Sunday, April 5, 2020

Hughes Memorial UMC Weekly Blog (4/6/20 - 4/12/20)

April Discipleship Focus - Service

God calls everyone to serve (clergy and laity) so that the body of Christ fulfills its calling in this world.

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Church Calendar

HMUMC - 12 Month Look Ahead


Weekly Calendar


Monday - 4/6/20
  • Spend some time in centering prayer.
Tuesday - 4/7/20
  • Spend some time praying for each member of our faith community.
Wednesday - 4/8/20
  • (8:00pm - 9:00pm) Zoom Bible Study & Prayer
Thursday - 4/9/20
  • Spend some time praying for our elected officials.
Friday - 4/10/20
  • Spend some time praying for the people in our community who are vulnerable. 
Saturday - 4/11/20
  • Invite at least 7 people to join us for our Zoom Worship Service.
Sunday - 4/12/20
  • (9:30am - 10:30am) - Zoom Bible Study 
  • (11am - Noon) Zoom Worship Service

April Birthdays

Ann Cooke - April 3rd
Jaymeisha Taylor - April 3rd
Kevin Lewis, Jr. - April 5th
Eloise Peerman - April 15th
Ronnie Watkins - April 15th
Johnny Lee Anistead - April 18th
Yvonne Stitt - April 18th
Kevin Lewis, Sr. - April 21st
Kathleen Crestwell - April 21st
Clara "Bea" Martin - April 22nd
Jean Lee - April 24th
Alveta Jones - April 25th


April Anniversaries

None yet!


Prayers of Comfort

Family of William Eley 


Prayers of Protection


The Global Community especially our seniors and our children
                                        

Prayers of Healing

At Home

Dorothy Anderson
Jacqueline Burnette 
William & Jacqueline Eley 
Steven Hamlin
James Isaac     
Delores Jones 
Lucy Key 
Clara Martin
Sharmayne Miller
Carmen Mosby
Carleen Murray
Carl Peerman (husband of Eloise Peerman)
Kathyrn Smith 
Rubye Smith 
Winifred Stanford               
Julia Tuten (mother of Melvin Tuten) 
Anna Walker    

In the Hospital


Glenda Hall
Lena Williams (mother of Thad Williams)


Assisted Living

      
Constance Tynes       
Julius Williams, Sr. 


Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 27th - Daniel Plan (7:00 pm - 8:30pm)


Pastor Selena is inviting everyone to go on the Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan is NOT the Daniel Fast. (The fast is when you only eat fruits and vegetables for 40 days). The Daniel Plan is a way to revolutionize your concept of a healthy lifestyle - forever!! We will meet in person at Mt. Zion UMC and via Zoom beginning on Thursdays, Feb 27th - April 6th, 7:00-8:30 pm. (P.S.: Pastor Selena will be making and giving away free smoothies)  

*Please email Pastor Selena by 2/18 to sign up: mtzionpastorsj@gmail.com           *For additional information on Daniel's Plan, go to this link: danielplan.com  



Community Resources 



Community Information   

The Church Building is closed until further notice.


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2020 BWC EVENTS 


September 12-13 ~ Washington Region Lay Servant Ministries Academy

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Love.


      In what seems like a very long time ago, two friends, Grace and Knowledge met at a Christmas Conference in Baltimore. They hit it off right away despite their vast theological differences. There were and still are so many things they did not agree on but they both had a deep abiding love of God. So, as the Christmas Conference ended, they agreed to stay in touch with one another and pray for one another. They also promised to pray that the new Connection that was formed in Baltimore would move on to perfection.
      Grace lived in the North and Knowledge lived in the South, so they did not see each other that often but they stayed in touch and prayed for one another just as they had promised to do. They cherished the moments they were able to be with each other even though they often fought. In the early days of their friendship most of their fights revolved around slavery. Knowledge owned slaves and justified his right to own slaves by quoting verse after verse after verse from the Bible.
Regardless of how many times they met and discussed why Knowledge should set his slaves free, he would not relent. This greatly distressed Grace especially since she believed Knowledge knew better. 
Grace would remind Knowledge over and over again that we are all made in God’s image. She would also make it clear that God would not consider slavery a form of love. Perhaps, Knowledge knew that slaves were made in the image of God, but he was so blinded by his desire for power and wealth accumulation that he could not see a future without his slaves.
      It also distressed Grace when some of the brothers and sisters they met at the Christmas Conference in Baltimore left the Connection because Knowledge and the people who thought like him refused to affirm the full humanity of African Americans.
And yet, Grace did not give up on her friendship with Knowledge. She kept praying that they would move on to perfection. But Knowledge and his friends dug in their heels and during a General Conference in Louisville they decided to split from the Connection over the issue of slavery.
It was a strained relationship, but Knowledge and Grace remained friends and continued to pray for one another even though they no longer belonged to the same Connection. Grace and Knowledge rarely saw one another anymore so they were both happy when their Connections reunited at a General Conference in Kansas City.
Nevertheless, Grace was still dismayed and disappointed because Knowledge remained hard-hearted. Knowledge refused to fully affirm African Americans even though he could no longer legally own slaves. But they kept praying for one another and praying the Connection would move on to perfection.
Grace finally confronted Knowledge about his unwillingness to fully affirm the humanity of women. She asked him, “Why don’t you support the ordination of women?” Once again, he cited various Bible verses to support his stance and he refused to soften his heart.
Finally, at a General Conference in Minneapolis women were granted full clergy rights which meant they could be ordained.
Later on at a General Conference in Dallas the Connection dissolved the Central Jurisdiction and at least in principle affirmed the full humanity of Black people. Grace and Knowledge seemed to be on the road to reconciliation until they saw one another at the General Conference in Atlanta ...
During this General Conference, Grace was pleased that the Connection affirmed the sacred worth of all human beings including homosexuals but she was dismayed and dumbfounded when Knowledge led a charge to relegate homosexuals to a status of less than by deeming their human sexuality as being incompatible with Christian teaching.
Once again, he quoted various Bible verses to justify his stance. Since that General Conference in Atlanta, the relationship between Grace and Knowledge has steadily drifted apart again. They still pray for one another and they still hope the Connection is moving towards perfection. But yet again, they are wondering if they should be a part of the same Connection given their vast theological differences.
This week they are attending a Special General Conference in St. Louis. Let us pray that regardless of the outcome that Love will win and the Connection will move on to perfection! Love.

Hughes Memorial UMC Weekly Blog (4/6/20 - 4/12/20)

April Discipleship Focus - Service God calls everyone to serve (clergy and laity) so that the body of Christ fulfills its calling in this ...