mid - week update
Mid-Week Update April 14, 2021
Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. Thank you, Lord, for each day’s blessings. Through the gospel you have given us new birth into a living hope. You have given us the ability to live in fellowship with God. These are just two reasons for gratitude. Do you begin each day with gratitude for all God has done in your life? If so, your days most likely proceed with a stable confidence regarding responsibilities and obstacles you might encounter. Gratitude has that effect on us because thanking God is something we do personally. We can’t thank a distant God. If you’re thanking God, you’re in the presence of the Holy One.
I am reminded of the centrality of gratitude in ensuring that we keep all things in perspective and remain wholly present to God regardless of our circumstances. Writing to the Christians in Philippi, the apostle Paul urges, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) - Keith Boyette, WCA president
When circumstances turn uncertain, finding strength to express gratitude to God may become a challenge, even a burden. We are living in uncertain days. Anxiety and worry, rather than gratitude, may more accurately describe a day’s emotions. If stress is strangling you because of worry and anxiety, you’re going to find it easier to grumble and be sad. I suggest each of us practice thanking God daily, especially when we begin in the morning.
Uncertainty characterizes our society more and more. The future seems very uncertain. Since this is the case, let’s remind ourselves that biblical prophecy has two goals for us. First we are encouraged to hold on to the hope we have in fulfilled promises in the Bible. Second, we are instructed in how to wait when times turn uncertain. We wait with thankful hearts. And when we wait like that, God is with us and the best is yet to be.
May God bless you all,
This week’s Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
Call to Worship for April 18 Worship Leader: Joe Koehn
WL: Come, let us worship God, for He is merciful, miraculous
P: Let’s respond to grace undeserved.
WL: Get up! For the Risen Son beckons us.
P: Let’s talk about the wonders of the Lord.
WL: Take heart! For we are gathered in the Father’s presence
ALL: To follow Jesus on the way. Amen.
Next Sunday, April 25th Worship Leader is Judy Hills
MMPG (Men’s Morning Prayer Group) April 17 at 8:00 AM at church and online.
Saturday Evening Casual Worship April 17 at 6:00 PM
Prayer Ministry is starting again on Tuesdays. Please attend as often as you like. Prayer ministry will meet at church and online:
3rd Tuesday – 6:00pm – 7:00pm April 20
4th Tuesday – 1:00pm – 2:00pm April 27
1st Tuesday – 1:00pm – 2:00pm May 4
2nd Tuesday – 1:00pm – 2:00pm May 11
Women’s Bible Study April 19 at 11:00 AM, at church and online
Pastor’s Book Study Wednesday evening’s. We’re taking a break until April 28
Women’s Conference: Lifeway Women Live Simulcast, “Pursuing Christ Together” Saturday April 17, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Please see full schedule on information board outside sanctuary.
Go Global Conference: May 1, Wesley Covenant Association’s simulcast at Tawas United Methodist Church. In light of our congregation’s consensus response to the recent survey, we’re inviting all United Methodists in the area to join this opportunity to gain more information about the traditional Wesleyan plans for our denomination. You can register at wesleyancovenant.org/goglobal
Watch the promo video, then scroll down to the bottom and click Register Now! Then you will see three levels. Our level is Go Global Simulcast. Click Add at the right under the Register column. Fill in your contact information and scroll down to location. Under location click “Please Select an Option” to reveal a menu of locations by State. Click Tawas United Methodist Church, a Michigan location. Then click continue to complete the process.
If you need help registering, please stop by the church and we will help you register online at the office.
New Fire Alarm System fundraiser! Please join us in the Family
Life Center on Sunday May 2, after church for hot dogs, chili, and
chips. No price, just donations. The new Fire Alarm system will
replace an older system that is out of date and not working. The
new system will connect to the local fire department. We plan to
raise $10,000 for the new system. So please come, enjoy the food
and make a generous donation.
Flowers Under the Cross on Sunday, April 18th will be given in honor of JoAnn Lamb’s Birthday. Happy Birthday JoAnn!!!
Please Pray For:
4/21 Pete & Yvonne Gregg
4/15 Brooke Lixey
4/16 Nancy Seymour
4/16 Doug Toska
4/18 Nancy Borosch
4/18 JoAnn Lamb