Announcements – September 30, 2018

  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • Oct 1 (1:30pm): Dementia support group @ Valley View
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 7: Fuel Fund Sunday to defray winter fuel costs.
  • October 20 (7am): Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC
  • October 28: IHS Doughnut/Bagel order due
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 7: IHS Ham Loaf/BBQ Orders Due
  • November 15: IHS Ham Loaf/BBQ Pick Up
  • November 18: IHS Class Homecoming Meal @ Grove
  • November 18: Charge Conference @ Trinity (3pm)

 

Candy Donations: are being accepted for the outreach for trick-or-treat.   See Jayne P. for details.

Choir Practice: Wed 5:30pm @ Grove Memorial

Bible Study: Wed 6:30pm @ Grove Memorial, Tue 7pm @ Lake Park

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: (by Oct 28) See Nancy B. with your monetary donations so we can supply toothbrushes.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: September donations are now being accepted.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession

Call to Worship

L: Who is wise and understanding among us?

P: Those who seek wisdom and understanding each and every day. Those who delight in God

and meditate on God’s law.

L: Come, learn more about the wisdom from above, a wisdom that yields a harvest of righteousness.

P: O God, your wisdom is more precious than jewels! We draw near to you.

 

Prayer of Confession (James 3)

O God, we live our lives as best we can—dealing with difficult relationships and situations, putting failures and disappointments behind us, and moving into each new day with as much energy, goodwill, and optimism as we can muster.

But here, right now, we seldom have the right answers, we seldom seek your higher wisdom in our lives, we just move ahead.

Forgive us for not asking for your insight.

Fill us with your wisdom, that we may live lives of goodness and peace. Amen.

Announcements – September 23, 2018

 

  • September 26 (6:30pm): Grove UMC Ad Council Meeting
  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 7: Fuel Fund Sunday
  • October 20 (7am): Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 18: Charge Conference – location TBD

Choir Practice: Wed 5:30pm @ Grove Memorial

Bible Study: Wed 6:30pm @ Grove Memorial, Tue 7pm @ Lake Park

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. with your monetary donations.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: September donations are now being accepted.

Announcements – September 16, 2018

  • TODAY: Fellowship meal after Sunday School
  • TODAY (6:30pm): Waterworks Ministries workshop @ Grace UMC in Centre Hall ($15 cost)
  • TODAY (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”
  • September 20 (6pm): School bag sewing night @ Granville UMC.  (Also Oct 18 & Nov 15)
  • September 22 (9am): UMC Women annual meeting at Rhodes Memorial UMC ($10 cost)
  • September 26 (6:30pm): Grove UMC Ad Council Meeting
  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 7: Fuel Fund Sunday
  • October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 18: Charge Conference – location TBD

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. with your monetary donations.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: September donations are now being accepted.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession

Call to Worship

L: This day Jesus is calling to you.
P: Lord, help us to hear your call.
L: This is a time of decision.
P: Lord, help us to be strong and faithful.

Soloist: singing “Cry of My Heart” through one time

L: Come, let us celebrate God’s love.
P: Let us rejoice in the call of our Savior.
L: Teach us your ways, O Lord,
P: Help us to be closer to you. AMEN.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, it is easy for us to say that we will follow you; and then turn our backs and act as though our commitment to you does not mean anything to us.

Jesus challenges us to take up our crosses, and when we don’t understand what that means, we just shrug and turn away.

Forgive us for our lack of commitment and faith. Heal us of our greed and fears. Give us courage to be disciples and enable us to joyfully proclaim your healing mercies and your transformational love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

“Cling to Jesus for Dear Life”

This sermon was given by Pastor Randy Traxler on 9 Sep 2018 at Grove Memorial United Methodist Church.

John 6:47-59 New International Version (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

New International Version (NIV)
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“Holy Communion”

Holy Communion is a special time that you can’t celebrate too often.  Pastor Randy discussed the importances of this sacrament and its meaning in our walk with God.

Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession – September 2, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Summer wanes and the autumn draws close.

P: Lord, help us to be ready for opportunities of service.

L: We have felt the refreshment of time-away.

P: Lord, give us spirits of joy for the times ahead.

L: Come, let us celebrate God’s eternal presence and love.

P: Let us open our spirits to receive God’s direction for our lives. AMEN.

 

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy, you know us so well. We like to think that we can hide from You, but we are just kidding ourselves. You have offered to us new life, characterized by honesty, compassion, joy, and peace. You have invited us into ministries of peace and justice; but we have far too often turned our back on opportunities for service and witness to your transformational love.

 

Forgive us for our stubbornness. Help us to turn around and listen to your words of hope. Remind us again that you require compassion and mercy in all who serve you; that you will guide our steps and our lives. Give us courage to truly be your witnesses in this world. AMEN.