The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
Nehemiah 4:6 “So they rebuilt the wall…for the people worked with all their hearts.” February is the month of love…the month we celebrate “Valentine’s Day” and the romantic love found in the heart between a man and a woman. However, it is not only their sentimental expressions or feelings one for another, but most of all it also states the commitment, sacrifice, and desire of one person for another to be a blessing to them through the attitudes and actions of their life. Valentine’s Day calls us to cherish and appreciate the other person to whom we are sending the Valentine to. It is a matter of the heart! The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem progressed well because the people had set their hearts and minds on finishing the task before them. They possessed within their hearts a commitment and determination not to give up, but to complete the task before them regardless of the hard work, sacrifice, and determination required of them because of the oppositions and struggles they faced daily because God was worthy of their best effort until the task was finished. Yet with struggles and pressures around them daily, they never lost sight of their purpose and to whom their love and hearts were so dedicated. Since September of 2012 we together have been about finishing the task of the “Looking Up and Reaching Out” Campaign of the renovation of the Downtown Campus and the development and building of a new ministry that will be accomplished through the new Goshen First UM Church “GPS Building.” By the way, just a side note… “GPS” is known in our world to be a mapping device that helps lost people find their way. Oh, how I pray that the various ministries that will happen in and around the GPS Building will truly help persons who have lost their way to be found in Christ and redirected in His wonderful direction that will bless them. The final stages in finishing and answering God’s Will in this building (like the Rebuilding of the Wall in Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day) is just ahead of us…together we can see the task finished. There will be steel ordered, ground work accomplished, concrete work being done, walls put up, plumbing, blocks laid, electricity run, etc., but in all of the journey to finishing our task, let us not lose sight of our purpose—God’s Glory and lives being changed by His power as all of us are used as His tools and instruments to accomplish it. Let it be said of us… “they made a difference in the lives of others for the Kingdom of God…for the people worked with all of their hearts.” The finish line is yet ahead of us. Let us press on to finish our task with joy and the pleasure of being used by God for the building of His Kingdom here in Goshen. May this Spring see us finish this matter of the Heart so that together we can see the Glory of God at work. God Bless You All! Pastor Ed
COMING EVENTS UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS On Sunday, February 17th, the youth will have a “Soup and Sandwich” Fundraiser at the Life Center at 12:00 noon. Donations are welcome. All funds raised will be used for the 2013 youth mission trips. Everyone is welcome! On Friday, February 22, the youth will have a 30-Hour Famine and overnight lock-in at the Life Center. We will experience what it is like to be hungry and impoverished (even if it is only for a night). This is an eye opening experience and one that should not be missed. We will also be collecting rice bowls at this event so we can send the collected money to “Food for the Hungry.”
SUPER BOWL AND CHILI COOK-OFF Don’t forget!! The chili cook-off and watching the Super Bowl football game will take place on Sunday, February 3, at The Life Center. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and game kick-off is around 6:20 p.m. We will be judging the chili, and the chili with the most votes at half time gets the high coveted trophy.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY/FITNESS CLASS
The Primetimers will have lunch in the Garden Room of the downtown campus on Tuesday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be egg casseroles, fruit, and muffins from The Electric Brew for $5.00.
All ladies are invited to experience the women’s fitness Bible study and workout as we journey through the book, “Made to Crave.” This will take place on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00 a.m., beginning February 1, at the Life Center. For questions, contact Bobbi Smith by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After lunch we will go see the Goshen College Chamber Choir perform. “A Limitless Expanse” is a program of sacred and secular sounds and poetry that celebrate our embodiment of God’s richness.
The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 10:30 a.m. All others will drive themselves to the church. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 534-2791.
We will be showing a free movie at the Life Center on Sunday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m. The movie is entitled, “Cool Running.” Everyone is welcome. Free popcorn will be served.
