Summer Midweek Concert Series - 2015
Our Summer Midweek Concert Series will once again be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting June 10. See the head usher for the Concert Series schedule brochure. The Gospel music schedule is:
June 10 - Pastor Ron and Family
June 17 - Three Wives Men
June 24 - Cowboy Church
July 1 - No Service (Holiday)
July 8 - The King's Countrymen
July 15 - Seeger Boys
July 22 - DisCords
July 29 - The Assemblymen
*Summer Worship Hours - Mark Your Calendars!
Our worship hours will remain at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Watch the bulletins and/or newsletters for special events to happen between services.