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Scripture for the Week

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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November Birthdays:
Anthony Aquino, Jordan Dunham, Becky Johnson, Jim Reynolds, Carole Rumbaugh, Carol Steinke

November Anniversaries:
Don & Sandra Bird,
Marilyn & Charles Larrain,
Donna Steele & Dave Tayor

November 6th is Election Day

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“If we do not vote, how can we be a voice of justice and hope? We cannot be that voice when we remain quiet.”

Rev. Elizabeth Murray
Mount Hebron UMC
West Columbia, SC

Thoughts & Prayers

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Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and for those who are traveling.
  • John and Connie Hancock
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Cyn Jones
  • Mike Conlon
  • Jesse Munkirs
  • Steve Hannaford
  • Becky Adams
Also please pray for the future of our denomination; please pray for God’s guidance and will to be done in the United Methodist Church.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of prayer and would like to be included on this list, please let us know.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us
. - 1 John 5:15 (NIV)

Bible Study Opportunity

Sometimes finding JOY is absolutely an act of defiance. Joy is closer than you think because God is better than you may believe!

Are you looking for a Bible study right now? Have you thought about joining in, but the thought of reworking your schedule or being at a distance has put you off? Well, guess what? We're going to do a 6-week Bible study that'll put all of that scheduling stuff in the back seat!

Defiant Joy is a 6-week study that involves a little reading, some video watching, and some discussion. To make it as easy as possible, we've set up a Facebook group to handle all of the "location work"! Videos and discussion topics will be posted there to help keep everyone on track!

We'll determine a start date in the next week or so. The goal is to start in time to finish up before Christmas!

If you would like to participate, please connect with Jen Salta or check our Facebook Group Page.

For more information from the author of the study, click on the image below!
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Reflections: Rebuilding Our Wall

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Scripture: Nehemiah 2:11-18

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. 13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Sometimes we are overburdened by the cares of life, and succumb to temptations and the attacks of our enemy, Satan. What is the solution for our troubles? We need to turn to God and grow in faith. We need to rebuild the walls of our spiritual defenses. As we continue in our stewardship season, let’s remember these key points:
  1. We need to recognize our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and see the need to rebuild our spiritual defenses.
  2. We need to understand how to rebuild our walls; through focusing on the right things, growing our faith, and stewarding our resources for God’s kingdom.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What is the state of your faith? How have you grown in faith, or regressed in your faith, this year?
  • Can you think of some ways in which you can start to rebuild your spiritual defenses? Do you see this as a present need in your faith journey?

Prayer:

Lord, give us eyes to see our weaknesses and a heart to discern your Word. Only through your love and grace can we rebuild our walls, to be strong Christians for your kingdom’s work.

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Weekly at Journey

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Tuesday

  • Scrabble
  • 12-2 PM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Coffee with the Pastor
  • 9 AM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 6:30 PM @ Trudy's Home

Gift a Thanksgiving Meal: Maricopa Food Bank

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F.O.R. Maricopa is looking for some specific donations for those in need this Thanksgiving. They are accepting monetary donations for turkeys as well as canned vegetables, and cake mixes. They have specifically said that they do not need instant mashed potatoes.

Meals will be put together for pick up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (November 20th) at the Blue Barn (19428 N John Wayne Pkwy). Volunteer opportunities are available.

Meals will be assembled starting at 11 AM. Handout for those receiving meals will start at 3 PM.

Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship

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Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship Giving to the church is a tangible recognition that all that we have comes from God and we return a portion of those gifts for the work of God’s church in our world. Your contributions to Journey have local, regional, national, and international impact through our connectional giving system. Most of the money you give supports your …
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Across the Connection

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Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

I am struggling to find words to describe how I feel in the aftermath of the Pittsburg massacre.

Am I shocked? Not when mass shootings occur with such frequency! NO! On October 27, 2018, in addition to 11 persons murdered by gun violence in the synagogue massacre, 31 other persons were killed because of gun violence in communities around the US. The real shock is that we keep saying we want to do something to curb this scourge, but we are unable to do so.

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This is day one. Today is the start of something new. Today may not be a first step in a radical new direction. Rather it is the next first step in a continuing journey towards better.
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