Dear FUMC Alamosa Family,
In her powerful book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston wrote: “Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.” This February, as we celebrate and remember God’s beloved creations still, even, harmed and abused by injustice, we also observe the power of revelation. These two remembrances go hand in hand. Through revelation we discover that diversity and difference are gifts—gifts that keep us out of silos and strip the blinders off our world view.
Through revelation, we discover that intersectional justice requires us to embrace an awareness for equity and equality in the world around us. Racial justice looks like revelation. It looks like trust. It looks like mercy. It looks like peace. It looks like restoration—like dismantling modern day slave practices still active in our world and in our country. But, Amber, slavery ended in the 1800s, so we’re good, right? Not really. How slavery looked just changed. Men in power, fueled by prejudice and dreams for a “time that was,” proceeded to maintain limiting, abusive, and harmful practices, laws, and behaviors. For many people of color legal accessibility, financial stability, and proper education are still inadequate. And that’s unacceptable. When we choose to make decisions to dissuade or encourage racial stereotypes, prevent institutional racism, and casual discrimination, we make a stand in solidarity to make the world a kinder and more respectful place.
This month, I want to dream big. I want that mud puddle to be a vast sea, full of possibilities for growth, strength, and courage to help myself and our world be a more fruitful and healthily diverse place to live. Not just this month, but next month, and the next, and the next...I want that dreaming to grow. I want hope to be realized for those who just see the system and the world working against them. I want their narrative to be just as live-giving as it can be, because we all have so much to offer the world and each other.
From Jordan Hannenbaum,
Crazy, how we are already in February! I wanted to take a second to let you know what we will be learning over the next month. We will be continuing the lessons from before christmas. The lessons will talk about being a good friend, letting Jesus into our lives, and what they think they need in order to be a good friend to someone else. As most of you know, i will be getting married this year, so please forgive my absences over the next few months up until the wedding. We are very busy trying to get everythig done. I appreciate the love and support I have received from everyone in regards to volunteering to help teach Sunday School. Thank you so much, and i am looking forward to a wonderful month with you all! Please remember that there will be an all children ran service on the 16th of this month. Please if you can attend, they have worked hard.
Our all children and young adult led worship
service is February 16th at 10:15am.
Join us for worship, communion, prayers, and lessons in the first of hopefully many such services.
The theme for this is “God’s Love.”
Thanks to Chance and Chris Padilla for their donation of knives, cutting mats, bowls and messuring implements.
Thanks also to those unknown angels who generously bring consumable supplies that every kitchen needs, but are taken for granted until there are none.
May we sugguest that when shopping for yourself , you consider getting an extra of any of the following to bring to the church kitchen:
*Paper Towels *Napkins *Plastic Storage Bags
*Aluminum-Foil *Dish Washer Tablets, *Dish Washing Liquid
We have two major pot lucks , several meetings, and hospitality gatherings coming up. Our kitchen is used A LOT !!
The kitchen does not have budget for supplies and relies on donations, extras left by visiting groups and the UMW.
BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO ASSIST!
February 2nd [Chancel Choir in Service]
(9am) Adult Sunday School
Girl Scout cookies sold after worship Narthex
February 3rd (5:30pm) Nurturing Parents
February 4th [Rev. Amber out of town-Retreat/Conference until 2/9]
February 9th [Amanda Pearson Preaching]
February 14th (12:00pm) WCC Memorial Room
February 15th Set up for “Unbirthday Party” (3:00pm) Friendship Hall
February 16th [Children and young adult led worship]
(9am) Adult Sunday School
Girl Scout cookies after worship Narthex
Unbirthday Party Friendship Hall (11:30)
February 17th (10:00am) Staff meeting
February 23rd [Coral Hartless preaching]
(9am) Adult Sunday School
February 26th *ASH WEDNESDAY*
Services: 7:00-7:30am Sanctuary
8:00(ish)-10:00(ish) “Ashes to Go” Milagro’s Coffee
Weekly Recurring meetings:
Mondays: Nurturing Parents (5:30 pm)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Cooking Matters (4:30 pm) Kitchen and Commons LAST ONE 2/4/2020**
Wednesdays: Alcoholics Anonymous (12:00pm) Memorial Room
Bell Choir (6:00 pm) Sanctuary
Chancel Choir (7:00 pm) Sanctuary
Alamosa United Methodist Women
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Noon in the Memorial Room
United Methodist Women will meet in the Memorial Room at noon on Tuesday, Please join us to share in fellowship and spiritual growth.
All women of the church and their friends are invited to share Love, Faith and Hope in Action
The Western Jurisdiction of United Methodist Women is holding their Quadrennial Event in Tempe, AZ. April 17-19, 2020. The theme is "Calling u 2020" There will be many workshops and activities to suit a variety of interests as well as inspiring worship services and fellowship opportunities. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Katharine Hayhoe, of Texas Tech University, an atmospheric scientist with a Christian perspective on science, particularly related to climate change. Registration and more information is available at www.wjumw.com. Our local UMW has scholarships to help with expenses.
Church & Society February 6th at 7:30am
AD Council February 9th at 11:30am
Trustees February 10th at 12:00pm
Staff Meeting February 17th at 10:00am
Finance February 18th at 1:00pm
New Year…New Mission Statement!
