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Lenten 2021

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

This year Ash Wednesday will look a little different than normal. We are preparing a worship service that will be made available on Facebook and YouTube by 6am on Ash Wednesday morning. We invite you to carve out 30 minutes in your day, anytime that works best for you alone or you with your family, to worship as you begin the Lenten Season.

In lieu of finding a way to get ashes to everyone, we are going back to the very beginning and remembering that that call of Ash Wednesday is to remember that you are mortal, created by God from the dirt of the earth and to dirt we will all return one day. We are creatures, not God, and as such we are prone to sin and frailty. This year we remember by inviting you to bring some dirt from around your own home into your worship on Ash Wednesday to mark yourself with the sign of the cross and remember.

Join us as we seek to begin a holy Lent rending our hearts and remembering the covenant God has made with us.

Prayer Labyrinth at HUMC 

February 15th-20th  

The Adult Education and Formation team has arranged to borrow a Prayer Labyrinth to provide an opportunity for you to come and have quite prayer and reflection as you begin this Lenten season of fasting and prayer.  We ask that you sign up HERE for a 30-minute time slot to come and pray.  The Labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall.  The new entry doors into the Fellowship Hall (facing Hwy 49) will be unlocked for you to come and pray.  

In person worship resumes

We will resume in person worship in the Sanctuary on February 21st. There will still be only ONE service at 10 that will be both live streamed and in person. You are asked to register online HERE as the service will be capped at 25 (or call the church office 704-455-2311). Masks and physical distancing are required for the congregation. Be advised that worship leaders will not be masked during the service.

Lent Small Group Opportunities

Lenten Study – Rend your Hearts: Claiming the Promise

Lent is a time of spiritual preparation, getting our house in order so that we are ready to embrace the resurrected Christ at Easter. Our series this Lent invites us to prepare by addressing what needs to change in us and remembering God’s promise to us. We need both in this challenging year. Join one of our small groups that will reflect together each week on the lesson from that Sunday.
The Adult Education and Formation Team is planning for a slow and safe return to small group gatherings in our new facility. We hope this will meet the longing for connection while still being mindful of Covid 19 safety precautions. Mask and distancing will be required for these small groups as they are indoors. Groups capped at 10 to begin per state mandate, we will increase as we are able

Week of February 21st – Week of March 28th  

4 Options to engage (3 in person and 1 online) Please register by clicking on the group you wish to attend.
The Sunday morning groups will have to option of gathering in one of our new spaces at 10am to watch live stream worship together and then have time discussion after the live stream. Those what prefer to watch at home and then join in person discussion can arrive at 11.  

Wednesday, 7:30 online (no cap but please register) 

Led by Karrie Hill

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85337035116

Meeting ID: 853 3703 5116

What do you bring to the “peacemaking table”

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9 NIV

Peacemaking, this is such a heavy word. It implies a long solid commitment to bring about a desired result. It implies there is a conflict somewhere where two opposing parties need to come together for a peaceful and mutually beneficial resolution. So what is God calling us to do? Most of us will not travel to a foreign nation to begin the process of building relationship between two countries. We also live in a country that it seems that at times we cannot live in peace with our own neighbors. If we look at our own family groups, there seems to be at least one or more family members at odds with another family member, disrupting a peaceful family situation. Then there is the idea of our own personal peace with ourselves that many times seems to escape us.

So what is this peacemaking that God wants us to pursue? Maybe it is all of the above. When we look at our humanity peace is something I think we all desire, but have difficulty in working toward. So when I read this verse I see how God has reconciled the sinfulness of humanity through the Easter event of Jesus. God is so committed to His creation that He sent His own son to die on a cross and be brought back to life. God is going the extreme distance just so that we can live in relationship with Him. We are not meant to live at odds with God, but in a reconciled, peaceful relationship with him.

So, I am thinking that if God can go that distance for me, then my “job” here is to work along side of God’s presence in the world to bring out reconciliation between parties who are not at peace with one another. Now my work, as imperfect as it might be is two-fold, to help others realize that God is their source of personal peace, and secondly help them to work toward peace with those whom they are in conflict. Our job becomes helpers to be bringers of peace, on personal relationships with God as well as with those in our communities.

Are you at peace with God? What do you need to do to get to that point? Are you at peace with your neighbor? If not what can you do about it? Are your neighbors at peace with each other? Again, if not what role could you play in bringing the two groups to the “peacemaking table?” Where is God calling you to work toward reconciliation and peace?

Pastor Richard

Vision 2020

It’s the start of a new year and an opportunity get your vision checked and corrected by God so you can see more clearly and live more faithfully in 2020.

Vision 2020  

January 5    Seeing Yourself Clearly

Communion Sunday

January 12   Seeing the Situation Clearly

 January 19   Seeing the World Clearly 

January 26   Seeing God Clearly

 

Special Congregational Events

*Town Hall to review final Building Team proposal

1:30-3:00 in the Sanctuary

*Church Conference to approve 2020 Building Plans

2:00 in the Sanctuary

(All Full Members may vote)

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Offering

Justice Ministries – A Rescue Mission in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

This year the Missions Team has proposed that all offerings collected will go to fight human trafficking through a local non-profit, in the middle of the fight, team of courageous Christians willing to take a stand against one of the most horrifying forms of modern day slavery. Jesus calls us to shine a light in the darkness and by supporting the folks at Justice Ministries we can add to that light and be a apart of some wonderful work being done in our own community. Their  mission statement is “Justice Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue and housing. Our goal is to locate victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, help them get out of their situation and into a safe place, facilitate an environment conducive to healing, and assist them in their transition to independence.” They rescue trapped victims, find protected housing for them and their families, and seek and provide care for recovery. Please prayerfully consider supporting Justice Ministries, Christmas eve through your Christma offering. You can learn more at www.justiceministries.org.

Christmas Eve Worship

Christmas Eve is a special time for the People of God as we hear again the joyful news of the birth of our Savior and celebrate the faithfulness of God. Harrisburg UMC offer three services of worship on Christmas Eve, each designed to allow you and yours to hear the story and remember the promise.

5:00 pm  Worship around the Manger

A service for families with preschool aged children, this 30 minute services invites us into the story of Christmas in word and song that any age will enjoy.  We share the Lord’s Supper together and lift the glowing light of God’s love to the world.

7:00 pm A Service of Candlelight and Communion

                This traditional service of worship invites the whole family to hear and celebrate the Christmas Good News.  We celebrate communion and sing with the Heavenly Hosts!

Nursery care is provided for those under 3.

11:00 pm Quite Candlelight Communion

                All the hubbub is stilled, children are tucked in bed, and the silence of this night descends.  This quiet service invites you to ponder the mystery of this holy night as we hear the story and break bread together.

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