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The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN

March 2012

During this past month we celebrated “President’s Day” and recognized several of our Presidents who so nobly and powerfully affected the people of this nation for good and for God. One of those Presidents whom we recognized was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States…a man of God and a President who guided this country through one the darkest hours of our nation’s young history. Mr. Lincoln on two separate occasions made these two statements about his life that I believe sum up his life and devotion to God and to others so well: “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.” “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, then a legion of angels swearing I was right will make no difference.” Whatever you are doing, whatever relationship you are engaged in, whatever act of service you can offer to others, and whatever cause you find worthy of giving yourself to…give it: -Your whole heart -Your undistracted attention -Your complete commitment -Your maximum energy For in doing so, this is our greatest act of worship to our God who created us. Therefore, we ought to give our “all” to every task and every person our life touches. This is how we measure the effort of our lives and the true measure of our devotion to God and others. As we think of our season of Lent, often we focus on what we give up or surrender so that we might be again be reminded of what Jesus gave up for us on the Cross—His Life. Yet I challenge us to consider not only what Christ gave up, but also consider that in giving up He was also serving. This is my challenge, to myself and to you for Lent. Find something new this Lent not only to give up, but especially look for someone or something honorable to serve and to give it your all… show them Christ in your service and thus reveal to the world Christ through you. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” Pastor Ed


COMING EVENTS PRIMETIMERS The Primetimers will meet for lunch at the church on Thursday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be chicken penne pasta, salad, and brownies, provided by the South Side Soda Shop. The cost is $5.00. Our program will be given by Susie Warner. Susie will speak about notable Indiana women she has known. The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 11:00 a.m. All others will drive to the church on your own. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 534-2791.

SOUP/ SANDWICH LUNCH - YOUTH FUNDRAISER

MEN’S LENTEN BREAKFASTS The following dates have been assigned for locations of our 2012 Men’s Lenten Breakfasts. The start time for each Saturday meeting is 7:00 a.m. An offering will be taken at each meeting to cover expenses, with proceeds to go to a mission project. March 3 March 10March 17 March 24 March 31 -

St. Mark’s UMC Goshen First UMC Faith UMC Bristol UMC Dunlap UMC

YOUTH — CREATION MUSEUM All youth are invited to go to the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky on March 16-18. The museum gives a fresh perspective on how God created everything that we see. The youth will stay in a church for a couple of nights while there. The cost will be around $50 per person for the weekend. Contact Jeff Karnes, 238-1939, if you would like to go. We will be taking one of the church buses.

The youth will be having a fundraiser meal for everyone on Sunday, March 25. They will serve soup and sandwiches. There is no charge, but donations are welcome! Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the downtown campus, and at 12:00 noon at the Life Center. Come and enjoy a good lunch and support our youth group! All proceeds will go toward the youth summer mission trip to Cleveland, Ohio, on June 10-16, 2012.

MOVIE On Sunday, March 18, at 4:00 p.m., we will have a free movie night at the Life Center. The movie we will show is “Fireproof.” Everyone is welcome.


NEW DOWNTOWN CUSTODIAN Bobbi Smith has been helping out as our downtown campus custodian and she is doing a wonderful job! She writes this about herself: “I am married to my wonderful husband, Matt, who supports me in everything I do. With a great passion for music and youth, I am coordinator for youth music as well as a small group leader for the senior high girls. I also enjoy singing on a praise team on Sunday mornings at the Life Center. Having a knack for the creative, I take part in the worship design committee to help come up with various ideas and themes for each week’s service. I have also spent a year serving as a missionary in Honduras, teaching kindergarten and first grade. My hobbies include: traveling, using my Spanish, reading, scrapbooking, and watching movies with my amazing husband.”

NEW YOUTH PASTOR AT FUMC “Hi! My name is Brad Miller. I will be taking over as youth pastor in June. I started working part-time on February 1. My family and I are extremely excited about this new opportunity and have been enjoying meeting all of you. My wife, Sarah, who is the youth pastor at Faith United Methodist Church, and I have lived in Goshen for 4 1/2 years. We’ve been married for seven years and have two wonderful children: a daughter, Layla, who just turned 4, and a son, Griffin, who is 2. Thank you for welcoming us into your church family as we take on the new challenges God has placed before us.” -Brad Miller

SEASON OF LENT

EASTER FLOWERS

The Season of Lent is an important one in the life of Christians. Just as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we also celebrate his resurrection. There are Lenten calendars with daily readings, activities, and prayers available at both the Downtown church and at the Life Center. Please feel free to pick one up as we journey these forty days to Easter. As you prepare for this journey, you are invited to pick up the story of the pretzel or “little arms” crossed in prayer. This visual is a reminder to us not only of the history of this food, but of our attitude and prayer life. Blessings! -Pam Kling

This year we will again be ordering flowers for our Easter church service. The price is $12.50 for a lily, and $9.50 for tulips. You may take it home with you after the Easter church service. The last day to order is March 25. Please call the church office, 533-9518, or fill out the bulletin insert at church if you wish to order an Easter flower.


