God Loves Women!

December 24, 2009

This week, we complete our short series of challenging messages on “The Women of Christmas”.  If there’s one thing that’s become clear through this series it’s this:  GOD LOVES WOMEN!

This week, we will discuss several women’s issues as presented in the Christmas story, with a focus on the passage depicted in this 1627 painting by Rembradt, titled “Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus”.

Through our Bible passage this week, we see Mary’s incredible faithfulness to meet all the requirements of the Law, even though her family was quite poor. 

We also get to hear Simeon’s prophetic words about Jesus’s great destiny to reaveal the glory of God to the nations.  The prophet pauses to reflect on how this will affect the young mother Mary, as many will love her son, but some will hate him.  Jesus will bring Mary her greatest joy in life—and also her greatest pain.

We are also introduced to a wonderful woman by the name of Anna, who was a very old woman with a strong devotion to God.  After being widowed by her husband only seven years into her marriage, she had spent the rest of her life worshipping in the Temple, fasting, and praying. And now at the ripe old age of eighty-four, she was finally realizing the blessing of seeing what she had been waiting for all these years:  the Savior Jesus was born!. And she couldn’t help herself but share the news with the whole city of Jerusalem!

Come and share with us as we open up the Bible and see what God says about women through this incredible story.

If you would like to read ahead, feel free to take a look at Luke 2:21-40.


Caroling Party

December 23, 2009

Last night, a group of 17 (including 12 adults and 5 kids) took advantage of an unseasonably warm evening by taking the message of Jesus to the streets of Raytown.

After stopping at the residences of several elderly friends and members, our final stop was at Benetti’s Coffee Experience, in Downtown Raytown.

Afterwards, we wrapped up the evening at the Truesdale Home for some toe warming hot chocolate.

If you would like to be notified about our Monthly Service Projects, contact us.  The more the merrier!


White Elephant Gift Party–“Shop your Basement”

December 15, 2009
Several years ago, we hosted our first White Elephant Gift Party.  It took off in a way that even surprised us, and quickly became one of the best attended events we do each year.

You are invited to come and enjoy this annual celebration, as we share gifts we don’t really want, through a fast-paced giftwrap shredding, competitive game.   You may be thinking, “wow, that sounds interesting, but it doesn’t really sound like what Christmas is about”.  You would be correct.  But it is a lot of fun!

Are you up for it?  Just bring a wrapped White Elephant gift for each member of your party.  As always, bring the whole family, as kids will have their own White Elephant gift exchange.

The festivities will get underway at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 19 at the Truesdale Home, located at 5804 Arlington Avenue, near the intersection of Raytown Road and 59th Street.

Click here forcontact information if you need to call or send an e-mail.

Don’t wait until next year to discreetly “re-gift” that thoughtful present from your dearest relative that has been sitting in your basement gathering dust!


Does God Still Work Miracles?

December 11, 2009
Anyone who knows the Ducatte Family knows that they are wholeheartedly devoted to loving God and serving people.  What some might not know is that nearly three years ago, their airplane crashed into the side of a mountain.  After walking away with only minor injuries, the Ducatte family is certain that God still does work miracles.

Their compelling story was covered by several media sources, including CNN!

This Sunday, join us at 5 PM as we discuss God’s sovereign power to work miracles in our world, and hear about this life-changing experience from the Ducatte family.

Click here for a sneak peak at Psalm 91, the Bible reference for the evening.

Click here for a sneak peak at the Ducatte’s story as reported by the Columbus Dispatch Newspaper.

*Please note that for December 13 only, the 5 PM Connect has been moved from 1st Methodist Raytown to the Truesdale Home.  For directions, please contact us.  As always, feel free to bring the whole family.  We have great stuff planned for the kids, too.


Women of the Christmas Story, Part 1

December 5, 2009

 

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to remember the special women who God called to historic roles in the unveiling of the Gospel story.  Mary and Elizabeth are especially noteworthy, but there are others such as the prophetess Anna, as well.

I appreciate this contemporary painting by John Collier, called Annunciation, portraying  the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary.  It helps me think about Mary not just as a historical figure, but also as a human being.

This Sunday we launch our discussion of the Women of the Christmas  with a discussion on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Mary received an incredible blessing, the calling to carry and care for Jesus as His mother.  This great calling came with a great deal of blessing, but also with a remarkable level of pain.

Mary’s story opens up so many questions:

What does God’s role for women say about His character?

What can we learn from the discussion between the Angel Gabriel and Mary?

How does Mary’s blessing, and burden, differ from ours?

What happens when a life of faithfully pleasing God takes us on a collision course with living in our “comfort zone”?

And what can we learn about our callings from investigating Mary’s experience?

Join us this Sunday as we CONNECT with these questions and more.

If you would like to read ahead, feel free to take a look at Luke 1:26-56.