Week of October 23, 2022

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Jesus asks us to give our all, as Paul had before he wrote to Timothy in the passage above.  We are to live full out for Jesus, embracing both the good and the bad.  It won’t always be easy and we won’t always have the time or energy, but we need to do it anyway.

It seems that I’ve heard the phrase “I’ve got you” several times recently.  It sounds more like “I gotchu” coming from kids at school and the teens to 20s crowd.  It could mean they are ready and able to help you, like when I was picking up take out and digging for my change when the teen running the register says “I gotchu” and he took a couple of pennies out of the cup by the register to cover what I owed.  It could mean they understand, as when I’m trying to explain a concept to a student and you see that lightbulb turn on, showing they understand the concept.  Oh, gee, Mrs. Bradley, I gotchu.  It’s really informal, but it does get the message across.

When we have poured ourselves out for Jesus, and we’re at that point where we don’t have the time or energy and Jesus still asks for more, it’s time to turn to him.  Let him know that you are tired, overwhelmed, and desperately struggling.  When we take this to him, he will wrap his arms around us and say “It’s okay.  I’ve got you”.  What better place is there to be than in Jesus’ arms with his assurance that he’s got us?

Amen?  AMEN!

Have a blessed week.

Calendar of Events
Monday Oct. 24 – 6 pm SPRC meeting with DS Rev. LuAnn Rourke
Tuesday Oct. 25 – 10 am Prayer Group
Wednesday Oct. 26 – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Grief Share
Sunday Oct 30 – 9:15 am Sunday School
      10:30 am Morning Worship
       2 pm to 6 pm Hosting Annual Church Conferences 10 area UMCs
       4:00 pm Dundee/London/Azalia Annual Church Conference

Coming Events:
            Nov. 6 —  All Saints’ Sunday
            Nov. 8 – Rise Up Music Ministry practice 7 pm
            Nov. 9 – Surviving the Holidays Grief Share Program 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
            Nov. 12 — Swiss Steak Dinner serving 4 – 7 pm
            Nov. 13 – Surviving the Holidays Grief Share Program 2 – 4 pm
            Nov. 15 – Rise Up Music Ministry practice  7 pm
            Nov. 20 – 3rd Sunday Potluck after Morning Worship
            Nov. 20 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service hosted here 7 pm
            Nov. 27 – Advent Book Study begins at 9 am and Hanging of the Greens will be after worship

Sock-tober Fest  ONE WEEK LEFT!! – For the month of October, the United Women in Faith are collecting socks and underwear for the women and children who live at Paula’s House.  Please place your donations in the clothes basket in the fellowship hall.  Thank you for your generous support!
Annual Church Conference – Our annual church conference will be this Sunday, October 30 at 4 pm.  We will be hosting a number of other churches that day as they worship with DS Rev. LuAnn Rourke and then meet regarding the business of the church for 2023.
All Saint’s Sunday will be Nov 6 — Please let us know of your loved one who went on to their heavenly home within the last year (since All Saint’s Sunday last year).  Messages may be left at the church by phone (734-529-3535) or email (dundeeumc@gmail.com). Thank you for reaching out to help us honor the memory of your loved one.
Youth Group Fundraiser – The youth group is going to continue to collect bottles and cans to raise funds with a goal of giving back to our shut-ins with holiday baskets.  The donation bin is located outside of the youth room in the fellowship hall.  We would greatly appreciate your donation.  Thank you!

Swiss Steak Dinner!  The Swiss Steak Dinner will be held Saturday, November 12.  We’ll be serving from 4 pm to 7 pm, drive through only.  Sign-up sheets are in fellowship hall for ways you can help!  

Special Grief Share Program — Grieving?  Know someone who is?  When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants discover how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social events, how to find hope for the future.  Please join us for this encouraging seminar.   It will be held at our church on two different days and times to accommodate your schedule–Nov 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Nov 13 from 2 – 4 pm.

Advent Book Study Part 1 — Aimee Luck will be leading an Advent book study on Who Needs Christmas by Andy Stanley.  It will go for 4 weeks, beginning November 27 at 9 am.  Please RSVP with Aimee so we can have a book ready for you! 

Advent Book Study Part 2 — Pastor Brad is also going to be leading a study on Who Needs Christmas, but at a different day and time.  When would be best for you?  Please be thinking of a day and time (daytime or evening) that would work for you!  Sign-up sheets will be available in the fellowship hall to let him know your thoughts.

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