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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - October 7, 2017

One of the things I love about Moscow is the sense of community. Before here, I served churches in urban areas. We often had a lot of needs; and it was the churches that hosted the food pantries, utility assistance, meals for the homeless, Christmas outreach ministries, and more. I was grateful I was able to lead and be involved directly with people in need....to learn their stories and know their names. It was also taxing that as a community (meaning the city itself) we weren't doing more to help.

I've been impressed from the beginning as I learned about all that is happening in and around Moscow. There is the free lunch program for all kids during the summer, Sojourner's, Family Promise, Community Action Partnership, Latah Recovery Center, Alternatives to Violence, Habitat for Humanity, and more. The community is at work responding to help our neighbors.

As a church, instead of doing each of those types of ministries by ourselves, we can partner with those other agencies. We can come alongside as part of the larger community. Our missions committee oversees much of that connection. And as part of our work, we have a desire to do more to help. In addition to this month's toiletries and cold weather drive, we are planning a dinner and benefit auction for Friday, November 10th.

The auction is meant for us and for the community. We will host dinner and have a silent and live auction. All proceeds will go to our mission committee's work and partnerships around the community (going to those groups listed above, and additional funds being sent for hurricane relief through UMCOR). We are looking for donations (from businesses of products or gift certificates, and from individuals of handcrafted or auctionable items). If you have a community contact and would like to solicit a donation on our behalf, we'd be most grateful. If you are a crafter, cook, or artisan and could make an item to donate, that would be wonderful too. We will also need help with the event itself (set up and decorations, cooking, serving, bid table, and clean up)

For more information about the auction or our work in the community, please contact a member of the Missions Committee: Connie Elliott, Rosemary Shively, Jodi Walker, Katelyn Domras, or myself.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - September 20, 2017

I'm kind of a DIY junkie. Not really in practice, but in my TV selections. I love watching Chip and Joanna Gaines or "Rehab Addict" or most any of the other shows that deal with taking something old and freshening it up or even totally re-doing it. There's something powerful in the dreaming, in the creating, in the repurposing, and the renewing. As a consequence of my DIY habits, I get some of their emails including the "Win This Dream Home" ones. I get the daily email reminders and do my entry for my chance to win (the mountain house, the lake house, the whatever house it is this week house).

Now, the odd thing is I'm a skeptic (ok, maybe just a realist) and have very strong doubts that I would ever win any of those houses. Yet, I keep entering (hey, it's free and I'm not risking or losing anything). I regularly ask myself, why do I bother?! And my answer is sometimes, "Because there's a chance that maybe it could be me." And sometimes, "Because it's fun to dream." I think it's good to dream. I think it can be wonderful to imagine new possibilities or new adventures. It can be fun to experience a new style, a new sport, a new talent, or a new place. And I think dreaming takes us there. It urges us to look beyond ourselves and our current place and to imagine what could be.

It might be crazy. It might be expensive. It might be impossible. And that's ok. Because any of those things could spark the right idea to propel us to new and beautiful things. It can be easy to get pulled down by the tyranny of the necessary...day to day things that have to be done. So it's nice to cut some of those strings and dream.

My question to you is two-fold: 1) What inspires you to dream? 2) What dreams do you have for the church? If you're willing to share your answer(s), I'd love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - August 30, 2017

After every major natural disaster around the world, UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) responds. UMCOR offers relief aid much like the Red Cross. They are often first on the ground after a disaster strikes and generally, one of the last to leave.

When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, UMCOR was there and they made a 10-year commitment to the rebuilding work. You can be sure they aren't there for show, or for the basics, the UMC makes a long-lasting commitment to help communities that have been devastated.

 

I was privileged to take UMCOR teams to Mississippi (and then Maryland after hurricane Sandy) for a number of years. Often, toward the end of our work week, we would have a dinner and invite the community. At the end of the meal, people would be invited to share. I remember one woman shared, "We expected the government to help, but they didn't, it was the church." Someone else shared, "You know, a cross with fire has a real bad connotation here in the South. But y'all have those vans with the cross and flame and it gave it new meaning. Now the cross with a flame reminds us to have hope."

 

The work we do as a church helps in practical ways and in how we become the church to those who don't know God or profess faith. With the events and devastation from Hurricane Harvey, we have the chance to be the church again. If you have watched the news and wondered how to help, I would recommend you give to UMCOR.

 

If you would like to give directly to UMCOR, you can do that here.

 

If you would like to give through the church, you can write a check to Moscow First and put "UMCOR #901670" or "UMCOR Harvey" in the memo line.

 

With either choice of giving every dollar, you give goes directly to help the people. There is no overhead or administration fees. One hundred percent of your gift will go to helping people in the midst of the devastation.

 

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - August 9, 2017

Recently, I had a situation that made me want to give up. I've seen a repeated pattern and I thought, "This is hopeless." It didn't feel like it was even worth trying to have hope since that only led to me feeling let down (again).

I then started reading, "The Case For Grace" by Lee Strobel. In it, he shares some amazing stories of transformation. There were more than a few situations that were "hopeless" where most reasonable people would have given up. Yet, somehow, grace was offered (often in lots of forms). And for these people, transformation and redemption took place.

 

It made me cry. It was grace at work--making a way where there was no way and giving rise to the impossible. It was beautiful. And it was a powerful reminder that as a follower of Christ, I believe in grace, and if I believe in grace, then there's always hope.

 

I can't count on being the catalyst for change myself, but I can count on God. So, where all hope seems lost, I am invited to hand it over to God and ask for the mystery of grace to take over.

 

What is it that feels hopeless in your own life? Are you giving up or are you counting on grace? If it's too much for you to change and do, have you given it to God in prayer? If not, will you start today?

 

Some of the stories in the book took years for transformation to take hold. It's important to remember that grace isn't magic, but it is powerful. And sometimes it takes time for that power to work.

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - August 5, 2017

A few months ago, Rick and I attended the Habitat for Humanity auction. It was awesome to see so many people from our community caring for other families in need. It was especially cool to see so many people from our church participating in leadership for Humanity, donating auction items, and attending the dinner.

While we were there, we thought, "With so many United Methodists already wanting to help this awesome ministry, why don't we do something more?" So we began conversations with Jennifer Wallace and their project coordinator about how and when we could help.

 

They have offered us a great opportunity to serve by building a shed for their new build. This is a special opportunity because it will take place off-site, which means we can take kids 10+ (instead of their normal rule of 14 and older). This is a "quick and easy" job that can be completed in just a few hours.

 

We are scheduled to work on Monday August 14th at the Habitat location on the south side of town. We will start at 10, stop for a sack lunch, and finish in the afternoon. If you would like to help, even for a couple hours, or with preparing lunch, please sign up on Sundays or by emailing the church office. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) We can take youth ages 10 and older too.

 

I look forward to building and serving with you!!!

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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