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Pastor Brad Luck
May 19, 2019
 
 
From the Church Office 5/19/19

From the Back Pew…A Congregant’s Perspective
 
In Pastor Brad’s absence yesterday, Bob Tessmer did wonderful work for Jesus in leading the service.  His theme of “I Have Your Request” really resonated—we can ask God and ask and ask, but in the end God will do what is best for His creation.

Jesus was asked repeatedly for a sign that he was really who he said he was.  He granted that request for Thomas, showing Thomas his hands and his side, reminding us that those who believe without seeing are truly blessed.  However, he did not grant the request of the Pharisees.  It makes me smile to picture Jesus giving the Pharisees the “side-eye” and saying “I have your request”.

The Pharisees wouldn’t commit to Jesus without a sign.  These are the same Pharisees that jeered him while he was on the cross.  It seems they were actually looking for a reason to NOT believe.  A sign would’ve convinced their minds maybe, but not their hearts.  Jesus’ appearances were to those who had already given their hearts to him.

Thomas’ request showed a lack of faith-filled insight and imagination, but he was a loyal and faithful disciple and was pure of heart.  His loyalty of purpose in following Jesus was greater than his inability to imagine the Risen Lord.

Follow the Gospels and the truth will come into focus.  Give Jesus your heart so he may come to you.

See you in church!

  Jill Bradley
 
 
Joys & Concerns 5/19/19
 
Please pray for Nancy Harmon, currently in the hospital.  Veda Tyler’s daughter’s father-in-law Larry Revel is in the hospital. Roger Adams praised the Lord for such a smooth and enjoyable trip.  Pray for Bonnie Jondre who has cancer.  Praise to the Lord that Dale Ziesmer’s surgery went great—he is home and walking slowly.  Kristen Olsen asked for prayer for a friend going through a very rough time.  Continued prayer for Brett Simmons.  Barb Longenbarger gives praise that her granddaughter Hope Longenbarger graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University.  Prayer goes out to the Mary Harwick family on Mary’s death this past weekend.
 
 
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
 
Tuesday May 21 10:00 am Prayer Time
  6:30 pm Q&A at church continuing the discussion from Bishop Bard’s Post-General Conference Listening Session
Wednesday May 22 10 am Grief Support Group
  7 pm Choir Practice
  8 pm Worship Committee
Saturday May 25 9 am – 3 pm UMYF Rummage Sale
Sunday May 26 9:00 am Adult Sunday School
  10:30 am Worship Service

Interested in going to camp this summer?  There are flyers in the Welcome Center at church or you can see what’s out there by visiting www.umcamping.org There are 95 “Christ-fueled events” available!  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for children and adults alike to grow in Christ this summer.  Early registration is encouraged to hold your spot!  We also have scholarships available to help cover the cost of camp…find the perfect spot for your camper, pre-register, then contact the church for scholarship information.

  Dundee UMC Endowment Fund -- As you make long-range financial decisions for yourself and your family, please remember the Dundee United Methodist Church Endowment Fund. A gift to this fund, no matter the size, offers an opportunity to continue your giving for generations and insures the church and its ministries are sustained for the years to come. Ten Percent of the dividends are reinvested back into the fund as principle and the remaining 90% is used for church maintenance projects, programs and missions.  For more information please contact the church office.

Continue the discussion – As you may remember from last week, Bishop David Bard has hosted 3 of 4 Post-General Conference Listening Sessions, the most recent of which was last Tuesday in East Lansing and attended by Pastor Brad and Louise Proctor.  To view a recording of this session, please visit Bishop's Listening Session May 14 East Lansing  Pastor Brad will host a listening session of our own at the church this Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 pm.  Please come and participate in open and honest discussion about the decisions made for our global church at the General Conference in February.


Pentecost gifts for the church – As in prior years, we’d like to give the church the gift of red flowers for Pentecost.  If you’d like to pick up some red annuals to have planted around the church, please bring them in to the fellowship hall in the next week or two and leave them on the tables by the windows.  Linda Plumb will see that they get planted in the pots around the church building.  Thank you so much for your gift to brighten up the outside of the church this summer!


Please join us for COOKOUT and GAMES for the entire family!
(parents, grandparents, older siblings, cousins, and friends)

 TUESDAY JULY 23rd at 6PM

Following the cookout we will have a celebration where the kids will perform the songs they learned.

Dundee United Methodist Church
645 Franklin St. Dundee, MI
www.umcdundee.org

Featuring fun experiments, music, games, bible lessons and fellowship for all children that will be going into Preschool (3 yrs old and potty trained)-6th grade in the fall. Please invite all your friends and family.

This is FREE to attend, and you do not have to attend DUMC to participate.
All children are welcome.
We just ask that you register by July 12th to ensure your child gets a VBS T-shirt.

Please contact Keri Secor at mailto:kerisecor@gmail.com with questions.

Sign your child up online: http://bit.ly/DUMC-2019VBS

(there are also registration forms on the welcome center at the church)
 
 
Birthdays this week:
 
 
  Sunday May 19 McKayla Williams
  Wednesday May 22 Coty Sexton-Fleming
  Thursday May 23 Samantha Potter
 
 
Anniversaries this week:
 
 
  Friday May 24 Sean & Deanna Parkinson
 
 
  Have a blessed week!  
 

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