Thoughts: My stove is 32 years old. The right front burner hasn’t worked for six years. The clock, the time and the oven light all gave out long before that. The oven is unaware of self-cleaning. I could use a new stove.
But I am afraid to buy one. I would have to learn how to use it, and new appliances demand an engineering degree.
Are we similarly afraid of reading the Bible? Do we think we need a degree in theology and a smattering of Aramaic to understand it?
To his disciples, Jesus explained the Biblical prophecies which foretold his death and resurrection, “… that they might understand the scriptures.” After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem “… with great joy.”
Discussion: If we studied the bible, what would our emotions be?
Activity: Read the Bible for ten minutes each day for a week.
Remember in prayer this week Michelle Freeman, Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Vivian & Stu Hansard, June Lamm, Cathy Miller and Mildred Parker.
SHOP! SHOP! SHOP! THE UMW BOOK SALE THIS WEEK. Whenever the church is open you may come and select books for your summer reading. Bring a friend. Tell your neighbors. We have an awful lot of books to sell…for Missions!
This coming Sunday the Health Pros will be available to check your blood pressure following worship.
You may also sign up to donate blood on June 21 or attend “Hooray for Hollywood” on June 8.
Mission: Possible registrations are due by June 4th. Don’t miss this fun week. See Tidings article.
Vacation Bible School registration is now open. It will be July 31-August 4. Another fun week not to miss.
Our mission youth will be having two car washes, June 3rd and June 17th. Keep your car dirty until then. Mark your calendars, all donations will help pay for their trip to Norristown, PA.
Concerns from Sunday, May 21:
Anonymous – Prayers for my husband. We had more bad news in his recovery. Now we are being sent to UofM hospital to see a specialist. We pray that he/she can help.
Debbie Hagelstein – Continued prayers for friends Ron and Sarah and Baby Addison.
Bev Holmes – Brother, Richard, in hospital after suffering a stroke.
Lynn Meek, George and Jane Berquist - Prayers for family member, Beth, who is battling inoperable lymphoma.
Bill & Sue Wesp – Olivia, our 3 week old granddaughter, who was hospitalized with repertory issues is now home. She is stable at the moment but could use some prayers. Sue’s parents having more health issues and needing support also.
Lisa Head – Cathy Miller has been suffering with vertigo for many weeks. Please pray that she gets relief soon.
Joy and Concern:
Megal Corera – Please see Megal after service and let her know if you can attend Francis’ Memorial Service June 10th at 11am and stay for lunch as well.
Michelle Freeman – Thanks for calls, cards and texts as she prepares for surgery on Tuesday.
No name – Regional Track and Field results: Senior Andrew Gordon 1st shot put, 2nd discus. Freshman Claire Matthews 2nd long jump. Both headed to State meet!
Ann & Tom Stevens – Extremely happy to report that our daughter-in-law Elizabeth is cancer free. Thanks to all for your support and prayers.
Jan Bancroft – My thanks to all of you who sent me cards after my surgery. I had a couple of bumps in the road and I’m positive that your kind thoughts and prayers brought me through to recovery. It is great to be able to attend church again.
Thoughts: This scripture reminds us of Noah. Most people can identify Noah. Who was Noah’s wife? We don’t know her name. Fewer people know the names of Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japhteth. Who were the sons’ wives? We don’t know their names. Were these four women good, or had they simply married into the right family:
These eight people were saved, just as baptism saves us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the beginning of the baptism of a child, the minister reminds the congregation that
“Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which grace we become partakers of his righteousness and heirs to life eternal.”
What a promise! What a blessing!
Discussion: How many baptisms have you witnessed? How many times have you promised to surround a baptized child with steadfast love?
Activity: Remember the chorus?
“Jesus loves the little children….
They are precious in his sight.”
We must show children they are precious in our sights, also.
Remember in prayer this week Michelle Freeman, Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Stu & Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Mildred Parker, and Marilyn Therrian.
