~ A View from the Pew ~
A View from the Pew is a spot that is presented here on our website from time-to-time to provide a place where you, the user/visitor to this site, may share any thoughts, ideas or stories that you might find relevant to the purpose and nature of this site. Following is a submission for our own Noreen Nadeau. (Thank you, Noreen!) It is unknown who the author is of the story presented. But then again, it's a great story!
A TRUE STORY !!!
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.
Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.
This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!!
The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said,
'GOD BLESS YOU!' And he walked off the stage.
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval.
9:00 a.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021!
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The mission of the Benevolence ministry is to provide assistance, as we might be able and as funds are available, to any who find themselves with an urgent need on an immediate, short-term basis and/or until larger and more established charities can be brought in to provide aid should a situation prove to be long term.
Of course, such a ministry is only as effective as the resources at its disposal. So with that, available funds are always an ongoing concern. That is where YOU can help make a difference in this ministry at the NSUMC. Please consider making a donation from time to time to the NSUMC Benevolence Fund. A dollar here and a dollar there might be enough to help someone where there is no other immediate help available.
To make a donation of any amount to the Benevolence Fund, please donate via our Online eGiving portal located near the top of this page, see the NSUMC Lay Leader, Mark Johnson, the NSUMC Finance secretary, Tom Kinney, or drop an envelope into the collection basket with the words: "Benevolence Fund" written across it so our counters know where to direct it.
Please consider helping this new NSUMC ministry and let us all take part in fulfilling the directive of our Lord Jesus when He said:
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it (a kindness) to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’' (Matthew 25:40)
Laura Story - Blessings (Live)
Over Three Hours of Contemporary
Two Continuous Hours of Traditional Christian Hymns
A Bit of...
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"You Brood of Vipers!"
When John the Baptist was in the wilderness baptizing with water in anticipation of the arrival of the long sought for Messiah of Israel, he was approached by some representatives from the temple authorities in Jerusalem. John addressed those agents as "You Brood of Vipers." An odd thing to say to such a group. Later on, Jesus also addresses the temple authorities as a "Brood of Vipers". Again, an odd thing.
Below is a link to a commentary on just what John and Jesus might have been implying when they turned the phrase, "You Brood of Vipers." Perhaps the commentary will shed a bit of light on that infamous statement. We hope you will take a moment or two, click on the link and see just what John and Jesus were attempting to reveal about...
The NSUMC has recently instituted an Online Giving Portal where anyone may electronically make a gift or offering to the NSUMC via Credit Card or directly from a bank through a Checking Account or Savings Account. To make an electronic donation, for any purpose -- Benevolence Ministry, Building Fund, Pledge offering or whatever, please click the secure link below and follow the prompts to make a one-time or reoccurring donation.
Thank you ever so much for your support!
Things are always changing here on the NSUMC Website. Not everything changes frequently, but some things do. For instance, the weekly pre-recorded worship service is available every Sunday morning and available the entire week following. There is a new movie available on the Movies Page right now, and there is a new commentary on a comment that both John the Baptist and Jesus used to describe the temple authorities that can be accessed either here on the Home Page, or via the Archives Page along with other biblical/spiritual commentaries -- and with more to follow!
So, take a look around, check out the other pages of this site. You may find something interesting or even thought provoking. And, we would certainly love to hear from you! If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions, we want to hear them. So, if you have something to say or share, please head over to the Contact Us page and drop us a line or two. We truly hope you will.
Looking forward to hearing from you!