St. Matthew 7:24-27
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis mourns the loss and celbrates the life of long time Key woman and supporter of UMNC Elizabeth Poole. The Miriam Child Development Center Christy Poole Playground is named in honor of the late daughter of Elizabeth Poole. Long time member of Christ UMC and wife of William Poole, she will be missed by many. We keep the Poole family in our prayers and know that Elizabeth has gone to be reunited with her daughter in heaven.
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5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Happy New Year from the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis. We are thankful that four seasons have come and gone to bring us back to the promise of spring in our future. We hope that you and yours have had a holiday season full of the light of Christ and that you begin a New Year renewed in your remembrance of Christ’s coming to earth. We continue to pray as we sort through the old and the new in the coming weeks and months that growth and happiness remain a part of our walk with Christ. We invite you to join us in our walk and struggle for discernment and we hope that you let us join you as well. May the Lord bless you and keep you all of your days. Amen.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
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9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
The Volunteers and Staff at the Untied Methodist Neighborhood Centers would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We pray that the light of Christ shown bright in your celebration of the birth of our Savior and that you were allowed to share that light with those closes to you. We continue to pray and ask for your continued prayer for the work done at and through the UMNC and that we continue along a path the our Lord and Savior would lay out for us. Blessing be upon you and yours in the New Year. In Jesus Name we Pray Amen.
The Miriam Child Development Center partnered with Nellie’s Kids Dental Hygiene and Education Program to make sure that our children understand dental health!
The United Methodist Key Women sponsered UMNC Annual Christmas Store for 2013 was a success once again. With the giving from the Key Women and all the church groups, we managed to serve 278 families with a combined 760 children. The new twist this year was to fill stockings for the teen children aged 13-17. This was well received and executed by all the groups who picked up stockings and used a “wish list” of teen oriented gift suggestions to fill them. We also had a raffle again this year where the parents could put a ticket in the hat to receive one of the larger gifts placed under the Christmas Tree. Among those gifts given away were a toddler bike, a plush rocking horse, several Razor scooters, and several “Doll Dream Houses”. One mother was so excited when I drew her name, when she came by to get the gift, she was overwhelmed with gratitude. To all who make this possible each year, may I say thank you for the blessings. I also want to add a personal thank you to Sharon Lockhart and Sharon Cornelius for their work and dedication. I look forward to next year and the blessings the Lord has in store for the people we serve and this agency! – David Billings
Miriam kids made their way to The Enchanted Forest at The Pink Palace Museum! They saw Santa Claus! It was a nice trip while some of after school kids were with us all day.
As we to continue to work on the “big room” on the ground floor to prepare it for use with the child development center, we have already begun using it as a resource for the community to meet and provide training. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Memphis have been holding their monthly meeting in this space which has been a blessing for both organizations, our child care director Iletha Robinson in a member of this organization.
Also, our connection to prison ministry continues also in this space presently by providing space for volunteer training for people wishing to volunteer at the Mark Luttrell Women’s prison this year at Christmas time. As the regulations have changed on how much training is required to enter the prison as a volunteer even Brent needed to sit in on new training for the holidays.
Also, Mid-South Literacy is moving out to a smaller space in midtown, as their model for serving the public has changed, they are downsizing. This leaves open space on the third floor that we are prayerfully considering how to fill. Since we are an open minded and open door organization we are prayerfully hoping for an organization that feels comfortable in a space where God is present “bidden or unbidden” and that is not afraid of a space that is not “under surveillance”. We feel confidant that the Lord will find a resident that would like to make their new home in Binghamptom and we wait upon Him to send them our way.