Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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Easter.  Not just nice clothes and bright colors, the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. But more-- the celebration of the fact that Jesus -- the One from God who came and died here — has defeated death.  This great surprise to the disciples, anticipated and known and celebrated by us, would have rocked their world. No one had ever defeated death. Only myths spoke of such a thing. But here in real time, the One they loved had died and been raised.  Death had lost its sting. The shackles of the grave broken. No man had ever done this before. But through the power of God, in response to the testimony of the Word, Jesus had been raised from the dead.

As we gather for this Sunday -- come as did these first disciples to the tomb to help anoint his body and with them discover again, Jesus is Alive.  

This is the fact that can change how we live.

This is the fact that can change how we experience the circumstances of life.

Nothing of death need defeat us as we look at the fact that this One who died has been raised.  

Sin and death met their defeat at the cross and in the resurrection, so too for our lives.  

What might it look like to live from the resurrection power in our life, daily?  What might it look like if everything was filtered through this incontrovertible fact? If Christ truly has accomplished something this magnificent, it ought to impact all of our lives, not just our manner of life, but our thinking, our relationships, and how we process defeat.  Truly, since this “defeat” became the ultimate victory, perhaps all defeats could be viewed then as stepping stones to victory. What if this were the case?

Try this on for size and don’t miss Easter Sunday -- 6:30 am at Duffield house; 8:15 and 10:00 am at Westside.  Come and worship!

Family Promise Training Dates

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There are two upcoming opportunities to train as a Family Promise host.

Every quarter, we host houseless families in the Lighthouse building for a week. We provide a safe place to sleep, two meals a day, and fellowship. You must attend an official training session to participate.

Choose either of these two sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - noon

RSVP to Bonnie Becker if you are interested in attending.

Day of Action on April 28

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Our annual Day of Action is quickly approaching! Be sure to sign up this Sunday to bring items and/or to participate in projects. We will gather at 8:15 for a brief time of worship, then disperse to plant flowers, make sandwiches, or be prayer warriors. There’s something for everyone!

Our friends at Cedar Hills Baptist Church will be joining us and Pastor Reed will deliver the message. You won’t want to miss this day of fellowship and community service on April 28.

Join the Journey, 4.14.19

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Question: What things make for peace in your own life?

Answers:

  1. Balance!

  2. Family. Scripture.

  3. Music, my garden, praying, reading and reflecting on the Bible and other resources.

  4. Quiet. Prayer. Moments of encountering Jesus in my life. Friends.

  5. Drawing close to Jesus - trusting Him with all my worries and anxiety.

  6. Quiet. Flowing water. Beauty of nature. Connected to others.

  7. Knowing I am trying to walk God’s walk. There is peace in knowing I am trying.

  8. Jesus

  9. The Pacific Ocean. A hug from my husband or grandchild. The thought that Jesus loves me as I fall asleep at night.

Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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It was during the reign of King David. His son Solomon was to be the king after him, but David had had many, many sons and many were the “first born” of different wives. This created challenges. One of these rose up to set up himself as the new king. He was having a celebration of sorts with his henchmen. They were shouting, using trumpets, and the word came back to David. Nathan, the prophet, and Bathsheba, remember her (?), came to him saying, “Didn’t you say, Oh King, that Solomon would be king?” And they told him what was happening.

He wasted no time in acting: “Take with you the servants of your lord and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, for he shall be king in my place. And I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah” (1 Kings 1: 33-35).

Kings entered in this manner -- on a donkey, on a mule, anointed, celebrated-- and this action set in place Solomon as the next king over this usurper brother.

So, everyone there on this famous Sunday, called Palm Sunday, would have known the significance of Jesus riding into town on a donkey, they would have known the prophetic passage from Zechariah: “Look, your king will come to you. He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the offspring of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:10).

Jesus was making a direct parallel to the prophecy with this move. He planned it. After all these months of saying, “Don’t tell anyone that I am the Messiah,” now, he was announcing that very fact and the people caught it, saying “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” “Hosanna,” meaning, “God Saves!”

And this day moves from celebration to weeping, from shouts to the rebukes of the religious leaders. It was a day filled with emotion, most poignantly Jesus’ statement over this city which was missing the fact that God was entering her that day, and thereby missing the “things that make for peace.” We don’t want to miss Jesus. And that day, the city of Jerusalem did, and would pay the price.

