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New Community E Note 1 10 2021

It has been a busy week at the church


Our community drive thru meal resumed last Wednesday after a 3 week break for the Covid shut down. Rob and Mark served a delicious meal of Beef Stew, Cornbread Muffin and a Green Salad with Chocolate Chip Cookies and Caramel Popcorn Balls for dessert. Kent and Richard delivered meals to those who were unable to pick them up. (And that list is growing.) Thanks go to Ginger Straughn, Linda Wallace, Sandy Shafer, Bette Young, Susan Benson, Julie Starner, Scott and Stella Sanders, and Karen and Clarke Ide for providing the wonderful crockpots of Beef Stew. Also thanks to Chris and Kaye Cantwell and Dawn Horder for the Chocolate Chip Cookies and to Susan Benson for the wonderful Popcorn Balls. And thanks to the many thrift store customers who are saying “keep the change and put it towards the meal.”


Yesterday was another good day in the Thrift Store. Many thanks to Toby and Kent for sorting and restocking on Tuesday and to Verna, Wally and Kent for helping to prepare the store on Thursday. (We will continue to meet in small groups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and welcome your help as we work with masks and social distancing.) Saturday, Susan Benson and Al Joyal took care of the cash registers and Rob Simpson, Richard Gardiner and Kent Beyers greeted customers and took care of whatever else needed to be done. We continue to limit the number of customers in the store at any one time and find that everyone is understanding and kind.


The Resource Committee (formerly the Trustees, Finance and Staff Parish Committees) will meet for the first time this year on Zoom a week from Monday (January 18) at 5:30. Agenda items include the election of the Trustee officers, outside lighting, plumbing and fence repairs, a plan to manage day to day repairs and discussing the possibility of a loan from the District Union (a new name for the Extension Society) to pay off the past pension obligation and stop the interest and penalties. If you would like more information on any of these items or would like to offer an opinion, please speak to Deb Spurlock, Chairperson, or Pastor Jim.


Last weekend someone took some trash and lit it on fire. Neighbors saw the flames and called the fire department. Apparently, it has been happening a lot in town the last couple of months. We have decided for the next several weeks, to “clip” the gate closed rather than padlock it so that it will be easier for the fire department to enter if the need arises.


We have “closed the books” on 2020. All accounts have been reconciled and balanced and we anticipate putting your giving statements in the mail in the next several days so you will have them for your tax records. Thanks again for your generosity this past year.


Our “Coffee and Prayer Time” and “Fellowship Time” zoom links are now the same each week. We will begin adding them to our e notes rather than sending out separate emails each time.  If you save it once, it will work for all future gatherings. The link for the Coffee and Prayer time is:


Thanks for all you do.

With Appreciation,

Pastor Jim



This week's Service

January 10 2020


FWS#2117 “Spirit of God”

FWS#2237       “As a Fire is Meant for Burning”


Opening Prayer

Most wonderful God,
foolish and flawed though we are,
we too delight in your beloved Son.
As in his name we gather in the house of many praises,
may the heavens be opened for us,
that we may catch a glimpse of that Light and Love
that transforms our common days
with a beauty not of our making.
Through Christ Jesus our Lord.


(Written by Bruce Prewer and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home page. http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/10BAPTIS.htm. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/01/call-to-worship-prayer-baptism-of-jesus.html)


Response:  FWS#2272          “Holy Ground”

We are standing on holy ground,

and I know that there are angels all around;

let us praise Jesus now;

we are standing in his presence on holy ground.


Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


Special Music

Mark 1:4-11
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.


"Response: FWS#2164                    “Sanctuary”

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

 Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.


Today’s message:

UMH#352    “It’s Me, It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord”

Offering Invitation

Offering Prayer

God of redemption and new life, we focus once more this day on the greatest gift ever given – Jesus, our Savior. As he was baptized by John in the Jordan, we were able to share in his baptism and receive the promise of sharing in Jesus’ resurrection. As we leave a painful year behind and look with hope to the new year ahead, help us to live and give of ourselves as those who know every day what a great gift we have been given. May it move us to give our whole selves more freely! In the name of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we pray! Amen.


Community Prayers


Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Response:  FWS#2200    “O Lord, Here My Prayer”

Oh Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord, hear my prayer.

When I call, answer me. O Lord, hear my prayer.

O Lord, hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.


Closing Hymn     FWS#2060           “God, the Sculptor of the Mountains”


Loving Father,
you anointed Jesus at his baptism
with the Holy Spirit,
and revealed him as your dear Son.
Thank you for making us your children
by water and the Spirit.
Keep us faithful to you
throughout our lives.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Response    FWS#2224                   “Make Us One”

Make us one, Lord, make us one;

Holy Spirit, make us one.

Let your love flow so the world will know

We are one in you.


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