UMC History Lesson


OUR STORY
The United Methodist Church’s Story
The Biblical story breathes life into our relationship with God. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible offers us the stories that shape who we are as Christians today. Without our faith story, we lose the thread that ties generations to God and to one another. Understanding our history is essential to our current faith and necessary to a fruitful and vital future.

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Romans 1:16 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 3 )

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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Food Pantry Top Ten!

1. Tuna
2. Peanut Butter
3. Corn
4. Green Beans
5. Baked Beans
6. Spaghetti Sauce
7. Canned Fruit
8. Powdered Milk
9. Cereal
10. Spaghetti noodles

The summer is always a good time to give to the food pantry. Thanks to Memphis Friends Meeting, St. Matthew’s UMC and The Gathering @ Colonial Park UMC for their continual food drives and regular support of the food pantry ministries at UMNC. And a big Thank you to the students from UT Martin that Gleaned this weekend at the farmer’s markets.

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Tonight: Get Ready to Raise some Money for Miriam @ Buffalo Wind Wings

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On Friday July 11, 2014, The Miriam Child Development Center will host a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 3448 Poplar Ave (Poplar Plaza) from 4-10 PM. 10% of all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol and promotional discounts) from any guest who presents a fundraising ticket. Please contact Iletha Robinson or David Billings at (901) 323-8060 for discount tickets. Tickets will also be available at the restaurant on the day of the event.

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Keep Holy Land in your prayers

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The following email came to the UMNC this morning from Hope Secondary School, a high school on the West Bank where Dr. Melissa Tolene Rura worked during the summer of 1998. Our hearts and prayers go out to them right now. Please pray with us.

From Hope School:

We here at Hope School are very concerned about the situation in this land. Although we are safe here and far from the danger, we grieve for the people on both sides who are suffering. On Thursday, July 17, at 6:00 pm local time, we want to host a prayer service at Hope School. We have invited Christian leaders from many denominations to join us in prayer for peace.

This is our prayer:
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Lord, let your Spirit enter into the hearts of those in the Holy Land and be a lamp unto their feet and a light to the path of peace in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

May we ask you to join together with us as we pray for peace in the Holy Land? If you feel you can support us in prayer, please respond to this email so we can include you as a participant in the service.

Following is a note from the Chairman of the Hope School Board:

Hope this email finds you well in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Amid this gloomy situation prevailed in the Holy Land, we need your prayers to bring peace and calmness for the innocent people. We need your prayers for Hope school and all those who live in the Holy Land.

Please find the link below.
www.hopeschoolbeitjala.com

God Bless you
Hope School Staff

Another update from Hope School:
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“The situation in the Holy Land is getting worse; violence between Israelis and Palestinians is escalating subsequent the mutual kidnapping and killing of innocent people. This is a new kind of war, “the war of kidnapping” where the victims are always innocent people.
This week, Israel and Hamas escalated their military confrontation, with Israel carrying out extensive air attacks on Gaza, in response to heavy rocket fire and authorizing a major call-up of army reserves preparing for an extended campaign against militants in Gaza.

At Hope school, we have nothing to do but to pray for Almighty God to bring back peace and calmness to the area. We believe that God is protecting our guests, children and premises. On the other hand, our programs and activities went regularly at this point and everybody is doing his work without interruption. We trust : God is with us, protecting us, blessing us and responding to our needs for “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13 ”

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Acts 4:12 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 2 )

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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Jobs Hatchery – Smith Center

AS a part of our “works program” UMNC partners several organizations to provide community service opportunities and training. Newly added in the Smith Center in uptown is the Jobs Hatchery.

Jobs Hatchery is about inspiring people so that they connect their “sweet spot” (what they really like to do, are good at, and have good chance of putting food on the table for their families) with job and business start-up opportunities. Our mission is to turn around lives by mentoring self-sufficiency.

On an individual level, benefits to clients combine increased self-esteem with a better match to passion plus skills plus financial stability. At a community level, Jobs Hatchery is about economic development, gender equality, diversity, and community enhancement. On a spiritual level, our program is a spillway to individual freedom to fulfill God’s purpose and to pass along this freedom to the next generation and others.

Our prayers are with this new ministry at the Smith center and their director Nita Black.

She encourages others to be prayer worriors for the cause:
“Our Program includes the formation of a spiritual network of contacts through an online prayer team. When you sign up for the Jobs Hatchery Online Prayer Blast, you agree to read the same scripture during the week and share your thoughts on our blog. The scripture passage will be posted and emailed to you each week. You will receive weekly email updates. You will also have the option to sign up for the team’s texting group to receive short text messages weekly.

As a prayer team member, you can receive individual mentoring which is online and offline.

Online Prayer Team

Everyone on the team agrees to set a cell phone reminder for 10:02AM every day.
At 10:02AM daily the team will ask God for
(1) workers for Christ,
(2) racial peace in our community,
(3) our own spiritual freedom, and
(4) optimum job opportunities so that people can put food on the table.

For more information please complete the form on this page, email connect@jobshatchery.org , or call Nita Black at (901)413-1315.”

We also encourage folks to Pray with us at the UMNC and to visit our Prayer page. As read the bible in a year with St. Luke’s UMC and are vigilant in prayer for Christ Ministry in the City of Memphis.
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John 3:14-16 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 1 )

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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If you are satisfied with being “well – to – do”

Read chapters 15 and 16 of St. Luke’s gospel

Luke 15-16

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels[c] of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them,“You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Additional Teachings

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

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Pre-K Graduation

PreK graduation Miriam Child Development Center

The Miriam Child Development Center’s 2015 Pre-K graduates had their promotion ceremony on June 20th.

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