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September 30, 2016: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: PEOPLE

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By the time we gather on Sunday, October will have arrived. We will celebrate our first Sunday Communion with Christians across the globe. It is one of those Sundays that expands our awareness of our Christian brothers and sisters, near and far. We call it World Communion Sunday!


Also on Sunday, we will start a new sermon series! Last year we explored People Worth Knowing. Based on the popularity of that series, this year we will meet More People Worth Knowing. By the time we finish in November, eight Biblical characters will stand out more clearly to you based on our exploration of their lives. They will challenge us to grow in our faith and out understanding of God working in the world.


This Sunday we will read and explore Habakkuk. It is the fifth book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the name of a prophet, and the title of our sermon. Ha-bak-kuk. Many of us can hardly pronounce it, let alone recall what this prophet reveals to us about God and faith in times of trouble. The very first verse gives you a taste of the issues we will face: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?”


Come to worship at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. and you will find food for your soul! Friends, faith and fellowship make a great combination as a context for worship of God. Your presence will enrich the experience of us all. I encourage you to make the effort to be here in person! (If you are not able to be here in person, then remember you can worship from wherever you are via KTUL, Channel 8 television or view the live stream on our website at 11:00.


Wandering Wesley shows Five Marks of a Methodist in action!

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As part of our all-church study, the Five Marks of a Methodist, we’re starting a “Wandering Wesley” campaign that will be fun for all ages! We are asking everyone to take a Wandering Wesley, cut him out, and take pictures of him in your daily life living out the five marks:

1. A Methodist Loves God

2. A Methodist Rejoices in God

3. A Methodist Give Thanks

4. A Methodist Prays Constantly

5. A Methodist Loves Others


Wandering Wesleys can be picked up outside the sanctuary or at the table in Bishops’ Hall at any time. Feel free to color Wesley or decorate him however you like so he is ready for the camera! There are several ways for Wandering Wesley to get around. You can take him with you around town and take photos on your cell phone, or mail him to someone you know out of town who would support your project, and ask them to take a photo of Wandering Wesley showing good character as a Methodist.


After you take photos, submit them to us so we can share them with the whole congregation! There are three ways to share:

1. Post photos on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #wanderingwesley16 and #bostonavenueumc. Identify the location and specific Mark of a Methodist in the caption, and be sure to tag us (@BostonAvenueUMC)!

2. Email your photo to deborahjpeterson@ yahoo.com (or click anywhere in this article).

3. Bring or mail a photograph to Debbie Peterson at the church! We will collect photos throughout September and October. Check our website, social media and the bulletin boards outside the sanctuary for all the photos of Wandering Wesley living out the Five Marks of a Methodist!


UMW women are collecting Christmas gifts for Cookson

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Throughout the month of October, the United Methodist Women are collecting Christmas gifts for Cookson Hills United Methodist Mission Center. At Christmas time, gift items are donated, and families are allowed to shop for one gift per family member at a nominal cost. Each family also receives a food box and other assorted items.


Cookson Hills has been a very significant part of the mission work of the United Methodist Women in Oklahoma since 1948. The presence of the United Methodist among rural low-income people in Northeastern Oklahoma has shown an important aspect of the way we care for others.


The annual Christmas store collection will run from October 1-31. Suggested items include: coats, socks, underwear, hats and mittens of all sizes; pillows, blankets, sheets, and bedspreads; tools, jumper cables, and batteries; pots, pans, and dishes; toys, balls, stockings, and stocking stuffers; and gift wrapping items. Please visit Bishops’ Hall to deliver gifts or click anywhere in this article to see the full list.


We ask that all gifts be new, and that no candles be donated, please. Cash for food is always a welcomed option, as well. Thanks for all your help each year to ensure the children and families at Cookson Hills have the wonderful Christmas experiences they deserve!


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