Vacation Bible School
Foothills United Methodist Church will be having a 3 evening Vacation Bible School for 4-12 year olds. The dates are Monday, August 22nd - Wednesday, August 24th. The times will be 6-8 pm. Each evening there will be a Bible story, crafts, activities and snacks. Please pass the word to any young children and families. Parents and older siblings are encouraged to stay and join in. All are welcome - children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Cindy VanAllen or Isabelle in the office at 518-725-9611
Summer Sermon Series
“Love One Another”
June 5th – Intro to "Love One Another" Series – John 13: 12-17; 34-35 Click here for Scripture Lesson
June 12th – "Serve One Another" – Galatians 5: 13-15 Click here for Scripture Lesson
June 19th – "Submit To One Another" – Ephesians 5: 21 Click here for Scripture Lesson
June 26th – "Teach and Admonish One Another" – Colossians 3: 16-17 Click here for Scripture Lesson
July 3rd – "Bear With One Another" – Colossians 3: 13-15 Click here for Scripture Lesson
July 10th – "Spur One another On" – Hebrews 10:24 Click here for Scripture Lesson
July 24th – "Pray For One Another" – James 5: 13-16 Click here for Scripture Lesson
July 31st – "Speak To One Another" – Ephesians 5: 15-20 Click here for Scripture Lesson
August 7th – "Encourage One Another" – Hebrews 10:25 Click here for Scripture Lesson
Join a small group
What do you think? In last month’s article I encouraged us to see the need for us as the Foothill United Methodist Church family to make small groups the means through which we fulfill our vision and mission because they help us to build, live out and establish community as we relate to, care for, share with, and serve one another.
As I reflect upon over 30 years of ministry as a pastor and prior to that as a disciple of Jesus in high school, college and seminary, I see how my participation in small groups has nurtured and shaped my relationship with God and with my brothers and sisters (clergy and lay) in the church. This is why I stated that small groups enable us to experience the presence and power of God, build community, grow faithfully as disciples of Jesus, and reach out to a hurting world. We live in a very fast paced world which can keeps us from establishing deep relationships with family, friends, and co-workers that are needed in order to grow as human beings and as followers of Jesus Christ. Just take a minute and ask yourself two questions: How much time to do I spend in any given week having a meaningful conversation with my family, close friends, and/or co-workers that deepens my relationship with them and with God? Name a half dozen people whom you really know and who know you that you could trust and depend upon to speak truth into your life and would be there to support you in any circumstance.
Small groups provide us with the opportunity to deepen such relationships with a small number of these people. When we take the time to be with others, to engage in thoughtful conversation about those areas of our lives that are important to us, and discover ways to encourage and support each other in them, we find the strength and motivation to grow as a person. When we add to this mix the focus of deepening of our relationship with God and one another spiritually by reflecting upon the Bible, and praying with and for others we have the potential to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
When this takes place, we soon discover that our experience and the benefits of being together are too good to keep to ourselves! We begin to invite and pray for others to join us. We also begin to sense the need to make a difference in our corner of the world, in our neighborhood, workplace and community. With the support and encouragement of those in our small group we begin to see the opportunities and to discover the resources as to how we can to make a difference in the lives of others we relate to on a daily basis. In time, God uses us to help others see the need and benefits of participating in a small group and they join us.
Maybe, just maybe, you’ve been thinking about some of these same thoughts. You’ve been thinking about and desiring a deeper relationship with God and with a few others. Well, here’s your opportunity. Talk with me, Cindy VanAllen, Sandy Harrington, Pastor David Truscott, my wife, Peggy or any of those who take part in groups that are meeting weekly for study and/or fun activities in our church family. A list of some of these small groups are in the weekly schedule in our Sunday bulletin.
And by all means, feel free to join us anytime just to see what they’re like!
Seeking to help us draw closer to God and each other, Pastor Ed