From a past AD council decision and a church vote with those gathered after our called Church conference in January, you’ll notice a change on the front of your bulletins. Coming out of discussions in the adult Sunday School class, a proposal was made to add “grace,” and “love” in our motto/mission statement. Starting this month you’ll start seeing our shift toward …
“Sharing God’s love and grace through building Christian Community.”
May this be a comfort and a challenge to us in our witness and ministry here at FUMC Alamosa!
Don't Forget - LaPuente Meal
We will be serving dinner at the La Puente home on Sunday evening, February 9.
There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Frances Graves if you would like to prepare scalloped potatoes or salad which are still needed. You can bring the food to the church on Sunday morning or to La Puente by 5:30.
The adult Sunday school class will begin a new book, “The Sins of Scripture” by John Shelby Spong on January 5. Rev. Spong addresses some of the hard texts of the Bible to “uncover the God of love beneath the Bible’s texts of terror”.
We meet at 9 am in the church library and invite anyone interested to join us. Please order your own books. We plan to read chapter 1 and 2 for January 5 and hope to cover 2 or 3 chapters a week (two weeks per section). If you miss some weeks, that is fine; just jump in and we will get the word out on our progress.
04 - Judy Irvine 20 - Violet Hunter
05 - Tom Scarlett 22 - David Schneider
08 - Janis DeSouchet 25 - Jaelin Padilla
09 - Kari Maldonado 29 - Jane Moeller
18 - Theresa Rudder
Church and Society Article
WHAT IS CLIMATE JUSTICE?
Last year at mission u, sponsored by the United Methodist Woman, one of the studies was about “Climate Justice.” This concept is different than what we have been hearing about “climate change.” But what is it? Climate Justice is a phrase couched in theological terms which means, “setting right our relationships with each other and the earth.” It is the opposite of climate injustice which results in climate change. The purposeof Climate Justice means we have a responsibility to learn how to live in right relationship with God, each other and with the earth itself. Genesis 2:14 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” By this the Scripture describes the purpose of humanity is to be a steward of and to maintain the earth which God has given us. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, defines our responsibility as stewards as follows, “We are now God’s stewards. We are indebted to him for all we have… a steward is not at liberty to use what is lodged in his hand as he pleases, but as his master pleases….He is not the owner of any of these things, but barely entrusted with them by another….Now this is exactly the case of everyone with relation to God. We are not at liberty to use what God has lodged in our hands as we please, but as God pleases, who alone is the possessor of heaven and earth and the Lord of every creature.” (John Wesley, sermon 51, The Good Stewards”) As people we are called upon to maintain and use the creation God has given us and not abuse it for our own ends. To do this we need to develop an attitude that God, not humanity, is the owner of the creation inwhich we live. And God expects us to live in creation with such an attitude in order to maintain all God has given us to sustain not only our lives but the lives of all people, creatures and plants that are provided for us by the ultimate owner of all life. To live in this way with such an attitude is practicing climate justice and restoring the damage humans have caused to the earth over many years.
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NAME ADDED TO THIS LIST. THE PRAYER CHAIN REQUESTS, WHICH ARE KEPT IN CONFIDENCE, ARE SEPARATE FROM THIS. YOU MAY HAVE YOUR REQUEST ON BOTH!!
Prayers for: Needs: Relationship:
Tricia Schneider Health Issues Wife of David Schneider
Ed Stoermer Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Janice Robison Health Issues Mother of Beth Robison
Sue Health Issues Friend of Helen Taylor
Kip Owen Health Issues Friend of Janet Camp
Peter & Jill Cznoski Health Issues Friends of Theresa Rudder
Shandi Hajek Health Issues Family Friend of Helen Taylor & Daughter
Rev. Margaret Gillikin Health Issues FUMC Family
Glen Bunch FUMC Family
Rachel Oliver FUMC Family
Dena Stoermer Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Paul Stoermer, Jr. Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Aaron Stoermer Life Transfusion Family of Helen Taylor
Holly Felmlee and family FUMC Family
Veronica Starcher and family FUMC Family
Those traveling for the holidays
Johnathan Richards and mom Car accident Neighbor
John and Kristine Taylor
Sarah Lander’s family
THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Taylor & Landen Nye DonStegman’s Grandchildren
Nathan Cross/Cameron Christensen
Bob & Judy Irvine’s Grandson
Erik & Janine Christensen Son
For the prayer chain, contact the church office 719-589-2243 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sunday Worship||10:15 AM|
|Children's Sunday School||10:30 AM|
Chancel Choir & Bell Choir on Wednesdays
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Memorial Room at NOON--starting back up September 10th.
We have a variety of groups from across our Conference and the States that we house during the summer for missions/mission work and service here in the valley.
Meets every Monday from 5:30-8:30pm
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
Meets every Wednesday at NOON.
"Social Principles" Study Small Group March 22
Adult Sunday School Every Sunday at 9:00am
LENT BOOK STUDY Blue Note Preaching in a Post Soul World, by Otis Moss III Every Thursday at 4:30pm
*Starting March 5th*
Check out their website and our "La Puente" tab for more information.