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!
Potlucks and Wedding Feast!
Sunday we will explore the gospel of Matthew's account of Jesus' parable of a wedding banquet. I encourage you to have your bible open for this one. I have preached on this parable before, but this time I take a different approach to understanding our calling to be a follower of Jesus as we live in the realm of God.
Even though we can't see each other, I am enjoying worshipping together with you!
Because of Jesus,
This Sunday we will be saying farewell to Karin Salzman. Any cards, notes or gifts can still be left at the church office and will be forwarded to Karin. There are no words to describe how much we all will miss Karin and cannot thank her enough for all she has given to GVUMC.
Memorial for Jerry Arbogast
The Memorial service for Jerry Arbogast will be live streamed on our Facebook at 11am this coming Saturday (October 10th).
The link will also be posted on our website approximately 10 minutes before the service begins.
Remember you do NOT need a Facebook account to watch our Live Streams.
Please join us as we celebrate the life of a very loved member of the GVUMC family.
This Week's Scripture Verse
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet. But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
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 email@example.com.
Sunday, October 11, 10:00am
Please join us via Live-Stream for our worship experience.
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You will see welcome and announcement slides prior to the actual start of the Live-Stream).
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.