F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH WELCOMES ALL PEOPLE OF ANY AGE , GENDER , COLOR , ETHNICITY , SEXUAL ORIENTATION , ECONOMIC STATUS , OR PHYSICAL ABILITY INTO THE FULL LIFE AND MEMBERSHIP OF THIS CONGREGATION . T OWER T IDINGS The Seventh Epistle of John – “What Charlie Can Teach Us” Recently, I came across a website that was so vile, so disgusting, so distasteful that it had me considering sending my computer through the car wash. It was not pornographic or violent, nor did it include vulgar language. In my opinion, it was worse than that. There were only one picture and nine pages of small-font text. It was a “Christian” site I stumbled upon in my search for a particular theologian’s writing, but it quickly became apparent that the site was devoted to the condemnation of this theologian as “a dangerous man, whose writings ought to be burned.” The site continued to condemn anyone who paid attention to this writer, to condemn the various denominations (other than this site’s denomination, of course), to condemn anyone who questioned anything in Holy Scripture. It accused this writer of sending many people to burn in hell, where Continued on page 4 About Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, marks the beginning of Lent, when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Soup Supper 6 p.m. The soup-and-bread supper, served by United Methodist Women, will include choices of home-made soups and breads and a light dessert. Donations will go to UMW Missions. and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During worship the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto our foreheads. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long tradition in Jewish and Christian worship. Ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. Traditionally, the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service are burned to produce ashes for this service. Sometimes a small card or piece of paper is distributed on which each person writes a sin or hurtful or unjust characteristic. The cards are then brought to the altar to be burned with the palm branches. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins. Worship 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday emphasizes our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both, helping us to realize that both have been resolved through the death Early worship service to be added Feb. 22 The Staff and Congregational Worship Committees have agreed to try a second service beginning with Lent on Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. It will be less formal, more experimental, more intimate and simpler than the 10:30 service. The design will be based on largely who attends. Please join us and help make this service interesting and inspirational. L ECTIONARY February 1 4th Sunday after the Epiphany Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 February 8, 5th Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 February 15, Transfiguration Sunday 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 February 18, Ash Wednesday Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 February 22, 1st Sunday in Lent Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 P AGE 2 F EBRUARY 2015 FNO Come celebrate with us at Friday Night Out Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Bob and Dorothy Avery's home, 1715 Ernest Ave. Please bring a dish for the pot luck and your own plate and utensils so cleanup is easy. All are welcome. If you need directions, call 549-7117. Super Sundae The Sunday School has asked kids to bring food for the Food Drive on Feb. 1. They can bring it up with them to the children's sermon, and then we will celebrate Super Sundae with a movie and ice cream sundaes for the Sunday School. Don't miss this fun Super Sundae and have a chance to help those less fortunate in our community! Thanks, Sunday School families! TOWER TIDINGS DEADLINES AND I NFO March Issue: Tuesday, Feb. 10, by noon Special thanks to Tom Anderson and Kay Duffield for helping edit Tower Tidings. Microsoft Word documents are preferred and may be e-mailed to email@example.com. Please send graphics separately. Typed hard copies may be mailed or left in the office. Articles submitted after the deadline will be printed in the following issue or, if the material is dated, the information will be included in the bulletin announcements or posted on the hallway bulletin board. All committees are highly encouraged to submit articles. The newsletter is often the only way some members can know what is happening at the church! Food Drive Celebration The congregation is invited to celebrate the conclusion of our successful Food Drive on Sunday, Feb. 1, with food donations by the children, and cake and beverages in the Narthex after Worship. A big thanks to Annelise and Jason Hedahl for picking up and delivering donations to the Missoula Food Bank. Thank you to all who donated for your generosity. H OW TO CONTACT US O FFICE C HURCH S TAFF Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Phone: 549-6118 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.missoulafumc.