May
11
2016

05/10/16 Newsletter

                                 Life in Christ

                                                First United Methodist Church of Cameron, Texas

                                                         2016 Publication –  Number #08

Church News – May 10, 2016

 

Note from the Pastor:                                       “The Importance of Third Words” 

   I’m currently reading Steven Furtick’s book, Unqualified. Furtick pastors Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina – the 15th largest Protestant congregation in the country and continues to grow as they add more campuses in the Charlotte area. However, it was the title of the book and his understanding of labels that we give ourselves and others put on us that has me hooked. He talks about Moses’ encounter with God and then goes into discussing “third words.”  

   So, here’s the encounter between God and Moses in Exodus: Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?'  what shall I say to them?"   14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'  

   Furtick explains, “Yet God’s name doesn’t need a third word, because God is everything and everyone and everywhere that he needs to be in every moment.” He then concludes, “The third word isn’t just about the name your parents gave you or the nickname you’ve been stuck with since that one spring break. It’s not about what you put on your nametag at a trade show or what your friends call you.”

   This really touches a nerve with me because I have struggled with third words my entire life – both negative, positive, and even (at times) inflated.  However, I hit a breaking point four years ago and my third words tend to revolve around biblical descriptions: forgiven, child of the Cross, washed clean with the blood of Christ, loved, etc, etc.  

   The point is that at no time in our history has the world been smaller, faster, more complicated, competitive, and down-right crazy. So, when I approach the graduating seniors this Sunday at the PAC, I will be discussing third words with these young souls who are the future of our society. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be young in our culture with social media collapsing down on top of us making us so connected to one another that we receive third words all the time. Some of those third words are unspoken, but understood; while others are said loud and clear.   Above all, it’s important for young people (and all of us) to know who we are in God’s eyes -those are really the only third words that matter.   

   Okay, friends, I want to write more but I gotta run. Come to this Sunday’s Baccalaureate service to hear more about our third words.  

                In His Love, Drew

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You are invited to have “Dinner with Drew”          

June 5th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm in Fellowship Hall 

Hamburger and all the trimmings

Please RSVP by May 26th

Contacts: Brenda Barton, Pam Schattle or Melissa Williams or call the office 697-4933

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F U M C 

 

Sunday School . . . . . . . .  9:45 am

 

Fellowship Coffee . . . . . .10:30 am

Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:00 am

 

 Attendance 

Apr. 2016

03

10

17

24

 

Sunday School

23

24

9

19

 

Worship

96

94

64

113

 

 

 

 May 2016

01

08

15

22

29

Sunday School

26

 

 

 

 

Worship

83

 

 

 

 

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MAYSFIELD CHURCH

 

Worship . . . . . . . . . . .  9 am

 

Attendance

 

Apr. 2016

03

10

17

24

 

Worship

16

19

13

20

 

 

 

 

May 2016

01

08

15

22

29

Worship

19

18

 

 

 

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