We’re pleased to present pastor melody’s sermon for this week on our “Sermon” page (under the “Worship” tab).
It is with a heavy heart that the Empire UMC is cancelling Sunday Worship, Bible Study, Choir practice, the Coffee Connection, and all other events for the rest of the month of March as Bishop Bard has requested that no Michigan United Methodist Churches meet in person for worship, events, small groups, or otherwise, through the month of March. We all can still be the church together by keeping in touch by phone, emails, facebook etc.
As it stands right now, we are planning to resume worship services and activities April 5th. (we will keep you updated) We encourage you in supporting the church by continuing your tithing by mailing it to the church or contacting Roy Pentilla for on-line giving.
Our church office will continue to be open Mon., Wed., and Thurs. from 9am to 1pm. Please call us with questions. We care about you and we want to know how you are doing and we want to know if you may need any help during this time. Also please let us know if you hear of someone else who may need assistance (grocery shopping, meals, Dr appts. etc.).
Remember to wash your hands frequently (for 20 seconds), refrain from touching your face, stay away from crowds, see your doctor if you feel feverish, and no handshakes – a nod and a smile goes a long way!
Stay safe and well. I will be praying for all of you.
Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. Join an FPU group today!
Starts Sep 5 and meets on Thursdays @ 6:00PM
Contact Tom Petersen at 231-334-4091 for more info.
Imposition of Ashes
A PRAYER FOR LENT Father God, help us never forget that Jesus knew his time was coming. The rest of us pass blissfully through life knowing we will die “someday.” Jesus knew the time was near, yet he continued to show love and faith. He continually put himself on the line, when most of us would have run away in fear. God, during this time of Lent, give us just one small taste of what it must have been like for him. Help us appreciate the great love your Son had for us — a love that kept him living for others, even when he knew he was going to die. Amen
What are most important things within your life?
In the Old Testament God rewarded Solomon because he asked for wisdom to rule the nation rather than money, a long life, or victory over his enemies. I always thought that to be an interesting story but as I consider life, I realize that there have been times when I have prayed for health, the finances to make ends meet or even more, and yes, in some shape or form victory over situations and even people who have opposed me.
I do believe that God does answer prayer; although not always in the affirmative. Sometimes we are better off without, or better off learning to deal with the conflicts within life. Life is often a matter of not getting what we want or being where we want to be, and often it is in the more or less uncomfortable places that we find wisdom –perhaps that which we really needed but didn’t ask for. We discover that God is with us even if we are down and out and struggling to just get along through the day.
What do you pray for? What about knowing Jesus better? Perhaps in our Christian walk this is where God is striving to lead us anyway. Jesus once said what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and yet loose his or her soul? We can reverse the thought. What does it cost a person to loose the whole world and yet gain one’s soul? God wants to give us that which is eternal and permanently ours –A life that will never be taken away.
Dear we pray for a deeper faith? At first we might consider this to be a dangerous prayer. What changes might it bring for you? What blessing might it bring?
Read this month’s newsletter by clicking “HERE”
Page 1 of 4