2017.02.14 20:54:04

I'm Still Standing

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Dear Friends,

 

One of the oldest laws in human history is the Lex Talionis, otherwise known as the principle of retributive justice.  It appears in both the Torah and the Code of Hammurabi, and is based on the belief that only by “equitable retribution” can an offended or injured person ever achieve real justice.  We know the principle best by the phrase, “an eye for an eye.”

 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that, while the Lex Talionis has always been an acceptable and prescribed means of ensuring justice, practicing it doesn’t make us better people, and it doesn’t make the world a better place.  So, Jesus taught to do the opposite of what the world would think you would do to defend yourself and your honor - turn the other cheek, give your accuser your coat, go the extra mile, and love your enemies. Instead of allowing the actions of others to determine our next move, Jesus’ way invites us to respond in every circumstance, in every challenge, according to the nature and character of God.

 

The text for this week is Matthew 5:38-48 and the title of the sermon is “I’m Still Standing.”

 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield



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2017.02.09 16:21:14

The Best Excuse For Skipping Church

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Dear Friends,

As you have noticed, we are reading the Sermon on the Mount from the 5th chapter of Matthew during this green season of Epiphany. We are looking at it bit by bit, but I invite you to read the whole thing before Sunday so that you have the context in mind. In this gospel, Matthew indicates that large crowds are following Jesus and so, for logistical purposes, he climbs up a mountain in order to teach. Because of the location and the activity, this section that goes from 5:1-7:29 should more aptly be called the Instruction on the Mount.
 
The unnamed mountain that Jesus climbs is full of symbolism. As a mountain, it is a place of revelation, a deliberate allusion to Mt. Sinai where Moses received the holy law. Seated in the posture of a rabbi, Jesus teaches his disciples as they gather close to him with crowds of people flowing out across the fields behind them. Tom Long points out that this graduated arrangement of listeners symbolizes Jesus speaking through the disciples to the whole world, anticipating the end of the gospel where Jesus announces the mission of the church to be "to go and make disciples of all nations."
 
On Sunday, we are going to focus on the first of the six examples of "greater righteousness" that Jesus teaches. (Matthew 5:21-26) Collectively, these make up the core ethical teachings that challenge us to live beyond the letter of the law to embody God's law of love. The title of the sermon is "The Best Excuse for Skipping Church."
 
I hope you won't!
 

 

Martha

 

Rev. Martha Wingfield



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2017.02.02 16:23:24

Testimony of Salt

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Dear Friends,

The scriptures this week employ two metaphors that are everyday parts of life - salt and light. Salt, among other things, flavors our food to the point of deliciousness. That "pinch of salt" is often the last thing that gets thrown in the pot to make the dish just right. Light is a source of life and vitality without which we become stuck and unable to make progress forward. Salt and light are such common elements that we actually take them for granted - that is until they are gone. In Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus affirms that those who follow him are just as necessary and needed in society as salt and light are needed in daily living. Their witness and their very presence as a positive force brings the light of God's love into dark places.
 
See you Sunday with a bag of food in hand for the Soup-er Bowl!
 
In Christ, 

 

Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield



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2017.01.24 21:49:52

What Kind of Fool Am I?

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Dear Friends,
 
The scripture for this Sunday could be categorized as "words to the wise." However, what qualified as "wisdom" or "truth" was the big question of the day. Apparently, news had reached Paul that there was growing dissension at First Church, Corinth because some people, claiming to have special wisdom and knowledge of God, believed they were deserving of higher honors and status. Other Gentile members were confusing the Christian teaching with Greek philosophical truths. This passage, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, is part of a larger section in which Paul preaches about the life-changing difference between the wisdom of the world and God's wisdom. The title of the sermon is "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
 
In Christ,

Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield



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2017.01.18 18:32:56

The Dawning

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Dear Friends,


We are in the season of Epiphany - the season of discovery and surprise, of illumination and clarity about the call and purpose that God has for our lives. In the biblical stories designated for this season, each story tells of a sort of light that comes on in one’s awareness of God’s presence.   Our scripture this week, Matthew 4:12-23, tells of Jesus calling James and John to leave their fishing nets and join him in “fishing for people” - to become the first of his disciples. It is a challenging passage about faith and trust and obedience to the purposes of God.
 
