April 19, 2016
Submitted by Elaine Heinrich
A personal blessing!
Just catching up on the website. The Sermons that I have missed by Pastor Carroll, the wonderful information on our website, listening to our choir and our guest singer Linda French and of course fellowship with my church family. It just reminds me of how many people make my church experience such an uplifting one. Wally and I attend church in Stuart FL which we enjoy, but nothing touches my heart like North Salem Methodist Church. Thank you to all the people that carry on the many tasks needed. (people known and unknown :)
John Wesley in an interesting character to be sure, undoubtedly a bit OCD and perhaps would not have been the most fun guy to hang around with. Nonetheless, as the man that fathered Methodism, but was, himself, an Anglican priest to his dying day, his style, faith and "method" in bringing many to biblical understanding and Christian faith is simply fascinating. Below is a link to a short explanation of the Wesleyan theological heritage and how John Wesley understood his faith and relationship with God. As I said, what is presented through the link is a "short and simple" explanation of Wesley and the tradition he established for us as Methodists. We hope you will be inspired to search further for a deeper understanding of the man and his method.
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...
Sunday School for the 2015-2016 session has commenced. Children ages 4 and up are invited downstairs for stories, crafts and games.
Be sure to visit the Sunday School Page to read the latest Sunday School news and to view photos and videos of the Sunday School goings on!
The latest Children's Moment is a video of Pastor Carroll on Oct. 11th teaching the children about David & Goliath. Check it out on the Sunday School Page!
...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.' "
"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:
We have a new Page! It's a Movies Page and it's up and running right now.
Currently, the movies, "The Gospel of John" and "The Life Of Apostle Paul" are available to view. This movies ar full-length HD movies of excellent content, and that is exactly what is hoped this new page will provide; quality movies of quality content for Christian understanding and encouragement.
So, when you have a chance, click on "Movies" in the menu above and you will be whisked away to view:
"The Gospel of John"
"The Life Of Apostle Paul"
You will also find a brief review of the presented movies as well. Comments from viewers are always encouraged. So please, if you have a comment or two after the movie, we'd love to hear them!
May 25, 2016
LOVING WHAT WE DO
I am writing this a few hours before several friends will be coming to our house for a potluck meal and fellowship. Almost everyone is at some point in retirement and one of the joys in being with this group is they were blessed in finding work that enabled them to love what they were doing. It did not mean every moment was a pleasure but when we love what we do how much richer life is for us. The gifted spiritual writer and worker for equality and justice, Howard Thurman wrote, “Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I invite you to take an inventory of yourself and the things you love to do without making apology or trying to measure it against some unwritten law that you operate under. Read the following encounter and meditate upon it:
Brené Brown tells the story of meeting a young woman at a media conference. She is exited to meet the woman--an accountant /jeweler--because she had bought a beautiful pair of earrings from the woman's online store.
"How long have you been a jeweler?" Brené asks.
The young woman blushes and answers, "I wish. I'm just a CPA. I'm not a real jeweler."
Brené writes, 'I thought to myself, I'm wearing your earrings right now, not your abacus.' She pointed to her ears, "Of course you're a jeweler." The woman smiles and replies, "Well, I don't make very much money doing that. I just do it because I love it."
Since when did our passion require an apology?
Since when did following our heart require some kind of justification? God gives us passion for certain things – we don’t create it – it is given but so often we try to hide the light God gives us under a bushel basket. (See Matthew 5:13-16)
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