St Luke's UMC of Midland, TX

St Luke's UMC of Midland, TX

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Going through some of my grandma's things and found this! Just thought I would share! ❤
Getting our sign ready for the parade!
what time are services on Christmas Eve? Thank you
This will be on PBS February 9th at 7pm. It fits well with the sermons.
Meredith Bates Brooks and I thought it would be a great idea to have a painting night. Kidds and Kanvas is anxious to host us. October 11 th @6:30 is what she has open for us. Is this a good night? The title of the painting is "Walk by faith"
Does this church have life groups?
Dana Utter so nice to see you & meet your husband & daughters this morning at church. Have a blessed day! Hope to see you again soon!

St. Luke's....Growing in Christ and Making a Difference!!!

We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do God’s will. At St. Luke's, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. Sign-up for our newsletter to stay up to date with what is happening at St. Luke's! http://www.stlukesumcmidland.org/form.php?pageID=40

April 26th Sunday Service

Come worship with St. Luke's UMC this Sunday!

Be The Church Challenge

The Teller family made butterflies and stuck them to the neighbors mailboxes, bringing a little bit of joy!

Don’t forget to send your pictures to Kimberly Reeves, and you might be featured next week!

I’m not sure about all of you, but I have been feeling pretty helpless lately. I have learned that I am not a natural homeschool teacher, I don’t enjoy cooking 4000 meals in a row, and I don’t have a skillset that makes me able to help others in a big way during this time. It’s easy to get down if I allow myself, especially because we have no real idea when this will all end. I can get so overwhelmed that I end up doing absolutely nothing.

As I type this, Frozen 2 is playing in the background (again…for the trillionth time). It’s one of the few movies that all three of my kids can agree on- so it’s become a social distancing staple in our home. On my list of favorite Disney movies, it’s pretty high up there. Unpopular opinion, it may even be better than the first Frozen. If you haven’t seen it, use some of your newfound free time (which I have yet to experience…but I hear it’s a thing) to watch!

One of the most poignant moments of the movie comes when Princess Anna, after suffering a great loss, bursts out into song because of course she does. In her dramatic ballad, she talks about how her life will never be the same, but she still has to go forward and ‘do the next right thing’. Here’s an excerpt.

“So I'll walk through this night
Stumbling blindly toward the light
And do the next right thing
And with the dawn, what comes then?
When it's clear that everything will never be the same again
Then I'll make the choice
To hear that voice
And do the next right thing”

That’ll preach! As I listened earlier, that message resonated. I still have choices. I can still choose to do what God is calling me to in this time of uncertainty…and, if I get it wrong once, I’ll pick up and ‘do the next right thing’. It’s easy to let a few fleeting bad decisions get us way off track. The negatives begin to snowball into something that feels insurmountable…especially right now where we don’t have many of our usual positive outlets.

Here are some things I can choose to do instead of descending into chaos: I can pray. I can practice kindness and humility in my own home with the people I love the most. I can turn off the TV when it takes me to a dark place. I can choose to read my Bible instead of scrolling through Facebook. I can call friends/family. I can work out instead of eating a pint of ice-cream (but sometimes ice-cream is absolutely the right choice 😊). I can walk in the way that God leads. Isaiah tell us…

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”-Isaiah 41:10

We can’t singlehandedly fix this situation (Covid19, social isolation, the price of oil…take your pick) But, we still have choices to make. It isn’t bad to have feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness…it makes us human. However, we choose if we stay stuck in the darkness, or if we try to be the Light of God in some small way every single day. So, go forth and ‘Do the Next Right Thing’.

-Kimberly Reeves

Today is National Administrative Professional Day. Thank you, Cindi, for all that you do!

The ministries of St. Luke’s are strengthened by your dedication. You are so appreciated for all of your behind the scenes work!

***Be on the lookout as we feature devotionals from our members!

When I was in college I had my own room in the dorms, but it was a tiny room connected to a larger common space with eight other tiny rooms for neighbors. It was called a suite...I think they called it that so they could charge more for it. One of my suitemates was a guy named Joe.

One day I was griping to Joe about how small the dorm rooms were. He was 30 years older than I was and had spent a big portion of his life being a carnival worker. He had some great stories, but in that moment when I was griping about the room size he said, "you know I spent a year living in Oregon in a blackberry bush with a guy named Blackfoot Sam. I don't really have any complaints about this room." I have always remembered that. It is usually all about perspective.

