The Indiahoma United Methodist Church exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ through love (open hearts), acceptance (open minds) and fellowship (open doors). Our objective is to provide an opportunity for both church and community to experience Jesus Christ as Lord.
On October 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm, we met in the Cache UMC Sanctuary for our yearly Charge Conference. This is the first time we’ve done it as a group of small churches. Because of the new district alignment, we now have too many churches in our district to do individual Charge Conferences.
District Superintendent Chris Tiger opened the meeting with prayer. A representative from each church stood up and shared what is going on in his/her church. Fred Dissinger did an excellent job telling about the things we have done this past year. Four other churches were there: Manitou, Wesley Chapel, Elmer and Tipton. We have the largest congregation of them all. Manitou and Tipton have single digit attendance.
The pastors each spoke briefly describing the life of their churches.
The last part of the business meeting was voting.
1.Pastor’s Compensation (his paycheck) – Daryl made a motion to accept the Pastor’s compensation, Patsy Stoll seconded. Motion passed.
2.Nominations (new people on committees) – Shelia Wood made a motion to accept the Nominations report; Alba Dissinger seconded. Motion passed.
3.Approval of Lay Servant status (Daryl and Anna) – Herwanna made a motion to approve the Lay Servant status, Fred Dissinger seconded. Motion passed.
4.Voting for Anna Jones’ Mission Candidacy was voted for by secret ballot. Passed.
The meeting was closed with prayer. We left the sanctuary and entered Fellowship Hall where the Cache Church had prepared a feast of hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches with all the trimmings. There was a separate table of salads and another of desserts. Nolan Watson hired a security team to guard the desserts. (That's Nolan's sense of humor.)
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
The Church Year is also known as the Liturgical Year.
There are six distinct periods of Christian observances, each focuses upon a different aspect of the Christian experience and tradition. These periods or seasons do not necessarily occur on the same dates from year to year, but are related to the dates of the two principal Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter.
(1) Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas.
(2) The Christmas Season includes the twelve days from sunset Christmas Eve (December 24) through Epiphany (January 6).
(3) The Season After Epiphany begins January 7 and lasts until Ash Wednesday.
(4) Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter. The exact dates of Lent depend on the date for Easter Sunday.
(5) Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21. Because the date for Easter moves between March 22 and April 25, the length of the Season after Epiphany and the Season after Pentecost varies. The Easter Season is fifty days long and goes through the Day of Pentecost.
(6) The Season After Pentecost begins immediately after Pentecost Sunday and continues until the beginning of Advent. This season is known as Ordinary Time.
God created humanity in God’s own image…and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take care of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground." Then God said, “I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. To all wildlife, to all the birds in the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground—to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food.” And that’s what happened. God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good. Genesis 1:27-31 CEB
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 New International Version (NIV)
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