But a t-shirt is only an outward sign of inward work. Antiracism work is crucial for all United Methodists, which should be to all people who call themselves Christian. Jesus spent his life at the margins, healing, befriending, and uplifting the broken, outcast, and unaccepted. "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus."(Galatians 3:28) It's time we took that call to end divisions seriously! This weekend, as our nation observes the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I invite you to think about whether or not you would wear this shirt, if this work matters to you, and what you might do - NOW, today - to create racial justice. Click on the t-shirt to read what other UMCs are doing and to find resources on where to begin.
Sunday, January 17th
Warm-up (for kids) begins at 10:15AM
January Mission Focus: Feed My Starving Children For over 5 years, we have supported this organization in delivering meals to countless children in over 70 countries. We've always loved packing meals at The Ranch, but are unable to do so this year due to Covid. Please consider a financial donation or read more here
Did you hear? Though Covid continues and is mutating, we reopened the church doors for worship last Sunday and had 12 people join us (plus many online). If you are vaccinated, or well and ready, we all wear masks, sit in socially distanced family groups, sanitize, and contact trace. We are more safe than most places you shop - and we'd love to worship with you in person! If we can do anything to help you feel comfortable enough to return, please let us know.
If you missed last Sunday's worship warm-up, Sharon has some great ideas and crafts for you! Supplies still available in the church lobby.
Prayers Divisions, fear and unrest across the nation; Melinda S. (wet macular degeneration); Betty & Larry Schleiger (ongoing treatments); young Aiden; baby Apollo; Kat's pregnancy; Marilyn's family; Vera's treatments; Mary M.; Tony P.; Sgt. Lizzie Pryzgoda.
Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy Birthday to Debbie Bates and Jill Bull (both on Monday, 01/18), and Jessica Freitag (01/24).