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The Associate’s Corner”

Pastor Yang

Why Christians Need Church

Sometimes going to church on Sundays can be a drag even to the most dedicated
members. At times it may feel as though the congregation is just repeating the same things but on a different week. If a congregation is just repeating itself week after week – then what’s the use of church? Couldn’t a person just sit at home and listen to some televangelist and get the same thing? Can’t a person just be a Christian by themselves?

The short and sweet answer is “No”.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 31 that Christians have responsibilities and functions as part of the Body of Christ. Each of us serves a function and a God given purpose within in the church whether it be in mission, devotion, fellowship, teaching, preaching, or just moral support – we depend on each
other to support and make strong the Body of Christ. There is no “I” in church community as Paul points out in verse 19….”If all were a single member, where would the body be?” (NSRV).

Notice that the examples given in the first paragraph asked questions from a singular or a personal point of view. There was no “Us” or “We” there was only “I” and “Me”. We should never enter a church thinking – “What can the church do for me?” – but instead we should be asking –  “What can I do for the God and the church?”. Many times the reason why church seems boring and repetitive is because the lack of imagination and the inability of the congregation to change or try new things. Once a community starts to ask “What can we do for you?” – instead of “what can you do for me?” – the dynamics of worship and the meaning of Sunday changes as well.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” – Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

Being a Christian is not an individual thing it’s a communal and shared experience.
Worship should not be static but should also change as we grow in our faith and understanding of God in our lives. With this church will have more meaning and the community overall will be more fruitful and lively.

Amen!

Deepest Sympathy

We extend our Deepest Christian Sympathy to the families of:

Lilly Bierman & Steve Becker

Fennimore UMW News:

No Foolin’ … Spring is finally here! 
Happy April, everyone!

The March Birthday Party and Bingo went well last month at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing. Thank you to all the ladies who helped.  The residents appreciated your smiling faces and the treat!

I hope you were able to attend our first Quarterly Meeting on March 28th.  It was good to be
together for fellowship.  It’s been a long time since our potluck Christmas meeting in early
December.  Our next Quarterly Meeting is the last Wednesday in June.  Hope you can make it.   

Volunteers and Bakers Needed!

April holds something new for us.  The UMW and the church Youth are combining forces and providing a food stand for John Draggs’ auction on April 13th.     

 John has sold his farm and will be moving to Arkansas to be near his children.  We will surely miss him, but know the importance of being with family. Many blessings John. 

That being said, we need volunteers to help that day and also are asking the ladies of the church to make desserts for the sale. We need Brownies, Rice Krispie Treats, Bars or Cookies. 

We will be prepping for the sale on Friday, April 12th at the church and if you could bring them there, we will wrap them individually to take the next day. (your pans will not go to the sale).  If you can help, please put your name on a sign up sheet we will have on the UMW bulletin board near the fellowship hall or call one of the UMW officers.  

If you can help the day of the sale please sign up as well or call one of the UMW officers:
   

UMW Officers
Kim Cathman 822-3196

Judy Nelson 822-3355

Lori Budzinski 822-6727

Audrey Doan 822-6527  

Save the Date!
Calling all aprons!

Dig out your moms apron! 

The Mother Daughter Banquet is Saturday evening, May 11. Tickets will be for sale on the three Sundays before, April 21st, 28th  and May 5th. Cut off day is May 5th. Our theme centers around “Mom’s Apron” and we do have a short program with a speaker, Tracey Atkinson from BMZ. The menu is being finalized and we will let you know soon. I think there is Apple something involved!?!?  

Enjoy this wonderful weather.   
A kind word is like a spring day.

BIDS

As you may already know, we are building a garage at Fennimore United Methodist Church! We will be starting as soon as the weather improves a bit.

But first, we need to sell our current storage shed. We will be accepting bids through April 10. The shed dimensions are 12’ x 10’.

If you would like to place a bid, please contact Joe Grimme (608) 485-0196 or stop into H and N.

Christian Education

Our Christian Education Main Area is need of a little “spruce up” this spring.  The back wall is in need of a new coat of paint and we thought it would be fun for the kids if a mural or some type of Christian artwork was painted on it.  If you are interested in doing this or submitting an idea, please contact Holly Straka at (608) 778-2999 or via email, hollymstraka@gmail.com.

Searching For Truth

Looking for something to do while your children are in Sunday School (Fennimore United Methodist Church)?  Wanting a closer relationship with Jesus?  Or looking for how God’s word pertains to your life today?  Join us on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 AM.  We will be using the Upper Room Devotional Book to guide our discussion to start.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Glen Klais at (608) 778-4953 or Christine Klais (608) 822-5578 (Text or Call).

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!
kvolz324@gmail.com
319-325-7343

You’re invited to join us this Easter!

Everyone is welcome here!

Easter Services and Events:

6:30 AM: Sunrise Worship (F) Hosted By Youth
7:00 AM: Sunrise Breakfast (F) Hosted By Youth

8:00 AM: Worship (F)
10:00 AM: Worship (S)
10:30 AM: Worship (F)
6:30 PM: Sunday Evening Worship (F)

(F) Fennimore
(S) Stitzer

 

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