God of wisdom and all good gifts:
We bring our offerings and ministries to You, remembering that, like Abraham,
You have blessed us to be a blessing to others.
Remind us this morning that the gift of freedom that comes to Christ is also a gift not to be kept but to be shared.
Even as the world asserts that freedom is a ticket to “go our own way,”
You made us free to be part of Christ’s body in the world, connected and interdependent.
May the way we live and the way we give reflect that kind of freedom.
In Christ’s blessed name, we pray. Amen.
from Galatians 5:1, 13-26
Current and future Light Brights (rising fourth through sixth grade) on Monday, July 6, at 7pm; Preschool through rising third grade on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30pm. For this meeting, ask your child to think of a time they witnessed someone showing compassion. Have them draw a picture of their example and bring it to share with the group. Some of the artwork and stories might even be shared on children’s message or Compassion Camp videos! Contact Mrs. Christina for zoom information (email@example.com).
NFUMC is excited to host a new kind of Vacation Bible School this summer! Although we cannot meet in person for our traditional VBS, we are excited to announce that Compassion Camp will be coming in July. This at-home, intergenerational VBS is extremely flexible, adaptable, and fun for the entire family. The theme is compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. Compassion Camp is geared toward Pre-K-5th graders, but can easily be adapted for youth as well. Register here.
Give blood and help save lives. On Thursday, July 9, 1:15-7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will host a Red Cross Blood Drive. Please make an appointment at www.RedCrossBlood.org. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.
Did you know that we have an up-to-date online directory? And prayer requests are now posted on our website? To access these features, sign in to our website. If you are having trouble signing in, contact the front office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth who are interested in helping with VBS by video recording Bible Stories should contact Ms. Christina no later than this afternoon, June 28 (email@example.com).
The Upper Room devotionals for July-August have been delivered. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email or call and let Chris know which version you would like (615-776-2815 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our United Methodist Women are serving through giving to GraceWorks Ministries. Each month they are concentrating on a particular need of GraceWorks, and they encourage the entire congregation to help. In July, they are collecting shampoo, and every month they are collecting the following items for the Fuel Bag program: peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, cereal bars, granola bars, fruit cups, and pudding cups. Please hold on to those items and bring them in when the church opens up again. Thank you!