Wednesday, October 2 2019 by Eric Johnson
These are exciting times around here at Heritage UMC. Our Vision Team will be announcing our way forward for 2020 in the next few weeks, our fall festivals and craft shows are in final planning modes, and we have a revival of Discipleship in full swing! It’s a great time to be a part of this vibrant congregation!
Stories are pouring in about how lives are being changed by our study of “A Disciples Path”. More people are in small groups this fall than have been since I’ve been on staff. People are looking at discipleship in a whole new way. I hear people saying, “I never looked at it that way before” or “I feel so challenged to grow deeper” and “I was treading water for so long, now I can see a way forward!”
It’s not always easy to shine a light into the mirror and evaluate where we are treading water, or just getting by. But Jesus challenges us to be true disciples, who continue to work on loving God and loving others as we center our lives on Him. Be encouraged, we are not on this path alone. We journey with other disciples together and walk in God’s sanctifying grace.
See you on the path!
Tuesday, September 24 2019 by Curtis Paige
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
The Host Team coordinates celebration of life receptions held at Heritage and serves our church family answering Jesus’ call to comfort those who mourn. With kind hearts, the team prepares a reception in the Fellowship Hall for families and friends to gather to share, reminisce, and remember the life of their loved one. We are honored and humbled to compassionately serve others during their time of loss. – Killian O’Donnell, Team Coordinator
“Carry each other’s burdens…” Galatians 6:2
We want to thank this team for providing such a vital ministry!
(Pictured – L to R – Judy Yarian, Marilyn Riel, Lois Harber, Ann Howe, and Killian O’Donnell)
Monday, September 23 2019 by Janean Briseno
There are about 936 weeks from the time a child is born until they move on to the next chapter of their life. When each of my children were born, I never really thought about the number of weeks I had to intentionally parent them. In those moments, College/ life after High school seemed so far away, but now that I have 2 children who are beginning the stage of adulating and 1 child who has started her freshman year in high school, I often think to myself did I do everything I could to help them become productive adults and more importantly followers of Jesus.
As the Director of Children’s Ministry, it is our hope at Heritage to help in your parenting journey. From celebrating those treasured moments and parenting highs to walking beside you in the more difficult times when you might feel all alone. It’s our pleasure and joy to partner with you as you parent your child. Not that we have gotten everything figured out, but because we believe we are all on this journey together. There are a couple of things we have in Children’s Ministry that you may find helpful as you look for ways to engage with your child about their faith.
- The Parent Cue app is a tool that was created by the writers of our Sunday morning curriculum that can help with conversation starters for different times of the day from first thing in the morning, while you are driving in the car or to bedtime. The great thing about the Parent Cue app is that it aligns with what your child is learning at church with tools that you can use in your everyday life.
- My Bible Class is a class that we will be offering this October to parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade parents. As a church, we are continuing the tradition of giving new bibles to our 3rd grade and older students, but with a spin. In this class parents or grandparents have the opportunity to learn ideas on how to engage in faith conversations with their child/grandchild. This is also the opportunity where parents/grandparents get to personalize the Bible that will be given out to the children during our Sunday morning service.
For me, I have 196 weeks before Annelise (my youngest) heads off to college and even though some would think it’s time to panic, I’m not. I know that every week is a gift from God and every week I have left adds up. How about you? How many weeks with your child do you have left? What can we do together to leverage the opportunities we have to influence their faith and future.
Tuesday, September 17 2019 by Janean Briseno
Have you ever had a day where nothing seemed to go right? We all have days like that. Days where nothing seems to go the way we thought it would go. This past week our children learned about Joseph. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, thrown into a dark well, and sold as a slave to Egypt. He must have felt all alone. But the Bible tells us God was with him. God was with Joseph when he was at home. He was with Joseph when he was in the well. And God was with Joseph in Egypt. God was there during Joseph’s terrible days AND his not-so-terrible days. He was with Joseph even when he felt all alone.
Here is some really good news for you and me. Nothing in our crazy, no sense kind of a day is a surprise to God. He is in control of it all and He has a plan even in the hard stuff. As a reminder that the children are never alone they made their own sock puppet. This craft project was a huge hit for our Kinder- 2nd graders. So the next time something happens that takes you by surprise and you’re wondering why, ask God to help you trust in Him. Remember, when life doesn’t make sense, you can trust God is with you.