Sunday Worship – Communion 
In our modern often fast-paced life, it is easy to get overwhelmed, isolated, and anxious or feel left behind. We are continuing to look at those emotions that make us uncomfortable. The sermon series is ‘Your Emotions: Friend or Enemy?’ This week’s message is titled ‘Liberating the Depressed’, and is based on John 5:1-18. We will be receiving communion this week, so please take time to pray for reconciliation in your life, or in the lives of those you know who need this healing.

Encounter – A Seven-Week Small Group Event,‘Encounter’ is a small group event designed to help us see, reflect on, and learn to speak about God’s work and blessings in our lives. It will begin on Thursday, February 20th, and go until Thursday, April 2nd. It will start at 7 pm and last 1 ½ hours. There is room for about 10 in the class, so please let Pastor Brian know if you are interested or have questions.

Giving Made Easy – UMCgo App
Use your smartphone to make giving your offering easier. You can use the app UMCgo to send funds to support the mission and ministries of our church. Check it out today! 

Mission – Giving to Relief Efforts with Someone Else’s Money
Some on-line retailers like Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice. Through Amazon Smile, you can choose relief and support organizations like The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) or Determined to Develop (D2D). You can check out these organization’s web sites to see the great work that they do! Scripture for Reflection – Psalm 137:1

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.

Our PrayerGod of love, God of music, God of redemption, we read the stories in the Bible of the Hebrew people who were carried off into slavery, time and time again. Their hearts were certainly made heavy when they thought of the goodness of their homeland, their houses, the landscapes and the people who nurtured them. God, we know there are people who are far from home today, either by choices such as military service, or who have been somewhat forced due to family dynamics or job requirements. We want to take time to pray for them today. If there is an opportunity, maybe we can even send a note of encouragement or make a phone call. Lord, we sometimes forget that small acts done with great love can change the world. Today, help me be an agent of change in this world, especially to those who are far from home or isolated in any way. Help me be the light and love of hope that comes through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 See you in church, Brian

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