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Monthly Message


From Pastor Jeff

Monthly Message


From Pastor Jeff

A message from Pastor Jeff for the month of September

 

 

Greetings Church Family,

It’s that time again! It’s football season! Ok, maybe that’s not what is really important. It is that time of year when we get back in to our “normal” routines. This is the time when we fall back into our schedules. 

Over the past two months there have been a lot of transition in our household, so there has become a new norm. Babies are on their own schedules—they want to be changed, fed, played with, and most of all they want to sleep...even if it’s during the day instead of at night.

Friends, we are always in a season of transition. Things are changing all around us! For some, a “normal” routine is something they do each and every day. For others, a “normal” routine is far off in the distance. You might have one thing that you do each and as the season of transition quickly approaches, all those connected to our schools—teachers, students, and administrators—are once again looking forward to a new year. For some, the hopefulness of new beginnings brings life, and for others the stress of getting ready is overwhelming. It might not be a new school year that’s starting for you, but a job, or a move, or a new season of life with or without a loved one. Whatever it may be, transition is actively upon each of us.

In the Gospels, Jesus regularly taught by telling stories, often ending them with taglines about needing the right “eyes to see,” or, “ears to hear.” It’s as if Jesus was telling the people that there was life happening all around them that went unnoticed; it’s as if they were focused on all the wrong things.

I wonder, especially in times of transition, where are we focused? Are we, in the midst of new jobs, lifestyles, expectations, hopes, and dreams, able to see and hear how God is working all around us? Or like Jesus’ listeners, are we missing the fullness of life, even as it walks right past us?

As I come to acknowledge transitions that are taking place in my own life, I have turned to prayer as a way to center on the one who seeks to bring life, and life abundantly. Through prayer, I know I am able to hear and be heard, to see and be seen. Through prayer, we can be given the eyes and ears needed to participate in the fullness of life. I’ve often used the prayer below to aid in this journey, and I hope it brings you the life it brings to me. Taken from Psalm 46:10, I pause for a brief moment between lines. I hope it brings you the life it has brought me.

 

Be Still and Know that I AM God...

Be Still and Know that I AM...

Be Still and Know that I...

Be Still and Know...

Be Still...

Be...

(Silence)

Be...

Be Still...

Be Still and Know...

 

In Christ!

 

Rev. Jeffery R. Harrison
 

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Community Dinners


an open invitation for all

Community Dinners


an open invitation for all

Community Dinners

First United Methodist Church hosts free monthly community dinners open to the public.

These events focus on reaching out to our local area, sharing the grace of God and building a more united church family.

Our first Community Dinner of the season starts on September 27 from 5-7pm.  Join us for a taco bar!

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Community Outreach


Community Outreach


West Austintown First United Methodist Church offers a group bible study open to the community called Supper, Study & Service in which participants gather to share a meal and explore a book that helps us reflect on our role as Christians in our community.
This study culminates in a Service project in which the group gives back to the local community by way of creating Blessing Bags from donated items, making a meal, and serving it to those in need.
We have partnered with Our Community Kitchen to serve these meals to the less fortunate.
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During 2017 Summer, West Austintown First United Methodist Church offered Supper & Study for a second time. The book covered was A Grace-full Life by Wes Olds & Jorge Acevedo which seeks to answer the questions: "In what ways is God an ever-present God?," "Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me?," "How can I fully experience and respond to God's grace?," "How can I die well '"surrounded by God's grace?"'. 

Our group connected with Our Community Kitchen to serve a meal and deliver Blessing Bags.

If you would like to attend our next Supper, Study, & Service group, it will begin September 12th. You can find more information for these meetings and others on our church calendar.

 
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During the 2017 Lenten season, West Austintown First United Methodist Church offered a Supper & Study in which members gathered together, reading and discussing Tom Berlin's book Restored which helps us to see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. This Supper & Study group finalized their study with a Community Outreach program. They connected with Our Community Kitchen in downtown Youngstown & were invited to serve soup & give Blessing Bags to our unhoused brothers & sisters. Our next Supper & Study will begin mid-July.

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