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LFUMC Newsletter, May 2020
From the Pastor's Desk

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

~~~ Romans 5:3-5 (NIV) ~~~

  Pentecost was such a noisy, amazing day! The disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit became bold and courageous and shred the Gospel in languages everyone could understand. Disciples today, filled with the Holy Spirit, continue to speak the Gospel language in powerful words and in bold actions as they feed the hungry, care for the vulnerable, visit the sick and those in prisons, and offer Christ. Someone asked me one time what has changed over the years of my ministry, and the first words out of my mouth were, "I find it harder and harder to serve communion". When my friend looked puzzled, I continued, "Over time I have just become acutely aware of how awesome it is to hold in my hands the body and blood of Christ".

We are given this authority! How does Paul describe it in his second letter to the Corinthians? "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us" (2 Cor. 4:7 - NIV). How awesome! How overwhelming! How humbling! Yet, even here there is a deep source of temptation. We begin to admire the earthen vessel (the form of faith) more than what is inside the vessel (the essence of faith).  It is dangerously easy to begin to love our buildings, our institutions, our traditions, our training, our status, our lovely, our charming abilities. Dangerously easy to begin to honor all this more than we honor the love of God which has been "poured...into our hearts by the Holy Spirit".

Designer pots, pans, and pretty bowls are nice, but we would starve to death if they were empty of nourishing food. May we continually remind one another that we are each valued by God, but that which is most valuable of all is what we hold and what we are invited to share.

Shalom, De
Scripture & Sermons for May

The daily readings expand the range of Biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations. These readings complement the Sunday readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare us for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help us reflect on and digest what we heard in worship.

  05/03: John 10:1-10 (NIV)

Metaphors Galore: A Shepherd, a Gate, a Lamb

To the people who heard Him, sometimes Jesus seemed to speak in riddles and they just did not understand. However, even if Jesus’ listeners were metaphor-challenged, we do not have to be. We can figure out the message of grace, love, and abundant life that Jesus wants us to grasp.

In preparation for next Sunday please read:

Psalm 31:1-16; John 14:1-14; Acts 7:55-60; & 1 Peter 2:1-12.

    05/10: John 14:1-14 (NIV)

The Fulcrum of Our Faith

Our confession of Jesus as God’s Son provides the firm foundation for our faith.

In preparation for next Sunday please read:

Psalm 66:8-20; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31; & 1 Peter 3:13-22

  05/17: John 14:15-21 (NIV)

The Sermon I Wish I Did Not Have to Preach

When we face suffering, we reject the prosperity Gospel, the understanding of suffering as punishment for sin, as well as a martyr’s complex. We seek God’s strength in the midst of our suffering, and we hope for the resurrection.

In preparation for next Sunday please read:

Psalm 68:1-35; John 17:1-19; Acts 1:1-14; & 1 Peter 4:12-5:11.

  05/24: John 17:1-19 (NIV)

People, Not the Sum of Experience

At the end of His life, Jesus prayed for His disciples, for the people He was sent to teach and those with whom He had and will have a relationship. We are beautiful, divinely created individuals, and not the sum of our interactions with the world.

In preparation for next Sunday please read:

Psalm 104:24-35; John 7:37-39; Acts 2:1-21; & 1 Corinthians 12:1-13.

  05/31: Acts 2:1-21 (NIV)

From Death to Life

Our Christian celebration of Pentecost, remembering the Holy Spirit and the infant church, turns a harvest of death, the old way of living, into a harvest of life, an alternative way to live and love.

In preparation for next Sunday please read:

Genesis 1:1-2:4; Psalm 8:1-9; Matthew 28:16-20; & 2 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Church Office is open Monday and Wednesday for the month of May.  
If you need assistance beyond these hours, feel free to leave a message on the office phone, or in case of an emergency, call Reverend De Hennessy at (615) 294-8438 or
Seth Skiles, Music Director at (304) 545-9390
Lay Leader Laini Burgett at (615) 714-0448
If you find any information in the Newsletter to be incorrect or if your prayer request or announcement is missing, please contact the church office immediately.  
Phone 615-793-6631
                                                                                      Gaila Fletcher
Daily devotional at noon, Monday - Friday on Facebook on the La Vergne First United Methodist Church page.
Sermons can be viewed live each Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook on the LFUMC or La Vergne First United Methodist Church page.
Finance Committee 
Weekly average for Tithes & Offerings for April is $3,307
Designated Giving
Food Pantry $935
Outreach - OEM $20
Worship - $20
Total  Designated Giving Total  $975
Bank Draft for Tithe & Offering Now Available!
If you are interested in paying your tithes and regular giving through a bank draft, there are forms in the Welcome Center for you to complete and attach a voided check. You can deposit them in the offering plate or give them to Gaila Fletcher.
If you have any questions you may contact the church office by phone at 615-793-6631 or by  e-mail lavergnefirstumc@comcast.net
248 Old Waldron Rd. | La Vergne, TN 37086 US
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