First United Methodist Church Of Bay Minette, Alabama
Saturday, April 04, 2020
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Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 From Marty

     This Sunday is Palm Sunday, a day which we remember Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover. For Christians, it marks the beginning of the most important week in the church, Holy Week.

     Scripture tells us that on that Palm Sunday, as Jesus entered the city on the back of a coIt the people ran in front of him and laid their garments on the road to cushion his ride. Others cut palm branches and waved them in the air, a sign that a hero had arrived. Together they sang, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

     Hosanna means ‘Please save us.’

     This offended the religious elite who urged Jesus to rebuke the crowds and make them stop. To their complaints, Jesus replied, ‘If they kept quiet, the stones would cry out.’

It seems all of creation was longing for salvation. As Christians we are waiting for God to set things right, the way He created them to be. Even creation realizes the brokenness of our world. So even the stones are crying out, ‘Lord, Save us.’

     It is into the messiness of our world, that Jesus came. He didn’t come to be a military commander as many wanted. He didn’t come to be a political leader as others hoped. Instead, he came to be our Savior. He came to do what we could not do, bridge the gap between God and human beings.

He came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, hearing the shouts of the adoring crowd, but knowing that very soon those shouts of adoration would turn to shouts of anger by those who wanted no part of the kind of salvation He offered.

     Soon the rocks would be silent as Jesus hung from the cross. The cave which his body was laid didn’t make a sound. It seems as if Jesus had failed. Creation would have to wait a while longer for the salvation it craved.

 

But then came Easter morning…

Pastor Marty

·         HOLY WEEK: Looking for a way to connect during Holy Week. Join Pastor Marty each day next week at 12:00 Noon on Facebook Live, as he shares thoughts on Jesus’ final words from the cross.

Monday - ‘Father, Forgive Them’; Luke 23:32-34

Tuesday ‘Today, You Will be with Me in Paradise’; Luke 23:32-33, 39-43

Wednesday - ‘Behold, your mother’ & ‘I Thirst’; John 19:25-30

Thursday - ‘My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me’; Mark 15:25-34

Friday - ‘It is Finished’; John 19:30

‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’; Luke 23: 44-46

 

·         COMMUNION: Sunday is Palm Sunday. What better way to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem than by sharing in Holy Communion? In this time of social distancing, we can still share in the One Body and One Cup that assures us that God is with us. As you gather around your screens for the Facebook Live service on Sunday, I would invite you to have bread (or a cracker) and juice available for Communion. As a family, you may practice intinction (dip the bread into the juice), individual cups, or common cup (each drink from the same cup.) Even though we may be in our own homes, we are still one body.

 

·         YARD CROSSES:  We have several Yard Crosses at the church for you. I would like for you to display the cross in your yard as a sign of our belief in the Resurrection. Please decorate your cross with flowers, or with drapes, or however you choose. Then take a picture and share it on the church’s Facebook Page. 

 

·         COVID-19 Update: In compliance with Bishop David Graves’ directive, all face-to-face meetings and all church services will continue to be suspended through April 15, at least. Of course, that includes all Holy Week activities including Easter morning. While we will not be able to meet at church, we will continue to broadcast our Sunday morning service on Facebook Live at 10:00 AM. Please share the message on your Facebook page.

·         Giving: Even though we are not meeting, the church still needs your financial support in order to continue ministering to the world. Giving is also a strong reminder that our faith is in God not in our bank accounts or stock portfolios. You can make your regular tithes and offerings several ways:

 

1.      PushPay

2.      Mail a check to FUMC - PO Box 338

3.      Drop off at the church office during normal office hours

4.      Drop donations in the secure black mailbox to the right of the office door.

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Dear Church Family,

 

The past two days have been among the most tumultuous times I have ever experienced. I never could have imagined that in the course of a few hours, we would be faced with closing the church building for an indefinite period of time. But the world changes quickly, so with advice of church leaders and those in the medical field, I made the decision to cancel services on Sunday morning. With Aldo Edwards’ help, I recorded some thoughts about the current crisis that have been posted to the church web-site. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to listen to that short message.

 

Yesterday afternoon, the Church Council held an on-line discussion to establish a short-term plan for the church. This plan covers March 16 through April 3. We will meet again on March 29 to re-evaluate and determine what additional steps we need to take. As the situation is changing daily, we will certainly have additional decisions to make in the days ahead.

 

For the immediate future, March 16 - Until - ? all activities of the church will be suspended. A list of those activities includes:    

 ·         Face-to-Face Committee Meetings

·         Terrific Tuesdays

·         Wednesday Morning Ecumenical Bible Study-Seen on Zoom
  Wednesday Chapel Service

·         Wednesday Night Supper

·         ‘He Choose the Nails’ Study (Wednesday and Thursday)

·         Choir Practice

·         Youth Activities

·         Roller Coasters

·         Circle Meetings

·         Scouts

·         Sunday School

·         Sunday Morning Worship - seen on Church Site on Facebook   
             
The Confirmation Class 

 

In addition, I would ask the Congregational Care Team to continue to check on our elderly/shut-ins via phone contact and/or letters.

The Tanzania Dinner scheduled for March 29 will be rescheduled (possibly May 31).

 

I would ask the Finance Team to closely monitor the state of the church finances and promptly address the financial needs of the church.

 

I would ask the Trustees Team to take a proactive approach to ensure that the entire building is properly sanitized prior to resuming normal operations.

 

Even though we will not be gathering on Sundays, we will continue to have a worship service. I am working to establish a ‘Facebook’ Live event on Sunday morning at 10:00. The sermon will be posted on the church web-site like always. Please be on the look-out for more information about this.

 

During the shut-down, the church office will remain open as much as possible normal operating hours. I will be available should anyone in the church need assistance so please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Finally, I would like to ask you to join me in prayer everyday at 12:00 noon. Wherever you are, bow your heads and ask for God’s grace and healing to be poured out on our family and friends, church, community, nation, and world. This is not the first ‘crisis’ we have faced. And assuredly, it will not be the last. But it is a great opportunity to show the world that our faith in Jesus is as strong as ever.

 

May God continue to bless us,

 

Pastor Marty

 

 

 
 
 
Dear Church Family,
 
Numerous times in the Bible, God says, "Fear not". In light of the most recent news of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at North Baldwin Hospital it is natural for us to be afraid. After consultation with church leaders and medical professionals the decision has been made to cancel all activities .
 
This decision is not based on fear, but from concern for the health and well-being of our church family.
 
In the coming days, decisions will be made as to our future activities. Please feel free to contact me with any needs, concerns or questions. Please join me in praying for our Church, our community, our world and especially our health professionals, as we face these coming days.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Marty
 
 
 
 
Pastor Marty Hamilton
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 7:00 am: Bible Study
5:15: pm: Chapel Worship Service
5:45 pm:  Fellowship Supper
6:00 pm:  Children, Youth Discipleship 
6:15 pm Chancel Choir rehearsal

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