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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 […]

September 22, 2019 message: “Wh...

Our willingness to show hospitality to others, especially “the least of these,” shows our relationship with God. We’re called to personal holiness (a personal relationship with God) and social holiness (relationship with others that includes serving them). This is Pastor Mary’s third message in the series, “There Is No ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’” It is based […]

September 15, 2019 message: “Wh...

Jonah is a reluctant prophet whose human judgment clouds his ability to understand God’s grace. How do we fight against our own tendency to judge others, which can compromise God’s work? This is Pastor Mary’s second message in the series, “There Is No ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’” It is based on Jonah 4. For a recap […]

September 8, 2019 message: “Why...

We’re called to show hospitality because it reflects God’s character, reminds us that God welcomes all, and convicts us of our need for God’s grace. Radical hospitality is a vital practice if we are to make disciples. This is Pastor Mary’s first message in the series, “There Is No ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’” It is based […]

September 1, 2019 message: “Que...

John 3:16 has been called “the Gospel in miniature,” but it comes out of a longer conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, someone who is seeking answers to spiritual questions. How can we live the faith we claim boldly and authentically while respecting people of other faith traditions? We shared the 2018 Super Bowl ad, “One […]

September 6-7, 2019 Worship Planning ...

Worship Planning Retreat Sunset Celebrations Event Center, 3593 East Pontaluna Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415 Friday, September 6 at noon – Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 pm The event is open to anyone from the congregation who is willing to read the background information (below) and commit to actively participate in every aspect of the two […]

August 25, 2019 message: “Quest...

Along with our common ancestor in Abraham, Jews and Christians share a common Holy Scripture in the Old Testament. However, our understanding of who Jesus is differs. As we consider God’s desire for covenant with us, how do we relate to each other. We shared “Introductions to Judaism” in worship. Pastor Mary’s message is based […]