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Your Friends From The Albany UMC: I have spent this week presenting you with different insights of the Bible. These are amazing parts to the Bible that most people never see. I hope that I have challenged your thinking. Yesterday, we mention the odd quote of Paul of an ancient Greek philosopher, Epimenides. While the inclusion of such a quote seems odd, we don't often realize the amount of times that the Bible quotes outside sources. Perhaps the strangest and most challenging such quotes are found in the very short book of Jude. Like Paul does in Titus, Jude makes critical points based upon the writing of books that are not recognized by the church. Jude's points are based upon The Assumption of Moses, Jude verse 9, and the Book of Enoch, Jude verses 14 & 15. These two books are not accepted by but a few churches, such as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It may seen odd that Biblical writers would have made these references. However, these are far from all such references. In the Old Testament many such references are made regarding books that have been lost in time. For example, in I & II Kings, there are some 18 references to the book, The Annals of The Kings of Israel. I Kings 14:19 is but one of these references. Also, a similar number of references, 15, are made to the book, The Annals of the Kings of Juda. I Kings 14:29 is also such a reference. There are references to other books, such as the Chronicles of the Kings of Juda, but it is often thought these to be the same book. That begins the list of such references. In I Chronicles 29:29 there is reference to three different sources, The Records of Samuel The Seer, The Records if Nathan The Prophet, and The Records of Gad The Seer. In II Chronicles 9:29 we are reminded of The Records Of Nathan The Prophet but are also introduced to, The Prophecy Of Ahijah The Shilonite, and finally, The Visions Of Iddo The Seer. In II Chronicles 13:22 we are introduced an apparent companion writing, The Annotations Of The Prophet Iddo. The Books of Kings and Chronicles will make many more such references. The Book of Esther adds to the list with reference to, The Annals Of The Kings Of Media And Persia. We certainly wish that we had access to the sources. Where they went and how they were lost remains a mystery. We are the poorer for these loses. We may reflect and wonder what these books would have told us. There are some reflective writings, fictional of course, that attempt to present these accounts. What we may take note of is in God's choices of making sure some writings were preserved while allowing other important writings to be lost. There is an important pattern to be found from all of this. It is that the Books Of Kings and The Books Of Chronicles identify these leaders based upon how well they lead the people from idolatry or how poorly they let such practices develop. The books recording the other actions of their lives have been allowed to be lost. Perhaps some day we will rediscover these books. However, it is important that we realize that the stories of our lives, too, will be lost in time. It reminds us of a section from the poem by C.T. Studd, Only one life will soon be past, Only what is done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I'll be, If the lamp of my life has burned out for Thee. Have a great rest of the week. Tomorrow: how a small grammatical point tells us the age of the Gospel of Mark. Albany United Methodist Church | 500 Park St, Albany, WI 53502 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | About Constant Contact Sent by [email protected]
Your Friends From Albany In recent years today, May 4th, has been designated as Star Wars day, obviously because of the pun, "May the force be with you." Let's pull that out of science fiction and into reality for ourselves. This can be especially helpful in our current context. You well know your struggles through this pandemic. To make matters worse, we have added so much conflict to this pandemic that we have a difficult time even discussing solutions. Economic issues threaten everyone. There doesn't seem to be an end to all of this. As if there wasn't enough to keep you awake at nights, we are told this past weekend that we are now about to be infested with Murder Wasps. For many of you, it seems like you are already on overload and simply can't take on another issue. Somehow, we fear that we are just beginning to deal with the issues of 2020. This is when a Christian can look at May 4th from a position of expectation. That hope is found in I Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." As you experience that verse, would you journey back with me to my learning moment of this passage in the Summer of 1992. In that year, we were expecting our son, Eric. Things were going well until, during a routine physician appointment, we were told that the baby was in trouble and his and Karen's only hope were if he was delivered immediately, 7 weeks early and just 2 pound 11 ounces. We were in a panic. Little did we know, the stress was just beginning. The next month and a half of Eric in NICU were the most horrible times of our lives. We lived 90 minutes away from the special care unit. We would continually get calls in the night saying, "You might need to get here shortly." Need I tell you how stressful those 90 minutes drives, after you get an 8 and a 10 year old in the car, were for a young family? To make matters worse, with each visit, once we got there the stress multiplied. As our son was going through the worst periods of organ shut down, I suddenly was faced with the most demanding job schedule. I was in the middle of a span of 3 weddings and 11 funerals in the course of a 14 day period plus regular and church obligations on a 3 church charge. In rural Wisconsin a pastor doesn't have the options of calling in a backup. Those were sleepless