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"In Remembrance"

(The Importance and Significance of Unleavened Bread in Communion)


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Submitted by Noreen Nadeau

November 7, 2016


Are we “Sometimes Christians”?
By Noreen Nadeau


I read a couple articles in the Upper Room recently that really made me think about being a Christian. Are we only Christians when we are in trouble or when we need something? It is only then when we take the time to pray and then it is only to ask God for help and you find yourself bargaining with God. “Lord if you do __________ for me, I promise to _________, and I will never do that again”.

In a song by Diane Muise “And the World Is Watching” says: The Gospel preached is not the one we live. We know that there are needs, but we don't give. Something special is at church, you know. If nothing good is on TV, then we might go; and even our kids realize that Christ is not first in our lives.

Then there is the parable about the talents. We can relate to this story in our own lives. Our “talents” – what our Lord has entrusted to us – are our abilities, our resources, our time. We can use these to build up the Body of Christ. Or we can be like the servant who buries the talent, helping no one. What talent has God entrusted to you?

Our God has given each and everyone of us so much, and yes, we all go through some rough times, but if you really stop and think of all the blessings that you do have, I think you will agree that the positives out number the negatives by far. With this in mind don't you think it is about time that we show the Lord our gratitude for all he has given us by first taking that ONE hour on Sunday to go to CHURCH and thank him. Secondly, put those God given TALENTS to use by volunteering for some of the jobs that keep our Church doing the work that our Lord has asked us to do, by spreading his word and helping our neighbors.

The world is having its problems, you can't pick up a paper or turn on the radio or TV without hearing more bad news. We need to get back to the basics and put prayer back in the schools and get back to putting the Lord back in our lives. I believe this would help get respect and peace back in our lives.

Let's get our priorities straight.



LET'S NOT BE “SOMETIME CHRISTIANS”,
LET'S BE  “ALL THE TIME CHRISTIANS”.



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Submitted by Elaine Heinrich

October 31, 2016


I just want to let you know how much I enjoy listening to the sermon and our choir when we are here in Florida. This weeks sermon really hit home with the 5 things we may regret not doing. I felt as though Pastor Carroll was talking to me. My goal is to be more mindful of those things every day of my life. I also want to thank Ellen and the choir and let them know what a great job they did. Miss you all. 



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Submitted by Noreen Nadeau

October 8, 2016



At a Tennessee Football Game---not a joke
Christianity is now the target of persecution...

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!
GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND PASSES IT ON.

I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CAN SEE THE PROBLEM, BUT OUR SOCIETY CANNOT. 


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This is a statement that was read over the PA system 
At the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, 
Tennessee, by school principal, Jody McLeod

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School 
Football games, to say a prayer and play the 
National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court,
I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of 
Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at 
This time, I can use this public facility to 
Approve of sexual perversion and call it "an 
Alternate life style, "and, if someone is offended,
that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing 
Condoms and calling it, "safe sex."
If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of 
Killing an unborn baby as a "viable" means of Birth control."
If someone is offended, no problem...

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise The goddess, "Mother Earth", and call It "ecology.."

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the 
Classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional 
Christian convictions as 
"simple minded" and "ignorant"
And call it "enlightenment.."

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to 
Ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good 
Sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, Diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be 
Tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD And HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff 
And students to abide by rules with which they 
Do not necessarily agree.
For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at 
Best, and at worst, hypocritical.
I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally.
I certainly do not need to add an intentional 
Transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar
That which is Caesar's,"
And refrain from praying at this time.

"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD
And ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this 
Event, please feel free to do so..
As far as I know, that's 
Not against the law--yet."

One by one,
The people in the stands 
Bowed their heads, held hands with one another 
And began to pray.

They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand and 
They prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court 
Of the United States of America- The Seat of "Justice"
In the "one nation, Under GOD."

Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered 
What so many have forgotten. We are given the 
Freedom OF Religion, Not The Freedom
FROM Religion
Praise GOD
That HIS remnant remains!

JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."

If you are Not ashamed,
Pass this on!​


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​Submitted by Priscilla Mills

Sept. 11, 2016


My Cross


I wear a cross around my Neck.

It gives me great comfort as it lays gently

against my heart.


