Dodgeville United Methodist Church 327 North Iowa Street Dodgeville, WI 53533
Newsletter April 2012
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SPIRITUAL HABITS – BIBLE READING “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. 14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:12-17 (NLT) This month, we celebrate Easter together. As we begin to think about that, ask yourself: Where did we learn about that old, old story; where it is told and explained to us? We all know the Easter story. We know about Jesus‘ life—his ministry, his miracles, his betrayal, and his crucifixion (not to mention his resurrection). We know of the purpose of Jesus‘ life—that he might go to the cross for us, bear the sins of the world (the perfect sacrifice), and make a way for us to live eternally with God. Great story. The greatest story. And it‘s told from cover to cover in a book called … the Bible. Besides prayer (March), what is one of the first things we should do if we want to train ourselves for godliness (to be more & more like Christ)? Well, the second ‗habit‘ that I want to talk about is having a regular, habitual time in God‘s Word.
I‘m not sure that any spiritual exercise is more important than reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible. Once into the habit, it is absolutely transformational. God‘s word is that powerful! I can‘t remember who said it, but reading the Bible has often been referred to as ‗the first exercise of the soul.‘ And it‘s easy to see why. Did you know that the Bible is God’s one and only published work? Other books may draw their inspiration from the Bible, but the Bible is the only book that has God‘s seal of approval (inspiration) on it! Would you like to know who God is … and what God is like? Do you want to know how to live a life that pleases God? The Bible is the only place where those answers can be found… If we‘re to be in training this year—training ourselves to be more and more like Christ, then we need to spend time in the Bible daily! Godly people are often called disciplined people (spiritual athletes). Some throughout the ages who‘ve spent a great deal of time in God‘s word are: Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Bunyan, John Wesley, George Whitfield, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and of course our own Billy Graham. These folks didn‘t become spiritual giants (godly) for no reason at all. They became incredible ‗spiritual athletes‘—stars in God‘s Kingdom, if you will— because they spent time in God‘s word, knew God‘s word, and ultimately came to know God, personally! Isn‘t it time we hit the road … spiritually speaking? Isn‘t it time we got ready for our daily workout and pushed open the pages of God‘s word? Join me, if you would, and—if nothing else—open up the Bible and read about Easter—the greatest story ever. You‘ll get to know God‘s heart for sure— a great start in training to be like Jesus… See you on the tarmac!
All Women of the church are welcomed and encouraged to attend these meetings and events! The regular monthly meeting of UMW will be in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, April 5th at 6:00PMâ€”PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME. This will be a short meeting to discuss Rummage Sale plans as well as the plans for the annual Friends Night to be held on May 3rd. We will adjourn early in order to be able to attend the Maundy Thursday service. The regular meeting of the Evening Star circle will be on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Marilyn Liddleâ€˜s home with Charlene Mingst as co-hostess and Jeanne Kapotas giving the devotions. The regular meeting of the Grace Post circle will be on Monday, April 16th at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be held at Marian Reynolds home with Ora Kasten giving the devotions. Special Events in April: The annual Spring Rummage Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st. The set-up dates are the Continued on next page
Wednesday and Thursday preceding. Sign-up sheets will be available soon—please consider helping. Funds from this event help to further the mission projects of our local unit as well as projects on the state and international level. Everyone is invited to the annual Coulee District Spring Retreat on Saturday, April 28th, to be held at the Concordia United Methodist Church in Prairie du Sac. The day will begin with registration at 9:00 AM, with the first session beginning at 9:30 AM. The theme for the retreat is ―Walking in Wholeness‖. The leader is Tammy Koenecke. Tammy is a Registered Nurse with an MA Degree in Servant Leadership and is currently the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Reedsburg Area Medical Center. The retreat will conclude with a Communion Service at 2:00 PM. The registration fee of $15.00 per person includes lunch. The deadline for registration is Saturday, April 14. Free child care is available. Please see Marilyn Liddle or Rosemary Edwards for the registration forms. Thinking ahead to May—mark your calendar for the annual UMW Friends Night to be held here at Dodgeville Methodist Church on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM. There will be more information regarding this event in the May Newsletter.
Choir rehearsal Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm in the music room
Worship Seminar at DUMC On Saturday, May 5th DUMC will host a worship seminar featuring Tom Kraeuter, the former managing editor of Psalmist magazine. Tom has written several books on the subject of worship and his writings have appeared in numerous nationally recognized publications. This seminar is for anyone who would like to learn more about worship. Please call the church office for more info at 935-5451.
UPCOMING EVENTS 5:00-6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted) *There may be a small fee for some activities, but no child will be excluded on their ability to pay. Funds are available to help defray costs. Please let a CEMT member know if there is a need. [Christian Education Ministry Team: Julia Harman, Sarah Godfrey, Julie Piper]
April 1, 2012 * $5? MIDDLE SCHOOL BOWLING @ DODGERBOWL MAY 6, 2012 * Fee TBD ROCK CLIMBING @ BOULDERS IN MADISON SUPPER @ PEDROS (Transportation from DUMC TBD) JUNE 3, 2012 *Free MIDDLE SCHOOL YEAR END CAMPFIRE CELEBRATION @ GODFREY HOME (Transportation from DUMC TBD) June 24 3-5pm FAMILY POTLUCK & SWIMMING AT DODGEVILLE POOL
Holy Week Worship Schedule April 1st Palm Sunday – 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM April 5th Maunday Thursday – 7:00 PM April 6th Good Friday – 7:00 PM April 8th Easter – 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Good Friday Prayer Vigil You are invited to join the Prayer Ministry Team in a dedicated time of prayer for our church. The sanctuary will be open on Good Friday, April 6th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for everyone wanting to pray. A sign-up sheet will be available for those willing to commit. You do not need to be in the sanctuary to join us in this special time for prayer. God hears us not matter where we pray. Pray for our Pastor, our Church, our congregation and all leaders.
SHOEBOX: Our project continues to collect items for Operation Christmas Child. In April our emphasis is hygiene items. Lists of monthly items are on the information desk. Consider donating toothbrushes, a 3 ounce tube of toothpaste, combs, brushes, mild fragrance-free bar soap (in a plastic bag), washcloths, or nail care brushes, files, and clippers.
April 2012 A STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE #277 “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:14
It’s April. Most of us are either in the midst of finishing our tax preparations or at least filing an extension! It’s not something anyone I know of looks forward to, even if they are pretty sure they’re going to get a refund. We know that the money we “give” in taxes does provides some essential governmental services. Yet we don’t really “give” this money away. It’s not a choice. Compare the feeling you have about paying taxes to the heart of the boy who gave a game ball to another young fan during a July 2011 baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers. A player threw a ball into the stands. A young Diamondbacks fan was the lucky boy whose glove was chosen to receive the ball by the stadium worker in charge of making such difficult decisions. The boy in the Brewers jersey was devastated. If you watch it at: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfF1m3-Dl_Q ), you’ll see that after young Ian (the Diamondbacks fan) returns to his seat he decides to give the ball to the boy wearing the Brewers jersey. And he says, “It just seemed like the right thing to do. My parents taught me that way.” Ian had a lot of fun that day and gained great satisfaction from giving that ball away. (He also, incidentally, received great recognition and some gifts in return!) But, he gave the gift without any expectation of receiving anything else in return. What is God calling you to give – to your neighbor, to the church, to the person right next to you; or to someone in need whose name you don’t even know? And if and when you do receive a tax refund, consider how you’ll surprise someone with a special gift of unconditional love! Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation 750 Windsor Street Ste 305, P.O. Box 620 Sun Prairie, WI 53590-0620 1-888-903-9863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT MONTH FEBRUARY, 2012 Monthly Income Monthly Expenses Paid Net Income for month Apportionments Paid Unpaid Apportionments
$ 11,706 $ 13,513 $ <1,807> 1,081 $ 1,081
YEAR TOTALS THROUGH CURRENT MONTH Years Income Years Expenses Paid Net Income for Year Apportionments Paid Unpaid Apportionments
$ 23,397 $ 27,267 $<3,870> $ 3,243 $ 1,081
TOTAL APPORTIONMENTS DUE FOR YEAR $25,944 APPORTIONMENTS DUE PER MONTH $ 2,162
Did you know? Jesus talked about money and possessions twice as much as he did about heaven and hell, five times as much as he talked about prayer, and nearly half of Jesus’ parables deal with how we manage money and possessions. John Wesley’s goal was not to raise money for the church, but to lead people into a healthier, more productive, more positive life by providing practical wisdom on the relationship between their faith and their finances. Wesley’s rules are not about fund-raising for the church. They are about becoming more like Christ. They are about practicing the spiritual discipline of generosity so that we become generous people whose lives are shaped in the likeness of an extravagantly generous God. A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst. Proverbs 11:4 The Message Whoever loves money never has money enough; Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation
