Neighborly News

January 2022

’Arise, shine, for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
   and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
   and his glory appears over you. “’

   Isaiah 60:1-2

Greetings,

With a new year upon us, we have so much to look forward to here at Tell City First UMC. There will be new Bible Studies, a second Worship service, Crafting time, and much more.

Tim and Sherri Harding are leading a Bible Study on Monday evenings for 8 Monday evenings from January 10th through February 28th.  The Bible Study will be based on the series The Chosen. The Bible Study will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall from 6 pm to 8 pm.

As of Sunday, January 9th, we will be having two worship services. The 9 am Worship service will be in person only. The Hybrid  Worship Service will start at 11:15 am. The Hybrid Worship is for in-person and online worship time.  You will be able to view us on Facebook live each Sunday at 11:15 am.

On Saturday, January 22, from 10 am to 2 pm Kathy Clayton will be leading a Creative Craft Day! The cost is $20.00. That includes supplies for the craft project and lunch. For more information about the craft and to sign up, please contact Kathy Clayton.

We will be taking time to Celebrate Tell City 1st UMC over the next several months. Many of you have shared stories with me about events that occurred over the years at Tell City 1st UMC, however, I would like to hear more. If there is a picture of an event that you would like to share with me, please include a short description about the event and who all attended.

Please call, and set up a time that we can meet during office hours so we can chat some more. I would like to hear about the past of Tell City 1st UMC and your hopes and dreams for the future of Tell City 1st UMC.

New Year Blessings,

Pastor Harriet

THE ART OF EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME

Love one Another Well

“Love one another.

 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

(Jesus in John 13:34-35)

 

Give time, attention, and care to one another and to all who enter your doors, and your community will grow in both health and size.

Researchers spend a lot of time trying to determine why people move and why people stay in certain communities.  Interestingly, almost 90% of Americans stay right where they are (geographically) from one year to the next.  One key factor is simply that they have established strong ties to that community.  Relationships matter!

Churches are microcosms of our larger communities.  A church built on strong relationships can provide a strong and healthy foundation to its members, its guests, and the community it supports.  When we reach out to one another in prayer, presence, time, and talent, we are creating the strong ties that bind us together through good times and bad. 

So, make that phone call this week to someone you’re missing.  Send an email or a card to the person who just celebrated a birthday or a new job.  Write a note to someone on the church prayer list.  Walk over and hold the hand of someone who’s crying during worship. Introduce the guest sitting next to you to a couple old friends after worship.  Offer a helping hand to the caregiver who’s helping a loved one negotiate through the hall.  Listen patiently to the friend who seems to be troubled, but can’t quite get the words out.

When we love one another well, we build a strong community of faith whose bonds of love will hold us together through thick and thin.

Two are better than one…. if they fall, one will lift up the other.

A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

From Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Ideas on Outreach and Hospitality From Church Consultant Mary Scifres.

© 2015 Mary J. Scifres. Used with Permission