If you feel you have great gifts…

Read 1 Corinthians 12 and 13

1 Corinthians 12-13

New International Version (NIV)

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Love Is Indispensable

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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UMNC receives the Torch Award (Community / Relgious)

The Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, a local chapter of the national service sorority, has honored the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis this year with the Torch award for commitment to service in the area of community service.  We are both humbled and honored at the acknowledgement for the work done at the UMNC and The Miriam Child Development Center.  We thank the Lord for for his abundance and for His people that give abundantly of their time in the many different organizations that work together for His purpose.

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Shelby County Schools PreK at Miriam CDC: We have been approved.

The Miriam Child Development Center is now accepting applications for the Shelby County Schools Pre-K classroom for the 2014-2015 school year. The child must be 4 years of age by August 15,2014. If you are interested a registration application must be completed between the hours of 10 AM-1 PM Monday-Friday, until all slots are filled. Please see the Director, Ms. Iletha Robinson. We are located at 3000 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38111.

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Spring Break Volunteers from Sam Houston University

The UMNC received a visit from a group of college students from Sam Houston University in Texas.  The group of 11 had come to Memphis for an alternative spring break opportunity and spent Tuesday volunteering in the Scott Center Food Pantry, Christ’s Closet and helping getting the third floor put together for a new renter.  They were lodging at St. Matthew’s UMC.  We always feel blessed when we can share our ministry with others and enjoy and appreciate many hands that make lighter work.  DSC_0143 DSC_0144 DSC_0151

Darion Walton, Varion Walton, Keenan Jones, Bianca Victor,  Megan Roddie, Valerie Lawrence,  Demetrius Johnson,  Dellissa Simmons,  Katelin Burton,  Krystal Newman, Karina Houston

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Commodity Distribution: March

For weather related reasons the March commodity distribution for Scott Food pantry was canceled on March the 4th.  This distribution has been rescheduled for March 25th.

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Smith Center: Close Call and Colaboration

Ice has come to visit us in Memphis several times this winter of 2013 – 2014.  In the last bout with ice our neighborhood center in uptown, the Smith Center, had a tree fall barely missing the back end of the building.  Although there where scratches down the back wall there was no damage done to the roof or significant damage to the wall or any of the people.  We thank God for this.

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The clean up has already, thankfully, happened.  DeAndre Brown and his able bodied men and women from LifeLine2Sucess came over and cut up the tree so Jamie Lee and the folks from Jacob’s Well, saw that the wood was distributed to folks who needed or wanted it.

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It is amazing how when God’s people work to together even big messes are cleaned up quickly.  Thanks to all who worked together and most of all thanks be to God for bringing us together.

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Book Donation

In preparation for the spring fling at the VA hospital here in Memphis, Dr. Rura, as gift from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – Watagua Chapter, and Rev. Porterfield, as a gift from the UMNC, picked out some books from Christ’s Closet to donate to the auction to raise money and awareness for the hospital.   Dr. Rura and her sons brought the books to the VA volunteer services office on Friday.

From the VA:

“The Memphis VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) Committee and hospital volunteers are sponsoring a Spring Fling in the theater at the medical center from 8am-3pm on March 20, 2014. Take part in the bake sale, book sale, country market and auction. All proceeds will be used for the benefit of Veteran patients. For more information about this event, call 901.577.7305″

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Food Pantry March Wish List

Because of God’s grace we are provided for each and everyday of our lives.  For that we give thanks for His abundance and our abundance in Him.  We lay at His feet our petitions for supplies in our continued feeding of His people that He might lay on the hearts of His followers to share His abundance.  May the Lord walk with you in all of your ways and for all of your days.  Amen
Food Pantry Wish List
1. Canned fruit
2. Green beans
3. Corn
4. Hot cereal
5. Peanut butter
6. Spaghetti
7. Spaghetti sauce
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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Miriam

We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday at The Miriam Child Development Center with a Reading Pajama Party!

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Shelby County School Pre-K at Miriam

Miriam Child Development Center after much prayer and consultation has submitted an application for hosting a Shelby County School Pre-K classroom at Miriam CDC.  If accepted this classroom would begin in the 2014 school year.  Miriam is presently going through the National Association for Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) national accreditation process and renews their three star state accreditation in the next month.   We continue to hold close both the staff and children of Miriam in our prayers and seek the Lord’s guidance in the organization’s and it’s members future direction.  We are grateful for the nurturing environment that it already has and hope that same environment can continue to grow and manifest itself in the coming changes.

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