From The Desk of the YP

Hey Everyone ... It looks like Spring is just around the corner and winter wasn't that bad! Hope everyone is having an exciting 2012 ... As I know this has already been an extremely busy year for me and is just going to be getting busier ... Especially with the job change coming up later this year and the big event I have worked with WFRN Family Friendly Radio to bring everyone in the area ... with the WFRN Friend Fest ... Hope all of you can be a part of that. In addition to that, as most of you know, the church has already hired my replacement ... Brad Miller ... and he is already helping out with youth ministry so that the transition can be a smooth one. In addition to that ... We have a lot of things planned that are coming up soon in the Youth Ministry. First of all ... March 16 - 18 we will be taking a group down to the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky (just outside Cincy) to get a fresh perspective of how God created everything that we see. This should be an exciting trip, and we will be staying in a church for a couple nights while there ... The cost will be about $50 per person for the weekend and we are hoping for a good size group to go along. In addition ... March 25th at both campuses the youth will be doing a soup and sandwich lunch as a Mission Trip fundraiser. As you may know, we are headed to Cleveland June 10 - 16 and need to raise around $5,000 for the trip. Hope you can help by eating lunch with us this day. As if that wasn't enough ... We will be doing another Mission Trip Fund Raiser on April 22nd at both campuses, as the youth will be serving Spaghetti and Salad just after the morning service. All proceeds from this dinner goes to the summer Mission Trip as well. That is just a few things we have going on as I finish up my time here ... If you have any questions feel free to contact me! In Christ From the desk of the YP Jeff Karnes jeff@elevateumc.com 574.238.1939


FITNESS CLASSES *A healthy mind, body, and soul.* 6 week sessions starting March 5th. Monday—6:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.—Body Sculpting Tuesday—6:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.—Cardio Dance Wednesday—6:00 a.m.—Kickboxing Wednesday—9:30 a.m.—Cardio Dance Thursday—4:30 p.m.—Pilates The cost is $5 per class or you can purchase a punch card for $25. For more information, contact Aimee Brinson, at (574) 343-4770. aimeebrinson@goshenfirstumc.org


First United Methodist Church 214 S. Fifth Street Goshen, IN 46528 Phone: 533-9518 www.goshenfirstumc.org www.goshenlifecenter.org

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“Thank you for your contributions to our church in memory of Morrie. We have loved the church so very much and we have been so happy here. Thank you again for loving us so much and giving us so much spiritual food.” -Peg Herring “Thank you for your donation of 184.45 pounds of food to The Window in 2011. It was helpful in feeding and giving hope to many.” -Sharon Helmuth, for The Window “Thank you so much for the pink carnation for my birthday. It brightened my day. And also thanks for a great church family and the Sheets family for delivering it.” -Betty Kessler “To the GIFHN Hosts—I wish I could remember all of your names. We really enjoyed your company and loved the food. Thank you also for all the help with the homework and advice. With great appreciation.” -Stephanie & Brandon Palmer “Thank you for the beautiful birthday carnation, and to the Sheets family for bringing it. I appreciated it.” -Carol Eldridge “Thank you so much for all of the cards, visits, well wishes, and prayers during my recent hospitalization. It is a rich blessing to have the support of my church family during times of need.” -Bob Morris


HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAYS! March 1 Angela Hutchings March 2 Eric Groves March 5 Joel Hach Dorothy Timmons March 6 Mallory Payne Phyllis Flora Gary Huber March 8 Audrey Miller Brittany Beers Margaret Perrin March 9 Todd Gingerich Carolyn Hach Abigail Miller Natalie Miller Karen Lyndon March 10 Jeff Showalter Jeff Battles March 11 David Mehl Merle Yoder Patty Ford March 12 Rachelle Crowder Kylie Gran March 13 Wayne Smith Dan Blucker March 14 Gene Stutsman

March 15 Michelle Meier Susan Colglazier Jessica Elliott Tim Giddens March 16 Fred Feick Keri Silcox Bobbi Smith March 17 Ellen Oswald John Potter Patricia Puffer Lauren Grant Alison Taylor March 18 Don Showalter March 19 Dora Aust Jean Morris March 20 Carole Evans Garrette Wilde Alexis Johnston March 21 Evelyn Moyer Jamie Stoll March 22 Alison Mattern Don Wallace March 23 Wanda Erickson March 24 Mardell Wiggins March 26 Terry Beres Arthur Beutter Diana Kendrick Trisha Stewart

March 27 Mike Stutzman March 28 Garry Anglemyer Kayla Miller Blak Wiess March 29 Deborah Starnes Ron Troyer John Fisher March 30 Bryce Bender Marlene Eldridge Reagan Sheeley March 31 Dick Hinckley Don Stevens Anthony Campagna Tiffany Stoll

THINK ABOUT IT! “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” -Henry Ward Beecher “The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.” -Author unknown “It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” Author unknown


The Gathering March 2012