Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday is Trinity Sunday! Over the last several weeks we have looked at a few of our more important days in the life of the early church and how those days impact our faith journeys today. We have look at how Christ's Ascension points to salvation and how the arrival of the Holy Spirit give us that ever present companion to share our faith.  This week we will look to the Trinity and how our Triune God models for us the life we are to live.   I hope to see you there!





2. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We are circulating signup sheets for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! The sign up sheets are out and we need about 20 more volunteers. Invite a friend to come help and sign up today!





3. Bishop's Offering at Annual Conference - Every year we take up a collection to support causes picked by our Bishop and present our gift during the Licensing/Commission/Ordination Service at Annual Conference. This year one half of the offering will support our Imagine No Malaria campaign, and one half will help fund an Ordinands Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, supporting the continued growth and learning of our newly ordained clergy. If you would like to donate to this offering, you can simply mark your envelope "Bishop Offering". We will continue to collect donations through June 7th. If you would like more information about this offering, please click here.





4. Name tags - Many people ask, what are some ways we can welcome our new pastor. One of the best ways we can welcome our new pastor is by wearing our name tags. This will give Pastor Brian, Faith and Abbey the opportunity to put names with faces and get to know you all that much faster. Remember, while you all only have three names to remember they have an entire congregation. So please do them this kindness and wear your name tag every week in worship. If you do not have a name tag, please let the church office know and we will get you one made. Thanks in advance for you help!




5. Welcome Pastor Brian and Family! - I am excited to introduce to you our new pastor and his family; Brian Sanderson and his wife Faith, son Bryce, and daughter Abbey.

Please keep them in prayer as they make the transition of saying goodbye to the church they serve now and prepare themselves for ministry with you. I also want to invite you to reach out to them and welcome them into the Druid Hills family. I am excited for how the Holy Spirit will work through Brian to lead this congregation as well as for the opportunity you all will have to get to know his family.




Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bible Challenge 05/24 - 05/30

Greetings All!

This week we will finish reading I Kings, read all of II Kings and a couple of chapters into I Chronicles.

By the 2nd chapter of II Kings, the prophet Elijah is taken up to heaven to be with God and the story continues through his successor Elisha as he ministers to the northern kingdom of Israel. Chapter 5 includes the fascinating story of Naaman's healing. In II Kings chapters 11-12, the focus shifts to a young boy-king in Judah named Joash who spends significant time trying to restore the temple. Elisha dies in chapter 13 and here you also have a rather interesting account of what happens when someone is thrown into his grave months after his death. Talk about the power of the Lord! The downward spiral continues though in the kingdom of Israel as king after king fail to follow the Lord and by chapter 17 we see that the northern kingdom of Israel has fallen to the Assyrians, with many of the people being carried away into exile. We finish up with the narrative of the lives of the kings from Judah. A few more wicked kings are described before we get to the interesting story of the boy-king Josiah and all of his reforms (chapters 22-23). But even he isn't enough to turn the tide of sin and false idol worship. After him, three more evil kings follow before Jerusalem falls to the Babylonians (chapters 24-25).

Then our attention turns to another of the history books, I Chronicles. In many ways it should sound familiar because it is largely a retelling of the material found in I and II Samuel as well as I and II Kings. The book of I Chronicles really falls into two broad segments. The first, in chapters 1-10, contains mostly genealogical lists, concluding with the house of Saul and Saul's rejection by God.

Here is the schedule:

24 (Su) - I Kings 22; II Kings 1-3

25 (M) -II Kings 4-7

26 (Tu)-II Kings 8-11

27 (W)-II Kings 12-15

28 (Th) - II Kings 16-19

29 (F) -II Kings 20-23

30 (Sa) -II Kings 24-25; I Chronicles 1-2

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday is Pentecost! The Sunday we celebrate the ascension of the Holy Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem. This is a tremendously important moment in the life of the church and one we need to celebrate with great enthusiasm! Wear something red and come and join us this Sunday as we welcome the Holy Spirit into our midst and look at the power we can garner from this relationship with the Advocate! I hope to see you there!





2. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We are circulating signup sheets for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! The sign up sheets are out and we need about 20 more volunteers. Invite a friend to come help and sign up today!





3. Bishop's Offering at Annual Conference - Every year we take up a collection to support causes picked by our Bishop and present our gift during the Licensing/Commission/Ordination Service at Annual Conference. This year one half of the offering will support our Imagine No Malaria campaign, and one half will help fund an Ordinand Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, supporting the continued growth and learning of our newly ordained clergy. If you would like to donate to this offering, you can simply mark your envelope "Bishop Offering". We will continue to collect donations through June 7th. If you would like more information about this offering, please click here.






