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Scripture for the Week

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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December Birthdays:

Megan Aquino, Phyllis Conlon, Doris Henderson, Logan Krathwohl, Katie Salta, Bob Scott, David Taylor, and Gloria Shoemaker

December Anniversaries:

Bobby & Anita Buss
Jim & Susan Gunn, and
Roy & Gloria Shoemaker

Epiphany


Many of us were introduced to Epiphany through the familiar silhouetted-image of Three Wise Men bearing gifts as they followed the Great Star by night. In some cultures, Epiphany is known as the Day of the Kings (Dia de los Reyes). It is also known as Twelfth Day or Twelfth Night, reflecting an old custom of giving a gift for each of the days from December 25 to January 6 for the 12 days of Christmas.

The word epiphany means appearance or manifestation. Popular usage likens epiphany to words such as eureka or aha! Use of this word by some English speakers conjures images of having a light bulb turned on, or of being able to see something that was once hidden from view. This ever-widening circle of revelation began 'outside the circle' of Judaism, so to speak, with the Magi.

Who were the Magi?
Many versions of the Bible refer to them as the Wise Men. We often forget that these Magi or Wise Men were non-Jews.
Older sources suggest that they were priestly descendants of one of the tribes of the Medes known for their knowledge of the stars (astronomy) and their ability to interpret dreams.

Thoughts & Prayers

Dear God
Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and/or need an extra measure of God's grace.
  • John and Connie Hancock
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Cyn Jones
  • Phyllis and Mike Conlon
  • Ben and Becky Johnson
  • Jessie Munkirs
  • Debbie Cox
We'll have many of our Journey family traveling this holiday season. Traveling mercies to all including Ben who is working in Texas!

Our relationship with God means we can bring our prayers and requests, and ask for God’s healing hand on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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)
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_Another Year_

Reflections: "Another Year"

Isaiah 40:26-31

27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

2018 has come and gone, and we stand on the precipice of the New Year. This is a time of reflection, of looking back, in contemplation of what we’ve done and where we’ve been. It’s also a time and opportunity to look forward, as we prepare for this upcoming year. As believers we must commit to making 2019 a spiritually successful year. To do this, we must take the time to set goals and to make resolutions for the road ahead. That time is now. Let’s start this year off right by making spiritual preparations, as we endeavor to grow in closeness and our relationship with God.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? How do they relate to your faith and journey with Christ?
  • Where does your spiritual growth rank in your list of priorities for this New Year? What are some ways you can better your relationship with God in 2019?

Prayer:

Loving God, we ask that you will show us how to prioritize serving you in the coming year. Motivate us to become better servants, who are more attentive to our spiritual needs rather than our physical ones. Give us a heart and mind that desires you above all else. Let this year be one of spiritual victories. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Weekly at Journey

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Tuesday

  • Happy New Year!!!
  • 12 PM Scrabble @Honneycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Coffee with the Pastor
  • 9:00 AM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Saturday

  • GPS Meeting @ 10 AM
Journey's Choir will be on winter hiatus for a time. Check back here for information about our "start back up" date!

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2019 Calendar

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 …

Across the Connection

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The Wesleys Take the Web!

In this series of three short videos, modern animated versions of the brothers who founded Methodism talk about some of the statistics and the spirit of what is now The United Methodist Church. The characters were created by United Methodist pastor Charlie Baber, who draws the Wesley Bros. comics.

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