Thoughts: “So, have you read the scripture for Sunday?”
“Don’t you get the Word @ Home?”
“What Word @Home?”
“Do you read all your Email?”
“But don’t you read stuff from the church?”
“Here’s something from the church. Where’s John?”
“Wasn’t he a disciple?”
“Probably. Sounds like a good name for a disciple.”
“Here’s John with a – whaddya call it? – a Roman numeral after it.”
“That’s not it. Just plain John.”
“Found it. It’s about some guy who’s blind.”
“But Jesus healed him! Gave him back his sight!”
Discussion: “Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me.”
What glimpses of truth might we see during Lent?
Activity: Try to give a glimpse of God’s love every day to someone who hurts, through smiles, phone calls, compliments, notes.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________rRemember in prayer this week George Berquist, Bob Grusnick, Chris Gullion, and Vivian Hansard .
This Thursday at Connections at 7:00pm, Lynne Berquist Meek will lead us in fellowship on the topic of Brightmoor, past and present. Join in to hear all about Brightmoor and its needs.
This Sunday the Health Pros will be giving free blood pressure checks. You may sign up for Easter flowers and also to donate blood on March 30th. Better start eating your spinach.
Concerns and Joys from Sunday, March 19:
Larry & Jo Hornbeck – Prayers for the family of Chuck Burkhardt, a dancing friend of ours, who died suddenly this past week. Prayers for cousin, Dane Sutton, who was hospitalized this morning with a blood clot in a lung.
Lynne Meek – George Berquist is still home with health concerns and waiting for test results.
Terry Watson – Monday is Jimmy’s birthday. Paryers for my friend, Sheila, who is in Beaumont hospital on a ventilator to help her breathe.
Wanda Payne – Thank you for all the prayers and cards. I love them.
Outreach – Troy 1st completed 4 days of Hope feeding an average of 60-65 people each night. It was a great success. Thanks to all!
Robin Ostergaard – Bins are available in Mercer Hall for your donations to Brightmoor/Redford. Contributions will be accepted until Easter.
Thoughts: We haven’t completely forgiven the person who hurt our feelings, but the love of God is shed abroad in our heart.
We haven’t read the Bible daily, but we are justified by faith.
We missed church twice last month, but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Discussion: What do we understand from the promise in verse 9, that we shall be saved from wrath?
Activity: Share your joy in God with your church family.
Remember in prayer this week Bob Grusnick at Heartland, Chris Gullion, Vivian Hansard, and Claude Leach.
Joys from Sunday, March 12:
Linda Scheuerman – Associates degree of General Studies after this semester.
Doug Goudie – The wonderful food preparation and service at the Youth Auction last Sunday.
Joy and Concern:
Debbie Hagelstein – Prayers for my niece Dena and Great-Niece Kayla as they recover from a car accident that could have been very serious. They are bruised and shaken but ok.
Lori Ann Rumel – For a friend who lost her husband.
Bill & Sue Wesp – Prayers for Bill’s sister Alice as she deals with the death of her son from lung cancer.
Carole Bauer – Prayers for my friend Ann’s son Adam who will undergo brain surgery on Friday.
Jane Berquist – Prayers, please, for George who is having health concerns. He is not here today but Sunday School class will still meet with thanks to Sue Olesen.
Outreach – for having enough support for Hope. We need volunteers for Tuesday evening.
Your help is still needed Tuesday through Thursday nights at Hope Warming Center. Call Linda Wright to volunteer or show up at 6:15pm to carpool. Many hands make light work while serving the homeless.
The Youth Lock-in is Saturday night beginning at 7:00pm.
This Sunday Kirsten McIlvenna will be briefly introducing Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti and hosting a special Sunday School presentation and discussion about Grace Children’s Hospital in the sanctuary. All adult Sunday School classes will be attending this informative presentation. Please join us.
Next Monday our Baldwin servers will be meeting at 9:30am at the church to carpool. Have you ever served in this way before?
Monday, March 20th, is also the April Tidings deadline. Please submit to jessieTFUMC@gmail.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoughts: Paul is reminding the new Christians in Rome of their forefather Abraham and his unwavering faith in God.
Abraham kept his faith in God through many years of waiting to become a father. God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, which means “father of nations,” when Abraham was 86 years old. God told Abraham that his descendants would be harder to count than the stars in the sky.
