A “New Year Checkup”
We’re one month through, already. And if you’re one of our Klamath Falls UMC family who have recently been in worship you will know that we have been thinking together around the theme “What Makes a Healthy Church?” So this is probably an appropriate moment to contemplate this question: “How am I doing in helping make my church a healthy church?” “Am I taking full advantage of the opportunities God has given me for spiritual growth?” “Have I taken any time at all yet in this New Year to work on my relationship with Jesus Christ?” “Have I done any serious reflecting on what my response ought to be to God’s wonderful gift to me in the person of God’s one and only Son?”
The Gift Has Arrived!
It was Christmas, 1939, and a very troubled King George wondered what he could possibly say to his subjects that would give them some sense of peace and security. These were some of the darkest days the nation of Great Britain had ever known. The Nazi blitzkrieg had overwhelmed continental Europe. America had not yet entered World War II, and the tiny island nation stood virtually alone against Adolf Hitler’s plan for world domination.
Dear Klamath Falls Friends in Christ,
Perhaps some of you remember that cartoon from a number of years ago which showed a woman saying to her husband, “Good grief, Henry. Here’s Christmas at our throats again!”
We chuckle at that, but if the truth were known, some of us may feel less than excited about the Christmas season ourselves. The expense, the crowds, the hurried schedules, the overindulgence, and all the other trappings of 21st century Christmas celebrations are enough to make any of us take a jaundiced look at the season. (more…)
A Word of Thanksgiving ……..
We always thank God, the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people.
Believe it or not, the month of November – the second last month of the year – is now upon us. November is the month in which we celebrate our national day of thanksgiving, and thus I wanted to take time this month to let you know how thankful I am for each of you and specifically those who are doing so much to serve Christ and our church. The challenge of having a new pastor – and a part-time pastor at that – is that it can create a lot of new work! Unfortunately, the “new work” does not usually replace the “old work” already going on, but you have graciously and generously suffered through my learning curve without complaint! (more…)
By the time you read this, the first Sunday of October will be right around the corner. Every “first Sunday” is special for us here at Klamath Falls First UMC, as it is in most churches in our denomination, and others, because we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion as a central part of our worship on that Sunday. But the first Sunday in October has special meaning for us, as it does for other sisters and brothers in Christ, because we celebrate it as World Communion Sunday.
“Fall Back?” Not a Chance!!
If you’re like me, you probably have memorized that little phrase that helps us keep straight in our minds how daylight saving time works: “Spring forward, fall back.” Now, “fall back” is a term that has several applications in our contemporary culture, most of them having to do with the idea of ceasing to move ahead – ceasing to make progress. I started thinking about this phrase the other day as I was reflecting on the fast-approaching end of summer and our return, here at Klamath Falls First UMC, to our fall schedule. Normally, one thinks of the summer season as a “down” time – a time when “not much is going on.” That’s often the case in church settings, when volunteer leaders and workers take a well-deserved and much-needed break from their busy routines. But this summer has been anything but “down” here at KFFUMC! Have you stopped to reflect on all that has been happening around your church this summer?
Let me share with you just some of the wonderful things that have happened during these “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer:”