Christ United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Called & Empowered by Christ to Love, Serve, Witness

 

 

 112 Hall Street, Watertown, WI 53094

                (920) 261-0736 watertownchristumc@gmail.com

 

Office Hours: 

                            Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                              (summer:  9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)  

 
  
 

*On-Line Giving       

  

 

WORSHIP TIMES

 
*Sundays:  8:00 a.m.
Informal with guitar by the river - approx. June 1 to  October 15
In the sanctuary approx. October 16-30 
 
*Sundays:  10:00 a.m.
Traditional service with organ and bell choir 
 

EDUCATION

 

*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)
 

  

Bibletok 

 

 

Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18
 
Hear His Voice
 
      The time following Easter marches on. Our lessons begin to move us beyond the theme of the last few Sundays that Jesus is risen! We should never forget the reality of the resurrection, of course, but seeing what life after the tomb for disciples looks like is also very important.
     The two passages for this Sunday may not seem to have much in common. One shares the words "of" Jesus while the other offers words "about" him. One occurs "prior" to the resurrection and the other "after". One offers a sense of "hope and peace for all", and the other depicts a "conflict" between the establishment and the infant church. Yet, they share an important fact that Christ actively remains with us.
 
     The early followers experienced fears of abandonment and loss immediately after the crucifixion. They felt like that until Jesus' appearances following the resurrection. But, for many these same feelings may plague us.
 
     Two weeks ago Jesus told Thomas, "Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!" (John 20:29). Those "happy" ones, which Jesus was referring to, are us. Yet, at times, it can be a real struggle to "believe without seeing".
 
     Facing illness, job loss, broken relationships, disappointments or tragedy can call into question the presence of the living God. The reason that Harold Kushner's 1981 book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" continues to sell so many copies is that it addresses a question so many of us ask.
 
     The text from John, however, informs us that "There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd." He is promising a continuing "conversation" with his sheep - even those who find it difficult to embrace him, as we can do in times of trial.
 
     The words from Acts inform us that "Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, "Leaders of the people and elders...". In this account Peter is standing accused in front of the ones who could condemn him as Jesus had been, but he was not standing alone. He was "full of the Spirit". God's presence was within him.
 
     This text serves as a reminder of a number of passages which confirm for us that we are never alone. We have not been left alone, as Jesus promised in John 14, "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you. ... you will not be left all alone".
 
     As in the example with Peter before the leaders and elders, we know that God's Spirit is with us to "teach us", "lead us to truth", give us "what we should say", "help us" and "plead with God for us".
 
     Easter is not the final word, but a beginning of the conversation with God through the love of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to listen for and to hear this voice supporting, guiding and advocating for us in the midst of our messy lives.
 
Grace & peace,
 
Pastor Ron
 
   


 

What's Happening Now?

 
 

 

  

*2015 May Friendship Day

Church Women United will sponsor May Friendship Day on Saturday, May 2, at 12:00 noon at the Ebenezer Moravian Church.  The theme is "Journey of the Caregiver."  Reservations for the Salad Luncheon need to be made with Ruth Borbe at 920-261-9661.  Honor Valient Women award is going to Gloria Higgins.  There will be an Offering of the Least Coin, and donations to the Watertown Food Pantry and PEP items are appreciated.

 

 *Support Our Mission, Paul Webster

Join our campaign to continue supporting our United Methodist Missionary, Paul Webster, who is working on our behalf in Africa. Paul comes from Wisconsin and runs a very successful agricultural mission in Africa. The needs he serves are great, but the resources are scarce. He needs our help. Pick up a "Mini M&M" container in the Narthex, eat the M&M's and fill it with quarters. It holds 56 quarters ($14) to be exact. Please return your support by April 26.

*May Book Discussion

  There will be another book discussion on Tuesday evening, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.  The book is entitled "Have a Little Faith."  Copies are now available on the outside ledge of the church office.  Cost is $11 each.  Please be sure to sign your name on the sheet so we know who has taken a copy. 

*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.

*Pig Roast Fundraiser

  Our church will be having a Pig Roast on Wednesday, June 10.  This will replace the Ham Dinner we normally have in April.  Watch the bulletins and newsletters for more information.

*New Member Class

  Wondering about joining Christ UMC?  If so, plan to attend a "Pastor's Coffee" on Sunday, May 3rd, between services (9-9:45).  This is an opportunity to learn about what membership means in the United Methodist Church in general and Christ United Methodist Church, specifically.  You will receive a packet of helpful materials, learn about an upcoming class and be able to ask questions of Pastor Ron.  Please contact the office if you plan on attending.

*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.  Thank you!

SEWING KIT:

-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.

*Watertown Food Pantry Looking for Volunteers

The Watertown Food Pantry is seeking volunteers for the 23rd Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive on Saturday, May 9.  In order to collect, sort and deliver all the food that is collected at the Post Office, we need lots of help.  The Pantry is in need of help at two locations:  the Post Office beginning at 9 a.m. and the Food Pantry beginning at 11 a.m.  At the Post Office, volunteers are needed to pack the food into boxes for transport to the Food Pantry.  At the pantry, strong bodies are needed to get the carts into Immanuel Lutheran Church, to the basement and then stack the boxes for storage until needed.

 *Community Garden

  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.

*Glenn's Market Brat Fry

  On Friday, May 8, Crossroads House will hold a brat fry at Glenn's Market from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This is a local program to help people from becoming homeless.  Come and enjoy a meal of brats, hot dogs and hamburgers along with chips and a soda.

*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!

*Summer Midweek Services Scheduled

   Our plans are set, the groups are ready, so now all we need is summer!  Just turn up the heat and some sunshine and get out your tapping shoes so our souls can soar with our midweek summer services!

Mark your calendar and invite other to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.  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

See the Head Usher for the brochure of this year's Gospel music schedule.  Take some for your family and friends!

*Mallard's Game

  35 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!

If you are interested in helping in any way possible, please contact Dawn Westenberg, the volunteer coordinator, at 920-261-7068.  The goal is to have enough volunteers so everyone can work just a few hours.  Whatever time you can donate would be greatly appreciated.  Even just an hour or two would be a big help.  Thank you.