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.
On Sunday nights from 6:00 to 6:30p.m. we have devotional time
featuring contemporary music and singing.
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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
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 (NRSV)
During the Easter season we proclaim that Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Paul understands this to also mean that we have been offered a path to our own resurrection because of Jesus' resurrection. In the meantime, we have this life on earth to live for however long. How long might that be? Perhaps a hundred years plus for young people today. The quality of those years depends on how they live their lives. A healthy lifestyle certainly may lead to a better quality of life in later years, but our hope for eternal healing is in the resurrection.
Easter is all about the literal physical resurrection of the human body of Christ. The Corinthian Christians were taught Greek philosophy which saw body and soul as separate. Many people today still think this way. Yet, we celebrate an empty tomb at Easter and a Savior who was both human and divine, physical and spiritual. The resurrection is the key to our Christian hope. Without it, our faith has no hope or promise to offer believers.
The resurrection of Christ begins to end the cycle of sin and death that has plagued humanity since Adam and Eve. "21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ." The resurrection is the beginning of the end of evil. Paul taught that the body is not the source of all our trouble, but death is! Our bodies and this world are part of God's good creation. We may abuse God's creation but it remains a good gift from God. We have every reason to take good care of ourselves in this life as we prepare for the life to come. The goal of life is not to get out of this body. The goal is to be with God who came to be with us in Jesus Christ. Each day of life is an opportunity to work defeat of sin and death and to bring God's Kingdom closer to being realized.
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
Job 17:2 (NRS)
Surely there are mockers around me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.
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For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.