“And he believed in the Lord; and he (God) counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).
Paul explains that God’s promise to us is not through the law but through the righteousness of faith (romans 4:13).
Discussion: What specific tasks might we undertake during Lent that may be counted to us for righteousness?
Activity: Read Matthew 21-28 (the account of Jesus’ last week on earth before his crucifixion) this week.
Remember in prayer this week Bob Grusnick in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Pontiac, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, and June Lamm.
Concerns from Sunday, March 5:
Traci Elliott – Prayers for my mother, Kay Calnen, who is being monitored overnight at a hospital in Florida.
Debbie Hagelstein – Prayers for my cousin Michelle who had brain surgery and doing well and recovering at home.
Bob Whitford – Father, Dale 89, is going blind. Waiting for 3rd cornea transplant. Please pray to lift his spirits.
Patti & Scott Aurand – Prayers for Victoria and Andrew as they travel to New Orleans to serve with Camp Restore doing home repairs in New Orleans with other students from Western Michigan.
John Northey – Friend dealing with brain cancer needs our prayers.
Kaj Ostergaard – Sad to hear that the world stability has deteriorated to the extent that Sweden will re-institute the draft.
Megal Corera wants us to know there will be a service to celebrate the life of Francis on June 10 at 11am followed by lunch in this church.
This Saturday don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed, SPRING AHEAD. See you Sunday for the Second Sunday in Lent and Bell Sunday.
Hope Warming Center is happening March 13-16. Will you be serving one night or donating food and/or supplies? Sign up this Sunday or call Linda Wright.
Are you interested in becoming a member of Troy First United Methodist Church? Pastor Weatherly is anticipating a new member Sunday and you might be on her list. Call her before she calls you. We welcome new members into our congregation throughout the year.
Do you have a baby who needs to be baptized? Do you have a youth who needs to be baptized? Do you need to be baptized? Baptisms happen all year long. Call Pastor Weatherly for a sprinkling appointment.
Thoughts: Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist. When he came up out of the water, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Truly, a mountaintop moment.
But immediately, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. For forty days he fasted. Then, desperately weakened by hunger, Jesus was tempted by the devil.
The devil tempted him with food, with freedom from bodily injury, and with complete worldly power. In response to each temptation, Jesus quoted scripture. “It is written” – in Deuteronomy, in Psalms, and in Deuteronomy again. And the devil went away.
Discussion: What Biblical texts could we quote to a tempter?
Activity: Memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-6
Remember in prayer this week Martha Blair, Nancy Dolehanty, Bob Grusnick at Brookdale Center, Chris Gullion, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Sylvia Peacock and Mildred Wyse.
Please join us tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30pm for our Ash Wednesday service with Communion in our sanctuary.
Thursday, March 2, at 7:30pm, the Albion College choir featuring our own Isaac Verhelst will be performing a concert at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester. A free will offering will be received. Pastor Weatherly highly recommends this experience for your second day of Lent.
Sunday, March 5th, will be the 2017 Youth Dinner Auction at 4:30pm. Many items will be available and all bidding and monies go to support the Youth Mission Trip this June to Pittsburgh.
Concerns and Joys from Sunday, February 26th are:
Lois Durnil – Prayers for my sister who is having back surgery this Thursday.
Marie Watson – Prayers for my special friend Terry Oliver for a successful medical procedure tomorrow (Monday).
Williston Family – Prayers for Scott’s mom Joan and her dear friend Larry who have moved to a memory care facility in Flint.
Jayne Saeger – Son-in-law, Mike Stefanski, in hospital with kidney problems. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Carole Bauer – Prayers for my friend Ann’s son who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Karen Belt – Yea! Go Jets! My grandson Davis (10) playing in a tournament in Bay City Friday and Saturday and today he scored one for Grandma Friday. Saturday he scored two and hopefully they will win today and come home champs! Of course he makes Grandma proud. Also RJ played at Troy Saturday and scored the one goal Grandma always requests of him. Very proud of RJ who is 7.
Megal Corera – Prayers for my brother Stanley in Sri Lanka celebrating his 81st birthday today.
Jim Gaul – Thank you to UMW for continued support of N.O.A.H. (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless). 535 sandwiches were prepared in one hour on February 15 and delivered the following morning to Central UMC in Detroit.
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