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/ fumcmissoula P ASTOR J OHN John Daniels, Pastor Sharon Jackson and Rhanda Johnson, Administrative Assistants Leslie Lindley, Treasurer Kay Duffield, Financial Secretary John Schaff, Custodian Greg Boris, Music and Chancel Choir Director Brynn Bellingham, Handbell Choir Director Rhanda Johnson, Joyful Noise Choir Director Peter Edwards, Organist/Pianist Audra Clark and Juliette Viera, Nursery Attendants Office: Available Monday-Friday By phone: 549-6118 or 396-8966 (cell) E-Mail: email@example.com Newcomer visits: Monday or Tuesday evening Hospital visits: Please call John or the Office if you know of someone in the For more information about First United Methodist Church or to reach FUMC staff, hospital. please call the church office, 549-6118, or Home visits: upon request e-mail us, firstname.lastname@example.org. P P AGE AGE 3 3 F EBRUARY 2015 UMW GENERAL NEWS General Meeting—February 5th at 1 p.m.. The Book Group will meet Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in the church library. This month’s book is A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quick. Vespers Circle Vespers Circle will meet at Eula Rider's, 2321 42nd St., on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. If you plan to attend, please let Eula know. ————————————————Ruth Fellowship Ruth Fellowship will meet Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. in the church parlor. All women of the church are invited to join in the fellowship of the women in this Circle. This month, the General Meeting of United Methodist Women will be Feb. 5, 1 p.m. in the Clara Smith Room. Hosts will be Vespers Circle. The program will be “A Call to Prayer and Self Denial, and Memorial Service.” All are welcome to attend as we honor our members who have passed away over the last year. Ash Wednesday Soup Supper The United Methodist Women will serve a soup and bread supper at 6 p.m., February 18, before the 7 p. m. Ash Wednesday Service. There will be several choices of homemade soups and breads and a light dessert. Everyone is invited to attend the soup supper and service. Donations for UMW Missions are appreciated. Fairmont Hot Springs Women’s Event An inspirational retreat will be held at Fairmont March 6-8. Registration and scholarship applications are available on YACUMC.org Come be rejuvenated with us! Dancing with God author unknown When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw the ‘G’ I thought of God, followed by ‘u’ and ‘i’. “God,’ ‘u,’ and ‘i’ dance; God, you and I dance. As I lowered my head I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again I became willing to let God lead. My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies are upon you this day and every day. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life. GUIDANCE F EBRUARY 2015 “W HAT C HARLIE C AN T EACH U S ” P AGE 4 Continued from page 1 he is presently. The writer and theologian? Clive Staples Lewis, foremost Christian apologist of the latter 20th century. There are many, many such sites out there, and by no means only religious in nature, where hostile judgmentalism saturates the text to an alarming degree. It’s almost as if the creators of the content of such sites are exhibiting a form of cyber-violence (my term) in the attempt to convince others that they are right and everyone else is wrong through repudiation, intimidation, conflagration, and other such “-tions” that have everything to do with hatefulness and attack. A question: Does this ever work? Such “cyber-violence” is perhaps just the latest manifestation of human nature’s darker side, so fully evident in the constant, sad saga of our tendency to undermine, control, or destroy each other for the sake of self- or group-promotion,. From the murders at Charlie Hebdo to the practices of Boko Haram; from the Syrian Civil war to the suicide attacks of Al Qaeda, we see the global horrors that group-promotion can produce when that group is bent on exclusionary philosophies or goals (i.e., “either us or them”). From the domestic abuse victim recently hospitalized at St. Patrick’s, to the individual requesting assistance from our church while hiding a violent past; from the hostile interaction I witnessed one day as one person in the grocery line chewed out the person in front of them for taking too long, to my own overly-hostile words toward one of my family members who didn’t do what I wanted, we see the undermining effects of self-promotion as it pays little attention to the needs and realities of others. God says, “stop.” Jesus says we don’t need to do these things. There is a better way. A way meant for anyone who not only worships, but follows, Christ. A way that all who follow should be determined to adopt as their life practice. A way of trading one thing for another – love for hate, peace for violence, patience for misunderstanding, forgiveness for revenge. As one parishioner said to me one Sunday after a sermon that I preached on the peace of God-“such peace is very hard,” we know that such trades do not come easily. They go against our human nature, which is so prone to strike back at differences, so easily given to defense and exclusion. But such trades are the only things that move us – individual, community, society, or civilization itself – toward collective and