4. Usher Training - There will be a training session for all those interested in serving as an usher in worship. This session will be brief and held immediately after worship. The intent of this trainings will be to allow new people to participate and make sure we all understand the best practices of what is needed for this role. The usher training will be this Sunday, May 24th. I hope you see you there!





5. Welcome Pastor Brian and Family! - I am excited to introduce to you our new pastor and his family; Brian Sanderson and his wife Faith, son Bryce, and daughter Abbey.

Please keep them in prayer as they make the transition of saying goodbye to the church they serve now and prepare themselves for ministry with you. I also want to invite you to reach out to them and welcome them into the Druid Hills family. I am excited for how the Holy Spirit will work through Brian to lead this congregation as well as for the opportunity you all will have to get to know his family.





Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bible Challenge 05/17 - 05/23

Greetings All!

This week we will finish reading II Samuel and read most of I Kings.

Just as with the books of I and II Samuel, the books of I and II Kings were originally one long unbroken narrative. I Kings begins with the succession of Solomon as king, after David, as well as the story of Solomon's reign.

After Solomon's death the story starts to turn as the history of Israel moves from being one united country into two divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The northern kingdom is Israel, capital in the city of Samaria and is made up of the ten northern tribes. The southern kingdom is Judah, capital in the city of Jerusalem, and is made up of the two southern tribes (Benjamin and Judah). The Scripture becomes a narrative of the lives and reigns of the many different kings in the two kingdoms.

There are a few prominent people and stories. For example we get an extended look at evil King Ahab of Israel and his interactions with the prophet Elijah in I Kings chapters 17-22.

Here is the schedule:

17 (Su) - II Samuel 18-21

18 (M) - II Samuel 22-24; I Kings 1

19 (Tu)- I Kings 2-5

20 (W)- I Kings 6-9

21 (Th) - I Kings 10-13

22 (F) - I Kings 14-17

23 (Sa) - I Kings 18-21

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday is Ascension Sunday. It is one of the observances that John Wesley left in our Methodist tradition they he felt was important. Therefore, we will turn our focus to the Ascension of Jesus and what that means for our understanding of the nature of Jesus and what that means for us as his disciples. I hope you will invite a friend and come on out and be a part of this celebration.





2. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We are circulating signup sheets for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! Be on the look out for the sign up sheets and get involved!





3. Nepal Aid - Many of you are aware of the utter devastation that the people of Nepal are enduring at this time. I want to encourage each and every one of you to pray daily for this region and its people. I also want to offer you an additional method for helping out in the midst of this tragedy. If you are looking for another way to support the relief effort in Nepal, please consider donating financially through UMCOR; as 100% of your gift will go directly to the people in Nepal to help them in their time of need. You can place your gift in the offering plate and we will cut one check and send it to UMCOR. Please make sure to write Nepal and "Advance Number 982450" on the envelope. Or you can send your donation to UMCOR directly by check, making your check payable to Advance GCFA, write Advance Number 982450 on the memo line and mail to:

Advance GCFA
PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068

Or you can donate by phone, please call 1-888-252-6174.

Every little bit helps.






4. Liturgist and Usher Trainings - There will be two upcoming training sessions for all those interested in serving as a liturgist and/or usher in worship. These sessions will be brief and held immediately after worship. The intent of these trainings will be to allow new people to participate and make sure we all understand the best practices of what is needed for these roles. The liturgist training will be May 17th and the usher training will be May 24th. I hope you see you there!





5. Welcome Pastor Brian and Family! - I am excited to introduce to you our new pastor and his family; Brian Sanderson and his wife Faith, son Bryce, and daughter Abbey.

Please keep them in prayer as they make the transition of saying goodbye to the church they serve now and prepare themselves for ministry with you. I also want to invite you to reach out to them and welcome them into the Druid Hills family. I am excited for how the Holy Spirit will work through Brian to lead this congregation as well as for the opportunity you all will have to get to know his family.


Bonus Five #1 - If you have any family member that is graduating from high school, college, or trade school please let the office know by Monday, May 18th so we can include them in our celebration.





Bonus Five #2 - Do not forget that our Druid Hills Team will be representing our church at the Relay for Life tonight at Trinity Catholic High School. Come on out and support our team as work to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for this dreaded disease. Good luck team Druid Hills!! 





 Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!