Weekly Update for February 9. 2017



Weekly Update

This Sunday: Salt, Deep Down

What’s truly in your heart?

This month we’ve been studying God’s law, in particular about how it’s not a “cross every t, dot every i” thing so much as an attempt to live a life of love. But I ask it again, what’s truly in your heart?

Nearly every human being knows murder is wrong. But Jesus says that living a life of love goes deeper than just not killing, it also includes not hating people even in smaller ways. So I ask it yet again, what’s truly in your heart?

This Sunday we’ll hear Jesus’ challenging teaching, but even more importantly we’ll receive Holy Communion as a reminder that none of us have perfect hearts, but God is making us perfect even now. See you there!

Lay Servant Training

March 10-11, 2017
Heartland Center for Spirituality
3600 Broadway, Great Bend, Ks.

Our mission: To nurture, equip, and transform leaders in the United Methodist Church.

We all have gifts that God calls us to share. Have you ever wondered what yours are? Lay Servant training focuses on your gifts that God is calling on you to share with your local church and/or community. There are three classes offered in March. If you have never been to a Lay Servant training, you will need to take the Basic Course this time. Advanced classes are United Methodist Polity (Gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of the United Methodist Church) and Leading in Prayer.

If you are interested in attending this training event, please contact Lisa Dale as soon as possible. The registration deadline is March 1st.

The Bee Friendly Project

Bee Friendly

This spring, I invite you to support and participate in a renewal project for some of God’s busiest little creatures. In January of this year, 8 species of bees were added to the Endangered Species List for the first time in history, including a species of bumble bee (bombus affinis) native to Kansas. Bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and bats, are responsible for the pollination of human food crops, and due to habitat destruction, pesticides, pollution, and bio-control pathogens, some species have seen a 90% population decline since 1997. The best way to help…? PLANT FLOWERS! I plan to put special focus on Pollinator Gardens here at First UMC, as well as advocating for our pollinator population in our community. We will be adding flowers to the landscaping at the church, and I would also like to encourage home gardeners within our church and community to begin a flower exchange co-op. If you would like more information about this project, have starters or seeds to donate, or would like to sign up to help, please contact Anna Borders, Building Superintendent. PS – I’m also in need of gardening advice because I’m a novice with flowering plants! Thank you in advance!



Other Blessings   

  • The Chili Cookoff raised $300 for our Children’s Ministry!
  • Pantry Needs: Crackers, soups, chili, cereal, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, reusable  grocery bags.
  • Share the Love with First Call for Help at Dillons Marketplace on February 18th. They are collecting : Shampoo, Pullups (diapers) 3/4 & 5/6, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, dish soap, Diapers 3,4,5 & 6, Feminine products, Incontinence products, bath soap, laundry soap & toilet paper.
  • 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.



Bee Friendly…
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Sunday, February 12
8:30am & 10:55am Worship
9:40am     Chancel Choir
9:45am     Sunday School
11:05am   Radio Broadcast (KWBW 1450 AM, 98.5 FM)
12:15pm   Mission Possible Team – Friendship Place
2:30pm     Disciple III – 202

Tuesday, February 14
9:00am     SewNSews
1:00pm     Disciple III – 202

Wednesday, February 15
1:15pm     Prayer Group
5:30pm     Spirit First
7:00pm     Choir







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