These humble fishermen respond affirmatively to Jesus’ call by leaving their nets and following him. Their action offers a metaphor for the Christian life. Christians have seen something in the light. This light is not a reward or a prize. It is a gift of grace. And the truth about grace is that it comes to us from a God who claims us and longs for us to follow into fullness of life.
 
Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven has come near. Follow me and I will lead you there.” In the bright light of that gracious invitation, fullness of life in Christ continues to be offered to us every day.
 
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.
 
In Christ,

 

 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield


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2017.01.18 18:32:36

What Are You Looking For?

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Dear Friends,
 
In commemoration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, 100 of us will spend Saturday morning packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now. Thanks to those who volunteered and to the many who contributed financially to make it possible for others to serve.
 
On this weekend, which falls between President Obama's farewell speech and the inauguration of President-elect Trump, it is important for us to reflect on Dr. King's legacy of peace, justice and equality. I hope that reading this today will remind you of what it meant in 1963 and what challenges it still presents to our divided America.
 

 

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you
today, my friends.
 
And so even though we face the difficulties of today
and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream
deeply rooted in the American dream.
 
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
 
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,
the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave
owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
 
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi,
a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering
with the heat of oppression, will be transformed
into an oasis of freedom and justice.
 
I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color
of their skin but by the content of their character.
 
I have a dream today!
 
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama,
with its vicious racists, with its governor having his
lips dripping with the words of "interposition"
and "nullification" - one day right there in Alabama
little black boys and black girls will be able to join
hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
 
I have a dream today!
 
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough
places will be made plain, and the crooked places will
be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be
revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
From I Have A Dream (delivered August 28, 1963)

 

 

 

This Sunday, the United Methodist Women will serve in worship leadership and I will dedicate their officers for their good work in the coming year. The sermon text is John 1:29-42 and the title of the sermon is "What are You Looking For?"

 

  
I'll be looking for you!


Martha

 

Rev. Martha Wingfield




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2017.01.05 16:40:05

Remember Your Baptism

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Dear Friends,  

 


Last time we heard from John the Baptist, he announced his Advent message that now was the time "to prepare the way of the Lord." Well, the story continues and we are now in Epiphany and back at the same river where John is actually baptizing that long-awaited Messiah. The way was prepared and God announces as Jesus rises from the water that he is the one for whom we have been waiting. God declares his pleasure to those gathered around with a parental blessing that any child would cherish hearing, "This is my son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased."
 
That affirmation and claiming as God's own beloved is the message of baptism. God loves us, claims us and calls us his own. This Sunday, on the day we hear the story of the baptism of Jesus, we will share in the congregational ritual of remembrance of baptism. Baptism is a singular sacrament. It only happens once. But the message of our baptisms is something that we are called to remember over and over again. When you touch the water this week, remember that you are a cherished son or daughter of God with whom God is well pleased. The text for this week is Matthew's account of the baptism of Jesus found in 3:13-17.
 
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday,

 


Martha

 

Rev. Martha Wingfield



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2016.12.22 16:28:52

The Road Less Traveled

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Dear Friends,  

"May Light always surround you;  
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
 Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach for,  
may your arms Never Tire." 
Hope kindle and rebound you. 

It has been my privilege to be with you this past year. And it is my privilege to be with you as together, with God, we move into the New Year. Once more the cycle of ending and beginning arrives. We finish a year that has seen us, together, pursue God's will for us as a community and do so with passion and joy. We move into a New Year filled with unknowns and for many, filled with some anxiety and trepidation. What we do know is that God is ever present in the midst of our fears and our joys and gives us hope.

