SUNDAY DEC. 2 at 3:00 – at the First United Methodist Church: The 41st annual Community Advent Choral Service, with a nearly-40-voice choir, bell choirs, brass quintet, and other instrumentalists. Please join us as we look forward with music to the extraordinary gift of Jesus.
“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Zelophehad’s Daughters”/11/18/18/Scripture: Numbers 27:1-11; Galatians 3:19-29/by Rev. Laurie Williams
The book of Numbers describes the forty-year period in which the Hebrew people wandered in the wilderness heading toward the land God promised to them. It was the time of the Exodus. The people were freed from slavery to Egypt but many of them would never see the land God promised they would be given in order to form a nation. The ones who never saw it were the adults who had left Egypt at the beginning of the Exodus. You may remember why they wouldn’t see the Promised Land; all along the way the people sinned against God and one another many times. According to the priestly writers of Numbers, their punishment was to never see the Promised Land. Their children would inherit the land when they got there. […]
Over the past year, Rev. Rodger Allen has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois. Thursday, November 15, 2018, he passed this beautiful Moderator's Stole to the new Moderator. Rev. Rodger is seen here with Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
About November 18th's puppet presentation: This number is presented by the Sonshine and Sonbeam teams, working together. Please mark your calendars now for a chance to see them together again: The Puppet Christmas Musical, Sunday, December 16, at 6 P.M.
Four Sundays ago, we left King David sitting on top of the world. He has become king of all Israel, having gained the support of the armies, the people, and God. He has captured the city of Jerusalem and made it his capital. He has heard God promise to bless his reign, while politely declining David’s offer to build a Temple. He has responded with a faithful prayer, praising God and asking for guidance, and he has been promised that guidance. Everything is going wonderfully; David, and Israel, are on top of the world. […]