Perfect Attendance In December the youth tied their record for highest number of youth with perfect attendance (25). Being at youth every week is such a great accomplishment that I feel the following youth should be recognized. Please tell them how proud you are of them next time you see them. Brodie Bender, Bryce Bender, Brock Blankenbaker, Tyler Brinson, Noah Caouette, Andrew Charlton, Nick Clark, Payton Crume, Mitchell Davidson, Julia Giddens, Cameron Groves, Ellie Groves, Tyler Groves, Katie Herschberger, Joel Honey, Cole Jordan, Tina Juroff, Melina Liras, Cooper Middaugh, Wes Middaugh, Harry Musser, Addison Niccodeumus, Sarah Smith, Cassidy Trammell, Garrette Wilde. Brad Miller Youth Pastor Goshen First United Methodist Church
Youth of the Month – Sydney Bailey Sydney Bailey was January’s youth of the month. Sydney has been working very hard at talking about her faith with others, encouraging friends to attend youth group, and even starting to talk about things that she feels have held her back relating to faith. All of those are big steps to take when you are a senior and I am very proud of her for doing all of that. Also Sydney has begun singing in the youth praise band, participating in youth service projects, and is taking lessons on how to better evangelize. Sydney is planning on attending our summer evangelism trip to Myrtle Beach. It will be a great trip and I am confident that Sydney is going to help many find Christ…not only on the trip but as she heads off to college in the fall. -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
Youth Mission Project If you know me you know that I will take any opportunity I can to brag about the awesome youth at our church. Last Wednesday all of the youth participated in mission projects. ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
The junior high girls went to the downtown campus. They helped clean up after the TGIW dinner and then played with, taught, and entertained the little kids that were there that evening. The junior high guys went door to door in the Goshen community collecting goods that were donated to Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. They collected several bags of items while enduring the cold weather. The senior high guys stayed at the Life Center. They organized closets, cleaned walls, moved heavy items, swept, and helped set up for the following Sunday. The senior high girls went to Goshen Interfaith and entertained the guests that were staying there that evening. They played many games and had a great time.
The best part about all of this is that they did it with smiles, love, and grace. They were more than willing to help in all these areas, and they did it without a single complaint. It was nice talking with each group afterwards because they all had smiles on their faces as they shared the tales of their evenings. We have an awesome youth group, and if you see any of them please tell them how much you appreciate them. Brad Miller Youth Pastor
THE LIVING WORD This yearâ€™s Living Word production promises to be a great one. Things are already beginning to take shape. One of the things we are wanting to do this year is update our set with some very nice designs that our own Cindy Howard has provided us. We are also hoping to use projection as a significant part of the production tool this year. As you can imagine, a project like the living Word takes a lot of time and effort but it also requires a significant amount of money. One of the ways you can help is by becoming a sponsor. There are different levels of sponsorship so it is something that everyone can participate in. By becoming a sponsor, you will have your name in the program. Soon you will be seeing an insert in the bulletin about the different ways you can participate. We hope you will prayerfully consider being part of this yearâ€™s production by becoming a sponsor.
