LIFE AT GETHSEMANE
Sun 02/168:15 am Traditional Worship Service
9:45 amSunday School/ Breakfast for children 11:00 amContemporary Worship
2-5 pm Gym & Hope Hall rsvd-Gibon
Mon 02/17 6:30 pm Karate
7:00 pm Gethsemane Council Committee Mtg.
Tues 02/18 8:00 am Quilting 3:00 pm After School program
6:00 pm Girl Scouts Grace Hall
6:30 pm Fingers of Faith
Wed 02/19 9:00 am Clothes Closet
9:00 am Food Pantry N-Z
7:00 am Bible Study-book of Judges
Thu 02/20 6:30 pm Co-Ed Volleyball
Grow like a Willow
5:00 pm Gym rsvd Softball
Fri 02/21 6-10 pm gym & Hope Hall RSVD
Sat 02/22 12-4 pm Gym & Hope Hall rsvd-Fluck
TOGETHER SEEKING GOD
RENEWING THE WORLD
Combining Our Worship Services
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to the idea, we will combine our current Worship Services into one Worship Experience that will have elements of each one starting on March 1st, 2020 at 9:00am. Sunday School will be held following worship. Please stay tuned for additional details of exactly how the morning schedule will run.
TUESDAY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Our after school program for 2020 has begun. We are so hoping that a few of you will find it in your heart to give a small amount of time for the children. Time needed is one day (Tuesday) for approximately one and a half hours or less. There are possibilities of some terrific things for the future with our youth. Please don’t miss the chance to go for the ride. Please give Jeff a call in the church office or stop in and talk about it. This is one of the most rewarding community outreaches that we here at Gethsemane offer. Any work with children of all ages is the most rewarding gift we can receive.
FINGERS of FAITH Crochet/Knitting group meets Tuesdays @ 6:30. Join the fellowship to learn, share a pattern or get help with a difficult stitch.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
On Wednesday Night Feb 12 at 7:00pm, we’ll start a 7-week study of the book of Judges. Judges is a part of the Bible that, aside from Middle School boys, is not very popular. It’s the story of Israel’s total failure. It’s disturbing and very violent. It’s the tragic tale of how, instead of becoming a Holy People for the good of the whole world, Israel becomes Canaanite.
So, why bother? The Book of Judges gives us insight into sinful human nature. If we can learn from the book of Judges, if we can learn from the mistakes they made, then we can avoid—or at least curtail—the same kind of tragic tale. If we learn from Judges, we won’t have to be the star of the story of people of faith betraying ourselves and becoming distracted and lost—becoming less than God created us to be.
Join us on Wednesday nights as we learn from Judges how to be Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
CHURCH AUDIT TO BE HELD
The Annual Church audit will be February 20, 2020. All financial information should be turned into the Church office before this date. Should you have any questions please contact Dorothy Andrews, audit chairperson @ 592-0690
ADVANCED LAY SPEAKER/ LAY SERVANT COURSE
On Saturdays 2/29 and 3/14, an Advanced Lay Speaker/ Lay Servant Course on Leading Prayer will be presented at Philipsburg Grace UMC, from 9-3. Both sessions must be attended for credit. The required books for the class will be Leading in Prayer by Mary Benedict and Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Lurence Hall Stookey. Special attention will be paid to praying in public as participants grow in confidence and skills in prayer in both public and personal lunch. Participants will need to read the books prior to class and bring a bag lunch. To register, please email Michelle Bodle(email@example.com) by 2/22.
FREE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES; INCLUDING HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Tremendous opportunities made available by Central Intermediate Unit #10. Free classes to help anyone who needs it, to prepare to pass the GED. FREE “Official GED Practice testing” to all enrolled students. Become a graduate to improve your job prospects, prepare for your future educational goals, for your own satisfaction. If you know of anyone: family, friends, acquaintances, or maybe yourself, check out more information in the Welcome Center. Opportunities for college then become available. This is such a great opportunity being offered. Lets help all that we can. Christians thrive on success and pride. Reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. Bless those who seek success and good luck.
As we are still in full swing of winter weather and cold/flu season, we are taking extra precautions to ensure our daycare children,s health. If you are interested in donating any items to help, we are in need of tissues, baby wipes, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. Thank you so much for your help in any way possible.
LET THEM EAT STEAK & SO MUCH MORE
The next Church Fundraiser Dinner is Feb 29 the fifth Saturday. There are envelopes in the Welcome Center for donations to help with expenses of the church dinner. Also please take time and sign up to work at the dinner and make pies. Signup sheet is on bulletin board by main entrance.If you do not want to bake pies, you can have them made here for $5 each. SIGN UP TODAY to relieve anxiety of the fundraiser group!!
Gethsemane is currently seeking to hire an Outreach Ministry Coordinator. The Outreach Ministry Coordinator will be responsible to plan and carry out a well-balanced program of Mission and outreach which provides faith development for persons who come to participate in the life of Gethsemane United Methodist Church and serves in Christian Ministry, especially the West Branch Area. The Gethsemane Gym facilities are to be a significant tool to be used in this work. The Outreach Ministry Coordinator will work with other program staff members and will work very closely with the Pastor. This is a temporary position as the Leadership Council continues to clarify staffing needs going forward. For more information, please contact Pastor Jim, a member of the Leadership Council, or the Church office.
Copies of the temporary job description are in the office if you are interested in this position.
Gethsemane Tax Aid Day
The 2020 tax aid day for Gethsemane Church will be held
March 19 (Thursday) from 9:00 am-12:00 PM here at Gethsemane in Hope Hall. You must have an appointment. To set an appointment please phone765-2691 between 9 & 12 noon.
Ash Wednesday Worship
We begin our journey of Lent each year on Ash Wednesday. This year, we’ll gather with other churches from our cluster again for Ash Wednesday Worship at Grace UMC, Philipsburg (912 E Pine St, Philipsburg, PA) on February 26, 2020. Worship begins at 7:00pm with a meal at 5:00pm. If you would like to bring desserts or salads it would be greatly appreciated. Grace will provide soup, beverages and bread. If you are planning to attend, please contact the church office by Feb 23 so we can give Grace an idea of how many to expect. Also, bring a dessert to share at the meal.Also, we will have a cluster choir in which all are invited to participate. The Offering from our Cluster Ash Wednesday Worship this year will be split between The Mountaintop Helping Hands ministry, Philipsburg Community Action, and the West Branch Area Ministerium Compassion Fund. Lent is an important time for us to remember what Jesus has done for us, and Ash Wednesday is a powerful way to start that season.
Psalm 51:1-3 (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Psalm 51:6-7 (NIV)
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Mark 7:1-23 (NIV)
That Which Defiles
7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e] 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” 14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”  17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) 20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
THE BEGINNING OF THE GOOD NEWS
Mark 7:1-23; Psalm 51:1-3, 6-7
1. All Pharisees were Jews, but not ____________________ ____________________________________________________.
2. The letter of the Law matters; it just doesn’t matter as much as ___________________________________________.
3. Being “defiled” literally means ______________________, as in _______________________________________________.
4. What keeps us from being Holy _____________________ ___________________________________________________