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New Pews for You to Use

2017-04-05T07:34:35-06:00March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

WE DID IT!

(KMUMC)-After 379 committee meetings a major decision was reached that will have lasting impact on our church-growth efforts–the last 124 meetings were just to make sure we were sure.

Remember when Jesus slept while the disciples frantically tried to save themselves during the storm?  Well, we thought if Jesus enjoyed a good nap, you should be able to as well!  It’s our goal to ensure church members and friends have a pleasant experience with us on Sunday mornings.  Now, one lucky row of people can snooze in style while the rest of the congregation endures the stormy preaching.

Later this year we’re introducing a new line of La-Z-Boy reclining pews for our sanctuary!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

An anonymous committee member said, “It will be good to be able to comfortably count sheep while you’re praising the Good Shepherd.  Most people who nap during church have to worry about the embarrassing head nod.  Not any more.”

“It came down to this,” another member commented, “God is good and naps are good. Why not bring them both together?”

Excitement is already building among our congregation.  One tired Sunday school teacher praised the decision saying, “You dream about these kinds of things happening.  On Sunday mornings I’m at the church even more than the pastor.  This will help that last hour fly by.”

NOW WHAT?

Of course, most people want to know how we’ll decide who gets the La-Z-Boy blessing.  We’ll need your help.  Each week, in addition to having volunteer ushers and greeters, volunteers will be asked to cast lots to determine seating arrangements.  Call the office if you would like to assist (or if you have lots we can cast with).

Be advised that if you are selected to use the new pews, your weekly seating is not secured.  Restroom breaks, answering phone calls and paying attention to sermons are grounds for removal.

While we’re excited about this development, we still need your prayers.  The choir has threatened to go on strike if some of the new pews are not installed in the choir loft.

++Story Update++

The committee forgot to choose the color and fabric of the reclining pews.  They expect to plan 81 meetings to finalize their decision.  

 

 

P.S. Happy April 1st

No Breakfast or Sunday School

2017-03-02T16:00:01-06:00March 2nd, 2017|Church|

We just learned there will be no electricity at church this Sunday morning.  Workers have scheduled several hours Sunday morning to continue work related to the Harbor Bridge project.  The power has been turned off a couple of times on Sundays before, but it was always quickly restored before it could affect church activities.  This is the first time the outage is scheduled to last this long.

Therefore, considering the safety of our members and friends, we have cancelled the weekly youth Taco Breakfast (They are off next week, too, for Spring Break) and all Sunday School classes.

Our worship service is still scheduled to take place.  It is Communion Sunday and we’ll do our best to make the most of our time together.  We won’t have A/C, PowerPoint or the organ, but the Holy Spirit will still be there!

Again, no Taco Breakfast or Sunday School classes this weekend (Only this weekend–don’t get any ideas!).  We think this might be a good time for your Sunday School class to meet somewhere else to enjoy a new scenery while you discuss your lesson (restaurant, park, coffee shop, beach, etc).

We would appreciate your help in making sure everyone knows.  Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Sunday.

3 Ways You Can Grow Your Church

2017-02-03T19:32:12-06:00February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

If you’re reading this, chances are your faith is important to you.  Maybe you’ve had a faith in Christ since you were very young.  You might be someone who came to faith in Christ later in life.  Praise God that our faith is preached and still reaches so many people!  And as someone who has learned the power a faith in Jesus can have, you’re probably–hopefully–exciting to think about others knowing Christ as you do.

As United Methodist Christians that is our priority.  We can’t help it.

While people come to know Christ at different times and in different ways, the church is quite often the place people first experience the presence of God.  So, while getting to people to church is not all we do, we have learned the importance of ensuring our church is a place where people can connect to God and each other.  You might think church growth is something that only pastors and church leaders are concerned with.  Well, it should be important for us all.
That’s why we’ve compiled 3 ways you can be a part of growing our church, bringing people to a faith in Christ.  Of course, this is not an exhaustive list.  But we’re sure that if you start with these 3 actions, you’ll see how they can benefit our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Here’s where you begin:

      1. Be Proud. We are ordinary people that happen to trust in the extraordinary power of God. That power transforms lives! Our job is to discover how we can join God in being a part of that transformation. So, when you see that we are moving in faithfulness, be proud to call Kelsey your church. Be proud that people just like you are putting their faith into action.  Be proud of the work that you are a part of.
      2. Be Aware. Of course, you can’t be proud of what is happening if you don’t know what’s happening. Pay attention to what is celebrated during our worship services. Listen to what our leaders are saying. Use our newsletter, weekly bulletins and social media posts to keep up to date with our various ministry groups.  Take opportunities to visit with people you know that are involved with what’s happening at church.  Get their observations and insights.
      3. Be a Voice. Let others know what we’re doing. You never know when someone you know might want to join in what’s happening. Talk about why we do ministry. For example, post write a Facebook post about something you learned at or about church. Or ask a coworker to help at an upcoming event. A big part of our ministry together is sharing with others the blessing we have of doing God’s work.

See?  There’s no committee; no sign up forms; nothing difficult to do.  You’ll be going a long way to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ if you do these 3 things.

Now it’s your turn.  What easy ways have you found to help build the church?

Sing Christmas!

2016-12-08T23:01:32-06:00December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Join us as we sing those Christmas classics you know and love.

Our choir is preparing to host you and your family for a night of beautiful Christmas music. Everyone is invited, and everything is free. Please stay for a cookie and snack reception afterwards.

A meaningful way to prepare to celebrate Christmas is through song. We hope you will attend this year’s cantata.  The event begins this Sunday, December 11, at 6:30pm. See you there!

It’s Worth It | Sermon Preview

2016-09-29T18:58:00-06:00September 29th, 2016|Church, Sermon Preview|

We’re continuing our Committed to Christ sermon series this weekend.  We’ve rediscovered the joy of prayer and the power of the Bible.  There have been over 100 prayer and Bible reading commitments so far.  This Sunday we’ll talk about what it means to worship God.

Of course, we talk a lot about attending and inviting others to worship services.  Surely, though, God wanted us to know more about worship than just to go to a church service, sit, listen and go home.  Right?

Jesus showed us, at least once, the joy of worship.

 At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’

Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’

-Luke 10

What do you think about this worship service?

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