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Pastor Brad Luck
January 20, 2019
 
 
From the Church Office 1/21/19 -- We extend prayer and travel mercies to Pastor Brad as he spends today travelling to South Bend, Indiana, to be with his family as his father undergoes a heart procedure.  Pastor Brad expects to return home late today.

Reflection
 
Pastor Brad spoke yesterday on discovering and then using our spiritual gifts.  We were redeemed for a reason, and we are given gifts to fulfill a greater purpose.
 
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – Spiritual Gifts

Now concerning spiritual gifts,[a] brothers and sisters,[b] I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Paul wants us to learn and understand where our spiritual gifts come from and that they must be activated by the Holy Spirit.  There are a variety of gifts Paul lists.  To help discover your particular gift(s), there is a survey that was in the bulletin (and there are extras on the glass case in the narthex) that can help lead your thoughts toward finding exactly what that gift may be.

Once you’ve identified your gift, you need to activate it…activation in this case means putting your gifts into practice “for the common good.”  It’s like activating your credit card…you call the number on the sticker on the front of the card and, once you’re told it’s activated, you put it in your wallet ready for when you need it.  Not activating that gift through the Holy Spirit makes it less effective.  Consider this quote from Howard Thurman: 

         “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
         Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

  The world, our church, our community, your family, your workplace, doesn’t need you to do tasks for which you are not gifted.  The world, our church, our community, our families, our workplace needs people “who have come alive,” activated by God’s Holy Spirit!
 
 
Prayer Concerns
 
Diana Brown asked for prayer for her friend Lori’s dad, Charles Turner, who has an infection complicating other health issues.  Judy Williams asked for prayer for a volunteer at Heartbeat, a young mother of two small boys named Dawn who is suffering from a rare form of ovarian cancer.  Louise Proctor asked for prayer for her daughter-in-law’s mother, Anne McCracken, who is suffering from shingles.  Lila Breitner asked for prayer for 14 members of the middle school swim/dive team who are traveling to Holt for state-level meets next weekend.  Linda Plumb asked for prayer for Phil Carner, the brother of Kae Addy, who has stomach cancer.  Please pray for Doug, a friend of Dave Tyler, who is terminal.  Kathy Leslie had a joy that her cousin Diane was able to come home after 17 weeks in the hospital.  Prayers of joy that Clare & Wade Jennings may be getting another Corgi.  Prayers go out to Pastor Brad as he travels to South Bend and to his father who is undergoing a heart procedure Monday.  Prayers too for Julie Churchill who will be having a knee manipulation Monday.
 
 
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
 
Monday January 21 6:45 pm Chime’s Choir Practice
  7 pm Trustees Meeting
Tuesday January 22 10 am Prayer Time
Wednesday January 23 10 am Grief Support Group
  7 pm Choir Practice
Saturday January 26 District Level Protection Policy Training at Carleton UMC (contact Joan Wittkop for further information)
Sunday January 27 9 am Sunday School
  9 am Confirmation Class
  10:30 am Worship Service

Save the Date
        Fun & Fellowship – Church Outings at the Walleye’s Game!  Their Faith and Family Fun night will be Sunday February 10th with a 5:15 pm game.  Let Kathy Leslie know if you’re interested!

New adult Sunday School book study– The Sunday School group meeting in the library, led by Aimee Luck, will begin a new study on the book “Joy Stealers:  Overcoming Obstacles to Hope and Happiness” by Rob Renfroe.  This will continue for the next six weeks (until Lent).  Come join us!

2019 Coffee Hour Sign-Up – A new sign-up sheet is available for 2019, January through July.  If you’d like to provide coffee hour, please sign up for a Sunday (or two…or more…).  If you have any questions or if you notice that we’re low on supplies, please contact Amy Hempel.

2019 Altar Flower calendar is posted in the fellowship hall.  If you’d like to donate the cost of the altar flowers for a Sunday ($20), please write down who the flowers are in memory or honor of and your name as the person giving the flowers.  You may take them home with you that Sunday after morning worship.  Please leave the cost of the flowers with your name and “altar flowers” in the offering plate.

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.

 
Birthdays this week:
 
 
       
  Sunday Jan 20 Doug Steinman, Anna Wenzel
  Monday Jan 21 Janice Adams
  Tuesday Jan 22  Marge Walasinski
  Wednesday Jan 23 Richard Bird, Wendy Hoffman
  Friday Jan 25  Jim Goodridge
       
 
Anniversaries this week:
 
 
       
  There are no anniversaries this week.    
       
 
  Have a blessed week!  
 

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