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Upcoming Events in RISEM District

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE RISEM DISTRICT

  1. March 2nd [GIVING[[JESUS]]GENEROSITY] Resource Day at Osterville UMC, Osterville, Ma
  2. March 2nd and March 16th RISEM Lay Academy at Memorial UMC Taunton, Ma
  3. March 7th Courageous Conversation Meeting at Wesley UMC, Lincoln, RI 6:00 pm
  4. March 30th RISEM Clay Workshop on Committee Guidelines at Memorial UMC, Taunton, Ma
  5. May 18th Pre-Conference gathering-East Greenwich UMC 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  6. May 18th Transition Workshop for incoming pastors. East Greenwich UMC 11:30 am-1:00 pm

 

 
Remember to visit the RISEM District WEBSITE for all the latest updates!!! Go to www.neumc.org/risem

 

February “Devotion” discussion by D.S. Foster

February 2019 – Slow To Anger

Read Together:  “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”  Proverbs 14:29

Playing in and coaching Division 1 college football as a defensive lineman didn’t exactly give me a passive personality.  Every time the center would snap the ball to the quarterback, I was tin the middle of a major gang war!  If I didn’t move quickly and take the fight to the offensive lineman who was trying to demolish me, I would get run over by a stampede of wild horses.  I learned to fight and to fight hard. 

That was on the football field!

Off the football field was a different story.  Last year I spoke at a college event at the University of Colorado where I built a 14-foot cross in front of several hundred college students and shared with them God’s amazing gift of love and grace.  Hundreds responded to the invitation and gave their hearts to Christ. But one student was outraged!  As I leaned against the side wall of the theater, listening to the band play praise and worship music, he approached me in a fury.  He got in my face and called me every dirty word ever written on a bathroom wall!

Yeah, I probably could have taken him to the floor. Yeah, he probably deserved it. Yeah, something inside of me would have enjoyed making him eat his words.  Yeah, once upon a time, years ago, I probably would have taken issue with him.  But when I left football and grew up a little, I left it all on the field.  Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for them.”  Jesus said, “Be slow to anger.”  Jesus said, “Be patient with people.”  Jesus said, “Vengeance belongs to God.”  As the students’ stormed out of the theater, I prayed for him and still pray for him today, that someday our paths will cross again-hopefully in heaven when his anger will be calmed forever.

Discussion Starters:  Name three people who “provoke you to anger.”  Compare how you want to react with how you really react.  Compare your reaction to the way God wants you to react?  In reality, why is God’s way best?  Why is it best to be “slow to anger?”  What does today’s verse mean when it says those who are slow to anger have “great understanding?”  What do they understand?

Lifeline:  Ask God to give you the understanding needed to keep your anger in check.

Reflections

Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.

OFFERINGS OF MUSIC AND LIGHT 12/9/18

Here are some photographs taken by Susan Heilbron of the second of the three Sunday afternoon programs.  DSC_2941It all starts with tremendous planning by Lia Kahler, a member of the church Outreach committee.    IMG_9457The Bellimira group..played English Dance tunes. (photo by Sandy Moore)DSC_2993Ed Merck played bass recorder..Bach cello music.  Haunting..DSC_2963Jan Heyer, accompanied by Phil Dietterich, played a beautiful cello. DSC_2967DSC_2972Jesse Keller danced to a contemporary Silent Night  played on piano by Carol Loud.DSC_2997Phil Dietterich introduced his fabulous prelude by Buxtehude telling how Bach admired Buxtehude and walked 200 miles to visit him..And, after his performance called this..DSC_2995a “pretty nice box of whistles.”DSC_2951

and all along we had a happy audience.DSC_2974Kate Taylor and Dana Edelman brought down the house.DSC_2949

And Susan Klein read one of her stories that, in six minutes, told how her 4 year old self was taught the meaning of the universe by an “aunt” during an O.B. thunderstorm.  It was wonderful!DSC_3003In addition to being Master of Ceremonies, Lia sang an aria from Carmen her voice filling the sanctuary.

DSC_2958Finally, we heard the folk trio of Andy Goldman, Jack Cushman and Warren Doty.DSC_3009This program closed with candle light as did all…DSC_3025Thank you to all the performers this season who donated their talent.  And thank you to Claire Ganz,  Judy Mayhew and Emily Broderick who put on lavish receptions after the shows.

Rev. Steven Chambers 10/22/18

DSCF0198What a privilege it was to hear Rev. Steven Chambers this morning.  No one slept through that sermon!  It touched so many themes that we’ve discussed in the past year.  We  were really inspired.

Thanks to Lorna for bringing him to the island this summer for the Teen Camp Meeting and for Rev. Charlotte for inviting him to preach in Chilmark.  We enjoyed meeting his Mother, Sister and Niece , Hannah, who came all the way from R.I. this morning for the service.DSCF0201Another special blessing this day was the music Lia Kahler offered, her amazing voice filling the sanctuary with Spirit.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes at Rolling Ridge..

Has the change of seasons got you down?

Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?

Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?

Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?

Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes  on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.

Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.

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