On December 16, at 7:00 p.m. the Scottsburg United Methodist Church Community Choir will present the Christmas Cantata: “Christmas Is Real,” written by Travis Cottrell and directed by Bill Henderson. Featured soloists will include: John Henderson, Michael Henderson, Meta Clark, Terri Waggoner & Stephanie Lehman. Also featured will be a duet by Scott McDill and Kathy Dodds.
John Henderson will also be singing one of his original songs, “Here Lies Hope,” from his latest CD, “Here Lies Hope, Songs of Christmas” just released on Friday, November 23. John is a contemporary Christian recording artist and worship leader at a local church in Terre Haute Indiana. More information can be found on www.johnhendersonworship.com.
This program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall immediately after the program.
Christmas Cantata Rehearsals will begin soon for the presentation of “Christmas is Real” by Travis Cottrell. Rehearsals will be each Wednesday evening at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church at 615 S. Honeyrun Parkway, beginning October 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The dress rehearsal will be on Saturday December 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The performance will be directed by Bill Henderson on Sunday December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church.
All interested singers are invited to participate in these rehearsals. There is no cost involved. Everyone will have a book and CD to use for rehearsals and the performance.
For more information you may call the SUMC church office: 812-752-3545.
My name is Andy Mitchell, from the United Methodist Mountain Mission in Jackson, KY.
Firstly, thank you all for all you do. Without your donations and God’s blessings, we wouldn’t be able to do His work in the mountains. So thank you, thank you, and thank you!
Secondly, we are reaching out to our generous congregations and donors to ask for your continued support and help.
For 75 years, we have been able to do God’s work in the mountains. Every time it looked as if we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills, make payroll, etc., God came through for us and we were able to continue His work.
We are asking each of our congregations to pray for our continued blessing.
In this, our 75th anniversary year, we have set a goal of $75,000 to purchase a new truck, maintain older ones, and fund our fuel, insurance, etc.
If it’s God’s will, could you help us to achieve this goal? Any help is appreciated more than you know. The people of our communities rely on our Opportunity Stores, and have for 75 years. With God’s blessing, we will be able to do the same for 75 more!
Thank you all very much for everything you do. May God Bless you!
The Mountain Mission Truck will arrive on Monday, July 16th. Please bring items to the south side porch on July 14th & 15th. Urgent Needs are: Kids Back to School Clothes & Supplies: Backpacks, folders, binders, etc. Other items: Men’s & Women’s Clothes, Small Appliances, and all other wonderful good and usable items.
Confirmation is a sacred day of commitment and celebration in the life of an individual and the Church. Photo courtesy of Brecksville (Ohio) United Methodist Church.
Many lifelong United Methodists have fond memories of their confirmation class. Sometime during adolescence, they met with a group of their peers, some adult leaders, and their pastor. They may have gathered weekly in the church basement, during a youth Sunday school class, or maybe for a weekend retreat at a campground.
When the classes were complete, they then stood before their congregation, where the pastor and others put their hands on them while a blessing was said. Some then received a special lunch or a gift from their church.
Public profession of faith
Although confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, it is an important marker along our spiritual journeys.
At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young.
We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit, The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches.
Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.”
Confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, but it is an important step in our spiritual journeys.TWEET THIS
Service of Confirmation
Because confirmation is so closely linked to baptism, the order for the service is contained within Baptismal Covenant I in the front of The United Methodist Hymnal.
VOWS OF A PROFESSING MEMBER
According to paragraph 217 of the Book of Discipline, the vows of professing members, including confirmands, are:
To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
After the confirmands answer for themselves the same questions their parents and/or sponsors did when they were baptized, the pastor will say to the confirmand, “Remember your baptism and be thankful.” This can cause some confusion for those baptized as infants too young to have memory of the occasion.
The intent is to remember that you are baptized. “It is not the particular event that you are remembering,” clarifies the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of worship resources with Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. “It is what has happened to you because of it—what God has done in you—that matters.”
