FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SCOTCH PLAINS 1171 Terrill Road Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Sunday at 10am CHURCH SCHOOL 10am


News and Views


revkumar_vsmFrom The Pastor’s Desk

Dear beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The 4th of July, or our Independence Day as it is also called, reminds us of the independence that was declared by 13 colonies in the Eastern portion of our country, from Great Britain. We should thank all the pioneers of this effort and remember at the same time it is the freedom with responsibility.

What is this I am talking about “Freedom with Responsibility?” In the First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 3, Paul writes, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” “By the grace of God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each should build with care.” We have set free to contribute of what we have, so that something greater than any of us individually could be or do, can happen for the betterment of our community and our world. We are free to build, to plant, to share, to contribute, to sing, to live, trusting that as humble as it may seem, God will take it and run with it, and bless it, and cause it to grow for His glory, and for the betterment of His world.

Sometimes we look at what we have, our talent, our resources, our time, and ask no one in particular, “What good is this?” What we have seems so small and so insignificant. As long as we believe that and hold on to what “little” we have, that is the way it will remain, small. But when we offer it to God and offer it to others, it becomes part of something far greater than you and I could ever hope to accomplish by ourselves. It is God who gives the growth. We just have to do some “building” with what we have.

As the fireworks explode before our eyes in person, or on our television sets this Fourth of July, let us be thankful for and comforted by the independence and freedom of our country we continues to enjoy. But let us not be so ‘comfortable’ that we fail to live our ‘free’ lives, sharing of what we may have, continuing to be amazed by the growth that God still brings when God’s people take what they have, what they know, and they build together. I wish you a Very Happy Independence Day!

Sincerely, Rev. Kumar

July News

Free Meals:

All good things must end. Our final Free Meals Program was on June 19th. The attendance was the lowest ever, due to severe weather. It was an honor to have worked with all our church members who faithfully helped out for so many years, with the Free Meals Program. Chuck and I are grateful for the help and support you have given to us. Words cannot describe the dedicated time and effort you provided for us. A sincere “Thank You” is a modest farewell to everyone connected with this program.

Sincerely,

Joan

CUMAC NEWS:

We will be collecting school supplies for CUMAC.  Please place your items under the Outreach table in the narthex.

Needed:  #2 pencils pencil sharpeners erasers blue/black pens folders glue loose leaf paper (wide & college ruled) scissors (safety & sharp) spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled) construction paper book bags crayons coloring books drawing pad pencil cases washable markers 3 ring binders index cards rulers facial tissue hand sanitizer assignment books composition notebooks subject dividers colored pencils graph paper highlighters USB flash drives white out pocket dictionaries/ thesauruses TI-34 calculators/TI-84 calculators weekly planners #2 pencils pencil sharpeners erasers blue/black pens folders glue loose leaf paper (wide & college ruled) scissors (safety & sharp) spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled) construction paper book bags crayons

SHOP EARLY! SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 IS THE LAST DAY TO BRING TO CHURCH

Food Pantry:

It was exciting to see all the bags of food for our local food pantry that had been deposited in the bins provided! Keep donating during the summer as that is when the food supplies seem to go down