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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Mt. Pleasant FUMC.
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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
…God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:24b-27
Two people stood by a water well. Each person had a bucket. One was sad and bitter, muttering, "Life is terrible. Every time I fill my bucket it is empty before I know it. The other person stood by the well and was at peace, thinking to himself, "Life is wonderful. Every time this bucket is empty, I can simply fill it up again."
You, the church, are the body of Christ. You as Christians are a member of that body. Every part has a function-every member is important to a healthy church.
We can see that our brain and our heart have different functions. But, both are necessary to a whole and healthy body. (I Cor. 12:21) Our active church members are no more import than shut-in or inactive church members. When one hurts all are effected. Ideally we should all be working as one body recognizing that the weaker parts are as important as any other parts to the whole. We can see this when the Spirit of God inspires the body of Christ to work as a unit to accomplish ministry.
When we are physically well we feel good. When we are out of balance we feel bad. The body of Christ can feel good and bad, hurt or healthy, high self-esteem or highly depressed.
As Christians we should be trying to do what is good. A Christian should not be able to imagine seeking to increase their importance by trying to put down, beat up, or otherwise degrade other people. (I Cor. 12:13) The body of Christ has all the various parts it needs to weather the storms of the world. We would be unable to survive if we were all the same, clones as it were. God always sends someone with the right spiritual gifts, skills, or knowledge to meet the challenges the church faces. This is how the Christian community works and how it has survived these many years. By cooperating with other Christians, we can manifest God's love in our ministries.
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true."
When I see the Church as the body of Christ, I think of the view of the earth enjoyed by the astronauts who traveled to the moon. They saw no national boundaries, just Spaceship Earth, the planet with all its living things mutually depending on the others. God must look down at the church in this way wondering if we realize that all the little things we find to divide us won't matter a million years from now. God sees no bounds, just one big church with members mutually depending on one another as a body of Christ.
Life is a fragile gift to be treasured and enjoyed. Life holds potential for great joy and yet so frequently people choose to threaten the joy of life with worry, bitterness, greed, and hostility.
According to Jesus, "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love...I have said these things to you so that my joy may be complete." and "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...Enter into the joy of your master." (Matt. 25:21) Complete joy is the reward for faithfully abiding in the love of God and sharing that love with others. What better context for this to happen could that be than in the body of Christ, the Christian community, your Church?
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
Daniel 3:11 (NRS)
and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.
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Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.