nights of feeling totally overwhelmed. Somewhere in there, to make it even more over overwhelming, we received a preliminary medical bill that would match about 5 years of my salary. In one of those sleepless nights, I Peter 5:7 finally hit home. Life was out of our control. Our only hope was that our son and our life was in God's hands. In those reflective moments it dawned on me that we were giving our son the best medical care available. I had just completed my doctoral studies which would mean that I was giving the congregation the best ministry possible. However, even though I had done my best possible it would not be enough unless God was in it. In that passage I found it was ok to sleep knowing that even my best efforts were fruitless without God taking control. To no surprise, at the end of that Summer we discovered a God who was greater than all of these problems. With that grace we made it through each one of those overwhelming obstacles. (By the way, one of the weddings was a classic, "how many bizarre things can go wrong at a wedding.") Most importantly, at the end of it all, Eric came home. We then began a year of stressful health issues for him, but all ended up well. We didn't need a May 4th to remind us that God was there in it all. We had lived it. Today, I see many of you in a similar, Summer of 92, moment. You have done everything possible to care for your family, your work, and your home. This time, you fear that your everything may not be enough. It is important to allow I Peter 5:7 to speak to you as well. Remind yourself again, especially in those sleepless moments: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Albany United Methodist Church | 500 Park St, Albany, WI 53502 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | About Constant Contact Sent by [email protected]
Your Friends From Albany In recent years today, May 4th, has been designated as Star Wars day, obviously because of the pun, "May the force be with you." Let's pull that out of science fiction and into reality for ourselves. This can be especially helpful in our current context. You well know your struggles through this pandemic. To make matters worse, we have added so much conflict to this pandemic that we have a difficult time even discussing solutions. Economic issues threaten everyone. There doesn't seem to be an end to all of this. As if there wasn't enough to keep you awake at nights, we are told this past weekend that we are now about to be infested with Murder Wasps. For many of you, it seems like you are already on overload and simply can't take on another issue. Somehow, we fear that we are just beginning to deal with the issues of 2020. This is when a Christian can look at May 4th from a position of expectation. That hope is found in I Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." As you experience that verse, would you journey back with me to my learning moment of this passage in the Summer of 1992. In that year, we were expecting our son, Eric. Things were going well until, during a routine physician appointment, we were told that the baby was in trouble and his and Karen's only hope were if he was delivered immediately, 7 weeks early and just 2 pound 11 ounces. We were in a panic. Little did we know, the stress was just beginning. The next month and a half of Eric in NICU were the most horrible times of our lives. We lived 90 minutes away from the special care unit. We would continually get calls in the night saying, "You might need to get here shortly." Need I tell you how stressful those 90 minutes drives, after you get an 8 and a 10 year old in the car, were for a young family? To make matters worse, with each visit, once we got there the stress multiplied. As our son was going through the worst periods of organ shut down, I suddenly was faced with the most demanding job schedule. I was in the middle of a span of 3 weddings and 11 funerals in the course of a 14 day period plus regular and church obligations on a 3 church charge. In rural Wisconsin a pastor doesn't have the options of calling in a backup. Those were sleepless nights of feeling totally overwhelmed. Somewhere in there, to make it even more over overwhelming, we received a preliminary medical bill that would match about 5 years of my salary. In one of those sleepless nights, I Peter 5:7 finally hit home. Life was out of our control. Our only hope was that our son and our life was in God's hands. In those reflective moments it dawned on me that we were giving our son the best medical care available. I had just completed my doctoral studies which would mean that I was giving the congregation the best ministry possible. However, even though I had done my best possible it would not be enough unless God was in it. In that passage I found it was ok to sleep knowing that even my best efforts were fruitless without God taking control. To no surprise, at the end of that Summer we discovered a God who was greater than all of these problems. With that grace we made it through each one of those overwhelming obstacles. (By the way, one of the weddings was a classic, "how many bizarre things can go wrong at a wedding.") Most importantly, at the end of it all, Eric came home. We then began a year of stressful health issues for him, but all ended up well. We didn't need a May 4th to remind us that God was there in it all. We had lived it. Today, I see many of you in a similar, Summer of 92, moment. You have done everything possible to care for your family, your work, and your home. This time, you fear that your everything may not be enough. It is important to allow I Peter 5:7 to speak to you as well. Remind yourself again, especially in those sleepless moments: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Albany United Methodist Church | 500 Park St, Albany, WI 53502 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | About Constant Contact Sent by [email protected]

