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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,
It is always interesting moving. There are new discoveries, old discoveries, and sometimes things we wish we'd never discovered. Moving to new communities one finds new local customs, driving patterns (ahem), flora and fauna, and then the simple discovery of one's own house.
Sydney (my daughter) and I have rented a house not too far from the church. While we looked at many different homes, we did not look as closely as we would have had we been purchasing a home. We love our home, but we have discovered a few things upon living in it a few weeks that are interesting. Aside from the gigantic pet killing frog that stands and stares forcibly down at my vehicle from the top of the driveway like the French guards in Monty Pythons Holy Grail, I have been startled by other beasts as well.
Upon our second day here, I walked around the outside of the house. We have a pool and on the side of the house there is a little shed that covers the pool pump and I assumed would store other pool like items as well. This shed, a 4x4 Stephen King nightmare of old rotten plywood and souls of previous tenants sat repulsively inviting. I half expected to find Pennywise, the clown from the book "It", to be holding a red balloon when I eventually opened it.
My curiosity prevailed and I unlatched the wooden carcass of horrors and of course there was nothing in it but the pump and a torn net... and then as if waiting for me to relax, a Jesus Lizard flared up like a mini velociraptor and bolted across the dirt floor. With a quick flick of the wrist, I latched the mouth of that box shut and said out loud, "Nope. Never opening that again."
Later that day as I was contemplating my adventures and I shared with Sydney that we had a Jesus Lizard in the backyard shed. She said jokingly, "You locked Jesus in the shed?" Which made me think how often we keep Jesus locked up in our sheds.
Our lives are filled with many rooms. There are some that are more important to us than others or at least there are those that are more public than others so we tend to them the most. When guest come over, I imagine there are rooms in most people's homes where the doors have been shut. We do this with our interior life as well. Our souls filled with rooms we nurture and those rooms we neglect and those other rooms we'd rather not go into at all.
We avoid them for many different reasons. Shame, pain, anger, doubt, fear, and on and on the list can go. But we always know that room is there. We hide it from our self, others, and God. But just because we ignore it doesn't mean it is going to improve or go away. We like to think that God doesn't know about the dark places. We like to think that Jesus will avoid our moldy shed. The truth is, he's there already. There is no place where God is not, there is no place God is unwilling to go, and there is no place God doesn't desire to bring light to and heal.
Psalm 55, the Psalmist says to cast your burdens to God. In Matthew 11 Jesus invites us and says, "Come to me all who are burdened and heavy laden". There isn't much that is heavier than a secret and pain we've been avoiding and attempting to hide from our self and God. What is that weight you are carrying? Open that shed door, don't be afraid of Jesus living in your dark places; he's there to bring light, healing, and hope. What is amazing is that when you open that door and he heals that place, he moves into all the other places and makes them brighter too.
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 opens 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.
On August 11th at all three services, we will be blessing all teachers who are heading back to school. If you are a teacher please come and receive a special blessing from our congregants and gift made especially for you by our Kids in Mission campers. If you know a teacher, love a teacher or have a teacher, please invite them to worship so that we may honor them as well. One of the richest blessings one can have is a great teacher early in life.
For Whom? All adults What? A DVD based study of the life and ministry of Peter When? 6 Sundays, 9:30 AM, Beginning August 4 Where? Room 101 Would you like to make some new friends? Would you like to learn about the amazing man who our church is named after? If so, please check out this study!Contact 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.