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!
On the menu this week:
Children under 10: $4.00
Money raised from Kofi's Breakfast goes to the General Church Fund.
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.
God is the author of time and space. He created time but is not bound by time. So every 365-or-so days he gives us something special: a brand new time called a New Year. The New Year is given to us to do or redo some very special things, if we choose to or not. God leaves it up to us. God understands “newness” - the Bible says His mercies are new every morning. God often says I am going to do a new thing. He promises to give us newness of life. As human beings we also understand newness: we all like “the new car smell” or the fresh aroma of a pair of new shoes or sneakers. We all like something new from time to time.
That is why we make New Year resolutions. We want the New Year to be different from the past years. Many people will sign up for gym membership, buy new running shoes, try to eat healthy and lose some weight. The objective is to have a healthy lifestyle. New Year resolutions lose their momentum pretty fast though, and that is the reason why many people have stopped making them. So how do we prepare for the New Year? God says, “I am doing a new thing; can you see it?” A New Year itself is a new opportunity for us to focus on what God is doing. It is an opportunity to listen for the move of the Spirit in our hearts.