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Church Bulletin

Dansville & Sparta Center UMCs

January 17, 2021

9:30 am Sparta Center                       11:00 am Dansville

Pastor David Zastrow (585) 236-0887

What to Expect Today:

You’ll find a comfortable, casual atmosphere here at our church with a few hymns and a biblical, relevant message and very friendly people.  Feel free to dress casually.  You can stand and sing – or not.  You can simply listen if you’d like.  We are thrilled you’ve chosen to worship with us today!

UPCOMING SERMON SERIES:     A FRESH START IN 2021

1/24/21:       Overcoming Toxic Relationships & Difficult People -Part I

1/31/21:       Overcoming Toxic Relationships & Difficult People – Part II

2/7/21:         Overcoming Temptation.

            Order of Worship

          Announcements

*Call to Worship:  Hymn # 62: “All Creatures of our God and King” (all verses)

*Hymn # 696: “America the Beautiful” (all verses)

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 145: 1-9   Liturgist – Sharon Wolf    

Children’s Story:  Kathleen and Anthony Zastrow

Hymn # 405:  Seek Ye First (you may remain seated)

Joys and Concerns (Dansville-Sharon Wolf, Liturgist) with Pastoral Prayer

Special Music: Sparta Center – “Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley”

Dansville-Carina Telesco- soloist

      Sermon: Overcoming a Broken Nation

Tithes and Offerings

Due to Covid- The Collection plates are on the Altar rail in the front or the table in the back of the Sanctuary- Please place your Offerings in the plates. (Dansville)

CONNECTION CARD

* Hymn: #569 “We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations”

Benediction – Pastor Dave

What to Expect

Dansville Sanctuary

Dansville UMC Sanctuary

Sunday Worship

You will experience a traditional worship service at both churches.  You will be welcomed by one of our friendly greeters who will offer you a program, which is commonly called a “church bulletin.”  The church bulletin will guide you through the service, including the Call to Worship, *when to stand, hymn numbers and the order of events.

A typical worship service will usually include time for people to greet each other, a opening greeting and call to worship, hymns, special music, silent prayer and meditation, a children’s message (Young Disciples Time), church announcements, opportunity to share joys and concerns, an offering, the Lord’s Prayer, pastoral prayer, scripture readings, the sermon, and a closing prayer. 


CommunionHoly Communion
 is usually served the first Sunday of each month. The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. Communion is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love. All are invited to celebrate communion, but you can choose whether or not you wish to participate. (Source: UMC.org, the official online ministry of The United Methodist Church)  We use bread and grape juice for communion elements at Dansville and Sparta Center United Methodist Churches.  Gluten free bread is offered for those with special dietary needs.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is available for men and women who are home bound or living in nursing homes.  Please contact our church office to request a personal sacrament of Holy Communion for yourself or a loved one.

Accessibility

The Dansville United Methodist Church is fully accessible, including the sanctuary, fellowship hall, office, Sunday School rooms and restrooms. Use the elevator located off the fellowship hall for access to the second floor sanctuary.

The Sparta United Methodist Church offers full accessibility to the sanctuary, library/meeting room and nursery via the ramp on the east end of the church facing Route 256.  The fellowship hall is accessible from the ground-level door on the west side of the church facing Sparta Center Road. The restroom can be accessed from a separate outside entrance.  There are two restrooms.  One located off the dining room and another on the sanctuary level. Church members are available to provide further instruction and assistance upon request.

sc rampRamp to Sanctuary

sc fellowship enterDoor to Fellowship Hall

Home

Hello church family,

Hope you had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will meet in person on January 17th.  Our groups will also start the week of the 10th. In the meantime, I want to encourage you to mail in your offering since we still have expenses due. Finally, since I’ll be leading our Growth groups (Bible studies) through the book of James, would you begin reading one chapter/day in James. I am really missing meeting together! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Please feel free to email/text me the joys and concerns you may have: Pastordavidzastrow@yahoo.com.
585-236-0887

Blessings
Pastor Dave

 

One Church Family – Two Churches

jesus sparta

Welcome!  We are two church families bound together with a shared love of Christ and each other.  We offer a loving community for you to use your God-given gifts for the Kingdom of Christ.  

Please join our family in one of our two churches.

             

Sparta Center United Methodist Church

Sparta United Methodist Church

“The Little White Church on the Hill”

Sunday School: 9:30am

(Sept through June)

Worship Service: 9:30am

Note: Children will be excused from the Worship Service following Young Disciples Time to participate in Sunday School

Click Here for the address and directions to Sparta Center UMC

Dansville United Methodist Church

Dansville United Methodist Church

“The Downtown Church”

 Sunday School: 10:15am

(Sept through June)

Worship Service: 11:00am

Note: Children will be excused from the Worship Service following Young Disciples Time to participate in Junior Church

Click Here for the address and directions to Dansville UMC

Saturday, August 31 (Balloon Festival Weekend)

Indoor Yard Sale 8 am – 3 pm
UMW – Bake Sale 9 am – 3 pm
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 11 am – 3 pm
Quilt Tickets 8 am – 3 pm

Saturday, August 31 (Balloon Festival Weekend)

Indoor Yard Sale 8 am – 3 pm
UMW – Bake Sale 9 am – 3 pm
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 11 am – 3 pm
Quilt Tickets 8 am – 3 pm

Our Faith Journey

What’s the bedrock of life for Christians? Is it Bible reading? Church participation? Prayer? Is it a belief that Jesus is God’s Son?

The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ. Faith is the central loyalty that gives purpose and direction to our lives. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus the Christ.

This faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God.

In part, this growth in faith is a gift. Through our participation in the community of faith, through our openness to God’s love, we receive this marvelous treasure. But faith is also a choice we make, an often difficult decision to put God and God’s reign first in our lives, no matter what the cost.

intertwined
We cannot say that some people are “ahead” in the journey of faith and others “behind.” Faith is not something we possess by degrees. The journey is complex, different for each traveler and involving at least four intertwined pathways:

Trusting

First and foremost, faith is trusting. To be a person of faith is to rely on God, to know that “the Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23). It’s to rest confidently in the power and care of the living, loving Lord who’s revealed in the Bible and in our own experience. Faith is to give ourselves to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and in our times, not knowing where it will lead.

Believing

Faith is also believing in someone. In the Apostle’s Creed, for example, we say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” This is not the same as saying, “I believe that God the Father Almighty exists.” Rather, we’re confessing our confidence in God, our devoted loyalty, and our allegiance. Such belief may involve going beyond what we’re sure of and taking a “leap of faith.”

Following

There’s more to faith than trusting and believing. Faith is more active, a matter of doing as well as being. So Jesus said to his first disciples, “Follow me.” To be faithful is to follow Jesus the Christ. It is to be one of his disciples, seeking to understand his will and his way — and to do it. Such discipleship is not an easy matter. Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25)

Hoping

Christian faith is also a matter of hoping, of leaning into the future that God has promised. It’s living with the assurance that God is bringing in the time of shalom, God’s reign here on earth. As Easter people, we have a hope born of the Resurrection: God has already conquered sin and death, and the kingdom of love, righteousness, peace and justice is even now breaking in. To abide in hope is to watch and pray for God’s future and to join in the ministries through which it will be realized.

Surrounded by the love and encouragement of the community of believers, we persevere on the journey of faith, ever trusting, believing, following and hoping.

Source: UMC.org (Excerpted from The United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised and Expanded by George E. Koehler, pp. 62-63.)