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The United Methodist Church in Waterloo has announced the upcoming dates for the holidays.
November 10- Thanksgiving Dinner Noon to 2:00 pm
December 8-Christmas Breakfast 8 am to 10 am.
Following breakfast will be the Family Christmas Program starting at 10 am.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and join us for our family Christmas program celebrating “Memories of Christmas.”
By Pastor Den Slattery
This Sunday we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 10 at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Our country has been celebrating Veterans Day since the end of WWI. Back then it was called Armistice Day. The name was changed to Veterans Day by an act of Congress in 1954. On Veterans Day we remember the sacrifices and service of all our men and women who have ever served in the military.
Some people seem to think that Veterans Day and Memorial Day are the same thing, but they aren’t. On Memorial Day we remember those who died in combat, but on Veterans Day the focus is on not just those who died but those who lived to tell about it as well. Our military today represents less than 1% of our total population in America. They are the only thing that stands between us and all of our enemies. I think they deserve our respect. (more…)
It’s August. How did that happen?
Driving home from church with my wife on Sunday morning, I made the observation that it was August 4, and then I said, “When did that happen?”
Has the summer flown by for you too? I know I did a lot of stuff in July, but somehow it doesn’t even seem like the 4th has passed yet! But it has. It most certainly has.
The Gospel reading at many churches this past Sunday was Luke 12:13-21, the parable of the rich fool. He had a fortunate harvest, and decided to horde it all for himself and his family, building larger barns to hold all of his gain, ready to eat, drink and be merry.
Do you know anyone like that?
Then Jesus continues: God decided to call that man home tonight, to call his soul to account. Imagine that. One minute you’re sleeping, dreaming of the future and the next you’re standing face-to-face with the Almighty Creator of the universe. We should all be so fortunate to die in our sleep, but the waking up facing God part should terrify us every bit as much! “Fool!” says Jesus. You’d better not miss out on being rich toward God for the sake of worldly gain!
The summer is flying by, are you using it to build up wealth that will disappear when you are gone, or for eternal purposes? That’s a tough question for all of us to balance. “Father, forgive us for focusing only on this world. Teach us to focus on the things from up above – on you. By the power of your Spirit, Amen.”
Pastor Mike Hanson
Grass Lake Lutheran Church
It’s 11:03 on Monday as I begin typing this message. I like to have them done by 9:00 Monday morning, so as you can tell, I’m running a bit behind today. I imagine you’ve had days that have begun similarly to mine. Maybe you’ve gotten to the office and had some voicemails that have been sitting on the machine for a couple days, and you need to respond to them. Perhaps you’ve had appointments fill up your calendar and you get lost in the busyness of the tasks at hand, your normal activities take a backseat to the pressing.
This leads me to another commandment – the third (or fourth) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” The original hearers of this commandment, Exodus-traveling Hebrews, would have had no trouble comprehending what God was saying to them: “Remember how I rested on the seventh day of creation? Keep it holy by doing likewise! Rest is my gift to you.” One day a week, take it off, and remember God – your center who has created you. This worked well, until the Pharisees began to make laws about what could and could not be done on the Sabbath, making the day a day of difficulty, a law unto itself, instead of a day of rest and God time.
So, what about you, me, and today? As Christians, we are no longer obligated to keep the Sabbath. The early church treated Sunday as the new Sabbath, as that’s the day that Jesus was raised from the dead on. Sunday then became, as much the Sabbath had, a day where we could do certain things, but not others (Remember the blue laws? That’s where they came from!) because we needed to remember to rest. I’m not convinced that that is the best interpretation of the commandment either. Let me propose this: the third commandment means “that we should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and his word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.” That’s how Martin Luther presented it in the 1500s.
What then of rest? Well, first, it clearly still matters – God did it, commanded us to do it, and has given it to us as a gift. So take time to rest, that way when the busyness of the week comes, be prepared. I originally meant to have this message take a “time management” bent, but I see I’ve gone elsewhere. Let me suggest refocusing our whole days, and weeks (also called Sabbaths) around the gifts of God, including time.
With the Lord begin your task; Jesus will direct it
For His aid and counsel ask; Jesus will perfect it
Every morning with Jesus rise, and when day is ended,
In His name then close your eyes; Be to Him commended. (LSB 869)
Bring the kids to marvel at the puppet shows in downtown Grass Lake Saturdays in August.
Grass Lake Lutheran Church, 121 E. Michigan Avenue, will present “Noah and the Ark,” “David and Goliath,” “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” and “Zacchaeus.”
Shows are 10 minutes long, and performances are at 1 pm; 1:30pm and 2 pm. Mark your calendar for August 4, 11, 18 and 25.
FREE admission, free water and popcorn! Call 517-764-9791 with any questions.
The Beth Moore Bible study series are open to all women in the Grass Lake and the surrounding areas who want to dig deeper into God’s Word.
Women of all ages, faith backgrounds and level of understanding of the Bible are welcome. The emphasis of the group will be to engage women in an authentic discussion about God’s word.
With new-found knowledge, each person will be challenged to apply what they’ve learned in their life in a practical, everyday, ordinary way. Bring a friend!
The next series “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place begins Tuesday, January 10, 2011 and continues until March 20, 2011. The weekly studies run from: 9:00am – 11:00am. The cost of workbook/study guide for each study is $20.00.
Workbooks will be available at the first session for those who pre-register.
Walk-in participants may purchase their workbooks at the first session (while supplies last) to pre-register online, go to
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Street Education Center (WSEC)
500 Washington Street
Chelsea, Michigan 48118
for more information, please contact Shelia at 734-740-7478
Quick, let’s play a game of name that verse: “God helps those who help themselves.” Well that’s easy, right? That’s in…G, J, L, um…the Old…no, wait, New…um…
Well, the answer is that commonly heard phrase is nowhere to be found in the Bible. The common perception is that the Bible is a how-to book, or a book of great principles, useful sayings, truisms for helping you live life as well as you can. Perhaps we see the Bible as a self- help book. Often we look to the Bible for principles to help engage in activities as varied as
starting a business to the conservation of nature. We then apply the new knowledge gleaned from the Bible to the knowledge we gathered in the classroom or the school of “hard knocks” in order to understand where we are, and how to get to where we want to be. (more…)