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November 10, 2019 message: “Una...

November 10, 2019 message: “Unanswered Prayers”

Prayer is not an exercise in getting what we want, but in nurturing a relationship with God through both speaking and listening. We struggle when God doesn’t answer prayers in the way we assume is best for us, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t attentive and faithful. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 21: […]

November 3, 2019 message: “God ...

November 3, 2019 message: “God and Suffering”

Most of us struggle with the questions of “why?” at one time or another. Whether it’s the pain of death, our own life situation or someone else close to us, whether it’s an overwhelming global problem like hunger and violence, or whether it’s the reality that some people have faced hardship that we cannot imagine, […]

October 27, 2019 message: “Port...

Giving from a Biblical perspective is intentional, regular, generous, an offering of our first-fruits, proportional, and cheerful. As we seek to be faithful stewards, we grown in our relationship with God. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Luke 12: 22-34. To read it, click here. We also shared “Cheerful Giver” once again.

October 20, 2019 message: “Jesu...

Jesus talked about money and possessions frequently and called his disciples to develop a right relationship with them – not as something to control us, but as something we use as a tool to serve God and others. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Luke 18: 18-30; I Timothy 6: 6-10; and Matthew 6: 24. […]

November 4, 2019 Brainstorming for Ad...

2019 Advent and Christmas Worship Brainstorming “Heaven and Nature Sing” November 4, 2019 The worship brainstorming was held at Deb Moon’s LeFleur Shoppe. We focused on the beloved song, “Joy to the World,” which turns 300 this year. Here is what we came up with: 2019 Advent and Christmas Brainstorming Summary For ideas on how […]

October 13, 2019 message: “It A...

Our society tells us that what we have belongs to us, to use as we wish. The Bible tells us that everything belongs to God, and we are the stewards, or managers, of that which God has entrusted to us. How does this distinction change our understanding of giving? We shared the video, “You Don’t […]

October 6, 2019 message: “Disci...

“Membership has its privileges” is an ad slogan, but that’s not the case when it comes to the church. We’re called to be disciples and make disciples, which includes being faithful stewards of God’s gifts. We shared the video, “Cheerful Giver,” in worship. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 28: 16-20.   Marcia Woodworth […]

Oct. 12, 2019 Workshop: “Practi...

It took several years to get the Lake Harbor UMC Worship Teams moving in the right direction. During this session, we will cover the kinds of things we wish we had known from the start: how to develop a team; working with what God has given us; team guidelines; resources; useful supplies; journaling; and setting […]

September 29, 2019 message: “En...

Most of us don’t think about encountering angels (God’s messengers) as we show hospitality, but we can be profoundly changed as we learn to love others as God loves us. This is Pastor Mary’s fourth and final message in the series, “There Is No ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’” It is based on Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16, […]

October 6, 2019 at noon: Worship Brai...

All Church Brainstorming for November Worship Monday, October 7, 2019 LHUMC lounge Noon Potluck Lunch 12:30-2:30 PM Worship Brainstorming During the month of November, we will ask “Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike?” This series is based on Adam Hamilton’s book, Why?: Making Sense of God’s Will. Please join us for a potluck […]