LAST CALL FOR all your old books and good books to be sold at the UMW Book Sale. All books must be in by Wednesday, May 17th, to be sorted and organized by our wonderful librarians. The sale begins Sunday, May 21st, at 9:00am. You may shop until Sunday, May 28th, at noon. Bring your money.
Next Sunday is New Member Sunday. If you wish to join our church, please call the office as soon as possible.
Concerns from Sunday, May 14th:
John Northey – A friend John Warning, in hospital. Needs prayers and strength.
Marie Watson – Prayers for a successful surgery and full recovery for Michelle Freeman who broke her ankle cleaning her pool yesterday.
Anonymous – Prayers of safety for a troubled young adult.
Karen Belt – Friend’s grandson Grayson born in March with many health issues. The whole family needs support and prayers.
Chuck Sonquist – Close relative starts chemo tomorrow.
Joy & Concern:
Debbie Hagelstein – Continued prayers for friend’s Ron & Sarah and baby Addison. She had surgery yesterday to put a central IV line in. It was successful. For those not knowing, Addison was born 17 weeks early at 1 lb. 7 oz.
Bill & Kathy Deyo – Roses – 5 & 5 celebrate 55 years married 5/13/62 on Mother’s Day.
Anneliese Theut – I had a great year in Bells! I love playing for everyone and I love hearing how much people love hearing them too! Also, bye to Aaron, Jessie and Meghan! We will miss you!
Lyle Pushman – The Memorial Garden has had a “face-lift” this past week. Volunteers planted flowers and shrubs, laid sod and spread mulch. Special thanks to Michelle Freeman, Marie Watson, Jan Garrett and Isaac Verhelst. We have an attractive Garden. Take a look! Again, thanks.
Jane Egermann – Michelle & Jeff had a wonderful time in Greece and I had a great week with Maya. Fun all around.
Tim Teagan – A special thanks to Lyle Pushman and his hard-working Memorial Garden Team for all they accomplished. Please take a minute to thank him and take a look at our beautiful Memorial Garden!!
Fran Pruett – Brittany Pruett, grand-daughter, graduating 5/20/17 from University of North Texas Health Science, with a Master’s degree of Physician Assistant.
Thoughts: John devotes all of chapters 13-17 to the Last Supper. Jesus has so much to explain to his disciples – so much they do not yet understand - so much they need to know.
As Jesus talks, the disciples interrupt him with questions. Not surprisingly, Peter is first.
Peter: Lord, do you wash my feet?
John: Lord, who is it who will betray you?
Peter: Lord, where are you going? Why can’t I follow you now?
Thomas: Lord, we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?
Philip: Lord, show us the Father, and we’ll be satisfied.
Thaddeus: Lord, why do you show yourself to us, but not to the world?
Disciples: What do you mean when you say that we won’t see you for a while, and then we shall see you?
Discussion: What question would you like to ask Jesus?
Activity: Answer 50 questions each day patiently. At question 51, you may show a touch of asperity.
Remember in prayer this week Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Mildred Parker, Wanda Payne, Dennis & Alice Seppanen & Marilyn Therrian.
This Thursday is Ruth Circle in the morning and Deborah Circle in the evening. This Saturday is Men’s Breakfast at 8:00am. This Sunday we will celebrate Graduates and final Bell performances. There will be cake! Tidings deadline is Monday, May 15th, for the June issue. Please send to jessieTFUMC@gmail.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your books for our Spring book sale before May 17th. Register for Mission: Possible if you are in 5th – 8th grades.
Concerns from Sunday, May 7:
Carole Welbaum – Chris Weemhoff fell and broke her hip and will be having surgery on Monday.
Cheryl Russell – My friend Cheryl has just finished 2 weeks of “full brain” radiation. Prayers for (minimal) side effects.
Ken Head – 91-year old mom in hospital in Livonia, getting IV medication, could use a few prayers! (She is now home)
John Northey – My friend John Paul is dealing with cancer and needs our prayers.
Rick Rhoades – Prayers for a co-worker who passed away from cancer.