realized hope. And there is indeed hope. The millions of marchers in France holding signs saying “Je Suis Charlie” are trading solidarity for violence; the practices of Boko Haram are increasingly being condemned by leaders of Islam who speak of trading guns for conversation; the grocery lines are mostly filled with patient, understanding people trading expediency for civility; your pastor has apologized to the family member, trading ego for compromise, and things are much better. Jesus taught that, if there is one thing the Christian faith ought to oppose, it is the destructive practices of human against human, whatever form they take. There is no place for any of us in the condemnation of another – that is God’s job, not ours. Let us strive, rather, to recognize the things that undermine, limit, or diminish life, and replace them with the things that uplift, expand, and fulfill life, not only for some, but for all. For, after all, don’t we who claim Christ as Lord hold our own sign, saying “J'appartiens à Jésus” (“I belong to Jesus”)? God’s Grace Be With You, A MAZING G RAYS Amazing Grays will take a trip to the Double Arrow Ranch on Thursday, Feb. 12, leaving the CVS Drug Store at 11 a.m. They will return to Missoula by 4 p.m. The lunch menu is turkey sandwich, cream of potato soup and green salad. The trip will cost between $30 and $40. Come have a nice lunch. relax by the fireplace and play some board games, read or visit. Call Verle Johnson, 549-4765, Kay Norum, 721-5750, or Marge Magstadt, 543-4082, to sign up. F EBRUARY 2015 Like a Little Child P AGE 5 Submitted by Theresa Cox With all the finesse of 21-month old fingers, he places the blue and green, Tonka garbage truck on the two-piece flatbed. Sometimes the balance is good enough that he can drive the semi for a bit before the garbage truck falls from its perch. Sometimes the garbage truck falls quickly, and he patiently replaces it. Occasionally, the flatbed comes apart from the cab and the resulting puzzle is too much for him to solve. He looks up, with sweet brown eyes, and says, “hep,” knowing that his adult-of-the-moment is happy to help him manage his vehicles. towers to be knocked down again and again. Examining ants crawling over the sidewalk. All of these things are prone to produce a hail of giggles, an unabashed, allconsuming expression of glee. Anyone who has heard a child helpless with giggles has heard the sound of complete joy. When he wants something to happen that is beyond his abilities, he knows asking for ‘hep’ from one of his grownups will quickly solve the problem. There is no shame in asking for help; in fact, it presents another opportunity for interaction with someone he loves and allows the adult an opportunity to show love and share knowledge. willing to ask His help, again and again, without thinking we are too smart or strong or important to turn over control of an out-of-control situation. We must be willing ~ perhaps even eager ~ to find absolute joy in the simple things God puts in our path. When did we lose the ability to let go all of our cares and worries in a torrent of helpless giggles? The fortunate among us devolve into giggles on occasion, but not many of us live our lives seeking joy and allowing ourselves to be As I watch him, I begin to wonder when I became so easily overtaken by it. frustrated by tasks, and when I decided I was no longer In the book of Mark, Chapter 10, Verse 15, Jesus tells us, going to ask for help. As he manipulates his toy trucks, my “[A]nyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a grandson learns how to make things happen the way he little child will never enter it.” When I think of how my wants them to. He is patient. If the truck falls off, he grandson is willing to try and try again, to ask for help, to replaces it ~ over and over again ~ without complaint. In find joy in simple things, I believe I understand what Jesus fact, sometimes it makes him giggle. Where an adult might is saying. We must seek the truth and to do what is right find frustration, he just enjoys watching the truck fall. again and again, without being frustrated. We must be When we are too easily frustrated by a task within our capabilities, or when we refuse to ask for help with something that is difficult or impossible to do on our own, we miss an opportunity to learn and to reinforce our relationship with another human being. Talking like a duck. Pushing him endlessly on a tricycle with pedals a bit too far away for his feet to reach. Building It is time to learn from the children; to watch their work, to listen to their questions, to enjoy their giggles, to become people who will be welcomed into the Kingdom “like a little child,” and perhaps to enjoy our time in this life a bit more in the process. Giggles, Theresa Our Bible give-away to third graders and older! Our church family loves to give Bibles to our children in the third grade. We also want to give Bibles to any child in fourth grade or above who was not with us in the third grade and does not have a Bible. Please call the Office and let us know if your child needs a Bible. We will present the Bibles during worship on Sunday, Feb. 15. F EBRUARY 2015 W ORSHIP FACILITATORS P AGE 6 Special thanks to all of our