Typically, the confirmand then kneels before the pastor who, along with parents, sponsors, and others, lays hands on her head. The pastor speaks words that are nearly identical to those said during the laying on of hands following baptism, “The Holy Spirit work within you that having been born through water and the Spirit, you may live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.”
Finally, confirmands are asked to take the same vows of membership in The United Methodist Church and their local congregation that all who join are asked.
Because our journey in the Christian faith is not intended to be a solo venture, throughout the service there are places for the congregation to participate. In different parts of the service, they renew their baptism vows, profess their faith together with the confirmands, promise to do all in their power to support these newest professing members, and with them renew their covenant to be the body of Christ for the world.
Readiness is key
Parents and church leaders often ask what age is most appropriate for young people to participate in confirmation. The issue is not so much about a chronological age, but rather about one’s readiness to assume the vows of professing membership.
“When you think about what’s required to live out these vows with integrity,” Burton-Edwards says, “it requires a measure of adult agency.” At what age that happens varies among individuals and cultures.
“If you look at the earliest point at which we give adult responsibilities,” Burton-Edwards explains of the culture in the U.S., “it’s the driver’s license.” This might indicate that a good time for people in the U.S. to consider confirmation is about the age of 16. For others it might be sooner.
Pastors may invite family members and others to participate in confirmation, a symbol of their continued support of the youth’s faith journey. Photo by Linda Hall, Orchard United Methodist Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The ability to live into the vows is the key determining factor, not a particular birthday.
A renewed beginning
“Confirmation includes three aspects,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgysummarizes. “a) God confirms the divine promise to those who were too young to grasp what God was doing in their baptism, b) they respond by professing their own acceptance of the grace they have received and their own faith in Christ, c) the Church, as represented by this congregation, confirms the commitments they make.”
Confirmation is not a destination. It is more of a way station, a place where we renew our commitment to the journey we have been traveling under the care of others.
“It is the first time that persons publically declare their intention to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant,” Burton-Edwards teaches. “It is not intended to be the last time. It’s just that confirmation is the label we put on the first time.”
It is also a time for a congregation to celebrate their young people’s commitment to “live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ,” and to renew their commitment to do the same.
The Scottsburg United Methodist Church, located at 615 South Honeyrun Parkway, is sponsoring an Estate Planning and Creative Giving Seminar on April 14, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.
Manet Shettle, President of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, will be discussing “Estate Planning,” and “Creative Giving.” Some of the topics Mrs. Shettle will be covering include: Four P’s of Planning – People, Property, Purpose, Process. General Information – Suggested documents, Where to Keep Documents, How Often Should You Review Your Plan, Things to Avoid. Wills – Legal Property Transfers, Intestacy, Types of Wills, Creating a Will, Changing a Will. Creative Giving – Life Income Gifts (Charitable Remainder Trusts & Charitable Gift Annuities), Life Estate Gifts, Bargain Sales, Endowments, Donor Advised Funds, Gifts (Appreciated Assets, IRA’s, Life Insurance, Deducibility).
This information is free to the public and there will be no solicitation for sales of any kind. Everyone who registers in advance will receive a free packet of information. To register, please call the SUMC church office at 752-3545 before April 1, 2018.
On Easter Sunday at 7:00 p.m. the Scottsburg United Methodist Church will host the performance of the Easter cantata: “Hallelujah What a Savior! The Crucified and Risen Christ” and selected songs from “The Tomb is Empty Now.”
The performance will be directed by Bill Henderson and will feature the singing talents from the First Christian, Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches. Soloists for this year’s program are Meta Clark, Scott McDill, Stephanie Lehman, and a trio of Connie Kenninger, Malvina Craig, and Kathy Dodds.
The program marks the first-ever cantata performed by the community choir to be held on Easter Sunday evening. Everyone is invited to attend.