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PASTOR'S CORNER

Good afternoon, Elm Springs!


This Sunday we are celebrating the Baptism of the Lord, and we will be remembering our own baptism into the Christian faith as part of our service. Our scripture will be from John 5, where Jesus encounters the paralytic who's been waiting by the Pool of Bethesda to receive healing. Jewish belief held that angels would dip their fingers into the pool and the water would be stirred, or "troubled", and when this happened, the first into the pool would be healed. When the waters were troubled, some might receive healing, but many more did not.

I am still processing the events at the Capitol yesterday. I have taken time over the last 24 hours to pray for the people of our country, for our leaders, and for the members of law enforcement who are working to keep order. The waters of our national community are certainly troubled, and I know that no one is receiving healing at the moment. But, as in the gospel story, Jesus comes to this man who cannot walk, and he offers him healing and wholeness, no trip to the pool necessary. My prayer is that as we encounter that same Christ in our lives today, we take our experiences of grace and healing and share them with others. Please join me in this prayer.

Last Sunday we read the words of the prophet Isaiah, and they resonate now as much as ever:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn."
(Isaiah 60:1-3)

Rise up, brothers and sisters, so we may shine the light of God's glory into the darkness of this world.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jennie
WAYS TO ENGAGE:
Join us in the Parking Lot or online each Sunday at 11 AM for worship! Stay up to date with ESUMC COVID-19 guidelines here.
When God calls, do we recognize God's voice? Our new sermon series, Calling starts on January 17th where we will reflect on God's purpose for our lives and for our church.
Did you miss this week's Wednesday Word? Don't fret! Click here to watch!
Our Soul Food Ministry is asking for donations of gently used children's books. In addition to providing groceries for school families, we will begin providing books for the kids to read as well. Drop books in the green tub or in the donation station outside the Sanctuary. Thank you!
Hey Elm Springs families! We have an exciting new opportunity for your kids! Mrs. Denise will be hosting ES Kids Online each Sunday at 9:30 AM on Facebook & Youtube. Be sure to like, comment & share! Whether you watch before you head to Parking Lot Worship or at another time during the week, we pray this online blesses your family.
Starting on January 13th, Elm Springs Youth Ministries (6th-12th grades) will meet on Zoom each Wednesday at 6PM! Join Brooke for a time of fellowship, virtual games, devotionals, and prayer.
 
Meeting ID: 823 7445 6672
Passcode: youth

Questions? Contact Brooke at youth@elmsprings.church or (501) 209-1271.
Click here to view January Calendar
MEMBERSHIP NEWS
  • Denise Krugner 
  • Laura Downum 
  • Jimmy Bersi 
  • John & Barbara Salama
  • Leola Cross
  • Mark & Debbie Kilpatrick
  • Koda Crutchfield
  • Mary Ann Novak
  • Jane Millette
  • Joan White
  • Don and Peg Shelton
WAYS TO GIVE:
Online: Click here to give online, secured by Vanco. 
Mail: Elm Springs UMC, P.O. Box 8, Elm Springs, AR 72728.
In Person: On Sundays during worship or during office hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am-2pm
Automated Clearing House (ACH): Automatic payments from your bank account. To get complete information, please call the church at 479-248-1290 with routing and account numbers. There are no fees incurred by the donor or the church with ACH.


OFFERING 1/3/21
General Fund:  $15,714
Designated Fund: $2,510 ($330 for Soul Food and $2,180 for ATAP)
 
Thank you for your faithful support!
Not ready for in-person worship? Worship with us online at 11AM this week!!


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