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Thursday, July 22, 2021

 

Where Do We Go From Here?




Please Join Us For Worship This Sunday!
8:30am and 11:00am

Both Services will be live streamed - go to www.gvumc.org for the link

(Posted 10 minutes before the service begins!)

This Week's Scripture Verse

Acts 10:23-48
 
The next morning he got up and went with them. Some of his friends from Joppa went along. A day later they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had his relatives and close friends waiting with him. The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him—and then down on his face worshiping him!
 Peter pulled him up and said, “None of that—I’m a man and only a man, no different from you.”
 Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, “You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular.
Jews just don’t do this—visit and relax with people of another race.
 But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other.
 So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I’d like to know why you sent for me.” Cornelius said, “Four days ago at about this time, midafternoon, I was home praying.
Suddenly there was a man right in front of me, flooding the room with light.
 He said, ‘Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God’s attention.
I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He’s staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.’ “So I did it—I sent for you. And you’ve been good enough to come. And now we’re all here in God’s presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us.” Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone. “You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change. Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him. “And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross. But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen. Not everyone saw him—he wasn’t put on public display.
 Witnesses had been carefully handpicked by God beforehand—us! We were the ones, there to eat and drink with him after he came back from the dead.
 He commissioned us to announce this in public, to bear solemn witness that he is in fact the One whom God destined as Judge of the living and dead. But we’re not alone in this. Our witness that he is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets.” No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on “outsider” non-Jews, but there it was—they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God. Then Peter said, “Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They’ve received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did.”
 Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days.




New GVUMC Members!
 


This Sunday we will welcome five new members to our GVUMC Congregation.
You can meet and get to know three of them below!

 

Sherry Oakes: I have resided in the Green Valley area for 34 years with my husband, until he passed away a year ago. He retired from the Air Force in 1986, so, along with our two sons, we traveled all over from Maine to Australia during his active duty years. I retired from the Army, Air Force Exchange Service in 2002 as a security manager. I enjoy reading in my spare time.
I have had no Christian upbringing, but for the past two years, I felt God reaching out to me, and I finally took his hand and have found peace.


Holly Fic: I live with my husband Jason whom I have been with for 29 years -and my wonderful mother Rose who I have lived with all my life (82 years old) -and we share our home with several of my furbabies, including several dogs, a cat, a rabbit and a turtle as we are avid/devoted animal lovers.  I love spending time with my furbabies and family.For the past 20 years, we have lived in old Henderson, off Racetrack Road, just a few miles from Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead. I moved out here in 1989 from New Jersey with my mom to go to UNLV and also graduated from the charter class at UNLV law school. I have been a family law attorney for the past 20 years. My husband is a heavy equipment operator with LV Paving. Being a family law attorney can be difficult, so for years my vacation escape would be to Scotland (although I am not Scottish!) where my mom and I discovered this beautiful country to relax and enjoy at a much slower pace than life here.  We have traveled there every year for 13 years since before Covid - and hope someday that my mom and I will be able to travel back there again! 

Cathie Grodecki: My name is Cathie Grodecki & I live in Henderson with my best friend Roscoe, a 6 year old 100+ pound Bull Mastiff.  Roscoe attends doggie daycare twice a week to play with his pack mates.  I was born & raised in Chicago to Polish parents & learned to cook at a young age from my father who taught me not to afraid of herbs & spices.  Experiments were common place in our kitchen with some successes…others not so much.


Important Mask Update (July 16, 2021)

 

The Southern Nevada Health District has issued the statement linked below. We request that for everyone’s safety please wear masks while in the sanctuary for worship this Sunday and until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information please see this link: 
https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-release/southern-nevada-health-district-statement/




Mission Opportunity in Holtville, California

 

The Cal-Pac United Methodist Conference has a short-term mission opportunity which might be of interest to individuals and congregations in the Desert Southwest Conference because of its proximity and brevity.  The Cal-Pac Conference has received a FEMA grant to help re-hab the former Holtville UMC for use as an Immigration Welcome Center.  Holtville, California, is located 10 miles east of El Centro, California, and 50 miles west of Yuma, Arizona. 
 
The timeline for this work opportunity is very short. Work will begin on Wednesday, July 21st, and should be complete by Saturday, July 24th.  
 
While the long term goal is to add showers and laundry facilities for the Immigration Welcome Center, workers during this immediate period will clean a building which has been closed for a while but is in generally good condition in preparation for arrival of beds (16 twin bunks!) and chairs. Work will include general cleaning of kitchen, office, and other spaces, sorting, and disposing of unusable items. If the beds arrive during the work time, they will be assembled.    
 
Workers will need to bring air mattresses and bedding.
Meals will be at local businesses. There is a refrigerator available.  
 
The work will be coordinated by Doug and Judy Lewis, Disaster Coordinators for Cal-Pac and by local coordinators.  Contact Mike and Lorraine Eyer, UMVIM Coordinators for Desert Southwest Conference, at (623) 810-5600 or clnmwe@gmail.com for more information or to be connected to Doug and Judy.  
 
 
God Bless,
 
Carla Whitmire
Administrative Assistant
 North and West District
Desert Southwest Conference
The United Methodist Church



Now Enrolling for Fall 2021!!
Please call 702-405-2952 for more information
or email preschool@gvumc.org

 


Mission U Info, registration and 1st timer scholarship application:
www.dscumc.org/secure/2021-mission-u-registration/


Book Review:
A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives Chapter 7

United Methodist Women is an organization
of the mission oriented group of women in the United Methodist Church.

Click HERE to view this week's UMW Prayer Calendar
(July 26 - August 1)






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