United Methodist Church in Albany, WI

Mission: Everyone is somebody, and Jesus Christ is Lord!

[05/24/20]   Sorry folks, we're still struggling with Internet and bandwidth on this page live stream. Sunday School page is coming through cellular connection. The two connections vary from week to week. We record as well and will post the best of the three following the service, as Internet coverage and speed allows.

[05/20/20]   Food Pantry is open today from 4.30-6 at the Albany UMC.

[05/15/20]   Good Afternnon. This post is about confirmation. Please share and a letter will be going out as well. Once we are allowed to meet in groups of ten, we will meet with the students two or three more times. Confirmation will take place in the parking lot hopefully in late June. Once stay at home restrictions are lifted, we will be in contact with dates. Thank you for your patience!

[05/06/20]   Food Pantry open today from 4:30-6. Call 608-843-6519 for deliveries

[04/29/20]   Food Pantry is open today from 4:30-6 at the Albany United Methodist Church.Please call Fairy Elmer at 608-843-6519 if you need delivery

[04/21/20]   The Food Pantry is open tomorrow from 4:30-6. For those who do not have transportation, please call Fairy Elmer is schedule a delivery. 608/843/6519. No contact delivery and pickup please .

[04/19/20]   Good morning, friends. Sorry, internet is up and down this morning. We'll keep working with the live feed and will post the recorded version after worship, as Internet service allows.

Sunday Worship, April 19, 2020 (LIVE version)

[04/16/20]   Please save your paper bags for the food pantry.

[04/15/20]   The Food Pantry is open today from 4:30-6. We will have bread, milk and meat along with our other items. Please share and spread the word.

[04/13/20]   Your Albany Area Friends

We wish to send a big thank you to everyone for your support of the ministry together here in Albany area. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do in such self sacrificing ways.

As we catch our breath from the Lenten/Easter Season, let's take a look at what is ahead.

As many of you are already experiencing in your personal life, we, too, have changed too much to return to where we were. Like you, we, too, are developing strategies to get through these times. Like you, we have found new strengths in these transitions as well.

We have found way too strong an on line ministry presence to end this effort. We need to look at ways in which we can improve this effort to that our sound and video can be clearer for everyone.

We have found ourselves doing so much outside of the walls of the church to come back to a limit ourselves to "inside church walls." We are being viewed from beyond the immediate area and even from across state lines. We can only imagine how we can develop this outreach.

Another big change has been found in that so much happens so fast that most of you cant, "wait until next Sunday," to share in Joys and Concerns. I am continually amazed at how much effort is being put into checking with each other for your support and in sharing the Joy's of life. Please keep in touch with us so that we can continue to share together in what God is doing in your life..

However, we have much to do ahead. We have far too many who are either not connected to internet or not connected to technology at this time. I am encouraged by the reports of our friends at Albany Oaks in this transition time. However, all there are still isolated from viewing our live worship. We need to upgrade that ministry.

There are so many studies that we can do together as we communicate electronically. Also, many of you have discovered the wonder of supporting our church electronically rather than depending upon Sunday offerings. We strongly recommend this highly convenient means for you. Let us know how we can help you do so. We began this process barely two years ago with myself and the Finace Chair the only participants. Since then many of you have joined us and found it to be extremely helpful, especially in these times.

In all of this, however, we will never replace the importance of face to face connection. We may not return to hand shakes but we still have thumbs up or other means of connection. I am learning to operate in this role but am so looking forward to seeing your faces again each Sunday.

With General Conference pushed back at least another year and likely much of Annual Conference as well, we have plenty of time and energy to focus on these transitions. Will you help us get there? There is a place for you here. We so need your help.

Hallelujah! Christ has Risen! Our Beatiful Live Easter Service has been posted. Since we can't be together this Easter to share in the tradition of an Easter Cantata, here is the 2018, Cantata to continue your Easter Celebration!

Easter Sunday Worship, April 12, 2020. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Good Friday Service, April 10, 2020

[04/08/20]   The Food Pantry is open until 6.

[04/08/20]   Good Evening. Tomorrow our food pantry will be open from 4:30-6. We will have bread, milk, eggs, pork and beef plus our other normal items. If you are unable to get to the church, we will deliver but we ask that you only request this if you do not have a way to get to church. Please pull up to the south side of the church. Someone will come out to ask how many are in the family and put the food in your trunk . If you are in need of delivery please call Fairy Elmer at 608-843-6519.
God Bless

[04/05/20]   Missing all our confirmands. We will figure out a way to connect. Stay well and stay strong. This is one of those storms we try so hard to prepare you for. Turn to God in both the good times and the bad.

Palm Sunday Service, Sunday April 5, 2020.

Welcome to Palm Sunday Service, Sunday April 5, 2020. Thank you for your love and patience as we worked through a few technology curve balls. Have a blessed Holy Week!🌿☀️

[04/05/20]   Sorry folks, Facebook Live is not working for us this morning. We are recording and will post the service as soon as technology allows. Stay tuned and be blessed. ✝️

[04/05/20]   While we wait, would anyone like to mention any joys or concerns?

[04/05/20]   Good Morning folks, we're experiencing technical difficulties with WI-Fi. Hold tight and we'll reset and try again.

