5th Sunday of Easter | Confirmation Sunday
Just these lines, my friends …
… to say that it was a glorious Mother’s Day at Matthews United Methodist (MUMC). A special thank you for all our volunteers who make every Sunday morning happen. Thank you! Thank you! You can view our Mother’s Day worship and sermon, The People in Your Balcony, by clicking here.
And thank you, MUMC, for stepping forward to fill the need to serve as a part of our Music and Arts Camp this summer. In my sermon, you heard me speak of our need for 6 adult volunteers to serve or we would be forced to cancel our camp because of Safe Sanctuary requirements we have for safe environments regarding all our children. People of MUMC, you blew me away with 19 persons saying you wanted to be balcony people for our campers! After such a wonderful show of support for our Music and Arts Camp in June, we are so in hope that God’s people called Matthews will do the same for our other camps this summer, including the many different opportunities to serve at our Vacation Bible School July 25-29. Click here for details.
Coming Together, Following Jesus, Changing Lives
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch my devotional for the week, titled “You Just Never Know.”
Our Path Forward: The Future of The United Methodist Church
Our bishop, Ken Carter, has offered the following encouraging word for what it means to be United Methodist:
“The United Methodist Church is founded on a Wesleyan theology of grace, anchored in Scripture, and based in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the continuing movement of the Holy Spirit. I see this reality in your lives and ministries, even in a complex time where we are coming through a pandemic, living in a time of deep polarization, reckoning with the sins of racism and exclusion, and seeking at the same time to renew the church and be sustained in our own lives and leadership.
The presence of the living Jesus is with us. All that is taking place is not an interruption to our becoming more faithful disciples and inviting new persons into discipleship. This season is the soil (Mark 4) in which God has planted us, to be mature, generous, and warm-hearted followers of Jesus, in the United Methodist connection. Our calling is to #BeUMC.”
Thank you, bishop.
We have an opportunity coming up on Sunday morning, June 5 at 9:30 and 10:45 in The Commons. Rev. Amy Coles, our bishop’s assistant, will share information concerning the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace, postponement of the 2022 UMC General Conference, and what this means for The United Methodist Church. Review info here and read our FAQ here. Please call the Church Office or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit additional questions in advance.
This Sunday in Worship
We invite you to join us this Sunday in person or online at 8:15 am (traditional – in person only), 9:30 am (contemporary), 11:00 am (traditional) or 12:30 (Spanish – in person only).
Our Spanish-speaking CCH community will gather for worship with Pastor Roldan preaching a sermon titled, Be Careful with the First Impression from Genesis 28:15.
This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday 2022. This is another opportunity for the balcony people of MUMC to demonstrate we are a balcony church. We have a wonderful group of young people who have been preparing for nearly a year for this day when they will profess their faith in Jesus Christ, be baptized, and join the church. My sermon is titled, Good Things Happen When You Share Your Lunch from John 6:1-14.
For an insightful, humorous explanation of confirmation, Chuck Knows Church, produced by The United Methodist Church, please click here.
I hope you will be sure to consider inviting someone to church with you. Your guest/s will be moved deeply by what they experience of our Confirmands professing their faith.
And now, as always, during these strange, uncertain, but hopeful days, remember … God does God’s best work in moments like this.
A blessed Eastertide to you and yours,
Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II
Did you know that CCH offers a teaching time for children during Spanish-speaking worship service at 12:30 pm?
Did you know that 42 Melody Makers sang for Vespers Worship at Matthews Glen (old campus) this past Sunday afternoon, May 1?
Did you know that kids attending Family Worship on Sunday enjoyed creating their own unique flower bouquet for the special women in their lives?
Did you know that the United Women in Faith (UWF) raised over $1000 to support educational scholarships for girls/women of our church? Thanks to all who baked, set up, tore down and helped with this community bake sale.
Did you know over 125 people dropped by last Saturday to enjoy breakfast and baked goods at our Community Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale? Proceeds went to local missions as well as local scholarships. It was such joy to see so many families, young and old, back again in the Commons.