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Scripture for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12 NIV

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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January Birthdays:

Gary Clock, Paul Groshart, Natalie Hancock, Pearl Jackson, Miranda Krathwohl, Alex Salta, Ayden Thickett

January Anniversaries:

Gary & Doreen Clock, Sandy Davis, Paul & Beth Groshart, Sally Hannaford

The Compass Podcast

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God Utilizes Everything
Episode 48 (16
minutes)

Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way we planned. When that happens, we might feel discouraged, but as Bishop Sharma Lewis shares, “God utilizes everything.”

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
  • Jessie Munkirs
  • Debbie Cox
We have many of our Journey family traveling. Traveling mercies to all!

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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Baptism and Renewal

Reflections: Baptism and Renewal

Acts 8:14-17

14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Today is the second Sunday of the New Year, and the first Sunday after Epiphany. It’s a time to focus on beginnings, specifically of focusing on Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River at the beginning of His earthly ministry. As such, when we begin our respective journeys of faith with Christ, we also need to prepare ourselves by experiencing a baptismal renewal of sorts.

We become born-again, recommitted to living in faith and obedience, which motivates us to continue in our missional work, with the help, guidance, and spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. What better time to remind ourselves of this blessed truth than at the beginning of this New Year.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our conversion? How do we correlate the ideas of becoming born-again and living in spiritual success?
  • What are some ways we can focus on baptism and spiritual renewal as we begin this New Year?

Prayer:

Lord, please give us a desire to be renewed each and every day as we attempt to live for your glory. Show us the meaning of true baptism and conversion. Give us a clean heart and a mind that desires to please you, and help us follow your will. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Weekly at Journey

2019 Calendar

Tuesday

  • Scrabble
  • 12:00 PM @Honneycutt Coffee

Thursday

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

Saturday

  • Men's Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM @ The Duke
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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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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Beyond New Year’s resolutions — make ‘faithful intentions’

New Year’s Resolutions have always been a very pass/fail sort of test for me. I set myself up to forgo chocolate and lo and behold, two weeks into the New Year, I find myself munching nonchalantly on fudge. In the immortal words of comedian Steve Martin, “I forgot.” But worse, one slip up and I feel like I have failed. I can’t go back to “the day before the fudge” so what’s the point? My record is no longer perfect.

But that is the whole point from a spiritual perspective. We’re not perfect. But we are improving.

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Renewing waters: How United Methodists understand baptism

Water sustains life for humans, animals, and plants. We clean with warm water and relax in cool water. We find peace listening to the roar of the ocean or taking a stroll in the rain.

Water is also important to our life in the church.
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