Calvary United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

Monthly reminder



Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

Have you ever noticed how a group of people affects you? Those you see or hear making goals and reaching them, training for marathons and running them, reading their whole Bibles and memorizing scripture, taking cooking classes and learning to make new foods, caring for their kids, spouses, parents or friends inspire us. When we hear how God is shaping other’s stories we are inspired, and when we are inspired it has a tendency to spark a light in us, that challenges us to go deeper, invite Jesus in, and it encourages us to take the next step.

The Methodist movement at the beginning of its time began with a spark that turned to a blazing fire and spread across the nation. One of the keys to its founding, growth and retention was to be a part of small group – they called them class meetings. It was a place where people came together to check in on the status of the other member’s souls. The key question was, “How is it with your soul?” The places where there were these class meetings offered greater growth, and strength, of believers. They learned together, broke bread together, and inspired one another to keep their eyes fixed on their savior.

Small groups are key because they are a purposeful time to share life together. We have launched our first group and are hoping this will replicate and grow. As we enter the new school year, as Sunday School begins, I invite you to dive in deep and to run with perseverance. Allow yourself to share, and to listen. See where God connects between you and the other. If you dive in, it will spark your life with hope, and joy, and peace, and strength.

Pastor Joy
December First, join us as we focus on a beginning, the Advent of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. ~~Pastor Al~~ that’s what we believe we see in the world, but because