3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Just these lines, my friends …
… to say that I was heartbroken the weather got the best of us & forced the cancellation of the Martin Luther King community events this past weekend. I do hope you had the chance to hear our wonderful music, Howard Nussman and my message from two important scripture lessons from the Acts of the Apostles, Acts 15:1-11 and Acts 8:26-38. You can watch the worship services here.
We are so fortunate to be part of a community that is willing to talk about race in honest and faithful ways – ways that seek not to shame or dismiss, but ways that point us toward hopeful actions, redemptive paths, and faithful living.
On that same note, twice a year for six years now, we’ve been designing community forums on racial bridge-building. Matthews United Methodist will host our next one on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary, featuring Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry, President & Learning Community Director for Brownicity. Dr. Berry is an antiracism curriculum specialist, course designer and author of What LIES Between Us – Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing, a TEDx speaker, and a writer. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Iowa State University and her BA from South Carolina State University. Her subject for the forum: “If we don’t keep them in the dark, our kids will light up the world.” We are especially hoping this will be helpful for our community families with children. This event will be in-person in the MUMC Sanctuary and online by clicking here.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch my devotional for the week, titled “Two Notes.”
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).
In our Spanish-speaking CCH community, Pastor Roldan will be preaching from I Samuel 3:7-12 and his sermon title: The Fundamentals We Need Not Neglect.
In our morning Sanctuary services, my sermon is titled The Notorious Sinners and I hope you’ll join us as we examine three unusual and provocative stories from Luke 15.
And now, as always, during these strange, uncertain, and hopeful days of pandemic remember … God does God’s best work in moments like this.
It’s going to be a good year,
Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II
Did you know that the NEW Global Impact Newsletter shares a Year-In-Review for Missions and a look ahead to the February 2022 Global Impact Celebration? See how Matthews UMC serves Beyond the Walls at globalimpactmumc.org.
Did you know that Home2Home Ministries recently delivered 44 pieces of furniture to 3 families in Eastern NC? These families have waited 3 long years to receive their homes, and they are very grateful for the furnishings. Below are 2 of the families:
This family’s home in Council, NC was never repaired from Hurricane Florence. They had virtually no furniture and
just one bed that they sprayed every day for mold. Thanks to Home2Home, they now have new beds & other furniture to move into their new home.
The head of this family is elderly & disabled and is cared for by his niece. They live in Kelly, NC and need everything
when they receive their new mobile home. Home2Home has provided many items and look forward to sending more when the time comes.