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This is the Day the Lord has Made- we will REJOICE and be glad in it!!

I enjoy reading and this week I am reading a book called Excellence Wins, by Horst Schultze. It may sound strange for me to be reading a book written by the co-founder of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, but in it he shares the fundamentals of being the best in a service industry; caring not only for your customer, clients or members- but also offering the same focus on his employees.

In chapter one he says this:

"Worshippers come to connect with God, of course. But they'd also like to connect with a fellow human being or two. As the wise and beloved nineteenth-century preacher Joseph Parker is reported to have once said, 'There is a broken heart in every pew.'"

He really doesn't talk much about the church, but this statement really caught my attention. In a year of living apart, the church is a place for gathering together. It is not only a coming together to fellowship and catch up with those we love, but it a place of welcoming and getting to know the new people in our midst.

We seek to gather all people to offer hope and healing in the name of Jesus, and each and every week on Sunday and Tuesday worship, we see new faces among us. They have come searching for a place to call home, to make a connection with the Holy and to know brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you are one of the broken hearted right now, I share this:

Psalm 147:2-5 (The Passion Translation)

"He heals the wounds of every shattered heart. He sets His starts in place, calling them by their names. How great is our God! There's absolutely nothing His power cannot accomplish, and He has infinite understanding of everything."

God is great, but we have to believe this as our truth. Those we come in contact this week, may be broken hearted, they must hear hope through us. Those sitting in the sanctuary next to us, may be broken-hearted, reach out, introduce yourself, ask then their name and begin a relationship so we might be the answer to another's prayer.

I have been a person with a shattered heart, and it was through the grace of God I found healing, the kindness and love of others were the Jesus example I needed to be willing to open my heart and allow the Holy Spirit to work in me. How about you? If you are broken hearted today have you invited God to this moment in time? Have you taken the responsibility to allow the transformation process to begin?

There is nothing- nothing His power cannot accomplish, He understands everything. Lean into this truth pray it just as you pray: I belong to Jesus!

May it be so for all of us....

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This week's schedule

Saturday, May 1st:

  • 10am UMCOR Cleaning Bucket verifying and building

Sunday, May 2nd:

  • 10 am Worship in person, Facebook Live, Parking lot
  • 11am Small Group-in person chapters 15-21

Monday, May 3rd:

  • 6:30pm Small Group-chapters 15-21 Zoom id# 810 7183 9144 pass word# 123456

Tuesday, May 4th:

  • 6:30pm The Path Gathering in person & Facebook live

Thursday, May 6th:

  • 8:45 am Worship and Praise; Acts

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Sunday, May 16th: Usher and Greeter training 9am
  • Monday May 17th@7pm Al-Anon A new support group will begin at Harris Hill UMC. If you or someone you know needs support from others who are worried about someone with a drinking problem this is the place for you.
  • Saturday May 22, @ 10am Prayer Shawl training class. If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet in order to make prayer shawls for others- this is your chance to have some individual attention. Bring crochet hook or knitting needles and yarn. If you don't have yarn there is plenty at the church to get you started. Would love to have you there!!

Good News to share: The Leadership team will be meeting on Thursday May 20th for a charge conference as we celebrate the call to ministry of one of our own. Jeffery Cooke has begun the process of entering into ministry. He has met with me for several months, and has met our District Superintendent, Rev. Carlos Rosa-Laguer. The process continues as we listen to his call story and affirm him for the journey ahead. I would ask that you place Jeff in your prayers as he moves forward in faith, relying on God's movement to strengthen and encourage him each day.

Pastor Katie Zettle