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"To Live and Walk in the Spirit of Christ" (Gal. 5:25)
Join us on November 23 for the Thanksgiving Party Sunday!
What a great day the 23rd will be as we celebrate who we are and whose we are.
We will celebrate an In-Gathering of Food for the Victor-Farmington Food Pantry. On the 16th you will receive a bag to fill with non-perishable foods. Last year there was still room for the pastor – this year let’s fill his space with a thank offering.
We will be celebrating our finances by making pledges for the coming year.
With the sale of the parsonage we will burn the mortgage and celebrate the return of borrowed funds to the Endowment.
We will gather after worship for a dinner cooked in our kitchen!!!!!
There is more planning to do, more gatherings to prepare – but it is time to Party as the Children of God here at the Victor United Methodist Church.
Luke 10 People
10After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11“Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 12I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ 18He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
Luke 10 describes discipleship – Jesus’ way. I think that we are called to be Luke 10 people who give themselves to the calling of God. And rather than creating ministry for people. the great experiment of this church is to respond to a call to ministry. To that end, I invite you, in twos to be in ministry and the first one I lift up is the call to Hospitality. I would like you to pray about and consider accepting a ministry for two months and these are the opportunities:
The Discipleship of Greeting and Invitation: Be the welcoming presence to others as they walk through our doors.
The Discipleship of Caring: Host, organize and provide a reception for Celebrations, Memorials and Funeral Services.
The Discipleship of Church Fellowship: Host, organize and provide for “coffee hour.”
I’m sure there will be more to come. But remember, the difference between a volunteer and a Disciple is that the Disciple is called by Christ to serve in mission.