LEARNING INSIGHT In a Christian magazine, I came across an expression, “In Search of Biblical Symmetry.” The Webster’s dictionary defines “symmetry” as the state in which one part exactly corresponds to another in size, shape, and position. There is a separation or dichotomy between proclaiming the gospel and demonstrating it. Such separation disfigures the body of Christ when one aspect is overemphasized and another underemphasized. How can all be ‘mouths’ with ‘no hands and feet’? How can all be ‘actions’ with no ‘voice’? The body of Christ needs all parts corresponding to one another in a wellbalanced manner. Social action which is also called “compassionate action” and evangelism which is also called “need-based faith sharing” are to go hand-in-hand in order to achieve “Biblical Symmetry.” Our people need to be challenged to open their mouths and share the gospel verbally and at the same time to be challenged to extend a hand of compassion to all people in need. The early Christians fearlessly shared the gospel of love even under persecution and also demonstrated radical compassion for their neighbors in meeting their physical and social needs. I invite you to reflect on two hymns (my favorites). UMH 568 & 569: “Christ for the World We Sing” and “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations.” Yes, we have a great story to tell, to sing, to give and to show. We, the disciples of Christ are called to bring the love of Christ to the world in word and action. Prayer: Gracious God, forgive us that we missed many opportunities to do your mission holistically. Help us discipline ourselves in this regard and grant us wisdom so that we share the gospel with people of all ages, races and nations according to their needs. Amen! Sam Royappa –Superintendent Capital Coulee Region APPORTIONMENTS 2011 Churches that have paid in full (100%) = 84 Churches that have paid 75% and above = 11 Churches that have paid 50% and above = 13 Churches that have paid 25% and above = 8 Churches that have paid less than 25% = 4 Churches that have paid nothing (0%) = 3 (1 merged) Continued on following page
Bishop Lee and the Cabinet want to thank the churches, clergy and lay leadership for your continued support towards apportionments or connectional giving that impacts people and communities locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. I appreciate the churches that have taken intentional efforts to have increased their percentage from 2010 to 2011.
Mission & Outreach News The Mission & Outreach committee is asking other committees to communicate their individual mission projects. We are excited that other committees feel empowered to lead a project and would like to have the opportunity to adjust what we are planning on doing and/or assist in making your committee project known to others. Please contact Juanita at 574-4591. Cornerstone Luncheon The March 14th cornerstone party was a huge success. We celebrated with a meal of Irish Stew and the Praise Band played afterwards. The clients really seem to enjoy this event. Thank you to all who donated their time, talent and food. Our next party will be in July. Loose Change Update Since Christmas Eve service, ‗Imagine No Malaria‘ drive has collected over $1,640. That is 164 malaria bed nets for kids in Africa. Amazing! April, May & June loose change will go towards tornado victims in the United States. Eyewear Bucket This white bucket is located on the mission & outreach display in the fellowship hall. The Lions & Lioness‘ are collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids.
COMMUNITY EVENTS _______________________________________ Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women of Edmund Invite you to a salad luncheon 12:00 PM, April 18 “Women Fashion’s Through the Ages, Under & Over” program to follow at 1:00 PM Lifeline Preventive Health Screening Faith Fellowship Church Thursday, April 19, 2012
Boscobel/Mt. Zion (BMZ) 4th Annual Leadership Summit April 20-21 Boscobel United Methodist Church Bmzchurch.org or (608)375-4565 to register
New Beginnings Is looking for beds, cribs, pac ‗n plays, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, kitchen tables & chairs, VCR & DVD players, etc. Our non-profit corporation assists struggling individuals and families with household necessities at no cost to the recipient. We helped 118 families in 2011. Please contact the Starr‘s at 574-1138. To offset the transportation and storage costs, monetary donations are also needed.
APRIL Anniversaries 5 -George & Jeanne Kapotas 7 - Don & Brenda Crowe 8 - Ron & Julie Symons 11 - Doug & Robin Digman 16 - Rich & Judy Strutt
Please contact the church office if your special day isnâ€™t listed.
PLEASE PRAY: Dan Williams Marie Wenger-Rowe Tammy Gerald Fingerson Brittany Ronald Scott Mary Lou Fry Dorothy Leffler Mary Ellen Schultze Joan Moc
APRIL BIRTHDAYS 3 - Jessica Hazlett 4 - Owen Beerkircher 5 - Kevin Kirschbaum 7 - David Olson 8 - Mary Berg 8 - Amber Price 9 - Chip Forrest 9 - Lillian Nye 15 - Julie Athey 15 - Jeff Oxnem 17 - Ben Berryman 18 - Peggy Forrest 20 - Rick Gullickson 20 - Mackenzie Leitzinger 22 - Adam Gullickson 22 - John Houck 22 - Mike Weber 24 - Marilyn Liddle 24 - Maggie Piper 25 - Jan Kirschbaum 27 - Mary Ellen Schultze 27 - Scott Tolzman 27 - Alexis Udelhoven 29 - Maggie Godfrey 30 - Molly Weier