Posted by: deercreekcharge | July 24, 2012

Gathering the Fragments, worship on July 29, 2012

In the earliest days of the Church, Christians gathered to share meals, putting together their resources so that all might feast at the table and share Communion together. Over time, the celebration of Communion became the community meal. In the 16th century, a group of Christians called Moravians, who deeply influenced the founder of Methodism John Wesley, resurrected the practice of sharing food together in worship, sharing a simple meal together with songs and prayers as a reminder of God’s goodness and their fellowship. Today, as we celebrate the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, we will share in a meal to remember that God’s grace overflows the bounds of our baskets.

CHURCH HAPPENINGS

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: August 17 (MT). We usually meet at each church around 11ish. We need people to make, deliver, and serve food.

Peach Festival at Deer Creek on July 29 at 6 pm! Invite your friends! Proceeds to go to UNICEF and to wildfire relief out West.

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: August 10.

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

Let’s Pound the Pastor! Sometime in August, we will have a pounding of the pastor, where we bring a pound of flour/sugar/etc. to welcome Shannon and Aaron. Shannon would love to have you see the parsonage, so keep your eyes peeled for the date!

New Leadership in the United Methodist Church:

Every four years, United Methodists around the world elect bishops to replace retiring bishops, and appoint bishops to new conferences as they appoint pastors to new churches. Bishop Schol, who has served our conference for the past eight years, has been appointed to serve the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. Bishop Marcus Matthews is our new bishop, and will begin serving September 1.

Bishop Matthews was born in Florence, South Carolina, but began his ministry in the Baltimore Washington Conference, graduating from Wesley seminary in 1971 and serving in Washington, DC, and Baltimore throughout the next two decades. During his four year appointment at Epworth in Baltimore, from 1982 to 1986, 272 new members joined the church.

Bishop Matthews also served as a district superintendent until he was elected to the episcopacy in 2004. He then served Eastern Pennsylvania and the Penninsula Delaware Conference before moving to Upper New York 2008, where he oversaw the uniting of four annual conferences into one.

We welcome the bishop home and pray he leads us well!

To read more about Bishop Matthews, see the Conference website.

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