Weekly Update for February 2, 2017



Weekly Update

This Sunday: Salt for the Earth

Do you generally try to do what’s right? Most of us do, of course, but have you ever asked why?

Last week we started the core of Jesus’ moral teaching with some surprising words about who was truly happy. This week we get to the PURPOSE of it all: we are to be God’s light and God’s salt. Salt had multiple uses in Jesus’ time including some you may not know about… come learn what it means to be “salty” and leave as a better seasoned individual than you were before!

Souperbowl of Caring

The Youth are collecting as much non-perishable food items as possible for the February 5th Souper Bowl of Caring Food-raiser! This includes hitting the streets and neighborhoods as well as asking for contributions from our congregation. The food collections and donations will be divided between Reno County Food Bank and First Church Food Pantry. Please take a sack and fill it with non-perishable food items and bring them back to this table on Sunday, February 5th. Thanks for your help!

Hope Houses

Have you been using our Hope Houses? We now have all three in place on the side of our building along Walnut!

The idea is inspired by Little Free Libraries, but bigger than that– bring anything at all, from canned goods to crayons to personal items to school supplies! Someone brought by a bunch of knitted hats, much appreciated! Then, those who need can remove whatever they can use.

They are not only beautiful, they are being used. Bring something to add!

Faith In Action: GBCS
This is Pastor Jeff writing… As promised, here is some information on an important but little known part of the United Methodist Church: the General Board of Church and Society. GBCS has two locations, one on Capitol Hill and the other at the United Nations. They act on behalf of all United Methodists to lobby for UM causes in Washington and through the UN.

But they don’t just decide “willy nilly” what to lobby for– everything they do is based on a document United Methodists pass every four years called the “Social Principles,” spelling out UM beliefs on things like ethical science, care for the Earth, war, torture, etc. Every United Methodist should take a look (click here to read it), but be aware that no one agrees with every single point! You will undoubtedly have a problem with it somewhere, but at least it allows us to do use our influence as best we can.

I would also invite you to learn more about GBCS by clicking here. Sign up for their “Faith In Action” email newsletter to learn how you can help through contacting your representative, etc.!



Other Blessings   

  • Pantry Needs: Crackers, soups, chili, cereal, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, reusable  grocery bags.
  • Have you linked your Dillons Plus card with the church? If you do, a portion of all your normal purchases will go to support our ministries! You can set it up by clicking here or contact the office if you’d like help.



It’s SOUP-er Bowl Sunday– bring canned goods!



Sunday, February 5
8:30am & 10:55am Worship
9:40am     Chancel Choir
9:45am     Sunday School
11:05am   Radio Broadcast (KWBW 1450 AM, 98.5 FM)
2:30pm     Disciple III – 202

Tuesday, February 7
9:00am     SewNSews
1:00pm     Disciple III – 202
5:30pm     SPRC – 100

Wednesday, February 8
1:15pm     Prayer Group
5:30pm     Spirit First
6:15pm     Chimes

Thursday, February 9
11:30pm    UMW meeting – FP







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