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St. Peter's UMC
Welcome From The Pastor:
Pastor Cory Britt
From Pastor Cory Britt!
"From The Pastor's Desk"
Dear St. Peter's Family,
Have you ever attempted to dress a three year old? It should be an Olympic sport. My theory is that three year olds are made of slippery elastic. Sometimes you get lucky and they will do just what you want. You ask them to raise their arms and they raise their arms. You ask them to stick out their foot and they stick out their foot. However, many of us have experienced the other side of that little angel. All of a sudden you find yourself in the middle of a Three Stooges routine. Whoever would have thought you could get hurt getting dressed? Their strategy is quite ingenious. First they try the limp limb maneuver. This is a style of child combat in which the child’s arms or legs are only going to be moved if you move them. It amounts to trying to dress a piece of wet spaghetti. The other strategy is what I call “aggravated mime assault.” What happens here is that the child will be asked to raise their right arm and the left arm will go up. This lulls you into an idea that you simply need to start with the arm they raised. But no, just as you shift to accommodate, they reverse course. And so the process continues with the legs and head and feet. I think yoga has a pose for only masters called “Jeans on Toddler”. The parent will have the kid in one arm and the jeans in another arm. The legs are kicking in the air and the parent is trying to work the jeans on like they would a pillowcase on a pillow. This is when parents sustain injuries from little toes and fingers shoved in their nose and eyes. I’ve seen grown men whimper in defeat at the damage an acorn sized fist can do. Fathers are typically (though not always) the worst at navigating these feats of dextrous dressings. They are the ones who end up saying. “Alright then, you dress yourself!” which the child happily does. When I worked as a daycare teacher I could always tell when it was dad’s turn to dress their child. Absolutely nothing matched on the child and you could tell the child put on their favorite of every type of clothing.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he tells them in verse 3:12 “as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” As Christians we are called to be continually transformed into the image God has designed for us. God calls us to have joy, to be whole beings, and know what real love is. We cannot transform ourselves so God offers us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us and communicate with us so that we may be able to draw near to Him, be made whole, and experience real living. In this letter Paul reminds the Colossians how they lived before they had Christ in their lives and expressed for them the need to dress in these new clothes that he outlines in the above verse. In thinking over this letter, I wondered how often we as Christians fight God while he desires to dress us with truth and love. We play dead, we kick and scream, or we play games of avoidance and we do all of this for various reasons. God offers us a life of eternity. This life is freely offered but it does cost our will. We have the choice not to accept His offer and we can clothe ourselves with our own choosing which leaves us poorly dressed and mismatched. Hopefully, we will choose to surrender our will to God and allow Him to dress us in his eternal truth which calls for kindness, humility, meekness, patience and love for oneself, one’s neighbors, and God. The beautiful irony is that though we surrender our lives to God and die to ourselves, it is in this surrender and death that we find ourselves truly free and truly alive.
St. Peter's United Methodist Church is in search of a full-time director of youth ministries. The applicant should be a Christian of strong conviction with enthusiasm mixed with confidence, authority and compassion. As this is a job that requires a variety of hours, the applicant and family members, if applicable, should be aware of the non-traditional work schedule involved with this position. Interested persons can submit questions or a resume to David Boyer email@example.com or Rev. Cory Britt
Registration opened on August 15 and closes on November 1, 2019. The cost per child is $150. Follow this link after August 15th to register online: UPWARD. For more information contact our Upward Coordinator Jennifer Klinkowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Sundays, September 15, 22, 29, 2:00 PM Would you like to know more about being a United Methodist Christian? Would you like to know more about St. Peter's? Are you interested in membership? If so, plan to attend our upcoming New Member Orientation. To register for the class, please chttp://ontact Rachel Lever at: email@example.com
Registration for 2019-2020 has begun. All those interested in this program are encouraged to register early. To request an information sheet and registration form, please email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies--You are invited to join the United methodist Women in our Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM on the second Monday of each month. Programs and menue vary each month. Reservations are requested. Contact Rachel Lever for more details.
Men's group meets in our Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM on the third Monday of each month. Dinner includes your choice of steak, chicken or pork chop. Programs focus on men helping men, trying to walk the Christian walk. Reservations are requested. Requested donation: $10.00 Contact Stpetersumcmen@gmail.com for more details.