Preparing for Worship
Gathering Music “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord”
Scripture Luke 24:36b-48
Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence. 44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.
Sermon “I Have Seen the Lord: While Disbelieving”
UMH 596 “Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word” UMH 173 “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”
UMH 351 “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” UMH 553 “And Are We Yet Alive”
Anthem “In This Very Room” “By These Signs” video “Fearless Fellows: Duvan Vargas”
Liturgist: Frankie Graham
Communion Servers: Diedra McGruder and John Tincher
Hospitality Hosts: Carolyn Brownell and Norm Reichert
Prayer and Counsel Team: Bob & Cindy Koch
Visitors at our Last Worship Services
Dryston Barbarotta. Be sure to invite someone to come with you to worship this Sunday!
Calendar for the Week
Hannah Cole Kindergarten Screening this week in Fellowship Hall
5:00 Baby Grace
8:00 Garage Sale @ 209 Highland
4:00 Pomajzl-McMullin Wedding @ Sedalia 1st UCC
Birthdays This Week
16 Margene Farquhar
17 Ada Gingrich
22 Marilyn Cochran, Ken Farris, Chelsea Jackson
Youth to Begin New Study This Sunday: “A History of God”
Calling all youth, grades 6-12, to come to youth group Sunday morning, 9 AM, in the Youth Room (off the main room of the Fellowship Hall). We will be doing a study based on Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of God.” This looks at the rise of monotheism (moving from believing in local and limited gods to believing in one God), how God is presented in the Old Testament, the change in our understanding and relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and how atheism challenges and calls us back to God. We will be using 7 videos based on the documentary shown on The History Channel, which will provide us with many opportunities to agree and disagree with the featured presenters (from Judaism, Islam, Western and Eastern Christianity) and their conclusions, in order to make our own more faithful choices about our beliefs. (Note: While Karen Armstrong is a former nun, her books are written from the academic perspective of the history of religion/observations of what happened when, and not the revelations or truths of religion/how God is revealed and at work among us. Pastor Nick will help us sort out the truth from the history!)
Missions Indoor Sale is Extended!
The house at 209 Highland will again be the site for the Outreach Team’s “Indoor Sale.” Come to the house between 8 AM and 1 PM on Friday, April 20, to look at furniture (living room chairs, French provincial sofa, marble top end and coffee tables), antique dished, handmade embroidered towels, throw rugs, pictures, kitchen equipment, and many other items. All proceeds go to our Outreach Team’s local mission projects.
You Are Invited to the Pomajzl-McMullin Wedding April 21
Michaela Pomajzl and Chance McMullin will be united in marriage at the First Christian Church, Sedalia, 200 South Limit, during a 4 PM ceremony. The reception will be held at the Red Cedars Event Barn, 15576 Highway 65, Hughesville. Chance and Michaela are registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Target.
Boonslick Center for Women’s Ministries Open House Sunday, April 22, 3-6 PM
This is a new ministry in our community, and it is located at 312 Center Street. Their mission “is to be a safe place for hurting women to receive confidential and non-judgmental listening, comfort, encouragement, and support. We are here to point women to Jesus Christ and promote emotional and spiritual healing. We provide free peer counseling, support groups, Bible studies, prayer support, and encouragement to hurting women in Cooper and Howard Counties.” If you have questions about this ministry, or how you can help, contact Susan Byrne, 573-808-1474, or Laurie Paris, 660-888-8410. You can also check out their Facebook page @BoonslickCWM.
Staff-Parish Relations Team to Meet Monday, April 23, 6 PM
Due to changes in the calendar set by our bishop, the time for pastoral evaluations has been moved to April and May (in 2017, they were in August and September). This is a time for the pastor and SPRC to meet together to align priorities, look at church goals, etc. This report is then sent to the district office, and will be discussed between the pastor and district superintendent.
Outreach Sunday Brunch Sunday, April 29
Our Outreach Team will be hosting a free-will offering brunch to raise funds for cancer relief. Part of the offering will go to our Columbia Ronal McDonald House, which provides housing for the families while someone is getting cancer treatments. The rest of the offering will be kept locally to help with expenses for a family dealing with cancer, for those incidental expenses not covered by insurance (gas to get to treatments, etc.)
. . . You can make all or part of your giving to the church through an automatic electronic fund transfer? We have an agreement with Vanco Services, officially authorized through the General Board of Church Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church, to make automated transfers to the church from your selected bank account in the amounts and times designated by you. You also can change or stop the transfer by simply calling the church office, even after you have signed up for the service, if your circumstances change for any reason. The church pays for the service (25 cents per transfer), so there are no hidden or extra fees added to your account. You can pick up the enrollment form in the church office, or download it from our church website, www.nelsonmemorialumc.org, click on “About Nelson Memorial” in the left menu, and then scroll down to “Electronic Fund Transfer” to download the form.
“Celebration of Life” Form Now on our Church Website
You can help your family be prepared when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant. We have a form which can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service. Go to our church website, www.nelsonmemorialumc.org, click on the “Worship” link on the home page (or “Sunday Worship” link on the left menu), then scroll down to find the form. Download the form, print it out, and then keep a copy where your family can access it. You can also place a copy in the church office, where we will keep it in a permanent file.