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Monday
Nov132017

Announcements

November 12th, 2017

 

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

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

 

The Conversation Project: Dying in America -- Three 30-mintue sessions will be held between our respective church services. Each session will focus on a particular portion of the conversation with an overview of the topic followed by open group discussion.

    TODAY – Legal (Dwight A. Packard II, Attorney)

    Sunday, November 19 – Burial Rites in the Episcopal Church, Fr. Van

    Brunt

 

Monthly Mission Council meeting – TOMORROW, November 13 at 7:00 PM.

 

“Hanging of the Greens” – Sunday, November 26. Pot Luck meal at 11:30 AM, immediately followed by preparation of the sanctuary for Advent season.

 

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist and lunch at Christ Church Cathedral – November 23 at 10:00 AM.  Join us as we feast at God’s Table during our 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Eucharist, and stay for lunch immediately following – a delicious spread prepared by some of the cathedral’s wonderful chefs!

 

Children’s Pageant – Sunday, December 10 during DUMC service. Additional details to be provided as they become available.

 

Online Discussion: A Proposal for Full Communion – Zoom video conference on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM for a discussion on the proposal for Full Communion between the United Methodist Church and TEC.

 

Volunteers are needed from SMM 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.

 

Monday
Nov062017

 

Announcements

November 5th, 2017

 

PRAYER LIST – Father Tom/Nancye/Trevor Van Brunt, DUMC Congregation, David Denton, Barb Voshefski, Kyle Black, Bill Gruber.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 

 

The Conversation Project: Dying in America -- Three 30-mintue sessions will be held between our respective church services. Each session will focus on a particular portion of the conversation with an overview of the topic followed by open group discussion.

    Sunday, November 5 – Spiritual (Rev. Penny Stacy, M.Div, MACM)

    Sunday, November 12 – Legal (Dwight A. Packard II, Attorney)

 

143rd Annual Diocesan Convention – November 10 & 11. Dwight Packard and Michael Voshefski will be our Lay Delegates to the convention.

 

Wine Tasting Event – Saturday, November 11 from 6-9 pm at Villages on Heritage Green Clubhouse, 9475 Old Village DriveTickets are $15 per person at the door.

 

Monthly Mission Council meeting – Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM.

 

“Hanging of the Greens” – Sunday, November 26. Pot Luck meal at 11:30 AM, immediately followed by preparation of the sanctuary for Advent season.

 

Children’s Pageant – Sunday, December 10 during DUMC service. Additional details to be provided as they become available.

 

Online Discussion: A Proposal for Full Communion – Zoom video conference on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM for a discussion on the proposal for Full Communion between the United Methodist Church and TEC.

 

Volunteers are needed from SMM 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.

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Friday
Oct062017

 
 
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. 

Blessings,

+Tom Breidenthal

 

Tuesday
Nov012016

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 


Saturday
Jul162011

 

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.