From the Pastor - February 2019
For those of us who have been active in the church our whole lives, the thought of an uncertain future is more than troubling; it can seem world-shattering. In the case of our current predicament, it is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Special Session of the General conference is meeting this month in order to vote on one of the many plans that have been submitted from the Commission on a Way Forward. Regardless of which plan gets the most votes, the difficult truth is that there will be people that leave the denomination, there will be individual church that leave the denominations, there will be individual pastors that leave the denomination. That means that there will be changes for everyone. The process of appointments of pastors is likely to be affected in some way. The financial well-being of both individual churches and whole conferences will also be affected adversely.
This may sound like a bit negative, and it is. However, it is also important to recognize that regardless of what happens, our work at Neidig Memorial and at Mount Zion must and will continue. Over the past three years as your pastor, I have come to realize that despite the differences that exist between us, we have something that unites us that is even stronger, our zeal to do the work of our Lord, and our love for this world full of God’s children. Whether in Nicaragua, or Red Bird, or even down the street in Oberlin or on the East Side, our good God has called us to live out his Holy Commandment, to love our God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul and to love others as he loves us.
Please continue to pray for our church, and our denomination. Keep in mind that while we seek to live out God’s will, we are still very much human and we will fall short time and time again. The good news, though, is that God already know that. He included that in His master plan, and He sent us Jesus so that we could join in His heavenly work here and enter, one day, into His eternal blessed rest. Let us continue to live for God this year, whatever comes to pass, because regardless of where we find ourselves. God still calls. The only question that remains is “Are you ready and willing to answer?”
An archive of Pastor Steve's past "From the Pastor" writings can be found here.
Neidig Memorial UMC has two sister churches with who we share space and activites. Pastor Steve also serves as pastor at Mt. Zion UMC and New Thing UMC (Pastor Joann Darrow) shares our space. For news of these organizations, click on their names here:
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Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church would like tto thank the following local business for their support by providing food donations for the Children's Holiday Workshop: Midtown Pizza on Eisenhower Blvd., 3 Brothers Pizza and ???. Please consider patronizing these local businesses when you dine out.
All church service and activity cancellations will be annount on channels 27 (WHTM) and 21 (WHP) through the scrolling cancellation list on the bottom of those channels news screens. If you have a function at Neidig and you need to have a cancellation announced, contact Sharon Staub (717.216.1040) or Pastor Steve.
Trustees has been postponed this February 19th.
2019 FLOWER AND BULLETIN CALENDARS
The 2019 Flower and Bulletin signup calendars are on the bulletin board across from the chapel main doors. Please sign up for flowers or bulletins in honor or memory of a loved one. The flowers are $25.00 and the bulletins are $5.00
CONTINUING BIBLE STUDY AT NEIDIG
There is a new Bible Study beginning at Neidig on Wednesday mornings at 10:00a.m. The study is entitled "Women of the Bible". Pastor Joann Darrow, the minister at New Thing Church will be leading the study. All are welcome to come and join this Bible Study.
IS THERE A WAY FORWARD
for the UM Church?
The General Conference of the UMC will meet in February to decide the future direction of the global church. While it is too early to know what the result will be, it is important that all churches understand what is going on and why. There will be a conversation style class lead by Pastor Steve over the next few weeks. The gatherings are at 7:00pm on Monday evening at Neidig and at 11:00am on Wednesday morning at Mt. Zion. Everyone is welcome and encourage dto participate in one of the weekly gatherings. We will be discussing the different plans as well as various scriptural understandings of the issue of human sexuality. The next sessions will be held:
Monday, February 11th at 7pm at Neidig UMC
Wednesday, February, 13th at 11am at Mt. Zion
Monday, February 18th at 7pm at Neidig UMC
Wednesday, February 20th at 11am at Mt. Zion
++++++If you are unable to attend these dates, please contact Pastor Steve for alternatives.
2019 SUMMER CAMPS
(Yes, you read correctly. Summer camp information already.)
The 2019 Summer Camp booklet and schedule are available on the bulletin board outside the chapel. For more information, please contact the church at 717.939.6921.
