“______ You Very Much: When Did Everyone Get So Rude?”
Society today is filled with rudeness. People are unkind to each other and find ways to insult or put down others. Throughout the Epiphany Season, we will be looking at passages of Scripture found in the Lectionary as we struggle with what to do with rudeness in our lives and in society.
We will be referring to a book written by Danny Wallace originally titled, “I Can’t Believe You Just Said That.” “You’re not just imagining it. People are getting nastier every day—from cutting in line to gabbing on their phones and doing their personal grooming on public transportation to hurling epithets on Twitter (and in real life). And the worst part is that it’s contagious, leading reasonable courteous people to stoop to new lows just to fight back and fit in.”
Happy New Year! 2019 is here and we are excited about all the possibilities God has in store for us. January and February are filled with ministries and small groups. May I reflect on a few of the happenings which lie ahead.
A new and exciting sermon series entitled, “_____ You Very Much: When Did Everyone Get So Rude?” will begin in January. Our society is on a slippery slope with the way people treat one another. Rudeness abounds. Social media is filled with distressing attitudes. People seem to have an inner anger which comes out in some very inappropriate ways. We will be considering these issues in light of the Scripture readings for the Epiphany season. See page 3 for more information.
Once again we will be celebrating Baptism Renewal Sunday on January 13th as we welcome back all the children I have baptized at Chews over the past 10 and a half years. It is always a treat to have many of the children with us at 9:30 and 11:00 am in honor of their baptism.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend will be celebrated again this year as we join together with our sister church, Mt. Zion UMC of Lawnside.
On January 20th, Rev. Goldsborough and I will once again be exchanging pulpits. Both congregations are blessed by this exchange. In the evening, both churches will come together here at Chews for a covered dish dinner at 6:00 pm. Following this time of fellowship, we will gather in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm for a musical evening with the choirs and worship teams from both churches. On Monday, January 21, we will once again join in Gloucester Township’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. More information follows in the newsletter about ways in which you can serve.
January 27 will be a day where we welcome the elected leaders of our community to join us for Worship at the 11:00 am service. We will be recognizing the township and school board elected officials. Likewise, we will be recognizing our local church elected leaders at all the services.
We are very excited about the emerging ministries here at Chews. Just recently, we have been blessed by the children of our church with a puppet ministry, our dance team, “Devotion in Motion” and our Children’s Choir. New small groups are beginning to reach additional persons by connecting people together in common interest areas.
Please read throughout this edition of the Mouse News to see all the ministries available in and through Chews UMC. Once again, I wish you God’s Best for 2019.
CHEWS IN THE PARK!
“Healing Where It Hurts”
Sermon Series 01/6 — 03/03
“______ You Very Much: When Did Everyone Get So Rude?”
January 6 "The Rudeness Effect" Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12
January 13 "A Zombie Rudepocalypse" Isaiah 43:1-7 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17,21-22
January 20 "MLK Weekend—Pulpit Exchange"
Sermon Series — Contd.
January 27 "Whatever Happened to Manners?" Psalm 19:1=6 I Corinthians 12:1231a Luke 4:14-21
February 3 "Power Play!" Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 I Corinthians 13:1-13
February 10 "Let It Go!" Psalm 138 Isaiah 6:1-8
February 24 "Rudeness and Revenge" Psalm 37:1-9 Luke 6:21-28
March 3 "What Can We Do About Rudeness?" Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 Isaiah 55:10-13 Luke 6:39-49
January 3rd—The GNJ Delegation for the Special Session of General Conference will hold a southern region listening and discussion session on January 3rd in Sicklerville. Please see the GNJUMC.ORG website for more information. All are welcome
January 20th—Martin Luther King Weekend Pulpit Swap with Lawnside UMC. Covered Dish Dinner begins at 6 pm followed by Music in the Sanctuary here at Chews
January 21st—MLK Day of Service. Join us at 9 am to help put together toiletry bags for our Tuesday Outreach Mission on the streets. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers
January 25-27th—Midwinter Advance Trip to Keswick for our Youth Group
January 27th—Southern Region Day of Learning at Pitman UMC from 2:00—6:00 pm. Please visit the GNJUMC.ORG website for detailed information
February 6th—Certified Lay Servant Classes begin at Chews at 7 pm. Classes will be held 2/6, 2/13, 3/27 & and 4/6.
February 24th—IHOC Mall Walk at Voorhees Town Center. Registration at 1:30 pm. 'The Walk' starts at 2:30 pm.
Please see the church websites events calendar to keep up to date on the many activities within the church.
PILOT PROGRAM: The Church Mouse, and Sunday Worship Bulletin QR Code
A new and expanded services positioned for the changing environment. Chews United Methodist Church is continuously improving its offering. We are excited to share newly adopted digital service to cut down expenses on ink-toner, paper, and printing cost. Using a mobile device you can now scan the QR code to view the pdf file for the current publication of The Church Mouse, and, the Order of Worship Bulletin for Sunday.
1. Open your favorite QR code scanner (scanners accessible through Wallet app on iPhones, Snapchat, or Play Store)
2. Scan the QR code to open the .pdf file using a browser (Open browser, Share via email, and Share via SMS)