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T.W.I.R.P. (The Week In Review / Preview) February 29, 2012 Dear Family and Friends of BSUMC, BSUMC is a can do church! The Spirit of the Lord is moving at the Broad Street UMC, no doubt about it. I went to my office on Sunday after service to find the room packed with eager volunteers for the planning session for the Community Dinner (this Saturday). Sandra Nutbrown and the Outreach Committee have worked hard to plan this event. Many organizations have contributed to make this a success as we reach out to needy folks in our neighborhood. I learned that fifteen volunteers participated in the Kitchen Clean Up day last Saturday. On a previous Saturday workday eighteen volunteers gathered to make soup while ten men worked in the chapel cleaning out the fallen plaster. Last Sunday parents, grandparents and children filled our Toddler room as we experienced our fourth Family Clusters Christian education. Robin Moss joined our planning team. New families have begun attending BSUMC and have asked to unite with our church family. On Audrey Rachel Sunshine and Carley Rae Lovejoy recently


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made their debut and will soon receive Christian baptism. Members and friends of BSUMC have been sharing their witnesses of faith each Sunday. Kyle and Sarah Harris have returned to Burlington and Sarah rejoined the choir. Our youth group is growing and Sarah Borgstrom is doing an awesome job of leading the MYP. The Confirmation class has added new members and continues to explore the faith in depth. Parents have volunteered to make meals, transport the youth and open their homes for the session. Lauri Sheppard recently repaired and gave new life to some old but good chairs for the pastor’s office. I found James Waitz and Walter Stout working on the windows of the Education building. Committee attendance is up. Our food pantry continues to thrive, as we are able to supply canned foods and dry goods to several local food pantries. Our Church Services are lively with many new volunteers serving as readers, pray-ers, greeters, musicians, power point operators and sound technicians. If you have noticed, our MYP is well represented week after week. The orchestra adds to the services twice a month. Sandy Gunn leads us in meaningful choir and congregational music balancing the traditional with the contemporary. In addition, we raised $35,500.00 towards our boiler fund of $45,000 in only ten months. Looking at these signs of vitality moved me to think that we have a lot for which to thank God. God has not called us to be a big church. God has called us to be faithful witnesses of Christ here in Burlington City. If we do our part God will bring the increase. The Apostle Paul wrote,

“One plants, another waters, but God makes it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 Let us strive together to prove ourselves faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ. Find your niche and fulfill your ministry with all your mind, heart, soul, and strength. And then watch God pour out the blessings, Pastor Kim


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CONFIRMATION CLASS This week the confirmation class will examine the topic of Grace. Confirmation students should meet in the junior room for lunch following the worship service. Class will conclude at 2:45pm. -Sarah

CONFIRMATION RETREAT On March 31, 2012 there will be a retreat for all confirmation students from 9:153:30pm. Stay tuned for details!


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MYP Road Trip The MYP will head for heading to Audubon United Methodist Church for their youth led worship service on March 17th, 2012. Please let Sarah know if you are interested in going so that she can arrange for transportation.

Choir rehearsals begin at 7:00 pm on March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29. Also, April 5 choir will start at 8 PM, following the Maundy Thursday worship service.


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Girlfriends of God  will   meet  on  March  4th  at  8:00am  at  the   Wedgewood  Diner.  

On Palm Sunday, April 1, during the 10:30 am Worship Service, the Sanctuary Choir will present the Easter Cantata, No Stone Could Hold Him by Lloyd Larson. Through song and narration we are reminded that Jesus is the "Rock of Our Salvation." An immovable stone sealing the tomb becomes an open gateway through which His message penetrates the world. Jesus is truly our living and eternal rock


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New Adult Christian Education Opportunity begins this Sunday at 9:30 am! In Pastor Kim’s office we will begin watching the DVD NOOMA series produced by Rob Bell This week we will watch and discuss the DVD “Bullhorn”  

God loves everyone, so a Christian should, too. In fact, Jesus said that the most important thing in life is to love God with everything we've got and love other the same way. But it's not always easy to love everyone around us, is it? Sometimes we strongly disagree with other people's political views, religious beliefs, behaviors, or something else, and it makes it hard to love them when we feel like we're right and they're very wrong. But Jesus doesn't separate loving God and loving others. So maybe the best way for us to show our love for God is actually by loving other people no matter how hard it sometimes is. Maybe it's the only way. Topics: Condemnation, Loving Others, Unconditional Love, Judgment, Self-Righteousness


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Every once in a while we need to look outside of ourselves and lend a bit of help to those in need. Yep, that’s what the BSUMC Outreach Committee does well. This Saturday from 1PM to 4PM Broad Street is hosting a Community Dinner and you can help, even if you can’t be there to help serve dinner. All the trimmings and sides have been bought but now we need the main dishes and desert. If you can donate a cooked ham or turkey please drop them off at the church kitchen Saturday morning from 10AM to 12 Noon in a disposable container. The same goes for desserts. To let the committee know how much additional meat and desserts have to be bought, email Sandra Nutbrown… nutbrowns@comcast.net and let her know what you will bring. My apologies to those who were at the meeting after church…. I tried to write down what everyone said they were bringing…. But sadly I didn’t get it all. People who would like to help in the kitchen will meet in the church kitchen on Thursday at 4:30 PM. Dinner set up will start on Friday at 4:30 PM. Saturday morning preparations will begin at 9:30 AM. Thanks to everyone on the Committee for their hard work and to our congregation that always comes through when there is a need. -Lauri Sheppard


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FAMIILY CLUSTERS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Sunday March 26th Parents, take note! Family Clusters Sunday School unites the whole family in an experience of learning together. We will meet again in the Toddle room with families, parents, and children to sing, play games, learn about the Bible and pray together. This week we will talk about creation. God made everything and God made me!

Community Dinner is March 3rd at 1 pm in the gym. Come lend a hand. Share Christ’s love


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MARK THY CALENDARS MARCH

1st Community Dinner preparation with Outreach Committee 4:30pm Choir 7:00 pm nd 2 Community Dinner set up 4:30 pm 3rd Community Dinner preparations 9:30 am Community Dinner 1-3pm th 4 Girlfriends of God 8 am at Wedgewood 8th Choir 7:00 pm 11th Trustees 7:00 pm 13th United Methodist Women 1:00 Junior Room th 14 Family Clusters planning session 7:30 Pastor’s Office th 15 Choir 7:00 17th MYP to Audubon UMC for a Youth Led Worship service 18th Coffee Fellowship after service Administrative Council 7:00 pm 20th Worship Committee 7:30pm Pastor’s Office 22nd Choir 7:00 pm

25th Family Clusters Sunday School 9:30 29th Choir 7:00pm 31st MYP Confirmation Retreat

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BIBLE TRIVIA QUIZ THIS WEEK Congratulations Cynthia Young for your answer to the last Bible Trivia Question. Outstanding work! Cynthia wrote:

1) Moses crime was that he killed an Egyptian who was maltreating a Hebrew 2) Moses task was to return to Egypt and deliver his brethren from bondage 3) God told Moses his name was "I Am Who I Am".

My Bible Trivia question this week is … Q. In my last Sermon I mentioned that God spoke with God’s people through (1) Prophets, (2) Priests, (3) Poets and (4) Philosophers. Please give an example of each of those categories by naming characters from the Old Testament.

Email your answers to me at revkim_crutchfield@yahoo.com

 


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