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God Intended It For Good – Genesis 45:1-15 – August 17, 2014

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Genesis 45:1-15 (NRSV)

45:1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

45:2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it.

45:3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.

45:5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

45:6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.

45:7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

45:8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

45:9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.

45:10 You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.

45:11 I will provide for you there–since there are five more years of famine to come–so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.

45:12 And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you.

45:13 You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.”

45:14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck.

45:15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

Pastor Alan’s E-Note 8/16/2014

Backpackblessing

There are many students and teachers for whom school has begun, and there are many who will begin school this week.  In order to recognize, celebrate, and pray for our students, teachers, and administrators in our community, we will again have our “Blessing of the Backpacks” this Sunday.  For me, this is important for at least three reasons:

1)  For the young people of our church and in our community.  It is important for them to know that they have our love and our support as they return to school.  I remember from my own experiences of the mix of emotions swirling around in my heart and mind.  Concerned about new classes.  Excited to see many friends I hadn’t seen all summer.  Not so excited to see others who were not always kind to me.  Blessing the Backpacks gives us an opportunity to call God’s presence and peace into this mix of thoughts and feelings.  It is to send them forth to learn with the Holy Spirit as their companion.

2)  For our teachers and administrators in our church and in the community.  Morgan and I come from families of teachers.  My mother was a teacher, and her mother was a teacher.  Morgan’s parents are both teachers.  We know how hard teachers and administrators work, and how little credit, support, and compensation they often receive for their time and dedication.  In the midst of that, they need to know they have our love and support.  They need to know how grateful we are for the important role they play in the formation of young people in our community.  We have the opportunity to say out loud that God cares for and blesses their work, for it truly is a vocation one is called to.

3)  As a witness to our community.  It is important for our community to see that God doesn’t just care about what goes on inside of the church. God cares for the lives of each and every person in our community.  We bless the backpacks, bags, and briefcases of our students, teachers, and administrators, so that they may be a blessing to others. And it reminds us that whether we have kids in school or are in school ourselves, we are called to be that same blessing in our community.

I hope you’re as excited about Blessing of the Backpacks tomorrow as I am.  If you’re a student, teacher, or administrator, I hope you will bring your backpack, bag, or briefcase for a special blessing

Peace,

Alan

This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.  We’ll wrap up our journey through Genesis’ “First Families.”  The sermon is called “God Intended It for Good.”  Scripture:  Genesis 45:1–15

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

Second Helping

The United Methodist women are in need of yellow squash, zucchini, and tomatoes for Second Helping this Wednesday.  If anyone has an abundance in their garden we could use it. Call Billie Collins (434-942-6576) or Lynne Huskey (434-444-2008).
Thanks!

Cub Scouts

Calling all boys 1st grade to 5th grade to join the Cub Scouts right here in Altavista. We are now recruiting for this upcoming season. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: Camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help your hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing”.

Altavista Cub Scouts meets at Lane Memorial United Methodist Church every Tuesday night at 7pm starting on Sept 9th.

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!

Staff Position Opening at Lane Memorial

Lane Memorial United Methodist Church is looking for a committed Christian man or woman who have a heart and training in youth ministry. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to build young disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.

We seek someone who understands the youth of today and is willing to incorporate new mean and methods but has a strong desire and commitment never to compromise the message. To see the full job description click here.

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