Ken Head – Prayers for a childhood friend, Joe Ritter, just diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Debbie Hagelstein – Friend’s baby, Addison, still having major medical issues, continues to fight – need prayers – three weeks old yesterday.
Sharon Smith – This weekend, sixteen ladies from our church attended the Port Huron Retreat Center for its annual Spiritual Life Retreat for United Methodist Women. In spite of the rain, we enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth.
Bill & Sue Wesp – On Monday our 5th grandchild was born. Welcome to Olivia Rose Dooley.
Bob Whitford – My brother, Russ, raced during 50th Antigua Race Week. He raced on a lady’s 30 ft boat. They won their division with 3 firsts and a second. Following week he raced his 43 ft. sailboat and won his class with 4 firsts and 1 second place.
Troy First UMC – Congrats again to Bret Miller on directing “Chasing the Star” which many of us saw last Sunday night at the theatre.
Holly Goudie - $201.15 was collected for Noisy Offering last week. Save your coins for the next Noisy offering on July 30th.
Easter offering collected for 2017 was $3832.25 and more is still coming in.
Thoughts: Jesus is sometimes called the Lamb of God. He is not likened to any other animal. And he is called the Good Shepherd, but he is not known as the keeper of any other animal.
Did he have a particular affinity for sheep? Or did he wisely draw upon the characteristics of sheep – animals which were familiar to his listeners – to illustrate his teaching?
Angels told only one group of people about Jesus’ birth – shepherds.
“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
The angels gave the shepherds directions.
“And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Discussion: Why did the angels tell only the shepherds?
Activity: Bring good tidings of great joy to someone through a sincere compliment.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Remember in prayer this week Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Stu & Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Mildred Parker, Dennis & Alice Seppanen and Marilyn Therrian.
THERE ARE THREE MORE OPPORTUNITIES to see our own Bret Miller’s director talents in the movie “Chasing the Star” at the Royal Oak Emagine theatre! Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday night at 7pm. Meet at the theatre by 6:30pm to gather and buy tickets to sit together. Lazy Boy theatre seating and delicious popcorn await you. Run time is 1.5 hours and the group who saw this movie Sunday night were very impressed.
This Sunday is your first chance to bring your books for the UMW Book Sale on May 21 – May 28. Go through your shelves, your basement and your boxes and find gently used books that others would love to read. Bring them starting Sunday, May 7th.
Final call for the CROP Walk this Sunday – All money is due at the time of the Walk. You may still go on line at CrophungerWalk.org/troymi if you wish to support someone after the Walk. YOU MAY STILL WALK. MEET AT 12:00PM AT TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CLAWSON. This is a family friendly fun event!
From Pastor Weatherly: Here is the link to read the letter from Bishop David concerning the recent ruling by the Judicial Council.
New Member Sunday will be May 21. Those who wish to join, please contact Pastor Weatherly as soon as possible.
Concerns from Sunday, April 30:
Carole Welbaum – Chris Weemhoff’s mother passed away yesterday. Family service will be at a later date.
Jayne Saeger – For my daughter-in-law, Shelly, and all her family on the death of her mother “JoJo.” Services tomorrow in Roseville.
Prayers for the still suffering alcoholics. May they find strength in the Lord.
Concern and Joy:
Debbie Hagelstein – Continued prayers for friends Ron & Sarah and baby Addison who was born 17 weeks early at 1.7 lbs. She is two weeks old.
Robin Ostergaard – It’s official! I retired on Friday!
Sheryl & Craig Dukes – Marilyn Therrian’s back surgery went well. She hopes to be released later this week.
Steve Kosinski – Our own Alexandra Zetye has been accepted into Wayne State School of Medicine. Richly deserved! Congrats!!
Art & Judy Conley – Our 9-year old granddaughter, Maya, won the state championship, level 3, for gymnastics. We are proud!
This joy just in from Bill and Sue Wesp – their new granddaughter, Olivia Rose Dooley, arrived yesterday. Norah is a proud big sister!
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