Pastoral Message on Giving

Pastoral Message on Giving

Russell Goodman12:40 PM (53 minutes ago)to Russell, bcc: me Dear Calvary Family: You’ve never heard me give a sermon about tithes and offerings, and I had dearly hoped not to have to bring the subject is up, but the virus has done more than cancel our assembly together; it has seriously hampered our contributions to the upkeep of the church building and our portions that go to the conference for ministry. And, yes, it affects salaries of the on-staff personnel at the church.So, I urge you to continue giving. Of course, it entails another step: putting what you used to place in the plate in the mail, but snailmail will be gratefully received at the church office.  Also, I am working on having a “Donate” button placed on the church Facebook and website pages. This would allow anyone to easily make a contribution that would go straight to the church’s bank account. But until that is operable (at least for those who would like that option), please mail your checks to the church, so Rayna can deposit them in the bank. It’s true that we are the church, not the building. But the edifice that has housed so many memories for so many of us needs to be maintained and protected. I know you want to ensure that is done. Thanks so much. On another matter, I know it is the wish of so many — and count me among them — that we can gather in church on Easter Sunday, but I seriously doubt that that will be possible. it has been suggested that we do “parking lot church” in which folks sit in their vehicles in the church lot and listen to the Easter Sunday sermon on their radio. That is doable with a special transmitter that the church would need to purchase. I have some information on that. If anyone would like to be the tech person who spearheads the purchase and installation of that equipment, please contact me as soon as possible at the phone number below. At the very least, we can do “parking lot” communion. I had proposed “digital communion”, if you will, in which I would bless the elements during the Easter Sunday Facebook Live presentation, but the conference, for the time being, has forbidden that. I regret that because I think times like these call for creative ways to worship. If one can watch and listen to a minister preach, pray and read the Bible on TV, why can’t we do communion that way, assuming yo have the elements at your fingertips? In any event, I am working on a way to bless and serve the Lord’s Meal elements in our parking lot on Easter Sunday for those who care to share it that way. More on that later. In the meantime, please tune in Sunday at 10:15 a.m. to hear Jordan Carey play beautiful music and me sermonizing not so beautifully on the topic of “Recalculating.” We will be on the Calvary UMC Lemoyne Facebook page, but as I understand it, you do not need a Facebook account to watch the video; it should be available to the public. By the way, there are a number of great reasons to tune in to...

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Christ is Born!

Hurry to Bethlehem! A Savior is Born! Join Calvary UMC for a special Christmas Eve service, featuring prayer, inspired readings and music — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Bless your Christmas and . . . hurry to Bethlehem!

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Donate to our Ministry

Calvary Lemoyne UMC invites you to become a part of our mission to serve the neediest in our community and to engage in worldwide ministry. Help us in our mission to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Mail checks to: Calvary Lemoyne UMC 700 Market St, Lemoyne, PA 17043 Online donation options coming soon!

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Pastor’s Page

Pastor’s Page

  Starting Over Redux About this time last year, the Rev. Dr. Lew Parks wrote in these pages about the challenge of either “dawdling in a memory or heading out for a new experience.” His ruminations were prompted by a re-reading of Ezra and Nehemiah, which told of the return of the Jews to Jerusalem from their Babylonian exile. Pastor Lew mused about the choices the returnees had when they found that their city and temple, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar’s army, remained in ruins after so many years: they could break down and cry; grumble and wish they didn’t have to deal with the difficult task of rebuilding, or ask their enemies for help. None of the options were palatable. Instead, they prayed to the God whom they had once turned their backs on and set about starting over. The story of the returning Israelites is our story today, Pastor Lew wrote. Over and over we must find a way to begin anew in life because life is not static but evolving. Change, pleasant or otherwise, is constant, and we must adapt. And we at Calvary find ourselves in that position today: we are changing shepherds of the flock once again. I say “we” because I feel blessed to be part of the Calvary family, but I’m acutely aware that the change is difficult for some. Let’s set about starting over, together. As it happens, there’s a similarity between Pastor Lew’s comments and my first sermon at Calvary, “We’re Doing a New Thing”, which also deals in part with the exiles’ liberation from Babylonian captivity and return to their homeland. My take, however, deals not with the daunting task of rebuilding a city but with the comforting news that God goes with us and prepares our way. The Israelites were leaving a terrible setback, and protected by God, they were proceeding to a bright future. Our story today, Calvary, is not one of calamity but of uncertainty due to attrition in recent years in our numbers. If I can steal a line from Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come. But it’s a bright one, church, because we’re doing a new thing. One final word about Pastor Lew: I am indebted to him for his graciousness. He has helped and advised me tremendously during this transition. Somebody once said folks don’t have to be nice, and when they are, they don’t have to be nice to you. Pastor Lew has been unbelievably nice to me, and I will be forever grateful. Pastor Russell Thanks to All Who Came To Welcome Pastor Russell To...

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Home Page

THIS SUNDAY’S MESSAGE: YOU GAVE GOD WHAT? JOIN US 10:15 A.M. EACH SUNDAY FOR INSPIRED WORSHIP Calvary United Methodist Church 700 Market St, Lemoyne, PA. EMAIL: CALVARYUMCLEMOYNE@VERIZON.NET   THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WELCOME PASTOR RUSSELL GOODMAN INTO CALVARY’S PULPIT: JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION...

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