MARCH 18 Bulletin

   Announcements               NURSERY CARE is available in the Enfinger Center building for all services.  One of the ushers will be glad to assist you.            CHURCH COUNCIL will meet MARCH 25 after fellowship time.            CHOIR REHEARSALS.  The choir will rehearse music for Palm Sunday and Easter after worship TODAY from 11 to 12.  We will also learn some pieces from our new books, “The Faith We Sing.”  Want to join us just for Easter music without making a permanent commitment to choir?  Please come!           UNITED METHODIST MEN’s ADVANCE for the Alabama-West Florida Conference will be April 20-21 at Blue Lake.  See Brian Grantham for details.           SUMMER CAMP AT LAKE FOREST RANCH for 11-18-year-olds.  Time to be planning for summer!  Registrations will be due soon, so see Beth for more info.            PASSOVER MEAL.  On Maundy Thursday, MARCH 29 at 6:30, we will celebrate Holy Communion as part of a Passover Seder meal in the Enfinger Center.  There will be no charge for the meal, but reservations are needed to help us plan appropriately.  Sign up on your bulletin insert and place in offering plate.  Volunteers to help with set up, serving, readings, and clean up are very welcome.  Let Katie Aiken know if you would like to help or would like to know more: 981-6786 or  kaiken@gulftel.com .           FOLEY UMC LENTEN LUNCHES. Foley United Methodist Church “Lenten Lunches” continue each Thursday through March 22 in the Spirit Center at  915 N. Pine St .  A simple lunch is served from 11:30-12:30 with a program beginning just after noon.  Devotional thoughts from a different pastor or community leader each week.  $5.00 suggested donation for lunch.           USHERS NEEDED. Our usher calendar is posted at the back of the sanctuary.  Please volunteer to serve our church family by welcoming folks to worship.  Nervous about volunteering to usher?  No problem!    We will train you before your term of service begins!                        UPCOMING EVENTS    TODAY Choir Rehearsal    MARCH 21  Bread Ministry food distribution    MARCH 25  Palm Sunday; Church Council Meeting    MARCH 28  Bread Ministry food distribution    MARCH 29  Passover Seder meal and Holy Communion    APRIL 1  Easter

Announcements

 

 

NURSERY CARE is available in the Enfinger Center building for all services.  One of the ushers will be glad to assist you. 

 

CHURCH COUNCIL will meet MARCH 25 after fellowship time. 

 

CHOIR REHEARSALS.  The choir will rehearse music for Palm Sunday and Easter after worship TODAY from 11 to 12.  We will also learn some pieces from our new books, “The Faith We Sing.”  Want to join us just for Easter music without making a permanent commitment to choir?  Please come!

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN’s ADVANCE for the Alabama-West Florida Conference will be April 20-21 at Blue Lake.  See Brian Grantham for details.

 

SUMMER CAMP AT LAKE FOREST RANCH for 11-18-year-olds.  Time to be planning for summer!  Registrations will be due soon, so see Beth for more info. 

 

PASSOVER MEAL.  On Maundy Thursday, MARCH 29 at 6:30, we will celebrate Holy Communion as part of a Passover Seder meal in the Enfinger Center.  There will be no charge for the meal, but reservations are needed to help us plan appropriately.  Sign up on your bulletin insert and place in offering plate.  Volunteers to help with set up, serving, readings, and clean up are very welcome.  Let Katie Aiken know if you would like to help or would like to know more: 981-6786 or kaiken@gulftel.com.

 

FOLEY UMC LENTEN LUNCHES. Foley United Methodist Church “Lenten Lunches” continue each Thursday through March 22 in the Spirit Center at 915 N. Pine St.  A simple lunch is served from 11:30-12:30 with a program beginning just after noon.  Devotional thoughts from a different pastor or community leader each week.  $5.00 suggested donation for lunch.

 

USHERS NEEDED. Our usher calendar is posted at the back of the sanctuary.  Please volunteer to serve our church family by welcoming folks to worship.  Nervous about volunteering to usher?  No problem!    We will train you before your term of service begins!  

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

TODAY Choir Rehearsal

MARCH 21  Bread Ministry food distribution

MARCH 25  Palm Sunday; Church Council Meeting

MARCH 28  Bread Ministry food distribution

MARCH 29  Passover Seder meal and Holy Communion

APRIL 1  Easter

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND, JANUARY 2017

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, the apostles, and other heroes of the faith. See the locations where the biblical events took place. Worship and study where other believers have done so for thousands of years. Rev. Rob is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land  January 17-27, 2017 and is inviting YOU to come along.

It is time to experience the Scriptures in a whole new way. 

http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl17-51513-haynes#eotours

You're having a bad day?!?

There's a funny thing about bad days. Most folks use other people's misery to feel better about their own situation.   We also try to show others that their situation is not as bad as someone else's misfortune. 

Job had a life that is so hard even though he was faultless before God.  Job had a holy reverence for God.  He truly feared God.  Job was wealthy. He had a great family and everything was going his way.  The tempter stated that Job would rebuke God if everything was taken away.  This proved wrong.  The evil one then stated if Job lost his health he would turn away from God.  He was wrong.  

Job does not sin by his submission.  

Why???  40 chapters of why? How?  What happened to me?

The retrobution principle is:  Jobs life is a result of how he's living (good actions result in blessings from God,  bad actions result in punishment).  Job must not have been living right.  The cosmic reward for what you do or Murphys Law is not based on Scripture.  Suffering is not our fault.  Retrobution is not how God works in our lives.

Context of scriptures are key!  The end of story cannot be skipped.  God is not and cannot be the author of evil in this world.  The restoration of our world is coming but we will hurt in the mean time.  This is not easily understood, we must strive for the kingdom even amidst trouble.   Do not worry today for troubles that will occur tomorrow.

Happiness does not equal JOY.  The message to do whatever makes me happy now has wrecked many lives.  This shallow interpretation of what we want causes us to miss the mark.  The Christian message provides so much more.  Innocent suffering is sometimes a way to know God better.  Jesus life is the example of perfect suffering.  He died in a way that we can't truly understand.   Job is a small reflection of Christ.

Suffering can be unexpected rest assured that  God is with us and will always be with us.   Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scriptures 8/23/15

 

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:1 NIV

http://bible.com/111/job.1.1.NIV

On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord , and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord , “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”  Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”  “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”  The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”  So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.  His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”  He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 2:1-10 NIV

http://bible.com/111/job.2.1-10.NIV