My Dear Friends,
The month of May brings with it great excitement for all of us. The weather begins to warm up, birds are flying around, and the air is getting fresh and crisp. Those of us who like working outside and digging in the dirt by way of gardening begin to prepare to plant our crops. In general, we all look forward to exciting plans for the summer.
Spring is finally here and we can’t help but notice the new life bursting forth all around us. New life seems to come just around Easter each year. We celebrate with the lilies, tulips, hyacinths, and all the trees begin to blossom again.
Christ has risen and continues to give new life to all of us, not only humans, but to all creation including the plants and animals. He is raised to heal the sick, help those who are struggling. He is raised to help the addict recover and heal those living with pain and to find strength and relief.
Jesus did not only rise from the dead but the scriptures say he ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father. In this Christian calendar
The snow is melting, the birds are chirping! We are beginning to get sightings of robins and daffodils. It looks like we have survived another winter here in the Poconos. Easter is around the corner – Hooray!
As we work our way through Lent, we now turn our eyes to Holy Week. Believe it or not there are people who do not know anything about Holy Week and there are some Christians who skip over Holy Week right to Easter. However, for many of us we know it is an important because it is the holiest of all weeks on our Christian calendar. This week starts with Palm Sunday, which is also called Passion Sunday because we read the story leading up to the crucifixion and death of Christ on the cross. The day begins with waving palm branches and
The journey through Lent starts from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is a forty-day trip. Even though as Christians we journey together, our experience of the trip will vary. Some of us will travel through Lent without giving it much thought and some will go through without much effort and some with little investment and gain nothing. However, others will embrace the journey, challenge themselves in a new spiritual way and in the end find themselves renewed, refreshed and transformed. So, as we begin the journey next week we all have to decide ahead of time how we would like our experience to go.
We must take the time to prepare and plan just like we would plan for a road trip. There is no better opportunity to reorder our lives, make a new start, and deepen our spiritual life through reflection.
Our next new members class will be held on Wednesday, February 27th. If you have been attending and are interested in becoming a member, please contact Pastor Kofi Ashley at the Church Office, 570-839-9902.
At the membership class, we will learn about the people called Methodists, our own church history and how to be part of the ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Join us at the 9:30 Contemporary WorshipService on Sunday, March 3rd as we worship and fellowship with inspirationaljazzmusic. The Praise Team will play inspirational praise music featuring great musicians.
You do not want to miss this special presentation. Please invite your friends to this special worshipserviceat 9:30 am.
You are going to love it.
See you there!
One of our great ministries over the years has been sending care packages to our college students for Valentine’s Day. It is a great reminder to these students that their church family is remembering and praying for them.
We could use your help in this ministry by donating items that can be included in these care packages. Lightweight snacks and treats are suggested. Please, no liquids. These items can be placed in the drop-off box in the Welcome Center. Monetary donations are also needed to help with mailing cost. Your check should be made out to MPUMC with VALENTINE BOXES written on the memo line. Cash donations should be in an envelope marked VALENTINE BOXES, both can be placed in the offering plate or the office mailbox.
Please have all donations in by Sunday, February 10th. We will be boxing the goodies after the 9:30 am service
These young adults are very dear to us all. Please donate if you will, but above all, pray for them!
Thank you so very much!
February is the shortest month of the year. Although short it is filled with a lot of activities. The Super Bowl, which claims to be the biggest sporting event, is in February. Another big event in February is Valentine’s Day. What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love is a popular song on YouTube.
Love means many things to many people and as Valentine’s Day approaches we are all reminded that love is in the air. Businesses tell us it is time to buy flowers, candy, heart-shaped chocolates, strawberries and jewelry for those we love.
In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13 is called “The Love Chapter.” It is the most requested passage of scripture for weddings. It says: “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast…” Love penetrates every relationship we have, not just romantic and family relationships but also with everyone we come in contact with. Love should be expressed to those we work with, at the grocery store, and in our everyday activities.