[04/01/20]   Food Pantry Update: The food pantry will still be open the First Wednesday of each month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The changes are: We ask that you call a head that you are coming. Please drive up to the churches car port and the food will be brought out to you. You do not have to get out of your vehicle. This will eliminate personal contact which will help keep everyone safe and to help prevent the spread of the Corona virus. Our church number is 608-862-3206. If you are in need of the food pantry anytime during the month please call our number. Please help us keep you and everyone safe.

[04/01/20]   Great news!!! Our food pantry will now offer milk, beef and pork. We were told that this is what our pantry was missing. Please spread the word to those in need. The Pantry will be open today from 4:30-6 for drive up. We will soon be offering home delivery as well.

[03/30/20]   The Albany Food Pantry that is located at the Albany United Methodist Church will deliver items to the people of Albany and the Albany area.They will be left outside your door. No one to one contact please. Please contact one of the following if you are in need;
Fairy Elmer at 608-843-6519
Leigh Whitehead at 608-447-0341
Phyllis Runaas 608-290-4087

God Bless

Welcome to Sunday, March 29 morning worship. We’re so happy you could join us today! Please forgive our foibles with the camera as we continue to learn to do things a little differently. The video will show sideways for a portion of the service, and then is corrected midway through. God bless and keep each of you today and in the week ahead! 💕🙏✝️

p.s. If you are a member of our Sunday school page, you will find this video of this mornings service also posted there, but correctly oriented all the way through. 😉

[03/28/20]   Good Saturday morning to you.
We are looking forward to our initial live worship tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. We approach this with awareness that technology has an ability to do what it wishes from time to time. However, here is the plan: we hope to be live on the main church page and record it there for future visits . If that does not work, we will be live on the Sunday School page. Either way, it will be recorded on both pages for those who wish to participate later.
We trust that you look forward to joining us. Please free to invite others as our intentions are to be ecumenical in nature as we explore, "Dry Bones Can Live Again," found in Ezekiel 37

As you take precautions join me with the "Lord's Prayer test." As you lather, repeat the Lord's Prayer. That will give your hands sufficient time to decontaminate and keep you from being bored. The wise saying of our grandmothers remains true:

Wash your hands and say your prayer;
Cause Jesus and germs are everywhere.

Bible Verse for the Day:
"The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
John 10:11.

Prayer for the Day:
God, You alone are worthy of honor, glory and praise. With You, we can overcome every storm - including this one.
Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.
Strengthen Your global church. Show to us the ways in which we can partner together to teach the needs of all around us.
Calm our fears. Replace our fear with Your hope, joy, and peace as we learn to trust in you.
Teach us to focus upon the blessings of today and to be a blessing, so that we can place tomorrow in your care.
Amen.

[03/27/20]   Bible verse for the day:

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

[03/27/20]   Reminder: live worship Sunday at 9:00.

[03/25/20]   No confirmation on Zoom tonight as I had hoped. Forgot to contact all parents. I will be in touch with a new time soon,

[03/23/20]   Good morning!! We are going to make a go at confirmation via Zoom. It is a free app that is easy to use. This Wednesday at 6:30 will be our first try. It will be a brief one just to check in and see if we can get everyone together. I will be reaching out to all parents.

God Bless!!

Sunday Worship March 22, 2020

Thank you for joining us for worship today!

[03/22/20]   Good morning Albany UMC friends, we have the video captured from this morning service and are working hard to get it posted. Stay tuned…

[03/21/20]   As I speak with people this past week, I sense feelings of pain and of fear. As you may be feeling these things, too, realize that you are not alone.
Most will say things like, "I understand, 'new normal,' but this is much more than that." For many, it may feel more like the "new unknown," as there simply isn't anything normal to the experiences that you are having.
However, there are some things that we know about these times. These times are very similar to sudden grief, where the world suddenly shifts out of control. In such times it is important not to:
1) blame yourself or others
2) compare your settings to others
3) make sudden major decisions
4) look too far down the road

Instead let god speak:
1) I will never leave you or forsake you.
2) I will fear no evil...
3) my God was here all along and I didnt even know it.
4) we are more than conquerors, though him who loved us so.
5) I know whom I have believed in and am persuaded, that he is able, to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Can you match these bible verses to their source? (hint: they are not in order.) What better way to spend your time than to check out the sources and learn the account that lead to these conclusions? There are more references than verses as one appears twice in the Bible.

Romans 8:31-39
Psalm 23:
II Timothy 1:12
Genesis 28:16
Deuteronomy 31:6
Hebrews 13:5

We are planning on being a very active church during this time. We will be providing church on our Sunday school Facebook tomorrow. Amy, I, and a few others, well less than 10, will gather at the church for a brief worship service. Hopefully, we will make it available for you after 9:00.
Please feel free to be in contact with us. My email is: [email protected], or 608-449-6510 by phone or text. Even better, why not spend tomorrow contacting your church friends?
We all will be glad you did

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