“The Associate’s Corner”
“A Lesson from My 4 Year Old Niece”
Years ago my eldest sister came up to me and told me a story that really got me thinking. She said the older of my two nieces (they’re sisters) said her dad’s grandfather had just passed away and was now in heaven with God. The amazing part (at least to me) is that my niece claimed that the deer was also in heaven along with her dad’s grandfather. Maybe it’s the seminary student in me but that had me in complete awe.
I asked my niece about the story and she repeated everything my sister had said word for word. I’ll never forget the conviction on her face. She believed that she had an answer to a question that even the most trained seminary student or professional theologian had struggled with even now.
Okay… I know she’s was only 4 years old at that time but how she came up with these ideas could have come from a wide variety places. I’m not claiming she’s the next Dali Lama or St. Augustine. I also know many of you can claim stories much similar to my own but her conviction is what amazed me.
Matthew 18: 3-5 quotes Jesus when states that unless a person changes and becomes like a child that person may never enter the kingdom of heaven. Mark 10:15 basically tells the reader the same story. When Christ speaks of “children” he is not speaking of a faith lead by an intuitive (blind) belief but instead speaks about humbling oneself to the levels of those caught on the fringes of society such as the poor, sick, the “different”, or dying. Only when a person can walk or somehow understand the conditions of these individual can they enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus uses the example of children because children were seen as the lowest class of people within the Roman Empire mostly if they were not a Roman citizen.
Maybe because my niece is young and was “only a 4 year old” but maybe that is why she spoke confidently without shame, regret, or worry or being wrong. Too often times Christians are too concerned about their own lives or their social status, whether in the church or outside of it, to fully share the message of the Lord. This might even lead to others to doubt their own faith in God. Until we can see the desperation of the needs around us, until we can walk in the shoes of others instead of thinking about ourselves, and until we can be like a child we cannot fully understand the power of God’s message.
Thank you to my little niece for this note. Now I’ll ask her what she thinks about Trinity and
what does it mean to be three in one … uhhhhhh … maybe not.
Pastor Yeng Yang
ATTENTION FENNIMORE FOLKS!
A friendly reminder that Worship Times have will be changing on Sunday, September 8th! Worship will be going back to 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, and 6:30 PM. See you there!
Fennimore UMW News:
Shades of Gold
So many shades of gold…. Autumn
Another miracle we take for granted
Another expression of the artist’s vision
The blending of the autumn hues
with the setting sun
Thank you for autumn, Lord.
– Author Unknown
Happy Fall Everyone!
It was a gorgeous fall evening for the UMW Quarterly Meeting on September 25th. Apple Crisp, Cheese and Crackers and Snacks were served. Plans were made for the Annual Holiday Potluck on December 4th . A brief business meeting was held discussing yearly donations, and ended in a devotion and discussion.
HELP IS NEEDED!
The Creation Team — is looking for more helpers to join in. They meet the third Monday(1 PM) and Tuesday(9 AM) of the month here at the church, where they make and tie covers. These are not quilts, no intricate patterns, just blocks. No quilting skill are needed, we tie them with yarn. Easy!
Some covers are sold here and our money is given to different missions/charities. Also, we send some to Social Services during the holidays and we always have a stash of a few for those in dire need, such as, in the case of a fire or shelter need.
PLEASE consider helping a few hours a month to keep this mission going. Please contact Joann Schrader if you would like to join in.
Depot Exchange — Volunteers work on the second Monday of the month from either 9:30 – 11:30 or 2:00 – 4:00 . Please come and join in one of the UMW’s and FUMC’s favorite mission. Audrey is the contact person if you need info.
Keep the Date — Wednesday December 4th at 6:00 PM for our Annual Potluck dinner and
meeting. We assemble the Cheer Plates for members over a certain age and our Church Staff.
Kim Cathman 822-3196
Judy Nelson 822-3355
Lori Budzinski 822-6727
Audrey Doan 822-6527
God created the heavens and the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars. He made the sky, the land, and the animals. And God made YOU!
Our kids have started the year way back to the beginning with the story of Creation. They have also been busy learning about Adam and Eve and Noah and the Ark! Our memory verse this month came from Genesis 1:31 – God saw all that he had made, it was supremely good.
Something new we will be doing this year is our “Spotlight Bulletin Board”, which will be
located near the restrooms by the lobby. Each month we will feature one of our classrooms so you can get to know all the students! This month we will feature our Tot’s Turf group!
Planning for Halloween Hoopla is also underway! This year it will be held on Sunday, October 27th from Noon to 1:30 PM. We will have trunk or treating, cookie decorating, food, games and more! Fun for ALL ages! Come on out and join us!
Last year, our students took a day and packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We will be doing this again on Sunday, November 10 during Christian Education.
Finally, we will be hosting a movie night on Saturday November 16th in the large group CE area. Watch for more details on this closer to the date!
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!