What about you, have you opened your eyes to the way of peace? Jesus is bringing peace to you.

Free Movie Screening

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The makers of “War Room” have invited you and a guest to see a preview screening of their latest movie, “Overcomer.”

John Harrison knows exactly who he is: a respected high school basketball coach with a team on the path to a state championship. But when the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down, life changes overnight for Coach Harrison.

The Kendrick Brothers once again bring their unique mixture of hope, humor, and heart to the big screen in their inspiring new family film, OVERCOMER—opening in theaters nationwide August 23.

What do you allow to define you?

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
Regal Lloyd Center 10 
1510 NE Multnomah Blvd 
Portland, OR 97232


RSVP here: http://bit.ly/OC-ScreeningEvite Password:  IDENTITY

Don’t delay. Tickets are limited.

T-Shirt Design Contest

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Kids ages 18 and under are invited to participate in designing a T-shirt for our upcoming Help Build Hope Day on June 15.

—Designs must be returned to church no later than April 21st for consideration.  

—Designs must be done in ink or marker, black and white only.  Person who draws should put name on back of paper (not on front) so voting can be done anonymously. 

—Theme: 1 Kings 8:13 “I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”

—Copies will be made of all designs (by WUMC and CUMC kids) and will be distributed to both churches for display and voting on April 28th at each church. 

Register Online for Help Build Hope

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We will be participating in Help Build Hope on Saturday, June 15, at Christ UMC. This is a great day where we all pitch in to build walls for a new home for Habitat for Humanity.

If you can hammer in nails or hold a 2x4, you’re qualified. If you can’t, there are other tasks to be done - serve breakfast, help man the first aid station, or provide water.

If you’re skilled with a table saw, there is also a need to cut the lumber on Friday, June 14 (time TBA.)

You must register online at https://helpbuildhope.com/cumc even if you have already signed up at church. Thanks!

More Gifts and Talents!

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Here are TWO opportunities to explore the gifts that God has given you for your use in ministry.

You may attend a two-weekend workshop (Friday evenings and Saturdays) or do a six-week online workshop. Either way, you will experience the same small group dynamics, sharing your personal history and dreams, and hearing those of your team members. Through a series of bible lessons, worksheets, and interpersonal conversations, the truth of your gifts will come to light.

Register for either workshop at signups.wumc.me.

In-person:

$25, includes all materials, two meals and snacks

May 3 7:00 - 9:00 pm
May 4 9:00 - 3:30 pm
May 10 7:00 - 9:00 pm
May 11 9:00 - 5:00 pm

On-line (requires microphone and camera):

$10, includes all materials emailed to you

Weekly, Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
June 10 - July 15

Conversations and Prayers

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· Have you found yourself holding your breath lately?

· Would you like to explore different aspects of prayer? 

· Are you longing for connection with other lay people?

· Do you seek a quiet place?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, the Lay Development Team would like to invite you to be a part of the Columbia District Lay Retreat. We will spend our day exploring personal and community prayers, sharing stories, having times for personal reflection, and experiencing the joy and fun of fellowship.

Saturday, May 4th

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Collins Retreat Center
32867 SE Hwy 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022

This retreat is open to all lay persons in the Columbia District who want to connect with others, share stories, spend time in prayer, and build community. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Register at https://umoi-reg.brtapp.com/ConversationsPrayersRetreat

Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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“I’m going to hike the Alpinista way.  Want to join me?” Markus, an analyst from Switzerland asked as I approached him standing outside a small village in Spain, next to a small, white, wooden sign upon which was painted a hiker in blue with the term “Alpinista” in red letters painted upon it. We were on the Camino.  “Yes” was my reply, before I even asked what that meant!

The Alpinista way, hear therein the word “alpine,” like the ALPS, was off the main road, onto a narrow, unadorned, sometimes hard-to-find path that led through the woods and right out to the cliffs along the ocean. The views were spectacular once we reached the cliff tops. And the way was treacherous.  We hiked up, up, up to the peak of a mountain and then back down, down, down to the sea time and time again, on a winding, dirt path. It was narrow, through pastures, gateways, and on rocky shale pathways. After this day, I looked for the small signs with their symbol of the Alpinista way in order to take this path.

