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Loves – Genesis 29:15-28 – July 27, 2014

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Genesis 29:15-28 (NRSV)

29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”

29:16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

29:17 Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful.

29:18 Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

29:19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.”

29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

29:21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”

29:22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast.

29:23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her.

29:24 (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.)

29:25 When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

29:26 Laban said, “This is not done in our country–giving the younger before the firstborn.

29:27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”

29:28 Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

Carly’s E-Note 7/25/14

NY YouthThis past week, I traveled with the youth group to New York City for a United Methodist Seminar on immigration. We spent time discussing historic and current immigration trends, regulations, and reform.

As a part of the Seminar, we did site visits to different organizations which handle immigration issues. My group visited the New Sanctuary Coalition, a faith-based organization headquartered at Judson Memorial Church.

This coalition trains and sends people to accompany those facing detention and deportation to their periodic legal hearings. They provide a ministry of presence and witness to these undocumented immigrants, helping them to feel less isolated and intimidated as they go through the process.

We also heard firsthand experiences of those who are currently facing detention and deportation.

Throughout the week, the youth were able to develop and express their ideas of what they think welcome looks like in the Kingdom of God. They made sculptures, wrote poems, and drew pictures.

At the end of the seminar, we all shared our thoughts about the experience – what we learned, what may have changed in our hearts, and what we planned to do with our newly acquired experiences.

Many people, myself included, shared how astounded we were about how little we really understood about the issue. In our region of the country, we are not as directly affected by immigration as others are.

But, with the recent news concerning the influx of children coming to America to escape gangs and violence, we can no longer look the other way. Regardless of our political affiliation, it is still important for us as Christians to respond to and to foster discussion about this serious human rights issue.

Scripture tells us that we should welcome to strangers in our land, as we were once strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33-34). I don’t know what this means in terms of the language of the law. Laws are important. We need a legal structure in order to function as a country. But I do know that something needs to be changed.

We shouldn’t be a country in which people are afraid of leaving their homes because they worry about never returning. We shouldn’t be a country that separates parents from their children for something as trivial as a traffic violation.

I have never been one to challenge what I am told. I have always seen the world through rose-colored glasses, assuming that everything is good-natured and well-meaning. This week was difficult for me, as I was challenged to test my belief in a system which I now realize is severely broken.

What we were given this week was the knowledge and the confidence to come back into our homes and our churches with a better understanding of the immigration issue. Understanding which hopefully sparks honest discussion. I pray that we all have ears to hear what the youth and adults on this trip have to say. I pray that we all have eyes to see what we can do in our church and in our community to help raise awareness of this issue.

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But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14

Peace,

Carly

This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost.  The sermon is called “Loves.”  Scripture: Genesis 29:15–28

Summer Worship Schedule

continues this Sunday!

Sunday School    9:15 A.M.
Fellowship Time   10:00 A.M.
Worship Service   10:30 A.M.

School Supplies Needed

It’s that time of year again and we’re collecting the following supplies for under-privileged children in the Altavista area.

Monetary gifts may also be given to a “school supply fund.”  A box is in narthex for your donations.  We will be taking them up through Sunday, Aug. 31st.  Thank you for your support.

Tissues Pencils with erasers (#2) 1” loose-leaf binders
Glue sticks Flat pink erasers Highlighters
Ziplock bags (any size) Crayons Tab dividers
Baby wipes Pencil box Colored pencils
Spiral composition books
(wide)
Black & white marble
notebooks
Bookbags
(without wheels)
Clipboards Plastic pocket folders Blue, black & red pens
Hand sanitizer 3 subject notebooks
(wide-ruled)
Ruled notebook filler
paper
Index cards

Tennessee H.U.G.S.

The Children’s Department is participating in Tennessee H.U.G.S., a ministry which collects gently used shoes to send around the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Russia and the Appalachian Mountains for those who need shoes.

This ministry was started by Olivia Wright, a young girl from Hendersonville, TN. She has been able to send over 34,500 pairs of shoes to those in need. We will be collecting shoes as an ongoing project to send to TN.

Please bring any shoes you no longer wear or need to us. There will be a collection box at the entrance of the Children’s Department on the second floor in which to place your donated shoes. Our first sendoff date is June 29, so please help us out by bringing any shoes to be donated to our collection box by this date. THANKS!

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