Dundee United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Where God's Love Is Real

The Pastor's Corner

      
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Pastor Sharon Davis
 
 
From August 2018 Newsletter
"Oh Death, where is your sting?"
 
This summer has been a season of blessings and sorrows for
Dundee United Methodist. We have welcomed a number of
the former members of Trinity United Methodist when their
church closed earlier this year. They have brought their
energy, commitment and gifts with them. Several have
already indicated that they want to become members of
Dundee. In addition, several our friends from Manna Cafe
have begun joining us on Sunday mornings. What a joy this
has been to welcome so many new people!
But there has also been great sorrow as we said goodbye to
two active faithful members, Martha Lowe and Dennis
Hoblit in the last couple of months. The losses for many of us
have not been confined to our church family. One person
told me that three of his friends had died recently. And
cancer claimed the life of a man with young children for
whom we have been praying.
Grief affects us personally, but it also impacts our church
family as a whole. We are grieving even if we don’t recognize
it. So, what does it mean for us? How do we as a church deal
with our grief in healthy ways?
First, we must acknowledge our losses. We do this together
as a church when we celebrate the life of a loved one at a
memorial service. We also acknowledge it when we share
memories of this person with each other. Our second task is
to express our emotions. We talk about how we miss this
person and are sad that they aren’t here to share with us
anymore. Our third task is to adjust to our current
circumstances. Practically that means that duties are
reassigned to fill in where there are gaps. Our final task is to
embrace our legacy for the future knowing that the ones who
have gone on before helped build our foundation.
So we celebrate those who are no longer with us because they
have joined the communion of saints in heaven. We give
thanks for their love and their witness. And we recommit to
our tasks here on earth as we share God’s love with others.
Let’s embrace that ministry of making God’s love real with
the new people who have now become part of Dundee.
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Sharon
 
 
Death has been swallowed up in victory. “Where, O death, is
your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” But thanks be
to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus
Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54b-55, 57 NRSV)
 
 From July 2018 Newsletter
Do Not be Afraid

 
“Don’t be afraid.” It is one of the most repeated instructions in the Bible. In fact, it appears over 140 times. Fear is an emotion that shapes us. It helps us to stay alive in dangerous and difficult situations. Fear can also cripple us when we allow it to immobilize us. Over the next couple of months we are going to be exploring how we can face our fears. We will use Adam Hamilton’s new book “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times” as our guide.  
 
Please join us Sunday mornings for this sermon series during worship in June and July. In addition, all three of our adult Sunday School classes will come together for the video series by Hamilton. On July 29th we will have a special Witness Sunday so you can share how you have faced your fears and accepted God’s challenge to live with courage and hope in the difficult times of your life. 
 
Adam Hamilton shares this helpful way to deal with our fears with courage and hope.
Face your fears with faith.
Examine your assumptions in the light of the facts.
Attack your anxieties with action.
Release your cares to God. 
 
Grace and peace, Pastor Sharon 
 
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.  Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV)