The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
In Luke’s Gospel we read the commissioning of the disciples after the resurrection, (Luke 24:47-49): “Repentance and forgiveness will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem…You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” How difficult the task must have seemed for the disciples…going into the whole world (starting at Jerusalem), knowing that most if not seemly the whole world was against them, and called by God’s Will to teach, preach, and by the transforming power of God…make disciple of Jesus Christ of the “whole world.” I am also struck by the fact that God gave them no plans laid out in front of them, no answers to how much it would cost them to care for and meet their daily needs, or even who would be chairman of the board of this organized or seemingly unorganized band of followers. He simply gave them one directive and one promise…it would be fulfilled 10 days from now (10 days after His Ascension and 50 days after His Resurrection). “The clothing with power from on high,” the filling of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity…God Himself filling them so that it would be God living in them that would be doing the “Impossible and the Miraculous.” A Heavenly Vision and Purpose is always greater than the power and resources of you and I. If that were not so, I doubt that it would be of God for there would be little of it that would be Heavenly. However, those who seek to follow God’s Will and God’s Plans can be well assured that God will always provide His Heavenly Power to be at work in us to accomplish His divine purposes. I was watching a program on television the other day showing men using nitroglycerin to explode out the side of a mountain to build railroad tracks through the Rocky Mountains with such awesome power. I have personally experienced the power of nitroglycerin opening my blood vessels and allowing life-giving blood to flow freely into my heart. Nitroglycerin can both be explosive and life-giving…so is the power of God’s Holy Spirit when we allow Him to enter our lives, our plans, our visions, our efforts, our faithfulness, our decisions, our witness for what God wants to accomplish and can do in us and through us if we but allow Him! The tasks that God still gives to us today always seem to be unbelievably impossible and the future can sometimes appear undependable or at least questionable, but be well assured that if God gives the vision and God is doing the directing…HE IS ABLE TO CARRY IT OUT IN US…THROUGH HIS POWER…NOT OURS! God has great plans to prosper and to bless us…God will never call us to be mediocre…but to be Great for Him! God Bless Us All…as Faithfully we serve Him and through His Holy Spirit, fulfill His Visions and His Plans for our Days! -Pastor Ed
COMING EVENTS PRIMETIMERS On Thursday, April 11, the Primetimers will visit the beautiful and historic St. James Chapel and the John B. Howe Home at Howe Military Academy, in Howe, Indiana. Lunch will be at Tiffany’s in Topeka. The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 8:45 a.m., and we will leave the church at 9:15 a.m. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 534-2791.
PIZZA WITH THE PASTORS We will be having two “Pizza with the Pastors” luncheons in April. The first one will be on Sunday, April 14, at 12:00 p.m. noon, at the Life Center. The second one will be on Sunday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown campus. The purpose of these luncheons is for visitors and new attenders to get better acquainted with the pastors and staff. Everyone is welcome.
MARRIAGE RETREAT We will be having a Marriage Retreat on April 26-27 at the Life Center. It will begin on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, it will be from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Child care will be provided, as well as the noon meal and snacks. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please call the church office, 533-9518, and reserve your place. All couples are welcome!
RUMMAGE SALE Our spring Rummage Sale will soon be here so it is time to clean out your closets, basement, and garage. The dates are April 12, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and April 13, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. You may bring your items to the south end of the gym on April 8, 9, and 10. We need lots of help, especially on Thursday, April 11, to set up, and on Saturday, April 13, to tear down. Contact Patty Krebs, 612-2048, if you can help.
MOVIE We will be having a free movie on Sunday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m. at the Life Center. The movie will be “Finding Nemo.” There will be free popcorn, and everyone is welcome!
PRAYER Everyone is encouraged to sign up for one of the two prayer lines the church has in place. In this way we may pray for persons in the many ways that are needed. For the E-mail prayer line, contact Janet Taylor at: email@example.com, or if the telephone line suits you better, contact Fannie Mabie at 533-4965. May we continue to live in a spirit of thankfulness as we give ourselves and our life situations to God.
YOUTH EVENTS YOUTH MISSION TRIP The youth group will be going to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky over spring break, from April 1-6, 2013. Please pray for the youth who are going: Brodie Bender, Anna Benton, Julia Giddens, Tyler Groves, Jacob Haimes, Cooper Middaugh, Wesley Middaugh, Harry Musser, Addison Nicodemus, Sarah Nowak, Manda Peffley, Nick Ragsdale, Ryan Spencer, Brandon Stoll, Jamie Stoll, Jacob Stover, Cassidy Trammell, Anjelica Wampler, Cecile Wampler, Langston Wenger, Hannah Weirich, Garrette Wilde, Trina Witte.
SENIOR HIGH & JUNIOR HIGH CHURCH CAMP We will be attending senior high camp on June 23-28. More details will follow soon but please be thinking if you would like to join us. Anyone going into high school through graduating seniors are welcome. I will be attending this week and we will be sharing housing with Faith UMC. Junior High camp will be July 21-26. It is the same as fair week, but it is a week that has great leadership and some of our youth are already registered for that week. If you are not able to attend that week, please feel free to register for a week that better fits your schedule. The church has graciously offered to cover $200 of the cost of any youth that wants to attend camp. Please let me know soon if this is something youâ€™d like to do so I can start preparing financially. -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
EVANGELISM AT TARGET A couple of weeks ago a number of our youth went to Target in an effort to bless people and evangelize. It was a neat experience. All of the youth wrote letters of encouragement and hid them somewhere in the store so people shopping would come across them and receive the kind words. While they were there they were also told to engage people by saying hello, offering help where they could, and rounding up all the carts in the parking lot. The best part though was that many of them had the courage to start conversations with strangers about God. They were able to talk about faith, church, and salvation. It was really cool to see them open up and have fun while doing it. -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
SPOTLIGHT: YOUTH OF THE MONTH The March youth of the month is Brodie Bender. Brodie has meant so much to the youth group. He has been at the center of everything over the past year. He gives people rides, works hard at service projects, reaches out to people in the church, and has helped mentor some of the younger youth. One of the most amazing things to know about Brodie is that he has not missed a single Wednesday night group since I took over as youth pastor last April. That includes the time that he was bitten by a dog and got rather sick because of it. A few weeks ago we got to enjoy Brodie sharing his testimony at youth group. Thank you Brodie for all you do. You will definitely be missed after you graduate! -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
THANK YOU!! I thank God for selfless people in our church that give up at least one night a week to come and spend time with our youth kids. I have been blessed with an all-star group of helpers....each week Tony Brinson, Matt Smith, Bobbi Smith, Loraine Troyer, Ann Bender, Julie Weddle, Julie Springer, Marc Dixon and PK Carvajal give of their time and talents and cannot be thanked enough! You guys rock! What is even more exciting now is that God is providing many avenues for our group to grow both in number and substance, but to do that we need more helpers. What do you know? God has answered that prayer as well. I want to give a big shout out to the following people who have decided to make a commitment to help the group and be a part of the excitement that is going to come: Amy Smith, Garry Anglemyer, Don Riegsecker, Andrew Hughes, and Stephanie Hughes. I am so excited to see what each of you can bring to the group. God has placed you here for a reason! It is amazing to see what will happen when we just let God take control of where we go. Oh and one more thing...I can't forget to thank Brent Lehman, Scott Nickerson, Cammi Waggoner, Mark Waggoner, and Carol Hess for teaching Sunday school for us! And all the adults on the Y'AL team that help with fundraisers and event planning! This ministry would not be possible without you! -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
THE LIVING WORD The 2013 Production of the Living Word was a great success due to the tireless and excellent efforts of many people. I would like to personally thank Tom Smith who always goes above and beyond in doing so many things for the production, not the least of which is all the organization of the setup and tear down. Thank you, Tom. Also, I want to say thanks again this year to Cindy Howard who helped in many ways. Most important is the new design and build of the set. It looks great. Thanks so much for the many, many days and nights you put in making it look just right. Special thanks to Elaine McCann who served as our drama director this year. Her capable talents and direction made the production a great success. Of course, she spent many hours working on the set and giving it just the right touches as well. We are truly blessed to have such committed and talented people. Of course there are so many others to thank including our musicians, cast, crew and sponsors, all of which put in countless hours to make this production happen. But I also want to say thank you to spouses and families who gave up their family members for this extended period to allow them to be involved. It is such a privilege to work with all of you in this tremendous effort. It is our prayer that our efforts, with God's direction, will make this event meaningful in the lives of many persons for years to come. To God be all the Glory!!!
-Steve Campagna, Minister of Music
GOSHEN FUMC CALENDAR YEAR HIGHLIGHTS 2013 APRIL April 1-6 April 3 April 11 April 12-13 April 14 April 14-21 April 21 April 24 April 25 April 26-27 MAY May 7 May 11 May 14 May 19 May 19 May 27 May 29 May 29 JUNE June 2 June 9 June 11 June 22 JULY July 4 July 7 July 7-13 July 21 July 21-28 July 28-31
Youth Mission Trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky No TGIW – spring break Primetimers trip. Rummage Sale at Downtown campus 12:00 noon “Pizza with the Pastors” at Life Center Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network week – our church helps 11:30 am “Pizza with the Pastors” at Downtown campus 4:00 pm Movie at the Life Center Last TGIW meal and classes until fall 7:00 pm Missions Committee Marriage Retreat at the Life Center 7:00 pm GHS Jazz Band at the Life Center 5:00 pm Wedding in Downtown Sanctuary Primetimers trip 12:00 noon Receptionists/Volunteer appreciation meal at the Life Center 4:00 pm Movie at Life Center Memorial Day – Church Office closed Carry-in meal for the choir at Downtown campus Last youth group until school starts High school/college graduation recogni tion during morning worship services 4:00 pm Movie at Life Center Primetimers trip 4:00 pm Wedding in Downtown Sanctuary Holiday – Church Office closed Evening – Big Bash at the Life Center Youth Mission trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 4:00 pm Movie at Life Center Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network week – our church helps 6:00-8:00 pm – Vacation Bible School at the Life Center
AUGUST August 2 August 17 August 18 August 20 August 22 August 24
Wedding at Downtown Sanctuary 1:00 pm Wedding at Downtown Sanctuary 4:00 pm Hog Roast and Movie at Life Center Leadership Training by Pastor Ed Primetimers trip Leadership training by Pastor Ed
SEPTEMBER Sept. 2 Holiday – Church Office closed Sept. 11 TGIW meal and classes begin for the fall Sept. 15 4:00 pm Movie at Life Center Sept. 19 Primetimers trip Sept. 21 Wedding in Downtown Sanctuary Sept. 29-Oct. 6 Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network week - our church helps OCTOBER Oct. 5 Oct. 4-5 Oct. 6 Oct. 11-12 Oct. 20 Oct. 23
Wedding in Downtown Sanctuary Rummage Sale at Downtown campus World Wide Communion Day Women’s Retreat at Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana 4:00 pm Movie at the Life Center No TGIW – fall break
NOVEMBER Nov. 3 All Saints Day Nov. 17 4:00 pm Movie at the Life Center Nov. 27 No TGIW Nov. 28 Thanksgiving – Church Office closed DECEMBER Dec. 8 9:00 am Christmas Cantata at Downtown campus Dec. 15 4:00 pm Movie at the Life Center Dec. 18 Last TGIW until January Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services at Downtown campus and Life Center Dec. 24-26 Holiday – Church office closed. Dec. 31 Holiday – Church office closed.
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“During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us….Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.” -Ruth Miller and the family of Cheryl Rider “Thanks to all that came to the spaghetti dinner to help us celebrate the upcoming birth of our baby! We really appreciate all your gifts—now we feel that we are ready to have a baby! He is due April 12. Please keep us in your prayers as the special day arrives.” -Mateo & Rachel Tenorio “Thank you for the birthday card and lovely pink carnation. It brought much joy to me.” -Peg Herring We would like to thank everyone that came out to support the group at our latest fundraiser meal. We had fun preparing and serving the food and it was great to hear the feedback we got on how good the food was and how much people enjoyed themselves. We raised $720 that we will use at one of our two mission trips this spring and summer. -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAYS! April 1 Marcia Parsons Pat Robbins April 2 Nancy Lantz Shelley Tucker Jeremy Stutsman Hayden Bailey April 3 Dale Showalter Sara Showalter April 4 Eric Brown P.K. Carvajal April 6 Laura Miller David Hodges Nell Hoogenboom Aspen Anglemyer April 7 Sharon Anglemyer
April 14 Thomas Perrin Beatrice Briggs Gage Wiles April 15 Barb Allyn Kenda Shorthouse Marilyn Wallace Brock Blankenbaker Zoey Williams April 16 Marjorie Zollinger Joni Miller April 17 Melissa Fowler Kim Sheets
April 27 Gordon Moore Drew Elliott Meghan Rheinheimer Steve Campagna
April 18 Tim Yoder Michael Deranek Morgan Fetters
April 28 Lexus Tucker
April 8 John Cornel
April 20 Will Herschberger Randy Fackelman Cassidy Trammell
April 9 Tony Krebs Jeanette Salisbury Tom Snobarger
April 21 Diane Bachman Brendon Crawford Alicia Spencer
April 10 Michael Cork Rebecka Franklin
April 22 Brodie Bender
April 11 Patricia McKinney April 12 Al Lane Kris Kinel
April 26 Rosalie Rock Jim Yoder Justin Gran Gavin Gran
April 23 Ruth Fry April 24 Darlene Dechant Rick Crowder Lauren Altenhof
April 29 Kim Stark David Hart, Sr. April 30 Andrew Ketcham Sheila Booker Bonnie Nicolai
THINK ABOUT IT “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” -Author Unknown “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” -Earl Nightingale