Dec 22 2014

Kudzu Life: Can You Help our NGUMC Portugal Bridge?


  

Rev. Everhart’s original message:
We have been given a new opportunity today. Bishop Sifredo has asked our help in funding a new church start by contributing to the salary of the new pastor, Marcelo Fonseca. Marcelo was trained last May here at our License to Preach School. He is ready to serve and has already committed himself. To support him and to pay for the rent we need $25,000 right now (by February) to take to Portugal. Alone this is a huge amount of money but if each church in the Atlanta Emory District would send a check for $500.00 from their Mission Funds we would have $22,500.00. I will ask the Annual Conference to come up with the difference for this first year. ONLY $ 500.00 is all I’m asking. Do you have $500 left in your budget? Please check with your leaders and if they agree to be a part of planting a church in Portugal please send a check to the District Office ASAP marked for Church Plant Portugal.  I will count you as one of the 50 churches on the Bridge to Portugal and you will have a part in bringing good news of great joy to all people.
I know I’m asking a lot with our Fair Share Mission Asking, our District Work Fund and your benefits but please see if you cannot find $500 to contribute ASAP before 2014 is closed. I’m willing to receive your gift in January as well, beggars are not choosy.
Grace and peace,
Teresa Lilja
Administrative Assistant
The Atlanta Emory District
5161 Brook Hollow Parkway, Suite 210
Norcross, GA  30071
770.446.7506 – Office

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Dec 22 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Year B – Christmas Eve or Blessed Body Eve
December 24, 2014
We can say whatever we like about days gone by. Who’s going to disprove us. “History is recorded by the victors/winners/conquerors/survivors.” (attributed to Winston Churchill, but of unknown origin and questionable regarding history written by the oppressed and losers such as the US regarding Viet Nam).
The whole “decree” thing is Luke’s story. While he is sticking to it, we don’t have to.
But it is a marvelous story that has held the imagination of many through the generations. This story could have been told many different ways (and was by Matthew). What is at stake this eve-ning is what we are pondering in our hearts.
What is the latest small and everyday but remarkable moment you have had. There are stories going around about people paying it forward at McDonald’s and various lay-away outlets so when a customer comes they find the bill already paid. If you were to be on the receiving end of such an action and try to record its significance, would you begin to think of our political or economic system and the trials it puts on people of having much or little?
Would you bring the least into this story of unexpected gift? Are those in need watching what you will bring forth from your gift? Is it for you alone or does it put an obligation upon you? How would you record your pondering your own life experience?
Perhaps you would end with the least receiving as much as you and they go on their way with a song in their heart for hope revived?
Your pondering is significant, share it.

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Dec 22 2014

Holli Long: Zoo Lights and Dark Shots

Lugged the old Rebel along last night for our trip to the zoo to see the Holiday Magic lights.  After a near catastrophe on a recent family outing, (aka…dropping my good camera at the aquarium) I made a new rule […]

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Dec 22 2014

Laurie Haller: When Charity Becomes Unnecessary

“My thoughts of Hmmmm…suddenly transform to hum…humb…humbled! What must the thought process be of this generous mom when posed with the question, ‘Is there room?’ She is faced with children obviously neglected and chooses to take them in. She is … Continue reading

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Dec 22 2014

Making Disciples in an Emerging Culture: The Work of Christmas – Howard Thurman

The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman Graphics by Heather Peck When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins. To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry To release the prisoner, […]

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Dec 22 2014

Kudzu Life: Christmas Celebrations with Philippines United Methodists

Here are photos from various United Methodists churches in the Manila area of the Philippines where Rudy Juan is the residing bishop.

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