February 12, 2020

Grace and Peace in the name of Jesus Christ!

Cindy and I want to thank you for all the thoughts and prayers during my recuperation. We appreciate the checking in calls, the cards, and contributions of food and snacks.

I praise God for the healing that is currently taken place. I am walking with the use of a walker. Able to stand on each leg and able to exercise, all without pain! To God be the glory! I have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Wong on Wednesday, February 19th, and hopefully at that time will be able to have the leg splint taken off so I can begin to rehab the knee. Please pray that healing of the tendon occurs to the glory of God!

I plan on being back in the pulpit on Sunday, February 23rd (Lord willing).  If you have a pastoral need, please contact me. I have arranged for pastoral coverage as needed.

This Sunday, Rev. Tim Willcox, Associate Pastor, Kilearn UMC will provide the message. The Worship Service will be held in the Historic Sanctuary. 

UPCOMING EVENTS/SERVICES:

Valentines Dinner: this Saturday, February 15th at 6 PM.

Cost is $20 per person and will be catered by The Seineyard Seafood Restaurant.

Checks should be made payable to UMM (not the church). Cash also accepted.

World of Music: A Piano Recital

Sunday, February 23rd at 4 PM – Chaires United Methodist Church – Free Recital

Our very own, Johnny Shaw IV and Dr. Leonidas (Andy) Lagrimas will present a program that showcases the richness of the piano literature from composers around the world, from various periods of musical history. Featuring solo and duet works by Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, Poulenc, Ravel, and more!

Admission is “Free” and the program is suitable for all ages. A love offering will be accepted.

Ash Wednesday Service:

The Season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26th. An Ash Wednesday Service will be held in the Historic Sanctuary at 6 PM.

Lenten Bible Study – Books will be available for purchase this Sunday (see Susan Capelouto)

The Lenten Study this year is by Rev. Adam Hamilton, “Final Words from the Cross.” This is a 6-week study. Cost of the book is $9.

Women’s Bible Study starts on Tuesday, March 3rd from 10 AM to Noon

Pastor’s Bible Study starts on Wednesday, March 4th from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM

WORSHIP SERVICES LIVE-STREAMED:

If you are unable to attend Worship on Sunday morning at 10 AM, we do live-stream our worship services. We continue to experience technical difficulties with the live-stream buffering (start/stop). Following Worship, Rick Davies is posting the service on the web site (www.ChairesUMC.com) and Facebook without the buffering.

You can financially support the ministries of Chaires United Methodist by giving on-line at our web page at www.ChairesUMC.com

This is a secure place to donate.

Please remember to honor your financial commitment to the local church through your tithe and offering.

DEVOTION“Love Your Neighbor”

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” Leviticus 19:18

Love didn’t begin in the New testament. The ethical teachings about loving one’s neighbor began in Leviticus – the heart of the Mosaic Law. So central was the command to love one’s neighbor as oneself that is it quoted seven times in the New Testament; four times in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, by Jesus; twice by Paul (Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14) and once by James (James 2:8). Jewish religious teachers thought the command to lone one’s neighbor implied hating one’s enemy. But Jesus corrected that misinterpretation of Leviticus, saying we are love both neighbors and enemies (Matthew 5:43-44).

Hopefully, you don’t have enemies. But everyone has neighbors in one form or another. And we are to love both – enemies and neighbors – as we love ourselves. Do we spend money on ourselves? Do we go out of our way for ourselves? Do we treat ourselves with kindness? That’s how we are to love others.

Look around today. If you see a neighbor or “enemy,” take the love-leap and do for them what you would do for yourself.

“In Jesus and for Him, enemies and friends alike are to be loved.” Thomas a Kempis

Prayer:   Gracious and loving God, you loved us so much that you sent Your only Son, Jesus to sacrifice His life or ours. Through the cross, You showed your love for us, all of us, friend or foe, neighbor or enemy. Enable us O God to exhibit that love toward others. Remind us that loving others is an extension of loving ourselves. Precious Lord, write on the tablet of our hearts the words of Jesus Christ when asked what is the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor (including enemies) as yourself. We ask this in the blessed name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Rev. Zig Bays

Senior Pastor

Chaires United Methodist Church

9243 Parkhill Rd.

Tallahassee, FL 32317

Phone: 850 219 9361

Cell: 239.450.0765

Google Voice: 850 692 8563

Email: pastorzig@gmail.com

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 CEB)