United Methodist Women
The UMW met on Tuesday, February 5th at for their Self-Denial Program lead by Kim Daniels. If you have not turned in your Self-Denial collection, please contact Kim Daniels, Cindy Gundy or Lenny Baumbaugh. Their next meetings are:
Tuesday, March 5th
Tuesday, April 2nd
"Coins for the Legacy Fund - Saving God's Creation
All are invited to join the United Methodist Women in helping to raise money for the mission work of the United Methodist Women. There are papers for the Legacy Fund available at the rear of the sanctuary to guide you each month to participate in this project.
Remember - the Legacy Offering should be given to Betty Dunkelberger or Peggy Gundy by Dec. 9th
Help the Homeless
by picking up a "homeless bag" from classroom 4. Show others you care by passing them out to those you see asking for help on the street.
UMW FLEA MARKET SEASON IS HERE!!
Last day for donations is April 22nd!!
It's that time again to ask you for your "Unwanted Treasures". Click here for information on donating.
Friday, April 26 2pm to 7pm - serving our classic Flea Market Late Lunch and Dinner
Saturday April 27 from 8:00am until ??? - Serving Breakfast and Lunch
United Methodist Men Meeting
All men are welcome to come and join in fellowship at our monthly meeting and activities. The meetings are currently held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. November's meeting is the Tuesday, the 6th in Classroom #4. All men of Neidig and the Community are welcome. Please note, that the time of 1st Tuesday is not written in stone. If you would like to attend UMM but that time does not fit your schedule, please contact Mike Emerick at Neidig (717.939.6921) and he will call you back to discuss what works. We are willing to change meeting time.
Neidig's "Meals on Wheels"
The "Meals on Wheels" team from Neidig Church is in need of more helpers. Drivers as well as runners are needed. It will only take up about 1 1/2 hrs. of your time for 1 day every 6 weeks. There is great satisfaction in helping your neighbors and serving God. Please see or call Peggy (number in directory) if you can help in any way or have any questions.
MOVIE NIGHT: Saturday February 16th at 6:30pm
FREE. Everyone welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
FREE FAMILY GAME NIGHT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD AT 6:30 PM
Come and join us for a free game night. Games for all ages, both video and board games. Light refreshments will be served. Come and join us for an evening of fun and fellowship.
Our Krafty Klatch continues meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mark you calendars and bring your WIPS and new projects to Fellowship Hall. Need ideas? We have a small library to get those creative juices flowing. For more information or questions, email Sharon at irishcreme57 at gmail dot com
Monday, February 11th at 6pm (til about 9:30) - yes, still having Klatch during "Way Forward" Meeting - send the kids to Klatch while you're at the meeting
Wednesday, February 20th - 9:00am-1:00pm
Monday, March 11th at 6pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday, March 20th at 9am til 1pm
We've cancelled the "two month missions" and gone back to the classic mission per month format at the request of the congregation. If you cannot get your donation in by the end of each month, please contact Becky at 717-884-3251 (her cell) --- Becky Cook
During the month of February our mission will be creating "Warm Hearts and Hands Kits" for Mission Central. The kits include a number of items that can help a number of people both locally and in he wider region who are dealing with issues related to the cold, especially those who are homeless or are without heat.
There will be a list at the back of the sanctuary of items that can be brought into help with these kits or feel free to make a kit or two of your own and bring them in. At the end of the month, the kits will be taken over to Mission Central in Mechanicsburg. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW. Click here to see partial list of items needed.
THIS WILL BE A GREAT MONTH TO GATHER UP YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS, SINCE WE'RE MAKING A MISSIONS DELIVERY THERE ANYWAY. CONTACT SHARON STAUB 717-216-1040
Mission Central Computer Ministries
On January 20th, Mission Central held a special collection of electronics/computers. However, they accept for recycling and refurbishment computers, accessories, cables, wires, old cell phones and other old electronics (excluding televisions) year round. To have any of these items claimed for MIssion Central contact Sharon at KraftyKlatch@gmail.com and she will make arrangements with you to collect.
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