That was my fourth day on the Camino. My left calf muscle had turned rock hard on the first day out and wouldn’t stretch out or relax.  It pulled and hurt with every step. I didn’t know what to do with it, except, to keep going. On the way we took that day, at one point as I stepped up an especially steep incline, the muscle in my left calf felt as if it popped or ripped, the pain eased at first and then became excruciating.  It was with burning steps I limped up hills and down, after this. After a few hours we made our way down, down, down again into the town of Deba.

Our day was not through. Markus cared for me that day.  I sat and rested, drank the best-tasting beer ever, and then he said, “Now, we will eat lunch, then get you an ace bandage for your leg, and then we go up the hill. I walk slowly with you.” Indeed, we hiked again four kilometers up another 2000 feet in the hot sun to the place we stayed that evening. It was a killer day.  I was wiped out. But felt like I had passed some test!

In the closing remarks of Jesus’ message on how we live in relationship with Him, Jesus is all about contrasts.  He contrasts how people choose to follow – which way, what kind of fruit proves and tests relationship, and what kind of foundation. Build on the rock. These are connected to practice. How people practice following Him.

How might you respond if asked:  

What kind of fruit ought I see in the life of someone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus?

Or:  What might it look like to “do” the Words Jesus said?  

Or:  How do I know if I am really on that “narrow way”?

The answers might surprise you.  How might you respond? How do you choose?   

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal

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On Thursday, April 18, we will be treated to a wonderful meal in the Lighthouse. The menu is:

Matzo Ball Soup (GF option available)

Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket
Rosemary Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Lentil Salad

Chocolate Mousse  with Chantilly Cream

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. There is no charge; however, an offering will be taken to support overseas missionaries. Please RSVP by Sunday the 14th at signups.wumc.me.

Join the Journey, 3.31.19

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Question: When has anxiety or judgment caused you to stumble?

Answers:

  1. I dealt with a major anxiety attack at a friend’s memorial service last week.

  2. When I take the plank out of my own eye, I throw it on a stack of lumber.

  3. Today I was anxious and spoke and it caused me to stumble.

  4. When worry overtakes me and I don’t leave my worries at the Lord’s feet.

  5. Being prideful; lashing out at others. Keeping “score.”

Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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It was one of those blurr days.  I was charged with going to buy the range we had selected.  Once I got through the paperwork, the salesman said that they needed a four-pronged outlet to plug into. The only way to check what was behind the old range was to come home and move it.  I tipped it precariously forward onto a mattress I had dragged into the kitchen, and could see it was hooked up through a junction box. Knowing this would need to be rewired into an outlet, I called an electrician  friend who said, “Hey that’s easy.” After he ran through what I would need to do, losing me after the first step, I said, “I’ll call back and tell you how it is going.” He ended up coming to help. This meant taking the old range out. So, I did this, he came and helped, and we put in the new outlet.  All finished a few hours later! I felt like I had really accomplished something, and the new range would be coming on the next Thursday, five days later.

I had sent pictures of my journey but I forget to mention that one detail, that we would be without the range for five days. Karen had been impressed, only seeing pictures and reading texts that they would be able to deliver it on the same day as purchased, a Saturday.  She got home and there was this hole where the range had been. As we talked over what we might do for dinner, suddenly the stress of this situation came forward, and she said, in one of those sudden revelations: “But how am I going to cook my egg in the morning?”

At that I understood.  In life often it is the little things that are the toughest, the smallest of details that “break the camel’s back.”  

“Oh, Karen.  Didn’t I tell you that they were not delivering the new range today?”  I asked, apologetic.

Anxiety can hit in the smallest details of life and often as Jesus wrote it will be centered around the basics of our bodies (shape, size, etc), then, food, drink and clothing.

This week Jesus deals with three core problems that we face as people in our lives and these interrelate. Jesus speaks of these as anxiety, judgment and not realizing how deeply we are loved. These can interrelate, for when we are anxious, that very anxiety can cause us to be hyper aware of the faults of others, bringing us into judgment, and both are related to a basic belief that we are not loved. To all this the heart remedy is to turn outward, to seek God, to find refuge in that relationship, to pay attention to our own needs and brokenness rather than being hyper attentive to others.  

That may be clear, but we need reminders to come back to God’s for us.  For all of us can find ourselves mired into feelings of anxiety or judgment or being forlorn.  And for all this, God invites us back to Himself. Let’s come there this week.