First United Methodist
Church Mt. Pleasant
202 South Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Youth Group: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
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"We strive to be a church family that worships together acting as one body using our talents to share God's love by reaching out and leading people to Christ, making disciples of them, and nurturing them to Christian maturity."
Words from Our Pastor, Reverend Gary Wedgewood
46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." 52 Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)
Mark, Matthew, and Luke tell stories of Jesus healing the blind. In Mark he heals the man Bartimaeus. This is one of Jesus’ last acts before he was crucified. The son of Timaeus becomes a disciple of Jesus in response to his being healed. He then begins to follow the “Son of David” to the city of David, Jerusalem.
This was an important pilgrimage for every Jew. Once in Jerusalem, their prayer was that the house of David would be restored with the raising up of a new King in the line of David.
When Bartimaeus was sitting beside the road, he hears a group approaching and asks who it is. He is told that it is Jesus, and he begins to call out to Jesus and will not be silenced. Then he jumps up, leaving his cloak behind, and goes to Jesus to receive healing. This was an act of complete faith in Jesus.
The healing of Bartimaeus, who was blind from birth, is taken to be a sign of Jesus’ power and identity. It points to those fighting against the mission of Jesus who claim to see but in fact are blind. The most important result is that Bartimaeus becomes a faithful follower of "The Son of Man" who can see which is in sharp contrast to those who oppose Jesus. The new sight of Bartimaeus is equated with gaining spiritual insight.
The gift of sight to the blind also reminds us of the freeing of Israel from bondage which is described as a time when "the eyes of the blind shall be opened" (Isaiah 35:5) and a call for Israel to be "a light to the nations" (Isaiah 42:6). God is always the one who gives us “a mind to understand, or eyes to see, or ears to hear.” (Deuteronomy 29:4). Jesus is understood through this and other signs to be the Messiah and Savior of Israel who is known by those "who have ears to hear" (Mk 4:9) and eyes to see, spiritually.
The church today needs to stay focused on Jesus Christ. This is the heart of who we are, what we do, and how we do ministry. Without Jesus at the center of the life of the church, we soon become just another social club. With Christ as our head, the church becomes a fruitful wonder, a light in the world, and a place of refuge. With Christ in our hearts, we can grow in faith and expect ever more insight into the Scriptures as we study and pray. God blesses the faithful.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the church between
7:30 & 11:30am M-F at 931-379-3520.
Reverend Gary Wedgewood
From the Director of Christian Education, Don Kerce
From the Desk of the DCE:
Thanks to Tricia and George for stepping up and facilitating the new “COVANANT” class. They have eleven Disciples’ in that class and I have heard that it is a very interesting study with a lot of class participation. The congregation may want to look into the next eight weeks study that will start soon. We’ll announce it in the bulletin.
Also, Thanks to Janice and Marvin for continuing with the Disciple IV study. They also have some devoted Disciples in their group also.
Jesus in the Gospels is also going strong. We find some very interesting comparisons to New Testament and Old Testament scripture.
We are looking forward to our Advent study this year. We are going into a study by a pastor at Lake Magdalene Church in Tampa, Florida. He has giving this study as a donation to God and His works in Mt. Pleasant UMC.
If you aren’t attending Sunday school, you are missing some very interesting study material. Let me take this opportunity to invite you to one of our classes. We are studying the NIV bible series at the present time in the Book of Acts. The Ladies have started a Ladies study and we have studies for all other age groups. We have a nursery open for Sunday school and church services.
Don Kerce, DCE
1 Corinthians 11:6 (NRSV)
For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil.
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It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.