"There is never a cop when you need them," I can hear Wanda say... unless it was her getting pulled over! Then suddenly they were everywhere, just waiting for her to speed. It was all a matter of perspective. That same perspective is what can help us understand God more fully. Why does God seem distant? Why hasn't he solved all the world's problems? It is difficult to fathom from our perspective, so today we go on an adventure of learning how God sees us (differently than we see ourselves) and how that God who knows you chose you and is with you always.
Have you been inviting someone to church but have run out of ideas? While nothing can replace being together to worship, have them check out our Worship Services ONLINE! Our 8:30am and 11am Worship Services will be broadcasted LIVE and available on any device connected to the internet: smartphones; computers; smart televisions; and tablets. This will give prospective congregants a glimpse of what we get to experience every Sunday morning.
The Journey - Once we decide to follow Jesus, we need to learn the path to discipleship. The Journey is an intentional plan for discipleship that provides a purposeful process for maturing in Christ. (A Life of Worship - Blue)
Mondays at 6 p.m.in the Fireside Room with Donna Long & Marlys Rocha
Bible Study with Pastor Lois - Harmony of the Gospels
(A Life Obeying Jesus - Green)
Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Fireside Room with Pastor Lois
Men’s Group - Bible Study and discussion about what it means to be a Man of God. All men welcome. Invite a friend.
(Life Open to Jesus - Pink)
Wednesdays, 5:30pm in the Fireside Room with Tim Meeker
Childcare available for Small Groups upon request. Please contact the church office ASAP if you need childcare to be arranged.
As the global United Methodist Church continues to discuss important issues, including church leadership issues of those in the LGBTQ community, we invite you to join us in prayer asking for God's direction and praying for faithfulness in His church, starting with us. On February 23rd through February 26th, there will be a Special General Conference held in St. Louis to make decisions about LGBTQ leadership in the global and local church. There are three major proposals (and many less popular options) that will be presented to the General Conference. While we don't want to overwhelm you with the options, if you would like an overview of the three major proposals, they will be available on our website or at the church office beginning February 10th. If you want to pursue it further, you find more supportive links on our website.
As the Special General Conference continues meeting today through the 26th, we pray for God's wisdom and direction for our delegates, the future of our denomination and the larger church as we seek to be part of God's reign on earth as it is in heaven. Pray also for our faithful witness as we live into the next thing God calls us to do. May we be found faithful and ready for the next adventure in abundant living together.
Pastors Lois and Julie have been following this issue for over two years. They are happy to schedule time to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have. We know this is God's church and He will lead us through the decisions of the General Conference and beyond. We will continue to focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We will continue reaching the seeking and growing the convinced and we have options that will keep our focus on God and His Word regardless of the outcome. After the General Conference at the end of February, we will share more about what that decision means for us all. Thank you for your prayers.
Join in Mission with Cutting EDGE (Evangelize, Disciple, Go to the Ends of the Earth)
In support of next month’s Celebration Sunday, Cutting EDGE is encouraging our church family to participate in the Tri-Counties Blue Star Mom’s Spring Care Package Event. We will be meeting at the Sutter County Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, YC Saturday, March 9th from 4 to 6pm.
Urban Ministry Trip
Was one of your New Year resolutions to do something that will get you excited about doing ministry at our church? How about going on a ministry trip?
· Adults have the opportunity to serve at Glide UMC & SF YWAM, during EDGE’s next Ministry Trip to San Francisco on April 30th to May 3rd and the cost is between $85 and $120 (depends on # of participants). Partial scholarships are available. Registration and $20 deposit is due by April 1st
Meals From RAH Mobile Pack Have Shipped!
The meals we packaged have been sent to the Philippines and will be distributed by International Care Ministries.
· This organization teams up a local pastor and 6 Filipino trainers to meet once a week with 30 of the poorest families in a community and talks to them about the importance of relationships (especially with God), personal character, and how to make wise choices. This leads to an increased hope and willingness to adopt lifestyle changes incorporating what is learned for improved health, livelihood, and education. For more information about this ministry, check out caremin.com.
Funds raised are used at the donors choosing.
· You can donate for a specific project or missionary of your choosing or help fund outreach that Cutting EDGE is facilitating.
We are blessed with two pastors who have been meeting anybody with questions about their faith and/or how to live into it. If you have been talking to somebody like this and feel like you need more help, you can offer them a visit from the pastors of First United Methodist Church of YC. After asking permission from this seeker, please write their name, address, contact phone number, and your name on one of the prayer cards and leave it in the offering plate, or prayer box next to the sound booth.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed over through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During Ash Wednesday service, ashes will be lightly rubbed in the sign of the cross onto the foreheads of worshipers. This ash cross is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.
During March’s celebration Sunday, we will be packing shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in Fellowship Hall. We are collecting items for our Shoebox Packing Party starting February 24th. Donated items may be placed on the tables in the Sanctuary. The following items are needed for the shoeboxes:
Scrip fundraising is a program that allows families to raise money for the Church by using gift cards, or scrip, to pay for everyday purchases the same way as cash. Available in the Narthex at the Scrip Table.
The office is in need of volunteers to greet those coming to the office, answer telephones, & to work on the computer. Volunteers on Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoons are especially needed. Training is available. If you feel you can help with this ministry to the public and our congregation, please contact the office at 673-5858.