“The Associate’s Corner”
“A Difference in Point of View”
A few weeks ago Pastor Bud had asked me to move the pizzas inside the church refrigerator to the freezer. My head looked up as I thought to myself – “I already did that this morning.” I told Pastor Bud that I had already done that and after a short pause he advised me to look again.
I went into the church’s kitchen half confused but overly confident that I had done the job already. My confidence grew as I opened the refrigerator door and as my eyes scanned the cold metal storage my eyes suddenly noticed another level. As I looked above there I saw 2-3 pizzas stacked upon each other on the highest shelf. This shelf was so tall that it actually was taller than I was or at least was taller then my regular plain of sight. I had moved every pizza below that shelf but missed the top ones not because I wasn’t looking but because my sight missed the top shelf
because of line of sight. As for Pastor Bud, who is taller than me, saw the pizzas without issue. I laughed foolishly as I put the final pizzas where the others were waiting.
It’s funny how a few inches can make a person notice something that another person doesn’t because of height and line of sight. This is true not only when talking about eyesight but also life in general as well. Often times we miss or even dismiss what a person is saying because of how we see the world that we never take the time to consider walking in their shows or in my case looking a little taller or wider or even further then we’re used to.
After Jesus and his family moved by from Egypt I would imagine that most if not all the people that lived around Jesus’ family were probably Jewish just like Jesus. They all believed in the same God and grew up in the same culture and traditions. As Jesus began his journey as The Messiah to the people others grew weary of him to the point where Jesus was basically chased out from his own hometown. Only if Nazareth had listened to Jesus the way many other Jews and Gentiles would listen to Jesus later in his ministry maybe Jesus would have had to leave his home.
In a world where debating and disagreement seems to be a part of everyday life sometimes it’s better and eventually easier to step back and listen to the other side. Often times just listening is taken as a sign of agreeing with others but that’s far from the truth. Listening and understanding are two traits that tells the other person that you care about them but also are willing to give them time to be heard. This may be difficult especially if the other person or group has caused you or others harm but listening and understanding can also give you insight to why these people acted in such ways and what influences they had before that allowed them to do such harm in the first place.
God never called us to like everyone that we meet but did call upon believers to love others as themselves. For instance there were many tax collectors who did mistreat others through their authority but Jesus treated them with kindness and in return the tax collectors such as Zacchaeus were changed. We must also do the same not to change one’s mind but so that we can better understand others and so that others may hopefully come to have a better
understand others. It’s not something that is easy or something we like to do but it’s not impossible especially if we see others not as our enemies but more as our brother and sisters in Christ.
Fennimore UMW News:
March is the third month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. March’s birth flower is Daffodil.
A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial —
We Rise: Meeting God’s Call to Transform
Communities: 2020 A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial
This annual observance gives local and district units a chance to study and reflect on a particular theme each year and to designate funds for ministries related to the theme for the year.
We have put this mission information and giving envelopes on the bulletin board. Please check out the UMW website for more information.
Help! Creation Team – our mission of sewing and tying covers for sale and for giving to Social Services to those in need is now in need itself. Please consider using your talents to help. No fancy quilting, just basic sewing and for those that do not sew, just an extra hand to help out, is badly needed. The team usually meets just once a month. It’s a fellowship of ladies that serve with love, please call if you wish to help out. We’d love to see new faces!
Please call Kim Cathman 822-3196.
Date Change! Our next Quarterly Meeting is set for TUESDAY MARCH 24TH AT 6:30 PM AT THE CHURCH. This change is due to Lent. Come and join in the fellowship!
Thursday, March 19 brings the March Equinox marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. On this day, the Sun stands directly over Earth’s equator.
March’s Full Moon, often called the full Worm Moon, reaches peak fullness at 1:48 P.M. EDT on Monday, March 9.
Why a Worm Moon?… at this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring.
So there is hope, Spring is coming! Stay Strong!
May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness,
comes through your door.
God’s Blessing to all!
Stitzer UMW Announcement:
The Stitzer UMW will meet in the Church
Fellowship Hall on Thursday, March 12th at
7:00 PM. All women are invited!
Kim Cathman 822-3196
Judy Nelson 822-3355
Lori Budzinski 822-6727
Audrey Doan 822-6527
Vacation Bible School 2020 dates have been set!
Please join us for Knights of North Castle on Sunday, June 14 — Thursday, June 18. Watch for additional details to come!
Our Christian Education Team has started to prepare for Easter. Our curriculum will be focusing on the Lenten Season over the coming weeks!
Our Easter Program will be held on Sunday, April 5th at the 10:30 AM service. Please join us for “Building Easter”!
Searching For Truth
Seeking the Truth Adult Bible Study
Seeking the Truth; which meets in the Library on Sundays between
services will be starting a NEW bible study on Sunday, February 16 th
called Armour of God by Priscilla Schirer. All are welcome!
Please let us know as soon as possible so we can get your book
ordered. Questions? Please contact Glen or Christine Klais.
Youth Impact is going strong!
We meet on Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the FUMC Basement. Activities vary from week to week, but there is usually some combination of food, games, and spiritual-growth too. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Bring a friend!
Call or email Katie Volz-Oyen with any questions!