The following is for

October 15

We have two services - one at 8:30 a.m. and the next at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each service.

From The Pastor

Highlights:
  • Don’t miss the Women’s Breakfast this Saturday at the Tatoosh Restaurant at the Emerald Queen Casino at 8:30 a.m. Email Faye Joyner if you would like to attend: taheels@aol.com. The Women’s breakfast is always the second Saturday of the month.
  • Looking for a label maker we can borrow- Do you have one that the church can use to continue organizing the kitchen downstairs?
  • Free desk! We are looking to give one of the former office desks a good home or we will donate it to Habitat Restore or Fusion. Do you know anyone who needs a great desk?
  • Check out the new Bible Study being led by BoB Underwood and David Warren! You will not want to miss out on this one.
  • Pub Theology this Thursday at Dystopian State at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
  • Acts Fund: Balance as of October, 11 2017 is $64.67
Hello Beloved Children of God! I pray this week is blessing you. This Sunday we are celebrating World Communion Sunday. This is a day that we remember that we are inextricably connected with our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world! This Sunday we remember the call for Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. According to the website of the National Council of Churches, World Communion Sunday began in 1936 in the Presbyterian Church and was adopted by the Federal Council of Churches in 1940. We will gather around the communion table and break bread knowing that we are joined with all Christians throughout God’s beautiful creation.

I am really excited for this Sunday, as Constance Swank will be sharing about her recent trip to South Africa. Before she left on her trip, I asked her to share her experience with us. I asked her a couple of questions prior to leaving: Where do you see God or experience God in South Africa? How is your faith transformed by what you are experiencing on your trip? She shared with me how grateful she was to have the questions before leaving as it allowed her to look at things with an additional perspective. I just love how our members at Browns Point UMC are passionate about traveling and seeing the world. Your desire to connect with your fellow human beings, learn about different cultures and experience the different forms of God’s creation around the world. So how do we stay curious about where we might discover God on these worldly adventures? What lessons might God have for you when you travel to Arizona or Florida? What gifts does God have for you when you fly to Vietnam or take a cruise to Alaska or relax in Mexico? These destinations are holy places. They become a part of us. We are forever changed when we leave the comfort of home and explore how God is at work in other places of the world. What a blessing and joy! 

So I invite you, the next time you travel whether that is to the other side of the state or half way around the world, ask yourself, Where is God at work? What might God want to reveal to me from being here in this place? Where do I see God in the people?

May we always remember that we are connected to one another through the love and grace of Jesus Christ!

Blessings,
Rev. Katie Klosterman

Luke 4:16-21

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

    because he has anointed me

        to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

    and recovery of sight to the blind,

        to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”