Macon United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
175 Years Of Giving God to Glory
Macon United Methodist Church!
180 years of giving glory to God.
Sunday School at 9:15 Worship at 10:30
Macon United Methodist Church, today
Macon United Methodist Church
11964 Macon Highway
Clinton, MI 49236
Macon's new roof is on.
Thank you all so much for your help.
Dedicate the New Roof
And Celebrate 180 Years of Methodism
All this takes place on September 14, 10:30 am.
It's time for our annual Homecoming at Macon, and this year we have much to celebrate.
There has been a Methodist presence in Macon since 1834, and it's still here. Homecoming is a great day to celebrate our first 180 years, and we don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
AND - we will be celebrating the completion of our new roof. The old roof was in rather sorry shape, and a new roof looked expensive. We weren't sure if we could pull it off, but God is good and our new roof has arrived and we are thankful. Come join us for a special dedication.
AND - We will be worshiping with some great music because "The Dixie Cups" are coming to join us with their special music to liven up our morning.
Don't miss out. Some great things are coming at Macon and we need you to be part of it.
Rev. Lance E. Ness
Sunday School: 9:15-10:00
Sunday Morning Worship: Sundays 10:30-11:30
Sunday Nights, 6:30-7:30: We have an evening gathering called "FWD," because we are going to take this church forward. We are a small, informal group that gathers for prayers, music, worship, and to read the word. Instead of a "sermon" we all join together to read the scripture, discuss what it means, and share our stories of what it is God is trying to say to us. Come and join us, and bring a friend.
Choir Rehearsal: Wednesdays at 7:00
Word of the Week:
It's nice to take a vacation, but it's also nice to come home.
I am happy to report my mother is doing a little better physically. She has lost some weight and they are cutting back on her medication because of it. But she is still not talking much. Perhaps her improved health may change that.
I also stopped in on my home church one day. The building is as lovely as ever, it is well maintained, but I have been told so many times that the attendance and membership are dwindling terribly. Why?
I can't speak for everyone, but I know when I was a child there was at least one person often sitting in the pews on a Sunday who was not a real Christian. It was me. Although I attended church (reluctantly) and knew the teachings, I had not given my heart to God or truly believed in the power of Christ to bring about a rebirth in my life. I had to discover those things from somewhere else. Isn't it kind of sad to think that I learned what it means to be a Christian from someone other than the church members I grew up with?
What does it really mean to be a Christian? There are several possible answers to that question, several points of view, but I believe part of being a Christian means that you have allowed God to be part of your life and you are allowing God be your guide. To be a Christian is to let the Holy Spirit be the guiding influence in your life, to live by Jesus' teachings, and to try to live your life the way God would want you to live. This is being a Christian.
And this is the kind of lesson a church should not just tell, but live. We should always be ready to say something about what it means to be a Christian, but we should especially live the life of a Christian. A church should be known as a place where the word of God is preached and the people find sustenance in the word. But visitors should especially find a place where the people are loving, friendly, welcoming, and visitors should find a place full of people who truly seek to live out their calling to be the people of Christ. This is one of the things that doesn't just help a church to grow, it makes a great church.
Lets all do our part to make Macon a great church, where the word is preached, and the people love their neighbor and live by God's word.
In his name.
175 Years, and still serving the Lord!