Macon United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 23, 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
And 180 Years
It was definitely good to spend some time looking back at our past, think about all we've gone through, and celebrate God's good work among us. - But it was also a good day to get ready for the future.
A challenge has been given to Macon to pay our apportionments. This money will go to important needs in the United Methodist Denomination, but most of it will go to works of charity: The hungry, the sick, Methodist schools and hospitals, etc.
A challenge has been laid before us, but this is hardly the first challenge we've faced. Ed reminded us that the first settlers faced many challenges just arriving in this area and starting to build a home. Over the last 50 years Macon has faced ups and downs in membership and attendance. We built a Sunday School wing because we needed the extra space. Now it is largely unused. This year finding money to fix our roof was quite a challenge.
But we faced the challenge. With your giving, your applying for help, and with you spreading the word, the new roof has been built. God's house is protected from the elements for many years to come. The roof is a symbol to us of what we can still achieve.
As we have discussed many time, membership and attendance are challenges we face. But other churches have faced this challenge and come out victorious. It starts with prayer. The first prayer should be that God comes into “me” and into us all that we might be true and faithful disciples of God. Then we should pray for the gifts and talent needed to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Quite often people are just asking God to “bring us new people.” This is not the best request to make. People who focus on filling the pew are people who often fail. Asking God to come into our lives, give us all a new birth, asking to be a faithful disciple, and asking for the ability to make disciples is the best place to start. If we are faithful and if we seek to make disciples we are doing God's will.
Of course we should always invite people to join us. If someone joins us first they may eventually give themselves to God. So this year I am trying something new. I have invited First Responders in our area to join us on October 5 that we may thank them and honor them for their good work. Some of them will come. Maybe some others will join us in honoring them. And maybe some of these people will come back again. If they keep coming back, we can make disciples.
In the future I plan to invite others to join us. One group that I'd like to have join us is people from Hospice. Do we know of someone whose family benefited from hospice? They would probably love to join us. But they won't come if they don't know it's happening. You can reach out to others simply by telling people what we are up to. This is witnessing, this is evangelism, and it can help make disciples. This is the biggest challenge that is set before us.
Are Ye Able to meet the challenge? If God is with us, of course we are able. Will you pick up your cross for God? If you do, miracles can happen.
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
and 180th Anniversary
September 21, 2014
180 Years, and still serving the Lord!