Join us for a Lenten study based on Max Lucado’s book: “He Chose The Nails” starting Sunday March 5th at 10:00 am, and again on Wednesday March 8th at 6:30 pm. This is a five week video study. Class fee is $10.00. Includes study guide and snacks. Contact Staunton First at 618-635-3010 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Change in worship times. Effective Mar 5th, our worship times change to 9:30 worship, 10:30 fellowship, 11:00 Sunday school. Come join us!
Submitted by: Bob Homan, Lebanon First
We begin this year by having a new worship service on Monday evenings at 6:37p.m. All guest are welcome to come.
St. Luke UMC Maryville, IL
February 19, 3 p.m.
We are once again hosting Dello Thedford and the Gospel Symphonic Choir of Greater St. Louis for an evening of music and fellowship. After enjoying the beautiful music this choir always brings, we will be having a potluck fellowship. Love offering will be taken for the choir.
Hosted by Highland Hope UMC
Shane Bishop and Troy Benton have produced four high quality videos for Black History Month in February that can be short during morning worship. You can go to the IGRC website and download these videos. Thanks!
Tolerance is a word bantered around excessively in our culture. We argue for tolerance – tolerance of other people’s culture, ethnicity, language, political and theological views and belief systems. Webster’s defines tolerance like this, “Sympathy or indulgence for beliefs and practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.” Unfortunately, too often, in culture and in the church tolerance becomes a one way proposition. The belief is I am asked to be tolerant of your position on issues, but you are not expected to offer the same sympathy or indulgence when it comes to my position.
If you or I differ from the mainstream sentiment about a certain issue or position we are labeled and called out as misogynistic, bigoted, narrow minded, and intolerant. I encounter plenty of people that expect me to be tolerant of their beliefs, but do not give that same respect to my beliefs if I do not agree with their’s.
The historical United Methodist position on Scripture is that it is the authority for both faith and practice. When we speak of the quadrilateral – Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience; it is not the equilateral. In other words, Wesley meant scripture to be the primary authority from which Tradition, Reason and Experience follow.
I have always believed that if you began any other place than scripture when it comes to addressing difficult issues of our day, than you are beginning at the wrong starting point and will ultimately not be happy where you end up.
It is true that United Methodists are not of one mind on many issues; but it was also true in the days of the early church. Neither were they. However, what ultimately prevailed was scriptural authority and people’s willingness to follow it. (See Acts 15).
Tolerance does not mean compromise for the sake of unity. I will not compromise my belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I will not compromise my view on Wesley’s call to live a life of holiness. I will not compromise my view on Human sexuality. Does that mean I am intolerant if I hold that up as a value for the church to follow? I think not. Why? Because scripture is the ultimate authority, not tradition, reason and experience.
I can be tolerant, civil, and respectful of other people’s theological belief systems and political views, though different maybe from my own, without compromise. Well-meaning Christians can state their viewpoints. That is fine. But don’t call me out as narrow minded and bigoted if my world view and scriptural guidance are not in keeping with yours.
Wesley believed “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity.” Beyond that, he said, “we think and let think.” Wouldn’t it be something if we could put aside our rigid theological and political position while not demonizing someone else for theirs?
The Holy Spirit will reveal the way forward; but may the starting point always be scripture not our personal, political, and theological hobby horses.
Niedringhaus UMC announcing time change for services. Starting Feb 5, 2017 the Worship Services will be at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m..
All are welcome to come and worship and study with us.
On This Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples
Study will be held bi-weekly, starting Feb 17 at 6:30pm
Email Pastor Lisa for more information: email@example.com
DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.
The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.
Wednesday evenings starting Feb 8 at 6:30pm at New Baden UMC.
Please take note of all the following upcoming events in the MRD:
MLK worship service with Bishop Frank Beard as keynote speaker @ Fairview Heights Christ UMC on Friday, January 13, 7 – 8:30 pm.
Conference Wide prayer designated January 22-27, 2017.
District Evangelism Equipping Event – January 28, Edwardsville St. John’s UMC, 1:30-5:00 pm. (Register now online)
Covenant Keepers in East Peoria (January 30-31) register now
Pre-Lenten District Worship service at Granite City Nameoki UMC on Monday, February 27. (TBD)