Thoughts: Three travelers approach Abraham’s tent. Abraham runs to greet them and bows low before them.
“Stay with me,” he implores them. “I’ll bring water for your feet and a morsel of bread and comfort for your hearts.”
Rather ungraciously, the travelers agree. “All right – but you do as you have offered.”
Abraham does more than he has offered. He commands Sarah to make fine cakes. He orders a servant to kill a calf and prepare the meat. He himself brings butter and milk along with the beef and the cakes and serves this repast to his three guests.
Who are these three men?
Was Abraham starved for company? Would he have been as hospitable to anyone who happened by?
For years, Abraham had longed for a son; he had prayed for a son. Now these three strangers promise Abraham that he will have a son by this time next year.
Discussion: How do we greet unexpected guests?
Activity: Try being especially welcoming to your next unexpected visitor. Some have entertained angels unawares.
Remember in prayer this week Michelle Freeman, Vivian & Stu Hansard, Corwin Hanson, Ben Olesen, Mildred Parker, Wanda Payne and Joyce Rampenthal.
This Saturday is the UMYF Worktrip car wash from 9am to 1pm. Be sure and come and get your car washed and support the youth on their trip to Norristown, PA.
This Saturday is the memorial service for Anthony Michael at 11:00am with visitation at 10:00amhere at the church. His wife LaNae was a very active member of this church. If you able to help, please call Chris Gullion.
This Sunday we will be commissioning our Mission: Possible and worktrippers at our outdoor worship. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and a dish to pass for our picnic after the service.
Monday, June 19th, is the July Tidings deadline. Send articles to jessieTFUMC@gmail.com with copy to Donna at email@example.com.
Concerns from Sunday, June 11:
Debbie Hagelstein – Prayers for friends Ron & Sarah as they have a memorial service today for Baby Addison. She passed away at 6 weeks old.
Frank & Karen Glidden – Granddaughter, Tasha, having back surgery this week.
Lynne Meek – My friend Debbie’s grandson, Logan Jon, was stillborn. His mom still has uncontrollable high blood pressure.
Martin& Carolyn Jones – Prayers of sympathy for family of dear friend, Lee Morgan, who passed away last week.
Gerri Hoffman – Prayers for my daughter-in-law Shanon Stien-Hoffman on continued recovery from a procedure that had complications. She’s now home resting/recovering.
Doug Smith – Sharon’s older brother is in Henry Ford Hospital in ICU after having a heart attack.
Tom & Shirley Geggie – Celebrating Olivia’s baptism and the fact that our entire family, including all of our children and grandchildren are here today.
Megal Corera – Many thanks to Revs and members of the church for all they did for Francis’s memorial service. Everyone who spoke to me said how great it was. Food too was great. Thanks again.
Pete & Jill Woods – Dylan turns 25 tomorrow and closes on his first home tomorrow.
Debbie Hagelstein – For Liz, Jason and Henri and my sister and brother-in-law Donna & Ron as they move into new houses. Prayers to all of them on the next journey.
Laurie &Brian Urbach – We are happy to announce the arrival of our first grandchild, Lois Kay. 7# 6 oz. Everyone is doing great.
Steve Kosinski – Alexandra Zetye has been awarded a full scholarship to Wayne State Medical School!
Congratulations to the following young adults who received the William Quick Scholarship last Sunday at Metropolitan UMC: Jessica Carl, Elise Leverenz, Kurt Leverenz, Meghan Ostrander, Meghan Rhoades, Fay Steiger, Riley Smith and Jack Stover.
Thoughts: Usually, the bodies of the executed were denied burial, but Joseph of Arimathea had received permission from Pilate to take Jesus’ body. Jesus was born in a stable, but he was buried in a tomb which the very rich Joseph of Arimathea had designed for himself.
On what became the first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb. Jesus appeared to them and told them to tell his disciples that he would meet them in Galilee.
So the remaining eleven disciples obediently went to Galilee. One had denied knowing him; all of them had fled from Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, but they went to the designated mountain in Galilee and found Jesus there waiting for them.
Matthew gives the disciples the least time with the risen Jesus, but Jesus gives them what is known as the Great Commission. The disciples are charged with five specific tasks:
Thoughts: Do you remember struggling with Latin declensions or irregular French verbs? How marvelous simply “to begin to speak with other tongues”!
Every one heard the disciples speak in his own language. “…we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”
As the prophet Joel had promised, God poured out his spirit. God’s love must have shone through a Christian missionary’s sermon to the people in a remote Indian village. When he had finished speaking, a woman came up to him, her face alight with joy, and said, “I have known about Jesus all my life, and now you have told me his name.”
Discussion: How can we best communicate with people who do not know Jesus?
Activity: Ask someone a question and listen to the answer with your ears and your heart.
Remember in prayer this week Michelle Freeman, Bob and Vivian Grusnick, Stu and Vivian Hansard, Shirley Gulian June Lamm, and Dick and Mildred Parker.
All week you may shop the UMW Book Sale during open office hours or if you are here for a meeting.
This Saturday from 9am to 1pm the Youth Mission Trippers will be having a car wash in the church parking lot. Bring your dirty cars to help them earn additional monies for their upcoming trip to Norristown, PA.
This Sunday is Laity Sunday, Pentecost and Communion. Please wear RED! This will also be the final day of the Book Sale.
Remember this Sunday, June 4th, is also the Boy Scout Eagle project Bottle and Can Drive. Bring all your returnables in your trunk as they will be collected outside during coffee hour. Let’s help this future Eagle Scout earn some dollars. See flyer in Tidings for additional information.
Concerns from May 28th:
Bill Rampenthal – Joyce is having knee replacement surgery on June 5th at Troy Beaumont.
Debbie Hagelstein – Prayers for Ron and Sarah, friends who lost their baby Addison Eve yesterday. She was valiant in her bravery, heroic in her strength and her will to live. She was born 17 weeks early and lived for 6 weeks. Please keep her mommy and daddy in your prayers at this most difficult time.
Jane Egermann – Prayers for my friend Linda who will be starting her fifth round of cancer treatment this week.
Karen Belt – For myself prayers. I go for driver re-examination Tuesday but don’t know how to get there. My son can’t help me.
Mary Jo & Dale Johnston – Relative of a dear friend just received a grim cancer diagnosis.
Randy Wilson – Prayers for Sheila Wilson and her family on the passing of her father.
Cheryl Russell – Prayers for brother-in-law Jim who has been hospitalized for 2 weeks due to bleeding – improving now in rehab center.
Cheryl Russell – My grandson Christian is 12 today.
Bill & Sue Wesp – Our little Olivia came home on Monday and is now doing well. Thanks for your prayers.
Joyce & Karl Henn – Congratulations to Rev. Faith Fowler and the successful fund raising tour of the United Methodist “Tiny Homes” in Detroit.
Terri Watson – My granddaughter graduated from high school June 1st.
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