Caring Ministry Emphasis in February What are Caring Ministries? This little story perhaps tells it best. A little girl was tucked in bed for the night, when it began to lightening and thunder. She became frightened and called out for her Mommy and Daddy. They came into her bedroom and comforted her, letting her know that she was safe and that the storm would soon be over. They told her not to be afraid, that God was with her and that He loved her. She said, "but I need love with skin on it." That is what a Caring Ministry is...God's love with skin on it. Presently, we have 12 ministries which are considered Caring Ministries: Card, Casserole, College Care, Flower, Funeral Dinner, Nursing Home Visitation, Ninety + Birthday Cards, Prayer Chains (telephone and e-mail) , Prayer Shawl, Shepherd, Transportation. It is possible to sign up for any of these ministries at any time during the year and be God's love with skin on it. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Kling, 361-4621, and she will direct you to the coordinator of that ministry or go online to our web site (goshenfirstumc.org) for complete contact info. (over)
WE CARE Below is a list of our church members who are in health care or assisted living. I would like to encourage everyone to send cards or visit these members. -Pam Kling Greencroft Healthcare, 1225 Greencroft Drive, Goshen, IN 46526 Marjorie Cox—Room 108 Gladys Bickel—Room 103 Charlie Sloan—Room 105 Jane Toth—Room 134 Carol Gilchrist—Room 103 Florence Guengerich—Room 240 Pat McKinney—Room 104 Agda Farber—Room 303 Elbert Groves—Room 550 Lena Kent—Room 512 Gordon DeWilde—Room 231 Evergreen Assisted Living, 1300 Greencroft Drive, Goshen, IN 46526 Irene Renner—Apt. 114 Heritage House, 1700 Waterfall Drive, Nappanee, IN 46550 Ed Koher—Apt. 145 The Maples Healthcare, 1332 Waterford Circle, Goshen, IN 46526 Ermadean Seltenright—Room 318 Waterford Crossing Assisted Living, 1212 Waterford Circle, Goshen, IN 46526 Phyllis Flora—Apt. 410 Leo Seltenright—Apt. 303 Jack Stump—Apt. 205 Stan & Barbara Leedy—Apt. 406 Gene Weaver—Apt. 815 Fran Jessup—Apt. 709 at “Emily’s House” Courtyard Healthcare, 2400 College Avenue, Goshen, IN 46526 Laura Miller—Room 209 Walter Aschliman—Room 315 Bonnie Nicolai—Room 343 Warsaw Meadows Health Care, 214 S. Third Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 Wayne Smith
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“Thanks for all the cards and treats you have given me for Christmas and my birthday! You lift my spirits when you remember me. I enjoyed the Christmas Eve service. I am so glad I was able to attend.” -Frances Jessup “I would like to say thank you publicly to Scott Nickerson. On the night of the College Football championship, my truck battery kept dying on me. Despite multiple jumps, there was nothing I could do. My truck was stranded at the Life Center and I had no way to get home. When Scott found this out he volunteered to remove my battery, take it to the store, and replace it. Not only did he do that but he drove home (30 minutes round trip) to get his tools. I forgot to mention that he missed most of the game and it was VERY COLD that night. It is because of nice guys like Scott that our church is well loved in the community and people feel at home when they are here. God Bless You Scott!” -Brad Miller
HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS! February 1 Shirley Myers February 2 Mike Anderson Barbara Lewallen Amanda Eckelbarger February 3 Mike Taylor Hannah Sorrell February 4 Olivia Salisbury Lenette Burckhart February 5 Jason Miller A.J. Brinson Tia Rice February 6 Kelly Schrock February 7 Mitch Day Shanon Layne February 8 Emily Good Tony Beltran Mitchell Davidson February 9 Jacob Haimes Robert Rock Larry Solyom Margie Weaver Ron Howard Jack Moser Andrew Hughes February 10 Ramona Reynolds Robert Zawacki Logan Ferris
February 12 Josh Fredrick Charlotte Gran Lynne Alber Dan Schrock February 13 Dave Brinkruff February 14 Dennis Martin Richard Myers
February 23 Payton Crume Peg Herring February 24 Shirley Hansen Emily Hodges Barbara Leedy
February 15 Paul Shidler Hazel Sanders
February 25 Elexis Carroll
February 16 Julia Herschberger Gordon DeWilde
February 26 Larry Juday Dave McCann
February 17 Jackie Hinckley Karen Weaver
February 27 Norman Simmons Doug Hansen
February 19 Charlie Payne Mary Jo Cotherman Mel Eash Marsha Miller Morgan Howar
February 28 Cathy Webb Darrell Eggers Jennifer Howar Vienna Griffith Gabrielle Gunden
February 20 Peggy Paflas Rev. Ed Fritz Kim Gunden
February 29 Kimberly Hart
February 21 Yvonne Paff Lela Gailey February 22 Florence Guengerich Kayleigh Crowder Sydney Sheeley Layla Miller Stephanie Hughes
THINK ABOUT IT “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” -Albert Einstein “Stubbornly persist, and you find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.” -Robert Brault “He conquers who endures.” -Persius