May 27, 2020
Greeting in the name of our Jesus Christ!
5th SUNDAY – FLORIDA CHILDREN’S HOME OFFERING
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday and as is our custom on 5th Sunday’s we make a special gift (above our tithe) to assist with the financial needs of the Florida Children’s Home and Madison Youth Ranch. Please prayerfully consider your financial gift as well as continued prayer for the children and staff of the Florida Children’s Home and Madison Youth Ranch.
PLANS FOR RE-OPENING PUBLIC WORSHIP
We are not to hold any public worship through June 15, 2020. We are to continue to provide online Worship Services.At the present time we have not been informed if we can hold public (corporate) worship after June 15th. In preparation the Task Force (Rick, Paula, Gordon, Virgil, Marty, Susan, and Pastor Zig) have met to establish protocols for when we we open to comply with CDC guidelines and recommendations from The United Methodist Church and the Florida Annual Conference.These protocols are based on our Wesleyan beliefs to “Do No Harm,” and to “Love our Neighbors.”
Here are some of the key items: Wear a face covering from the time you enter to the time you leave. Sanitize your hands when you enter and leave the building. Maintain social distancing except with those that live with you. Wait at the door until an usher escorts you to your seat. Wait to be dismissed by groups or individually at the conclusion of the worship service. Continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet after exiting. A detailed protocol list will be published on our church web site and on our Facebook page. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL – Sunday morning at 9 AM (via telephone)
The Adult Sunday School class meets via telephone at 9 AM. If you need a devotional book, please contact the Church Office. To participate in this Sunday school simply call in: Phone number is: 508-924-1895
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: 10 AM – STREAMED
This service will be streamed from the Chaires United Methodist Facebook page at 10 AM and posted later at our church website: www.ChairesUMC.com If you know someone who does not have Facebook, please call them on a phone with a speaker and let them listen to the service with you as you watch. Please pray that God blesses us again with no streaming issues.
SUMMER IN THE SCRIPTURE:
Bishop Ken Carter invites you to join him for a Summer in the Scriptures as we journey through the Gospels!
Starting June 1, we’ll read a chapter each day, beginning with the book of Matthew. Then, join the “Summer in the Scriptures” Facebook group to share your insights and gain inspiration with pastors and laypeople from across Florida.
Connect today at facebook.com/groups/GospelSummer for video content, podcasts, and daily support for deepening in the mind, heart, and life of Jesus. You don’t need a Facebook account to participate in the reading plan, but you will need one to access the discussion or some of the related content.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS:
(Even though we do not meet together corporately, we as a church need your financial support)
Your continued faithfulness is appreciated & needed to support the local church and our ministries through your financial giving (tithes & offerings). Please remember to mail in your tithes and offerings to the church. You can also give securely online at www.ChairesUMC.comThanks to those who have sent in your contributions this past week. May God richly bless you for your faithfulness!
Please keep the church informed of your prayer needs and other needs.
To connect to the church you can send in a request to the following:
- Email: ChairesUnitedMethodist@gmail.com
- Church Secretary: SecretaryChairesUMC@gmail.com
- Care Ministries: Maggie Hall email@example.com
- Pastor Zig: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to pray for one another and to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit to reach out by phone to one another.
Devotional for Today:
What Jacob Asked
“Jacob asked, saying, ‘Tell me Your name, I pray.’ And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?’ And He blessed him there.” Genesis 32:29
Jacob was a scoundrel, family divider, and liar. But one night, he was ambushed by a Stranger who wrestled with him all night. The Stranger finally touched Jacob’s hip, causing it to come out of joint. The pain must have been incredible, yet Jacob wouldn’t give up. Somehow by then he knew he was wrestling with God. “Tell me Your name?” he cried. The Stranger said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed Jacob.
What a strange story!
Jacob’s question implied he knew he had to change and that only the God of heaven could really change him. He wouldn’t let go of God until the change came. God literally wrestled him into submission, faith, and obedience. From that time on Jacob walked with a limp, but he walked by faith. The Lord is able to subdue the part of us that resists Him. Seek out His Name, don’t let go of Him and let Him change you and bless you.
“When God calls you to wrestle with him in prayer, it is an invitation to receive his blessing….Do not let him go until he blesses you! Jon Bloom
Prayer: God of the ages! As you wrestled with Jacob, you also wrestle with us. Enable us to hold on so that we don’t let go until you have blessed us! May our life be changed by our relationship with you, just as Jacob was changed in heart and retained a visible limp as a reminder of your blessing. Search our hearts O Lord, empower us today to be a witness of your love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
Rev. Zig Bays, Senior Pastor, Chaires United Methodist Church
9243 Parkhill Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32317
Church Phone: 850 219 9361
Pastor’s Cell: 239.450.0765
Google Voice: 850 692 8563
Pastor’s Email: email@example.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)