Friday, October 12, 2018

Sunday School Invitation


The 9:30a.m. Sunday School class that meets downstairs will begin a study of “Christianity and World Religions” a video and book-based curriculum by Rev. Adam Hamilton. 
Grab some coffee and snacks and come on down and learn about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism -- religions we hear about in the news, but often don’t understand.  
Also: The elevator has been inspected and oiled and is ready to be utilized. 
All are invited to come to one, two or as many of the sessions as possible.  
                                                Janet Newton-Hamiliton, class facilitator


Monday, October 1, 2018

50th Anniversary October 7


In the fall of 1968, a small group of dedicated Christians met at Prosperity School located 1 mile north of 30th street on Plum (currently the Sand Hill Event Center) to begin a journey of faith worshipping together in the gym until the new church building would be built at Severance and 30th Street.
Finally on the exciting day, May 17, 1970, church members met at Prosperity school and proceeded via a caravan to our new church facility. Pastor, Rev. C. Robert Brown, explained, “This is symbolic of the children of God constantly being called upon to move from the old and familiar to the new and untried.”  They adhered to the slogan “Put Faith In Your Future.” What an amazing five minute drive that must have been!
On October 7, 2018, members and friends of Faith United Methodist will be reversing the caravan drive, worshipping at Faith UMC and then driving to the Sand Hill Event Center, where it all began, to celebrate the past 50 years. This to will be amazing! A new slogan will be on our minds; “Faith for the journey on God’s path-50 years and beyond.”
The anniversary committee hopes everyone realizes the choices we have made were done with much thought to heighten the experience of the event. We will be coming full circle and will begin a new journey on God’s path! How exciting.
See you on October 7th!  Bring your smile. Bring a friend.  All are welcome for the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Faith United Methodist Church and then the free catered meal beginning at noon at the Sand Hills Event Center.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Memories Requested


As part of our 50th church anniversary we are printing a booklet with memories.
Everyone is invited to write memories/reflections/knowledge pertaining to Faith United Methodist Church’s, church groups, leaders, events/activities, etc. and e-mail your comments to: faithumcoffice2676@gmail.com or mail your comments to the church by September 7, 2018.
We thank everyone for sharing!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Now Hiring


Hutchinson Kansas Faith United Methodist Church is hiring an administrative assistant to the pastor and church.
Requires at least five hours a week working in the church office with another ten hours a week being negotiable (total hours worked not exceeding 15 hours a week). The hours will be determined in consultation with the applicant and the pastor. Pay is $11 an hour. A job description is available by contacting the church at 620-663-2676.
Interested parties should e-mail a letter of interest, including job history to pastoralang@gmail.com    Applications accepted until the position is filled.           

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Garage Sale July 21

Rummage Sale 
AND Bake Sale
Saturday, July 21
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At Faith United Methodist Church
Most items ---make an offer!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

July Sermon Series


Then the King will say, “I’m telling the solemn truth:  Whenever you did one of these things to
someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”  (Matthew 25:40 MSG)
The ways of the world are pretty clear.  Grab power, if you have the chance.  Gather it up.  Protect what you have.  And avoid vulnerability at all costs.  It makes sense.  Because the difference between being powerful and powerless in this world is the difference between success and failure.  Security and helplessness.  Life and death.  It’s just how things work, right?  But it’s not how God works.  Throughout the Bible, God shows us another way.   And this way is not about power-seeking, power-grabbing and power-protecting.  Instead it’s about power resisting.  And it requires aligning with the powerless.  Even when resisting is dangerous.  Even when siding with others increases our own risks.  Even when there’s no personal, practical benefit.    
It’s the pattern of a Creator holding back chaos to protect new life.  It’s the pattern of choosing an alliance with Hebrew nobodies over Pharoah’s militia.  It’s the pattern of laws and prophets insisting on care for strangers, orphans and poor folks over more advantageous relationships.   It’s the pattern of a savior turning down a glorious armed revolution.  And standing instead alongside the lowest and least.  Even when it meant irritating the religious establishment.  Even when it meant defying an Empire.  Even when it meant accepting a cross.  God aligns so completely with vulnerable folks that whatever is done to them is done to God.  This is God’s way for the world.   It’s not easy.  It’s not risk-free.  But it is where God shows up.  Will we?  
July 1: The Paradox of Divine Power
John 13:1-5  Seek to serve, not dominate.
The religious establishment is threatening Jesus’ life.  The political powers are closing in.  The stakes have never been higher in his ministry.  So how will he respond?  How will he take back God’s world?  Jesus’ plan startles the disciples.  No weapons.  No strategic alliances. No holy lightning bolts.  Just dropping to his knees to take on the task of a servant.  Choosing vulnerability.  Siding with the lowest and least.  What in the world is God up to?
 July 8: Choosing Sides:  Impractical Alliances
Exodus 1:8-22  Dare to defy forces of death.
Two ordinary women must choose sides.  And their choice will change the entire Exodus story.  Will they align with the one holding absolute power?  Or will they side with those who can offer absolutely nothing in return?  The midwives Shiphrah and Puah make a simple, impractical choice.  They defy Pharoah’s direct order.  They protect the baby boys of Hebrew women.  Just because they knew and respected God. 
 July 15: Speaking Dangerous Truths
2 Samuel 12:1-7a   Risk confronting injustice.
David is a powerful king.  Chosen by God. Anointed to rule a sprawling kingdom. Commanding a formidable army.  Things seem to be going so very well.  But things have gone so terribly wrong.  And Nathan is called to an unenviable job.  He must confront David’s immense power with truth.  Even though there’s no practical benefit to him. Even though confronting the injustice comes with loneliness, fear and risk.
July 22: Listening Outside In
Matthew 15:21-28  Recognize good news in unexpected places and people.
It’s an uncomfortable story.  A desperate peasant woman pleads for her child’s healing.  And Jesus ignores her.  The disciples insist on a more forceful send off, but she persists.   She recognizes Jesus as the Son of David--the messiah!  In turn, however, he insults her with the bald prejudice of his place and people.  But the good news resists this corruption.  And against all expectation, the words of the good news fit perfectly in the mouth of the ultimate outsider.  For all of us to hear.