From Pastor Jeff
From Pastor Jeff
In just a few short days on Sunday, October 7th, we will celebrate World Communion
Sunday! World Communion Sunday is celebrated with churches all over the world. Together, in
communion and offering through different traditions and customs, we remember the Lord’s
Supper to open our eyes and hearts to the breadth and depth of the Christian family and tradition.
World Communion Sunday is the day when the entire Christian family comes to the table to
share a meal together. God’s table.
Each weeks we join together for worship, and we affirm our faith. We testify that we believe in,
“the holy catholic church.” (The word catholic, with a lowercase c, means universal.) We
recognize the church as the body of Christ, and we are a part of the body of Christ. We are a part
of the larger universal Christian church. We are brothers and sisters with our Christian family
around the world.
World Communion Sunday is a day we celebrate our ministry, not only as United Methodists,
but as Christians within the larger church. We are one with churches throughout our community,
our country, and our world. We give thanks to God for our connectional nature as the church,
and we give thanks to God for the many churches around the globe filled with our brothers and
sisters, our neighbors, who come to share in the Lord’s Table on this special day.
Beginning on October 7th, we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Won’t You Be My
Neighbor”. This sermon series will take a look at the beautiful neighborhood that Mister Rogers
brought to viewers televisions screens all across the country for nearly 30 years.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be mine – could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
I am sure, as you read the lyrics above, you couldn’t help but sing the words! I hope to see you
on Sunday, October 7 as we join together with Christians all around the world in celebration of
World Communion Sunday, and I hope to see you throughout the month of October as we dive
deeper into what it means to be a beautiful church, full of beautiful people in a beautiful
In closing, during the sermon series, I invite you to wear your best Mr. Rogers clothing! So take
off your ties, dust off your old cardigans, and lace up your comfortable Keds and wear them to
an open invitation for all
an open invitation for all
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!
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.
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.
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.