January 14th, 2017

PRAYER LIST -- Father Tom/Nancye/Trevor Van Brunt, DUMC Congregation, David Denton, Barb Voshefski, Kyle Black, Bill Gruber, Martha Landise, Richard Garrison.





Lay Worship Leader Training -- Training will be held on Saturday, January 27 at Trinity, Hamilton. Participants should plan to gather between 9:15 and 9:30 and should bring the BCP they’ll use to lead Morning Prayer. The day’s work will end between 3 and 3:30 p.m.


Jubilate 2018 – Saturday, January 20 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Proctor Center.  Jubilate is an annual liturgy & music conference with practical workshops and talks on how to start such a service, improve the one you have, and gain deeper familiarity with this central worship event in the life of the Christian year. 


DUMC/StMM Fellowship Event – Sunday, January 21, 12 to 2P. Pizza and games.


Joint Women’s Fellowship and Crafts – First Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the kitchen.


Lent is just around the corner…

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day – February 13

Ash Wednesday – February 14


Practicing the Presence of God: A Spiritual Retreat in Lent -- Allow yourself to take a Saturday in Lent and spend that time with God. Give yourself the gift of a day spent resting in God’s love for you. We’ve scheduled the same day-long (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) retreat on four different Saturdays in four different localities, so pick the one that works best for you!

                February 17: St. Philip, Columbus

February 24: Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens

March 10: Calvary, Clifton (Cincinnati)

March 17: St. Margaret’s, Trotwood (Dayton)


IHNWC Dates for 2018:

                February 7, April 18, August 22, November 7


Volunteers are needed from StMM to support our responsibility to the Combined DUMC/SMM Fellowship between our services.  Sign-Up sheet is on the bulletin board in the entry way.


Diocese of Southern Ohio
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Over the past few days there have been countless expressions of grief over the victims of the Los Vegas massacre and condolence for those who have lost family and friends. I add my own voice to these statements, and am sure I speak for the people of this diocese in praying for strength and courage for everyone touched by this terrible event.
I am also concerned about you, my diocese. I worry about our children, suspended between fear for their lives and the desire to fire back. I am praying for their parents, who are doing their best to teach them about God's protection and mercy. I am anxious for all of us whose faith is shaken. I pray for anyone who is working for a solution to gun violence, and anyone who sees no way forward.
Here is my word to all of you, for what it's worth. Modern technology has amplified the reach of human cruelty and vindictiveness. But human sin is no argument against the abiding presence of God. We may wish that God would shut sin down, but we would all be automatons if that were so. God both risks and takes responsibility for our freedom. That is the biblical witness from beginning to end.
As followers of Christ, we are called to be messengers of hope in the midst of political paralysis, emotional desensitizing, ongoing polarization and pervasive cynicism. How shall we manage this? As I write this on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, I am reminded of his total identification with Jesus, culminating in his receiving of the stigmata, the wounds of Jesus in his own body. Few of us are called to such a radical identification with our crucified and risen Lord. In fact, it's probably the other way around. Jesus identifies with us, bearing our wounds. In so doing, he demonstrates continually God's existence and God's care for us.
How can we take this in? By taking time each day to sit or run quietly in the presence of Jesus. By reading and struggling with scripture (and thus invoking the presence of Jesus, who is the Word of God). By going to church and seeing the body of Christ there, poised to move out into the wilderness. In any case, it is our inheritance and right as baptized persons to be in union with Jesus. However we open ourselves to that union, it will flow in.
So, back to Las Vegas. True religion is not about closed eyes, still less about hardened hearts. My prayer is that together, as a Christian community, we can make a witness, which, out of our diversity, speaks to the whole church.  It my primary prayer is that you are all right. 


+Tom Breidenthal



Jesus' Family

I HAVE A HUNCH that if Jesus were to walk down the streets of your town or city today, he would look around at all those who are isolated and disconnected and say something like this:

“Come to me, all you who want to belong, and I will give you a table to sit around. Come to me, all you who feel disconnected. Come to me, all you who are lonely, cut off, rejected, and marginalized. Come to me. Come home. Come be part of the family that I want to share with you.”

– Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant
The Way of Transforming Discipleship 


TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity, and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are saying. Listening is not about judging, diagnosing, appraising, or evaluating. … Listening with the heart is also about hearing the feelings and emotions that lie beneath the words.

– Thomas Porter Jr.
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation 



Feast Day!

Mary Magdalene was the first witness to Jesus' rising from the dead. Before and after his death she was one of his most devoted and active disciples.  The church celebrates her life and ministry on Sunday,July 24.    Note to all girls named Madeline--this is your name day too.  You have the french version of Mary Magdalene's name.