Thursday, October 8, 2020
Latest Update from Bishop Bob
All church campuses will be closed to all activities
Until Further Notice!
Click HERE to read the full announcement made on August 19, 2020!
What Belongs to God?
This week's gospel story may be familiar to you. In years past I know that some pastors would hand out coins to folks to help them remember the story of Jesus not falling into the Pharisees’ trap. This Sunday we will consider what belongs to God and how our lives are to reflect that you and I have been created in God's image. I look forward to worshiping with you.
Memorial for Jerry Arbogast
Remember you do NOT need a Facebook account to watch our Live Streams or Replays
No Online Sunday School for Children this week
This Week's Scripture Verse
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title? They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s. When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Cheryl Johnston's Resignation
Last Monday evening the Staff Parish Relations Committee accepted Cheryl Johnston's letter of resignation.
We are grateful for Cheryl's 13 years of service with us and wish her well.
If you would like to donate money toward our appreciation gift for Cheryl please send your donation to the church office
Rev Mary F. Dotson
Advent Class Coming!
WORSHIP FULLY, SPEND LESS, GIVE MORE, LOVE ALL.
Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be - a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most - your presence.
Peggy Corcovelos will be leading a four week class beginning November 29, 2020. The class will be based on the the book "The Advent Conspiracy." You can contact Peggy directly to register for this enlightening and life changing study at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 18, 10:00am
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Tithes, Offerings, or Pledges,
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Online Memorial Page
Losing a member of our church family is always difficult, but during the current pandemic and time of separation it has become harder to share our grief, share stories and celebrate life as a church community.
We have created an online memorial board and we invite everyone to please share your memories, stories and/or photos of church members who have passed.
Click HERE to go to the online memorial board
We hope this online memorial board will help bring us together as a community and not only share our grief, but help celebrate the life of the members who have been a vital part of the GVUMC community.
Although we cannot visit in person, please let the church office know if you or a family member are in the hospital so we on the visitation team can uplift you in prayer as well as visit by phone.
We on the visitation team also reach out to those who feel isolated at home, in assisted living, or in nursing homes.
Call the church office or Lynn Dunn at 702-435-1662 so we are aware of who would like visited by phone calls until we can meet in person.
If any committee or group would like to make an announcement to everyone who receives this newsletter, please email ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE no later than Tuesday evenings.
Support for Parents with Addicted Children
Loving a child that struggles with addiction or alcoholism is one of the most painful experiences a person can have. It doesn’t matter what age your child is, the sorrow that comes from shattered dreams and the shame born from the endless string of problems can be just as devastating mentally, physically and financially for the family – as it is for the person suffering with substance abuse. As the parent of two adults battling against the insidious nature of this problem, I’ve learned some things along the way. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned that has allowed me to untangle myself from their web of chaos was accepting that I am me and they are them. Being able to stop and ask myself, “Who caused the problem?” and “Who’s responsibility is it to fix the problem?” has helped lift the fog of confusion that settles in because someone is my beloved family member and I have a higher sense of obligation. Returning the responsibility of my adult children’s lives back to them has required a tremendous amount of faith and courage. I’ve had to bolster my relationship with God and trust that he is the ultimate parent with everyone’s well-being at heart, and over time I’ve learned that his solutions are far more creative than my own. I’ve only had to step aside and let him do the work. I do what’s possible, he does the impossible. My greatest blessing has been that regardless of whether my kids are in a period of sobriety or not, we love and respect each other. We haven’t always been this way, but my desire for them to know that they are loved under any and all circumstances has been extremely powerful. Shame, blame and fault finding were tearing us apart and pitting us against each other in a way that allowed the disease of substance abuse to steal the one thing that can solve all problems, unconditional love. I trust that my kids make the decisions that they feel are best for them, the same way I make my own decisions. I may not always like those choices, but I have to extend the grace and dignity to allow lessons to be learned. Lastly, hope is a four-letter word we all need to use. Life is a journey of good times and of hardships. I no longer have pity for anyone because I know it’s just a personal judgement that someone isn’t as blessed as I am. When I felt sorry for my kids, they felt sorry for themselves and we all believed in their weakness. They would hold pity up as a shield for their inability to move forward in a positive way. God made us all exactly the way we are supposed to be, there is no need to feel bad about that
Support is available, please contact Green Valley Parents Al-Anon Family Group for information about meetings - email@example.com.