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On Sunday April 28th, we begin a new series based on the book of Exodus. It’s called “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.”
The Exodus is one of the key moments in the history of God’s people. It’s referred to over and over again throughout the Bible. It’s a moment where people redefined who they were: no longer slaves, but free people walking with their God – the one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
Sounds beautiful, right? A story of faith in God’s power, God’s guidance and God’s provision.
If you thought that, you’d be wrong. Reality is a lot more complicated. Leaders are a lot more timid. People are a lot less faithful. And yet, God works through it all. It’s a good message for unsettled times. God’s faithfulness overcomes our unfaithfulness. Every. Single. Time.
So We hope you’ll join us for worship starting Sunday, and in reading Exodus over the next few weeks – from now through June 2nd.
PEDAL for PROMISE – SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019: Medford United Methodist is fielding a team for the Urban Promise fundraiser “Pedal for Promise.” This year the ride begins and ends at Valenzano Winery in Shamong. You can register to ride, make a donation to the team or register as a spectator to enjoy the party and cheer on our team.
Go to urbanpromiseusa.org/pedal for more information about the event, to donate, or to register as an individual. OR you can go directly to the TEAM MEDFORD UMC page at www.crowdrise.com/team-medford-umc.
Questions or need help? Speak with Pastor Kathleen, Wayne Richards, or Heidi and Mike Polhemus
The MUMC will be hosting once again a Red Cross Blood Drive. The event will be held on Thursday May 23rd from 2:00pm to 7:00pm in Bowker Hall. If you are short on time, the best time to come is between 2:45pm and 4:15pm. Hope to see you there to give the gift of life!
Click Here to Make Your Appointment
All Donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card!
To get information about giving blood, visit the American Red Cross website or contact Lesley Koengetter at 609-268-9043. Online, use the sponsor code “Medford UMC” to find us.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MORNING
HOLY THURSDAY April 18
7:30 pm Communion Service – Sanctuary
GOOD FRIDAY April 19 at MUMC
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Ecumenical Service
7:30 pm Good Friday Worship Service
EASTER April 21
6:30 am Sonrise Service with Communion
Breakfast in Bowker Hall
9:30 Contemporary Worship in FLC
8:15 and 11:00 am Traditional Worship in Sanctuary
Acme Gift Cards In the amount of $15. No cash or checks .
Boxed Milk, Brownie or Cake Mixes, Macaroni and Cheese, Instant Potatoes, Rice or Pasta, Low Sugar Cereal, Fruit Juice Boxes, Flour, Nutrition/Granola Bars.
Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables & Beans, Canned Meat, Soups/Stews/Chili, Pasta Sauce, Spaghetti-O’s & Ravioli
Peanut Butter/Jelly, Vegetable Oil, Gravy, Liquid Dish Soap
Disposable Razors, Shampoo, Conditioner, Sanitary Napkins, Poise Pads, Toilet Paper , Baby Wipes, Travel Size Lotion, Laundry Detergent Pods*, (*We are collecting ONLY single – use laundry pods.)
Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, the fourth-largest city in Mozambique, on March 14. Over the next week, Idai left a path of destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. United Methodists are starting to respond to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which left devastation in parts of three African countries and killed 500 people, with hundreds more still missing.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief has allocated three $10,000 grants for immediate, emergency short-term funding to meet basic human needs in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Those needs include water transportation and storage for drinking, cooking and personal and domestic hygiene, along with temporary shelter.
How to help:
Give to the work of UMCOR by texting UMCOR to 91999.
To make a donation to UMCOR’s International Disaster Response, use Advance #982450.
OUR LENTEN FOCUS: DISCIPLESHIP: Traditionally the Church has invited Christians to “give something up for Lent.” This year, your pastors at Medford UMC are inviting you to “take something on for Lent.” As we journey through Lent together this year you are encouraged to dive deeper into the weekly sermons by engaging with a curriculum that will guide you on a Disciple’s Path. The weekly sessions will run for six weeks during Lent beginning the week of Ash Wednesday and will coordinate with the weekly sermons. The topics are based on the UMC membership covenant “faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness.” Please contact the Church Office, by email or phone, to let us know which group you’ll be joining. This is a great way to grow deeper in your own discipleship as you become better acquainted with other MUMC folks on their own journey with Christ.
