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"Creating a New Normal"

A Woman interviewed had survived being stabbed over 50 times by her husband. This after he murdered their two young children. She said that nothing would be the same; she would have to "create a new normal".

What happened to this young woman is an extreme event. However, for all of us; there are times in our lives when we have to "create a new normal:.

When I married, Fred we "created a new normal". We probablydid not give it much thought, we were young and anxious to be a couple. When we became parents, again we had to create a 'new normal'.

Many times we are called to "create a new normal'. Perhaps you have lost a loved one and life will never be the same. Or perhaps lost a job, a home. I think of the folks in the Gulf states where homes and lives have been destroyed. Their lives will never be the same. They find it necessary to "create a new normal".

This is when our faith in a caring personal God is so important. Knowing that With Christ all things are possible, even creating a "new normal'.  A little prayer I copied is one to pray out loud each day.

"I am beloved of God...I am in His favor (I am not being punished"
"I believe I am always divinely guided (by God)"
"I believe I will always take the right path (as I allow God to lead me)"
"I believe I will always take the right path (as I allow God to lead me)"
"I believe God will always make a way where there is no way"
"I Praise God for this day and this circumstance" YES !!!

At the beginning of a new year I am reminded we serve a God of new beginnings, helping us "create a new normal" in our lives Ephesians 3:20-21.
                    Happy New Year, Pastor Sara

  Pastor Sara

"Three Reasons to Read the Bible"

1) It is God's main way of communicating with y9u. It tells you who God is, it tells you what God wants you to know. (Psalm 119:160) "All your Words are true; all your just laws will stand forever".

2) We read the bible because it tells you how to have eternal life. It tells you to turn from your sins. It tells you to believe in Jesus so that your sins will be forgiven. Gospel of John 3:16

3) We read the Bible because it tells us how to live. It records God's commands for living Exodus 20:1-17.
It records Jesus' life and teaching. His life is a perfect example of how we should live.

From another book: God speaks to us through His Word (the Bible) and Holy Spirit and others.

HEAVEN OR HELL, WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?

We are created deternal beings...we will live eternally. The question is 'where'? Would you be surprised to know it is our  CHOICE?

If we choose to accept God's gift of Grace(His love and forgiveness), trusting in all that Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross, not depending on our goodness, but on HIS goodness, we will indeed spend all Eternity in His presence.

1 John 5:11-13 tells us, if we have Jesus in our life, we have eternal life. It is written so we KNOW, right now, where we will spend all eternity.

 

Decenber  Worship Opportunities

Ushers - Tom & Teresa Woodward
Liturgist - Dan Jones

January 1, 2006 - Epiphany Sunday
                                    
Scripture Text - Galatians 4:4-7
                            Luke 2:15-21
Bell & Candles - Olivia White

January 8, 2006 
                                      
Scripture Text - Genesis 1:1-5
                            Acts 19:1-7
                            Mark 1:4-11
 Bell & Candles - Kelsey Woodward

January 15, 2006
                                        
Scripture Text - 1 Samuel 3:1-10
                            1 Corinthians 6:12-20
                            Gospel of John 1:42-51
Bell & Candles - Dayne Sturm 

January 22, 2006
                                         
Scripture Text - Jonah 3:1-5,10
                           ! Corinthians 7:29-31
                           Gospel of Mark 1:14-20
Bell & Candles - Brady Oakes

January 30, 2006

Scripture Text - Deuteronomy 19:15-20
                           ! Corinthians 8:1-13
                           Gospel of Mark 1:21-28
Bell & Candles - Doug Clark

If you are unable to carry out your assigned duties contact Pastor Sara at 382-2469 (home) or 382-1468 (office)

The First Annual Conference for Methodist of Iowa was organized in 1843

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

Michael W. Bailey               1
Carol Barrett                        4
Lyle Houts                             5
Ashley Haupt                       11
Steven Oakes                      11
Ken Inman                             13
Shelly Inman                          16
Andrea Wallace                    17
Carl Brown                            24
Velma Smith                         24
Mark White                            26
Lexie Woodward                   27
Art Goehring                          29

 

Dan & Karen Jones               17

 

Christmas Poinsettias

Sara Malone                   Fred Malone

Julie Oakes                     William Breazile (father)

Sandra & Al Anderson   Reuben & Myrtle                  Anderson   (Al's parents) Thompson Greever (Sandy's father)     Gordon Greever (Sandy's brother)

Jean Athen                       Orville Athen

Jean Athen                       Earle and Mytrle Athen

Jean Athen                       Jay and Ellen Laverty

Don & Jody Athen & family
                                           Orville Athen

Don & Jody Athen & family
                                          Ray Lamb & Lolen Lamb

Marcus & Darlene Wright    Harry & Edna Smith

Marcus & Darlene Wright    C.D. & Ella Wright

Barbara Brandt                  
                              Dellis Brandt & Sonja Elliott

Ruth Nook, Judy Holliman & family
                             Loved ones who have gone before

David & Karen Jones Family
                              Harold Wilson, George Jones

Greg & Sue Warden Family
                                Roberta Case

Joan Payne
                           Miller Payne

Lyle Houts
                             Velma Houts

Kenneth & Virginia Smalley
                              Leta Smalley & Frank & Etta Pflug

Marc, Debbie, Dustin & Dayne Sturn
                 Charles & Marcella Sturm & Glen Murphy

Robert & Helen Ladd
                  Otto & Marie Hinze
                  Bill & Clara Stanton

Tom, Teresa, Alexis, Tyler, Kelsey Woodward
                       Trudy Woodward

Dana Nahkunst & Jim and Carla & Family
            Rober Nahkunst, Hubert and Maureen Brown

John Woodward
               In Loving memory of Trudy Woodward

Sally Woodware
              In Loving memory of the Burke Family

Sara Malone
                            Ray Vawter Jr. (brother)

 

Potato Bar: many thanks to all who helped, donated, and attended the Youth Group Potato Bar. &109.00 was received for the group's account.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Allen Athen whose earthly life ended December 1.

Our Sympathy is extended to Barbara Brandt and family on the loss of a brother-in-law

In Memory, from the family of Dave and Deb White to the First United Methodist Church. Thanks you so very much for the comfort of the church. Thank you to all who helped with the food. it was so much appreciated. May God Bless all of you.

Coin Jars- We received enough to pay our District askings of $439. They will again be collected in March

Seminar- Pastor Sara will be attending a Seminar in Kansas City January 6-7, "Walking ;the Way Together"

Men's Group - will be meeting Wednesday, January 18. Planning for the Mother-daughter Banquet will begin

Renewing the Vision- with Bishop Palmer, January 9 at Greenfield, Iowa UMC

From Pastor Sara: many thanks for the cards, gifts, gift certificate, and Christmas wishes. Tey are all appreciated.

Have a Favorite Hymn we haven't sung in a while? Let Pastor Sara know, and we will sing it!!!

Do we Have your Birthdays and Anniversary Dates? call 382-1468