My wife loves the show house hunters. It cracks me up how the people on the show are like, “we just had a baby and with the new baby and our dog our 2500 square foot house is just so cramped we HAVE GOT to get some more space.

And then they will look at houses that I would crawl across glass just for the chance to live in and they are like, “Oh my gosh, this kitchen is a total gut job. Everything is so dated, we could not even step foot in this house until the whole kitchen is redone. And what is with this carpet, it is like 3 years old at least it all HAS to GO. We need hardwood throughout the house.”

The Sanders family has 8 people, 3 cats and 4 dogs living in a 1300 square foot house that was built when my parents were one year old.

Sometime in the 80's the previous owners put in carpet and central air and that was the last time they did any updates.

The couple back on house hunters will pick a house that is $50K over their budget and immediately jump in with a renovation and they will be smiling at each other at the end of the show and say things like "we are so happy that we have this house, we are working really hard on it and it is going to be our dream house for years to come."

A big part of perspective is knowing what to measure yourself against. In our times of social isolation, we turn to Facebook to see how everyone in the world is doing. And guess what, they are all doing fabulous! They are making cute and fun crafts with their kids, everyone is smiling and laughing. Social distancing is the greatest thing they have every done.

Then while you are reading Facebook, you are hit in the back of the head by a pair of children’s underwear that is flying through space. You turn around and ask yourself, what have I done wrong. Our family is killing each other being cooped up in this tiny little house. Every minute someone is fighting or crying and the dog ate the arm of the recliner. And so we start to think that there must be something wrong with our life because everyone else is doing so well. But it is all smoke and mirrors, and we are comparing ourselves against a bad measurement...we need a new perspective.

Proverb 14:30 says “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” During your time of staying safe at home, with all the ones you love, take time to let your heart be at peace. I have found that gratitude is one feeling that can do that. Instead of looking around at what is not going right in life, take time to thank God for everything that is. I know it is hard. Sometimes you have to really stretch to find that first thing. But once you do, add another, then another. The more gratitude you express the more peace that will fill your heart and the more life will come into your body. These are tough times; we could all use a little more life. But it starts with the proper perspective.

- Joe Sanders

Little Lights of St. Luke's CDO

Check out this awesome Tuesday/Thursday MDO program for 2-5 year olds! Registration for next school years begins tomorrow for new students.

Registration will begin at 9:30 am Wednesday by phone only

Join us Sunday at 8:30am on our page or website for online worship!

Let’s come together this evening to pray for our community as we deal with the fallout both from Covid-19 and further economic decline.

Scriptures being used tonight: Psalms 27 and 121, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Little Lights of St. Luke's CDO

Registration is open by phone only today and tomorrow for current Little Lights families and St. Luke’s Church members. Call Mrs. Robin to get your spot!!

St Luke's UMC of Midland, TX

‘Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comfort flees,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.’

In our weekly worship planning, there are many suggested hymns to help us encounter the lectionary texts in a deeper and spiritual way. “Abide with Me” is one of those suggested hymns. Henry Francis Lyte wrote this beloved hymn in 1847. For obvious reason, it might be tempting to attach this hymn to the Gospel of John. In chapter 15, we read and hear the word “abide” 11 numerous times, but what does “abide” really mean? One meaning- to remain stable or fixed in a state a love that abided with Christ all his days. “Abide” could be a plea for God to be always present, in our life and through death. Maybe, the word “Abide” helps us read each passage of scripture in the context of the whole story God wants to tell through it. One of the enduring messages throughout all of scripture is Gods abiding presence with all of humanity.

Our Gospel reading for this week is Luke 24:13-35. For some, this is the familiar story of the walk to Emmaus. As we read this passage, I would invite us to encounter these words in a contemplative way. 1) Let us acknowledge God’s presence as we read or perhaps sing these words. 2) What are we grateful for as we meditate on these words? 3) Where is God inviting us to lean in closer and where is God calling us to action by encountering the words of this hymn? 4) Finally, let us rest in God’s presence a while longer.

The road to Emmaus is a seven-mile journey. As the disciples journeyed, I’m sure they were overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. The key moment within this passage is when the Risen Christ joins them and they fail to recognize Christ in their midst. Easter does not always come in three days. Stones are rolled away, but sometimes we are tempted to stay in the tomb. Did feelings of despair, uncertainty, hopelessness and helplessness hold the disciples in the tomb?

As I encounter this passage on a cloudy, dreary Saturday, I needed to be reminded of verses 31-32, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening scriptures to us?”