We as a community have much to be thankful for: we are growing in numbers and in our faith, Martha is back and Myron is growing stronger, we have resources that many churches do not have, and we have reached beyond our community to others with those resources in and with love and comfort. We are blessed.

This Sunday is Epiphany Sunday. We will bring in the New Year sharing communion together as we explore Isaiah 63:7-9 and the story of the Wise Men's arrival in Matthew 2:1-12: a story of pilgrimage and of revealing. How will God be revealed to us in this coming year? How will we decide to set out together to find the life that calls us as community and as individuals? We go forth together as God's people. 
 

 

In Christ,

 


Greg

 

Rev. Greg LaDue




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2016.12.22 15:44:48

 December 24th

   Family Service 2:00 & 3:30 pm

It's a Super Christmas

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   Candlelight Service 5:30 & 7:00 pm

The Gift of Our Hearts Desire

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 December 25th - 10:00 am

Who Stands With This Child?

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Dear Friends,  
 
Throughout this Advent season, we have been on a journey best characterized as a journey from darkness to light. The gradual dawning of God's presence with us culminates in God coming here - to this place. God comes - not as a visitor, but as one dwelling with us - living among us, being like us so that we can learn to live in the light. This full presence is what leads us to experience Christian joy - as in "Joy to the World the Lord is Come." In some ways, our journey to Christmas is like a pilgrimage. We are journeying to something that we know will satisfy us in a way that nothing else can. That is the nature of Christmas.
 
The Christmas story we have heard unfolding this Advent season is a collection of pilgrimage stories. After her angel encounter, Mary travels across the hill country to visit Elizabeth.   When the time comes for Mary to give birth, she and Joseph embark on an arduous journey to Bethlehem. Then, after the birth, the shepherds - and later the wise men - are the first pilgrims to travel in order to worship the newborn King. All of these pilgrimages and our pilgrimages coalesce in God's singular journey toward humanity. As one writer put it, "the momentous arrival of the sacred at the doorstep of the human."
 
I look forward to worshipping with you at all of the Christmas services this weekend. Beginning with the Family Services on Christmas Eve at 2:00 and 3:30 pm and the Candlelight Services featuring the Celebration Choir at 5:30 and 7:00 pm. On Christmas morning, we will worship at one service at 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday School but children may enjoy a Christmas video in the child care room if they wish.
 
Myron and I have been uplifted by your prayers and concern these last weeks and we are grateful to be home and able to share in the blessings of this holy day with you.
 
 
In Christ,
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 

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2016.12.15 17:11:32

A Likely Story

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Dear Friends,  
 
God Is Love

 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
 
This is the last Sunday in the season of Advent.  We move closer to Christmas and celebrating God among us.  Hope, Peace, Joy and now Love.  Christmas means all of this, but as Paul wrote, the greatest of these is love.
  
Christmas may also be a time of difficulty for those alone or missing a loved one for the first time this Christmas or who have family that is distant. We recognize this and invite you to join us for the  "Blue Christmas" worship service at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 21st.
  
Christmas Eve Family Services are at 2:00 and 3:30 pm; Candlelight Services are at 5:30 and 7:00 pm.  Christmas Sunday we will worship at 10:00 am only.  We hope you will join us as we welcome the love that comes to us in Christ this Christmas season.
  
Our guest preacher on Sunday is the Rev. Chuck Hoffman and we welcome him as he speaks on Psalm 24 and Matthew 1:18-25.  Join us as we celebrate the coming of God's love in Christ together.  
 
Pastor Greg
Rev. Greg LaDue 



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2016.12.07 18:29:33

Timing Is Everything

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Dear Friends,
 
"I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night"
                                      - Amy Grant
 
This is a very special time of year. I know all of you are very busy preparing for the Christmas celebration. I also hope that you will make some time to sit quietly and ponder anew what the coming of Christ into the world means for you this year. Take a little silent night and let Christ enter your life in some new way this year.
 
