Dundee United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Where God's Love Is Real

The Pastor's Corner

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Pastor Sharon Davis
From the January 2019 Newsletter'
New Years is always a time of mixed emotions for me. Christmas (and all its mystery) is over and it is time to put away the tree and decorations for another year. It is also a time of new beginnings and I excitedly begin my preparations. So I say a bittersweet goodbye to the old and hopefully welcome in the new.
Looking back together as a church we have much to rejoice about. We had a fabulous Christmas season with special services and outreach events. 2018 was a great year for ministry and we celebrated many new members and a number of adult baptisms. In the spring, we hired Lou Lisi as our Minister of Music. His gifts have enhanced our worship in so many incredible ways. Along with so much joy, the year 2018 also brought us sorrow. We have grieved the deaths of a number of faithful friends and have walked alongside others who have been ill. Thanks be to God we have faithful servants now among us who have stepped up and taken their places in ministry.
In 2019 we will continue to seek God’s will for our church, to discern what additional plans God has for us. I ask that you all be in prayer for our church as we find new ways to make God’s love real in our church and our neighborhood. In addition, please be in prayer for our denomination as we seek A Way Forward together at our General Conference, February 23-26.
I will be preaching a sermon series in January and February on prayer, using as my guide Steve Harper’s book Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. The S.A.L.T. Class will also be studying this book on Sunday mornings (Room 100). If you are ever frustrated with your prayer life or have ever wondered if prayer is worth the effort or have ever felt like you are talking in the dark, this series is for you! The fact is that sound travels in both darkness and light. Be sure and come and find out how this works.
What will this new year bring? The scripture tells us that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) I am looking forward to how Christ will work in and through us in the coming year
Pastor Sharon Davis
From the September 2018 Newsletter
Making God's Love real by seeking God, serving our neighbors and supporting each other
Through a long season of prayer and discernment, your Leadership
Team has developed our new Mission, Vision, and Values. The
focus is on the Great Commission (to make disciples) and the Great
Commission (love God and our neighbors as ourselves).
We are excited about finding Fresh Expressions of God’s love. This
process will include developing new ministries. One brand new one
was inspired during Sunday’s message about Serving Our Neighbors.
A couple of women are now designing and making cards for 50
special needs kids who ride on the school bus driven by Nancy Hicks.
I look forward to hearing about their responses to this love made real.
In addition, we will also be looking at each of our ministries to see if
there are any ways to make God’s love even more real through them.
All kinds of ideas are already bubbling up.
Every time the Leadership Team makes a decision we will be asking
ourselves these questions: How does this make God’s love real?
How does this fit with our values of seeking God, serving our
neighbors and supporting each other?
The Leadership Team is inviting you to be part of this exciting
process, finding new and better ways to make God’s love real
through the disciples at Dundee.
We are including the entire text in our newsletter in case you missed
worship when we distributed it. We would love to hear your feedback!
Love and peace,
Pastor Sharon
We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19 CEB)
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)