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Whose Image? – Matthew 22:15–22 – October 19, 2014

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Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV)

22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.

22:16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.

22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?”

22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?

22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.

22:20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?”

22:21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

Pastor Alan’s E-Note 10/10/14

Enough Banner Consecration Sunday

Last Sunday concluded our churchwide study and worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. The final topic of our series was “Defined by Generosity.”

We considered the futility and emptiness of accumulating and hoarding possessions and wealth, and we saw that God promises blessings and joy to those who choose to live a life of generosity and self-sacrifice. We also took action to change our lives by setting five specific personal goals to work toward over the next year. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message and goals worksheet on our website, LaneMemorialUMC.org.

This week you will be receiving an estimate of giving or commitment card in the mail. On a practical level, we ask our members to turn in estimate of giving cards each year so that our Finance Committee is able to set an accurate ministry budget for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church.

On a personal level, the commitment card is an opportunity for you to spend time in prayer and reflection, considering what offering you would make to God through our church in the coming year. Please be watching for the mailing if it has not already arrived. Then fill out the card and bring it with you to worship this week for Consecration Sunday.

I hope you will be able to join us for this meaningful service as we celebrate and consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year.  The Rev. Will Montgomery from Heritage United Methodist Church will be our special guest preacher, and we’ll have our catered celebration luncheon follow the worship service!

Peace,

Alan

This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and it is Consecration Sunday. Rev. Will Montgomery from Heritage United Methodist Church will be our guest preacher, and his sermon is title “Go For It!” Scripture:  Matthew 13:44-53

Hicks Cothran Memorial Seniors

Our fall trip to Lancaster, PA to see “Moses” is being planned for October 14th and 15th.   Signup sheet for this trip is on the bulletin board.

Kids’ Club

On Friday, October 17 we will gather at church to bake cookies for Habitat for Humanity workers!

Sunday Morning Fellowship Time

Don’t forget to sign up to bring refreshments for Sunday morning fellowship time.

No big breakfast required!  Folks usually just bring some fruit, some other item like muffins or doughnuts, and some drinks.  Use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway beside the Sanctuary!

Bloodmobile

Bloodmobile will be at Lane Memorial on Monday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Lynchburg District Lay Servant Training

Friday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct.  18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Event will be held at Mountain View UMC, in Lynchburg.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.  Free will donation.  Nursery provided by request.   Course descriptions and registration forms are available in the narthex.

United Methodist Family Services Community Family Day

Saturday, Oct, 18 – Join United Methodist Family Services for a day of outdoor fun for the entire family!  The event is FREE to the public.  FREE FOOD, Games and Family Fun including petting zoo, sports fields, horseback riding, fishing and hiking trails.  Event will be held at 406 Briarcliff Circle in Lynchburg.  More info. at www.OBICMinistries.org.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the saints who have gone on to the Church triumphant during the past year.  Thus, for this year’s All Saints Sunday (November 2, 2014), please let us know if there is a friend or family member who has passed away in the past year (since last November), so that we can give thanks to God for them during the worship service by reading their name, inviting you to bring a picture of that person, and lighting a candle when his or her name is read during the service.  Please let the church office know by Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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