The Eastertide season is a season of celebration and festival that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that one of the ways we can celebrate the Risen Christ is to ask for help. Maybe we’re struggling in recognizing Christ in our daily midst? Perhaps we are struggling with feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. We are not alone. Just as Christ appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Christ appears in our midst in our journeys.

Psalm 116:1-2 says, “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.”

Pastor Tom

‘Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comfort flees,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.’

In our weekly worship planning, there are many suggested hymns to help us encounter the lectionary texts in a deeper and spiritual way. “Abide with Me” is one of those suggested hymns. Henry Francis Lyte wrote this beloved hymn in 1847. For obvious reason, it might be tempting to attach this hymn to the Gospel of John. In chapter 15, we read and hear the word “abide” 11 numerous times, but what does “abide” really mean? One meaning- to remain stable or fixed in a state a love that abided with Christ all his days. “Abide” could be a plea for God to be always present, in our life and through death. Maybe, the word “Abide” helps us read each passage of scripture in the context of the whole story God wants to tell through it. One of the enduring messages throughout all of scripture is Gods abiding presence with all of humanity.

Our Gospel reading for this week is Luke 24:13-35. For some, this is the familiar story of the walk to Emmaus. As we read this passage, I would invite us to encounter these words in a contemplative way. 1) Let us acknowledge God’s presence as we read or perhaps sing these words. 2) What are we grateful for as we meditate on these words? 3) Where is God inviting us to lean in closer and where is God calling us to action by encountering the words of this hymn? 4) Finally, let us rest in God’s presence a while longer.

The road to Emmaus is a seven-mile journey. As the disciples journeyed, I’m sure they were overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. The key moment within this passage is when the Risen Christ joins them and they fail to recognize Christ in their midst. Easter does not always come in three days. Stones are rolled away, but sometimes we are tempted to stay in the tomb. Did feelings of despair, uncertainty, hopelessness and helplessness hold the disciples in the tomb?

As I encounter this passage on a cloudy, dreary Saturday, I needed to be reminded of verses 31-32, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening scriptures to us?”

The Eastertide season is a season of celebration and festival that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that one of the ways we can celebrate the Risen Christ is to ask for help. Maybe we’re struggling in recognizing Christ in our daily midst? Perhaps we are struggling with feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. We are not alone. Just as Christ appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Christ appears in our midst in our journeys.

Psalm 116:1-2 says, “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.”

Pastor Tom

Sunday Service 4/19/20

Join St. Luke's UMC for our April the 19th service. It has something for the whole family.

Be The Church Challenge!

Thank you to Alison and Bruce Peeler for our first submission! They continued to be the church by: Having a drive-by going away party for longtime Sunday school members and friends, celebrating Maundy Thursday and Sunday worship online, posing in front of our community Easter balloon displays, and holding Sunday school class via zoom!

How will you ‘Be The Church’ today?? Post photos below, or email to Kimberly Reeves at [email protected].

We are so fortunate to have three pastors who have been working harder than ever during these unprecedented times! From adapting worship, writing devotionals, making calls to check in...they are busier than ever!

Please leave a comment below or send them a quick email letting them know how much they are appreciated!

“Medicine for the Soul”
Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

I have always believed that music is “medicine for the soul”. It amazes me to see the power that a melody or some lyrics have to transform an environment, to change the mood, to save a life! This makes me remember the story of king Saul, a man who was constantly troubled and anxious. Saul couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, couldn’t stop his head from spinning in despair and deep anxiety. Remember what the medicine was for his “condition”? It was the music produced by the several instruments that David played. (1 Samuel 16:14-23)

There are days that my soul NEEDS a song, a melody, some lyrics that will bring ease and peace to my anxious heart. Today, these were the words that came to me; to bring relief and comfort: “Why should I feel discouraged? … I sing! Because I am happy and free…” The theme of this song is inspired by the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26) and “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

Speaking of medicine. Salomon, David’s son, gave us a bunch of recipes, and left some prescriptions for “the crushed spirit”. (Proverbs 17:22, 15:13, 16:24, 18:14). “A cheerful heart is good medicine”, those are Salomon’s words and this beautiful song confirms his declaration. “Jesus is our portion, our constant friend, we know that he watches over us…” So, let’s be happy today, let us choose the joy that comes from our Creator, Our Risen Savior, and our faithful Companion. Amen.

Rev. Raul Garcia

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