Posted by: deercreekcharge | April 28, 2012

Others (Sunday, 29 April 2012)

Today is the 4th Sunday in the Church season of Easter. It is also sometimes called the “Good Shepherd” Sunday because on this Sunday each year, we read and study Scripture passages from John 10, where Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” Psalm 23 is also always one of the passages this week. Last year, we talked about the voice of God calling out to us and how the sheep know the voice of God when it calls. But this year, the verse that sticks out to me is John 10:16: “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

I began to wonder what this means; “I have other sheep that do not belong…there will be one flock.” I was curious about the word, “other.” Colloquially, in everyday English, “other” means “not me.” In this case, the original Greek that it was written in means, “a numerical difference; another of the same sort.” But what does this mean? Does this mean other Christians who believe just like me? Does this mean other Christians who might have some different beliefs? Does this mean anyone with a belief in a higher power? Does this mean people who have different political beliefs than me? Does this mean someone who has a different skin color or talks differently than me? Does this mean anyone by virtue of being human? Who is “the other”? I’ll tell you right now, that there is no conclusive evidence in Scripture that gives us an answer. There is no consensus in history that makes a decision. So the decision on what Jesus means by this is up to us. Who belongs? Who is in or out? Who has the right to decide this?

Come join us this Sunday as we work together to understand what God means by “the other.” How should we treat them? We don’t have any easy answers…just safe space to explore and question and learn together. You are welcome. You are wanted.

Also, we need to give a big shout out to CrossRoads Community Church in Bel Air that came out on Saturday to help clean and spruce up the church and grounds at Mt. Tabor as part of ServeFest. They put in over 30 hours of work and did an awesome job! Thanks so much! (And yes, there is ALWAYS more to be done…so if you are looking for something to do one day, contact us. We’d love to have you).

Announcements:

Deer Creek Trustees and Church Council will meet for a BRIEF combined meeting after worship on Sunday, May 13.

Charge SPRC and Charge Council will both meet on Tuesday, May 15. 6:30pm—SPRC. 7:30pm—Charge Council. Location: Mt. Tabor. **Charge Council, please wait in the sanctuary until SPRC comes to get you, so we can maintain confidentiality. Thanks.**

Help feed the Homeless at the Day Shelter (New Hope UMC, Edgewood) on the 3rd FRIDAY (MT) and 4th MONDAY (DC) of each month (next: May 18, May 28) We need people to make, deliver, and serve food.

A Sunday Morning Wedding will take place at Deer Creek on May 20, at 9am, during the regular worship service. Join us as we celebrate with Bill Nelson and Gloria Anderson!

A Personal Note: I have been blessed to serve the Deer Creek Charge since Jan. 2010. Time has flown by. I will be Commissioned as a Provisional Elder on Thursday, May 31, 7pm, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Aliceanna Street, Baltimore; and you are all invited to attend (Carpool—parking is expensive). I would love to have my church family in attendance! ~Bonnie

Interested in Joining Deer Creek or Mt. Tabor? Come talk to Bonnie about what needs to happen to be an “official” member! New Members will join on May 27 (Pentecost), or another date that can be agreed upon.

Knit/Crochet No experience needed-will teach! Make scarves for the homeless or prayer shawls. Meets every other Friday at 7pm at Mt. Tabor. Next Meeting: May 11.

Summer Camp Brochures are available at both churches. Friends, Fun, Faith…learn about God in the outdoors while having a fabulous time! Camps for all interests and all ages (K & up), including families. Scholarships are available. Adults needed to council. Talk to Bonnie for details, grab a brochure, or go online to http://www.bwccampsandretreats.org.

Don’t forget the on-going food drives at both Deer Creek and Mt. Tabor!

Worship Fun Fact! During the Church Season of Easter, the colors of white and gold are used for the paraments (altar and pulpit coverings). White is a symbol of purity. Only materials of the finest texture should be used.

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