Newsletter - Harmony United Methodist Church

HARMONY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
P.O. BOX 141, MORGANTOWN, PA 19543
CHURCH: 610-286-9823 / PASTOR: 610-207-2150
February Newsletter
From The Pastor’s Desk
How can we express our love for one another? Let me count some of the ways. The first thing that
comes to my mind is that we express our love by being nice, kind, and sweet to one another. Our songs reflect this--songs like "You are My Sunshine" or "What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love". Even
our advertisements capitalize on this--especially around Valentine's Day! For example, "Show someone you
care, send them flowers" or "Do something special for the one you love, buy our product." Besides our culture, the scriptures also support that we express our love through kind words and nice deeds. From
1 Corinthians 13:
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;, it is not arrogant or rude. Love does
not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful.
How can we tell each other, "I love you"? By being nice, kind, and sweet.
But what happens when someone is not nice and sweet? Apparently, many of us--children and adults
--think that then it is not love. In all circumstances, we hear it. "You don't love me anymore! Otherwise
you would give me the car tonight!" "If you loved me, how could you treat me like this?" "If you'll help me
out just this once, then I'll know how much you really love me." "If you love me, then..."
We even transfer this kind of thinking into our relationship with God. "If God loves us, how come
bad things happen to good people? How come so many people are killed?" "If God loves me, how come my
life is so messed up now? How come I'm hurting and confused?" "If God loves us, then..."
The presupposition underlining this is that love is always equated with being nice, kind, and
sweet. And, if we look closer, we even realize another presupposition. That is, love is equated with getting
what we want--whether it be the car, a smooth rela-tionship, or freedom from pain and hurt. We want it
nice, we want it easy, we want it our way. Then it is love.
But is this always the case? Or does our understanding of love need to grow and mature? How can
we tell each other, "I love you?" Sometimes by saying, "No."
Love that says "No" is tough. It is tough on the ones who hear it because they are not getting
what they want, they are not getting their own way. It is also tough on the ones who say it because they risk
not having their words recognized as love, they risk having "you don't love me!" thrown back in their faces. But tough love is still love and it is worth it. For love does not rejoice in the wrong, but rejoices in the
right.
It is tough love when a friend or relative tells an alcoholic, "I love you", with these words, "No, I will
no longer make excuses for your absences. No, I will no longer hide your supply of liquor. No, I will no
longer pretend that your drinking does not hurt you or me!" Tough love is tough. But tough love
is still love--and it is worth it. For love does not rejoice in the wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Grace & Peace, Pastor Larry
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Artist In The House
There are all kind of artistic people. Lynn McCoy just happens to
be good at hooking (rugs people). She not only made this rug but
worked many hours getting the right colors and laying it out. Lynn
made this hoping someone would bid on it at the bazaar. I think we
are happy no one did because the Ad Council felt it belonged at
Harmony and purchased it. It now hangs where it belongs, in the
sanctuary.
Dave Reily was nice enough to take it and have it framed.
GREETERS
Feb 1
Feb. 8
Feb. 15
Feb. 22
Shirley &
Bensingers
Bicktas
Beth &
Dee Evans
READERS
Matt Martini Michael W.
Sharon
Verna
Ann
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge him and he will make you straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6
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FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
FEBRUARY ACTIVITIEDS
5—Pastor Larry
8—Barbara Messner
Church Service—9:30
10—Brandon Plank
Jr. Youth—Sundays @ 5:00
11—Terry Messner
Kidspace—Sundays @ 6:00
13—Bill Dyson
Communion: Feb. 1
14—Lisa Miller
Trustees: Feb. 4
15—Anna May Hoffman
Fellowship: Feb. 15
18—Ken Heffner
Ad Council: Feb. 17 @ 7:00
Finn Wisniewski
Mission $: Feb. 22
19—Ann Shingle
MaBea’s—Mondays
22—JO Wisniewski
Choir—TBA
24—Dee Ott
Core Life Group—Tuesdays @ 6:45
25—Carol Beam
27—Mark Potts
28—Wendy Martini
Happy Anniversary
Bill & Betty Jean Rapp
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Jenna who made second chair in the band
at Lebanon Valley
and also made the
Dean’s list.
ATTENTION CHURCH FAMILY
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Church.
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bled on the back of an envelope, anything
works. I need something of interest that I can
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YOU GO GIRL!!
What is going on with your families, friends and
acquaintances? Pictures are always welcomed.
What may we want to hear about? What happened of interest? What story or God Moment
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anniversary? Great dinners?
Need I say anymore? Puppy Bowl, February 1 @
3:00 on the Animal Planet station.
There will be no discussions about their stupid
underinflated football. Just cute puppies and a
great kitty half time show.
Duke & Finn will be front row center.
Published by Corgiville Press, Plowville, PA
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