“WE’RE ALL IRISH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY”: Please join us for our annual Irish evening of music, treats, and fun fellowship on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm in Bowker Hall. We’ll have familiar Irish songs planned by Carol Reilly. It is always a fun evening. Wear your best Irish green and be ready to laugh and enjoy a great program. You probably will leave humming “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” If you have any questions, please contact Carol Reilly, 609/953-3805 or Chris Welch, 856/751-5836. All MUMC ladies are always welcome – please join us!
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. Silent Auction Bidding
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Program
Come join us for lunch at our “Annual Hearts for Mission” Silent Auction / Soup and Salad Bar luncheon ”Mardi Gras” style in Bowker Hall! Auction proceeds goes to support mission work. You can also make a pledge to the UMW at this time. Auction item donations may be brought to the church office starting Thursday, March 7th. What to donate? How about Mardi Gras inspired items or traditional “heart-themed” items. Questions? Please contact Ginger Harriett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Speaker: Rev. Michael Reed
Contest: Prizes for Best Mardi Gras masks!
ASH WEDNESDAY – MARCH 6: Join us as we mark the start of Lent with worship and ashes on Ash Wednesday:
7:00-9:30 am – prayers, ashes & coffee in the narthex – drop in Any time
12:00 noon – a brief (30 min) service of scripture, prayer and ashes in the Sanctuary
7:30 pm – a service of ashes & Holy Communion in the sanctuary; Faith Presbyterian Church will be joining us for this service.
You are free to worship without receiving ashes, get them on your hand instead of your forehead, or go home and wash your face. They represent an outward sign of our inward heart. If you’ve not attended Ash Wednesday worship before, come experience it this year!
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS – A NEW YEAR SERMON SERIES
All of us want better relationships: in our families, with our friends, at work. Often we just don’t know how to get there. But there are some simple things we can do to foster healthy relationships: by getting our anxiety under control, practicing empathy, honoring boundaries, improving communication, and building trust. Join us on Sundays at 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 as we look to the scriptures for wisdom on building healthy relationships
IHOC-INTERFAITH HOMELESS OUTREACH COUNCIL is collecting shoe boxes filled with personal care items for distribution to homeless shelters. Items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, lotion, razors, soaps, washcloths, socks, comb/brush and underwear. (Trial sizes are welcome.) Once you have filled your shoebox, put a rubber band around it and label it: Man, Woman, Child-(Boy or Girl). Please bring your shoe boxes to the FLC lobby or to the hallway outside the sanctuary by Sunday, February 24. Thank you for your support! For more info, contact Chris Carl, email@example.com; 856/404-1706.
THE DANIEL PLAN HAS STARTED AGAIN ON MONDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00 PM: Do you want to become a healthier, more connected version of yourself? Why not try the Daniel Plan? This is a six week weight-loss and life-management group, in which we focus on: food, faith, fitness, and friends for a healthier life. Learn about real weight loss supported by our Christian community. Call Barbara Carlson 609/605-6362 or email Jeff Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet in Room 106 behind the church offices.
HELP TACKLE HUNGER: Since it began 28 years ago, Souper Bowl of Caring has raised more than $135 million for local charities across the country. NEXT SUNDAY, our youth will collect monetary donations for Souper Bowl of Caring which will go to the Turning Point UMC Food Pantry in Trenton. Youth will be at the back of the worship space in the FLC at the end of the 10:00 am service to receive your donations; checks made payable to MUMC with “Souper Bowl” in the memo line. If you don’t want to wait until next Sunday, you can donate today. Just drop your donation in the offering plate. Please make sure it is clearly labeled on the check or blue pew envelope for “Souper Bowl.”
CALLING ALL 8TH – 12TH GRADERS! It’s time to start thinking about our Summer Youth Mission Trip to Roanoke, VA to work with REACH. For more information about the REACH program visit reachinroanoke.org. We will take our trip on June 29th – July 5th, 2019 this summer. Are you interested in joining us or hearing more details? Registration has begun! Email Bethany Carl at email@example.com.