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Making Sense of the Bible ~ Sep. 14 - Oct. 12, 2014
 

Although it is impossible to obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book. A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion. It is one of the most disturbing, perplexing, inspiring and wonderful books available to us – no matter where you are in your faith journey.


The bottom line is that the Bible is foundational to who we are as people of faith. For five weeks at St. John’s United Methodist Church we are going to do our best to make some sense of it. It is important to go back to the basics and look to the Bible to find meaning and purpose for our lives. We will also wrestle with portions of the Bible that feel conflicting and confusing. The Bible is both the Word of God and words of people that span generations of time. There are 66 books in the Bible, written by multiple writers over multiple centuries.

Please join us as we work hard to rediscover the Bible’s power and grapple with both the challenges and the beauty of this most important book to Christians all around the world.


Sunday Worship Schedule: traditional style worship at 9 am, Sunday school for all ages at 10 am, and contemporary style worship at 11 am.


 



This fall we are going to invite all of you to participate in a focus group. Our goal is to better determine your needs – and the needs of the community around us – as we seek to become an even more faithful congregation of disciples and servants. Jeri Lampman and Saundra Hudson - both Vision Team leaders - will conduct the groups. Pat Zimmermann (Administrative Council Chair) and Dennis Denby (Lay Leader) will assist as well.


Because we are all at different stages in our lives, we invite you to attend a group that best matches your stage. However, as you will see, many of you could fit into several different groups, so please pick the one that makes the most sense to you. If you cannot attend your stage of life group and another time works for you, please feel free to sign up accordingly. We truly want to hear from as many of you as possible.

To make them as accessible as possible we have currently scheduled them for Sunday mornings from 10-11 am in Rm. 104. If we need to schedule other times, we are willing to consider that too. You can sign up online or at the Servant Center at the back of the Ministry Center. We also invite you to be in prayer for this exciting process!


Sep. 7 Parents with Grown Children

Sep. 14 Parents with Young Children

Sep. 21 Older Singles

Sep. 28 Younger Singles/Couples

Oct. 5 Parents of Elementary Children

Oct. 12 Retired People

Oct. 19 Parents with Teens

Oct. 26 Parents with College Age Children

Nov. 2 H.S. Youth


 



Each week we will announce a church-wide prayer focus. This is something we ask you to lift up in your prayers as you go through your week.

Week of Sep. 21: Our prayers are for Liberia and the Ebola crisis. May the families suffering from Ebola experience healing and peace. May people lacking knowledge understand safety precautions, and the struggling health infrastructures receive needed assistance. We also pray the boarders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea remain calm, and that food and good continue to flow into the blockaded areas. 

Week of Sep. 14:
 Please pray for the people living near the area of ISIS and for the threat to our country. Also, prayers for our leaders whose decisions will affect the outcome of this crisis.

Week of Sep. 7: St. John’s is part of the Mississippi River District of the United Methodist Church. Our new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmitt, is being installed on Sep. 7 at Belleville Union UMC. Please pray for him and his family and he begins this new job in ministry.

Week of Aug. 31: With the start of the new semester, we would like to pray for all the SIUE students in our community.

Week of Aug. 17 & 24: Our thoughts and prayers have been centered on the family of Michael Brown and community of Ferguson, MO. We want to continue to lift them up in the upcoming week. 
 
Week of Aug. 10: As summer comes to a close and the kids (& adults, too!) prepare to return to school, we want to lift up all our students and teachers in prayer. We will also bless their backpacks in both services on Sunday. Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to church. This is our way to start our school year with fresh beginning, surrounded by God's grace and love.

Week of Aug. 3: Our prayer focus is the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This remains the worst documented Ebola outbreak in history and there is no indication when the virus will be contained.