volunteers! February 1 Brad’s Communion: Joe Loos Coffee Hosts: Carolyn Abbott and Marge Magstadt Communion Prep: Marilyn Olivarez Communion Servers: Marilyn Olivarez and Cindy Thiel Greeters: Karen and Joe Loos Nursery: Amanda James Reader: Joe Loos Stephen Ministers: Barbara and Pat Mahoney February 15 Brad’s Communion: Carole Addis Coffee Hosts: Jo and Bill Reynolds Communion Prep: Maeve Ball Communion Servers: Ira and Kay Robison Greeters: Eula and Don Rider Nursery: Amy Griffin Reader: Jude Monson Stephen Ministers: Lorraine Carlson and Kay Duffield February 8 Brad’s Communion: Rich Eudy Coffee Hosts: Phyllis and Dan Browder Communion Prep: Lisa Jackson Communion Servers: Lisa and Scott Jackson Greeters: Claudia Pratt and Daniel Viehland Nursery: Annelise Hedahl Reader: Don McCammon Stephen Ministers: Lorraine Carlson and Peg Plimpton February 22 Brad’s Communion: Pastor John Coffee Hosts: Nancy Crabtree and Ruth Drummond Communion Prep: Donna McCammon Communion Servers: Donna and Don McCammon Greeters: Laela and Dick Shimer Nursery: Maeve Ball Reader: Kathy Muckala Stephen Ministers: Jane Kisselbach and Pam Sterling I N O UR P RAYERS . We pray for… Anne and Earl Reinsel recovering the from the flu Diane Pruden in Virginia who has just been diagnosed with cancer Hugh Herbert in the hospital with the flu Success in finding a job for a friend, Kim, who has been searching for 10 months Helen Rummel’s daughter, Ruth Taylor in Erie, CO, for respiratory healing A friend, Sue, having shoulder surgery A more compassionate world A healthy birth for Rhanda’s daughter, Sarisa’s, baby due Jan. 26 A friend who is battling multiple myeloma and has exhausted medical treatments. Blessings on her and her family A friend whose brother has just been diagnosed with cancer. ~In Sympathy~ The family of Mary Decker The family of longtime UMW member, Geri Kennedy Kay Robison’s cousin who recently lost her husband and for her children and grandchildren The family of Roybelle Phillips The family of Albert Hull, Laurie Ball’s father The family of Rose McKay Barb Blanchard Mahoney and family who recently lost her former father-in-law ~Praises~ Birthday Blessings for Bob Barnes celebrating his 92nd birthday Gratitude for a friend who survived a plane crash this past week. Praise for prayers answered for our son-in-law’s new job! F EBRUARY 2015 P AGE 7 Family Promise Feb.15-22 The week of Feb. 15, FUMC will have another opportunity to host families for Family Promise. Here are the volunteer needs we have: Sunday, Feb. 15: Team 1- 2 Overnight Hosts, 8:15 p.m. -7:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 Team 1 - Evening Greeter, 5:15 -8:15 p.m. Team 2 - Dinner Prep., serve (at 6 p.m.), and clean up Team 3 - Two Overnight Hosts, 8:15 p.m. -7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 Team 1 - Carousel, Evening Greeter, Snacks Team 2 - Two Overnight Hosts, 8:15 p.m. -7:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 Team 1 – Tow vehicle needed to p/u and deliver small trailer, 12:30/1:30 p.m. Team 2 - Load cots and family bags on trailer, 12:45 p.m. Tzedakah Pocket Update “There are those who struggle every day with challenges. Let us extend to them our concern, as well as a helping hand. As we care for each other, we will be blessed.” Thomas S. Monson The winter months always bring us more assistance requests because there are fewer jobs available, hours are cut for many people who have jobs, utility and medical costs increase, and camping is no longer a viable lodging option. Responding to the increased need is a challenge for our small assistance ministry. Coordination with other churches through CCA (Congregations Type of assistance Coordinating Assistance) extends our capability to help, but we can’t help everyone. We do make a real difference, however, for many individuals and families. For all who come to us, we can always offer compassion and prayer and that can also make a difference. A recap of assistance provided by the FUMC Tzedakah Pocket Ministry so far in 2015 is provided below. Families/Individuals Helped 7 (12 children) Amount Provided Rent/Security Deposit 6 (2 children) $340.00 Other (Power bills, storage unit rental, phone minutes, propane, etc.) 4 (9 children) $257.85 Lodging (interim housing assistance) Total 17 (23 children) $745.52 $1,343.37 300 E. Main St. First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 7646 Missoula, MT 59807 PH: 406.549.6118 Website: fumcmissoula.org Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit #293 Missoula, MT 59802 Facebook: www.facebook.com/fumcmissoula RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. New Worship Service begins Su0nday, Feb 22 at 8:80 a.m. FEBRUARY EVENTS February 1 Food Drive Celebration and Sunday School Super Sundae 2 Administrative Council , Clara Smith Room 7 p.m. 5 UMW General Meeting and Memorial Service 1 p.m. 12 Ruth Fellowship 10 a.m. 12 Amazing Grays 11 a.m. 13 Friday Night Out 6 p.m. 15 Bibles presented to third graders 15 Family Promise Week 18 Vesper’s Circle 1 p.m. 18 Ash Wednesday worship and fellowship opportunities : Soup Supper 6 p.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. 22 New Worship Service starts 8:30 a.m.
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