Weekly Word From The Pastor
God’s Soft Spot
God’s heart is so immeasurable and bursting with love for all. While we may not feel it every day, God loves each of us as if we were the only one to love. Absorb that powerful truth for a few moments!
Now having said that, the scripture consistently gives witness to God’s soft spot for the poor and vulnerable. This Sunday’s scripture lesson includes a verse that reminds us of the Messiah’s predisposition to care for the poor. “He’ll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on the earth’s poor with justice” (Isaiah 11:4, The Message).
Jesus embraced his pre-announced mission on earth by announcing in his hometown synagogue, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19, NIV).
I know you already make the connection between God’s soft spot for the poor and our various mission projects. Christ-like love is the motive and source for all our acts of mercy, locally and globally.
I am glad to be part of a church that has a long tradition of ministering to the vulnerable in various acts of mercy that are carried out year-round, but seem to intensify during the holidays. I have watched as you have responded in recent weeks with over 600 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and yet uncounted four-pound bags of sugar.
We are approaching deadlines for several other opportunities to be extensions of Christ’s love to the poor and vulnerable. The Angel Tree is in the office vestibule containing the needs for two-dozen children. The children’s musical next Wednesday will present an opportunity to bring gently used shoes, which will be distributed by an international ministry called, “Soles4Souls.” The United Methodist Women are collecting Linus Blankets for distribution at the Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Remember, with each gift you are warming God’s heart as Christlike mercy and justice flow.
Please stop by the office and pick an angel from our Christmas Tree. The gifts will be delivered to DFACS on December 12.
Prime Time Christmas Dinner
December 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Make your reservations by 2 p.m. on the Monday before the dinner.
A PUMC Member In The Hospital?
We need your assistance. If you know of a PUMC member who is in the hospital, please notify the church office at 987-1852.
If you are unwillingly absent, or if you have a loved one who is unwillingly absent, you are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper at home on Communion Sundays. To make plans to do so, please call Rev. Roland Fall at the church office (987-1852) and he will make all of the arrangements.
The Church at Worship
9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
The Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra present
"Let the Whole World Sing"
Greeters for November
9:00 - Evangelism Committee
11:00 - Evangelism Committee
The Missions Committee wants you to be in the know about the mission work of PUMC.
Your Missions Committee is very busy and needs your help. We always need your prayers as well. If you are interested in helping with any of our projects, please contact Linda Mason @ 478-997-1582 or email@example.com.