It reminds me that God and

Jesus are always with me as I move on 

about my life.  Guiding me in ways of which

I am aware and in many others of which I

am not.


My cross reminds me that I am

A Christian and try to follow the ways and

teachings of my Lord and Savior

throughout my life.


To try to be a blessing to

someone each day, be it large or small.

To remember that random acts of kindness

are special both to the giver and the receiver.

To be forgiving of others for

I know not what inner turmoils they may be facing.


My cross also reminds me of the 

beautiful cross that graces the alter in my 

wonderful new church.

The church whose minister and congregation have

warmly welcomed me into their midst from my

very first day.

They have become my wonderful friends and a very

special part of my life.


Pastor Carroll has recommended a website that many might find interesting.  The site is called the Upper Room and it provides the visitor with access to a Daily Devotional.  Please check it out at the following link:

The Upper Room

The link displayed below has been displayed in this spot before, and it's a link to where a visitor may access entertaining videos that teach about the ways and traditions of the Methodist Church. The link is titled, Chuck Knows Church.

If you have questions about the Methodist Church, why and how the Church does what it does, please click the link below.

Chuck Knows Church

Sunday Sermon Feb 12, 2017

I Can Only Imagine!

The Trees Speak Out!  

Below is a video presentation by a Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. And, his message is unique and quite revealing. As Gentile Christians, I am convinced we are simply not "Jewish enough" to readily or adequately understand all the customs, traditions, meanings, analogies, metaphors, nuances, and, more importantly, the ins and outs of the Mosaic Law as we pursue our biblical studies. The Scriptures were, by far, written by Hebrews to Hebrews, and to those Hebrews living in a unique Hebrew culture. Much of what is presented in Scripture is simply lost to us Gentiles living out our lives in a modern Gentile world. I feel, as Disciples of Jesus, we would be well served in serving our Lord, if we took advantage of the uniquely Jewish perspective on the Scriptures that Jewish Messianic believers can provided. The video below is a message that is to our advantage to understand.

A Bit of History?!

We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church.  To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...


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​​Thoughts From our Pastor

Rev. Carroll C. Moore


Feb 15, 2017


CONNECTIONS

 

Last Sunday in our church the children came up from Church School class and as we all gathered for fellowship time they walked around and gave many of us valentine day cards that they had beautifully decorated with stickers and sometimes with words. I enjoyed the time for several reasons but one was how the connections between the children and adults were taking place. This week in visiting someone who is seeking recovery immediate recognition that I was from his church took place. The church is important to him because of connections not only with folks but with the Spirit. 


When lonely or alienated from others our souls call out within us to make connections with people and with the Holy One. Our society seems so often to be hurting itself because of a failure to recognize and work for healthy connections with one another. FDR left a handwritten speech in a drawer when he died (to deliver at the UN). He wrote, “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together, in the same world, at peace. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts o today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” This is what I realize was taking place in our sanctuary last Sunday as valentine cards were shared. 


Jesus was all about connections having as his companions a group very diverse in political and religious views and shaping them into community through his compassion and teaching. This is what each of us can do for the world we live in; we can nurture one another into being compassionate beings. With compassion, we enable all things to grow into their most beautiful and complete form. Love is powerful and my prayer is, “Lord, let us love one another as you loved us.”


Blessings
Carroll

It's not a secret...

...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week?  Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9


"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "


And more:


"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."


To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...​

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North Salem United Methodist Church

A View From the Pew?

"View From The Pew" is here for you!  With this spot you, the user of this site, may write in to have posted a spiritual, social or biblical thought, an observation or an idea on just about any topic at all. The intent of this is to give voice to our membership - you.  Here it is hoped you will be encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and/or understandings with us, your brethren.  An exchange of ideas and an understanding of the thoughts and views of others will undoubtedly edify and strengthen our church community.


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God's Mind

One of Pastor Carroll's many weekly Devotionals is well worth reading over a few times. It is titled: 

"God's Mind Does Not Need Changing"


And as this particular Devotional is so worth a second or, perhaps, multiple readings, it is being made available at the link shown below.  Please check it out.  It is inspired thinking, indeed!


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Hey! Check out the Movies Page!  Two new movies have recently been added, a story about the Prophet Jeremiah and the story of Esther.  

Enjoy!