Christmas is coming and I want to remind you of the Christmas Concert on the 9th at 7pm and 10th at 4pm. This wonderful concert presented by all of our choirs and orchestra is under the capable direction of Jeff McConnell. Bring your friends!
 
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Mark Trotter to be with us in the pulpit. His message on this third Sunday of Advent is entitled "Timing is Everything" and we will be focusing on Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11.
 
Pastor Greg
Rev. Greg LaDue



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2016.12.01 16:45:16

Hope For Things Unseen

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Dear Friends,
 
I greet you this week with good news.  Myron Wingfield was discharged from Vanderbilt Medical Center on Wednesday and is now healing at home.  The Wingfields hope to return to San Diego by Christmas Eve.  Your prayers for his continued recovery and their travel are so very much appreciated.
 
This week is the Second Sunday in Advent.  It is Peace Sunday.  Each Sunday in Advent has a theme: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love.  And this Sunday we are especially privileged to welcome to our pulpit our District Superintendent, Rev. John Farley.  John is a marvelous preacher and we are very appreciative and delighted to have him with us.
 
Rev. Mark Trotter will again be with us on Sunday, December 11th, and Rev. Chuck Hoffman on December 18th.  We are truly a blessed congregation to have all of these fine preachers with us in Martha's absence. 
 
I would like to remind you of the "He Is Born" Christmas concerts scheduled for December 9th at 7:00 pm and 10th at 4:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some fine music and perhaps invite a friend to join you. 
 
Rev. Jim Seaton continues his class on Advent this Tuesday after Vespers.  As we make our way to Christ again this Christmas, may we see Christ in those around us and in each other.  May we together seek the light that shines in the darkness that cannot be overcome.  "Come Lord Jesus, come."
 
Pastor Greg
Rev. Greg LaDue 



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2016.11.29 21:17:59
 

The Thief Who Gives

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Dear Friends,
 
Psalm 9:1-2 says, "I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High." 
 
This Thanksgiving week we have much to be thankful for.  Not the least of which is the very happy report from Rev. Martha that her husband Myron's cardiac surgery on Tuesday was successful and he is recuperating.  She expresses their deep gratitude for all the prayers offered prior to and after his surgery for a complete and swift recovery.  We are deeply grateful for this successful outcome. 
 
We give thanks for a very generous and successful finance campaign and I know Rev. Martha will have much to share about this when she returns.  But in the meantime, your generosity and faith in what God is doing in our midst is deeply appreciated. 
 
With this bit of relieving good news regarding Myron and Martha, all of the Staff here at San Carlos wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving and invite you to join us this Sunday in Worship as we welcome Rev. Jim Standiford as our guest preacher. 
 
I would also like to take the opportunity to remind you of the All Church Conference next Monday, November 28th, at 6:30pm in Room 101and hope that you will join us for this annual meeting of our community.
 
May God richly bless you and us as we seek together to be God's people.
 
Pastor Greg
Rev. Greg LaDue 

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2016.11.17 16:03:32

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Dear Friends, 
 
As many of you know, my husband, Myron Wingfield, has accepted a new job as Executive Director of Connectional Ministries in Pasadena. This new position begins on January 15th. In preparation for this happy transition, I flew to Nashville last week to prepare for the move. During our time, Myron developed some cardiac issues that landed him in Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After days of tests, it has been determined that Myron needs to have surgery to replace two heart valves. This situation is due to damage caused by radiation treatment he had 25 years ago.
 
Myron's surgery is currently scheduled for Tuesday and he will remain in the hospital for about a week. I have extended my stay here with him until the end of the month and will return to worship with you on December 4th.
 
In my absence, I have lined up the best preachers around. My dad, Rev. Mark Trotter, will be preaching this Sunday and Rev. Jim Standiford will be with you on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28th. Rev. Greg LaDue will continue to cover pastoral care needs that arise and the rest of our wonderful staff and lay leaders are attending to the scheduled programs and meetings.
 
I thank you for your understanding and prayers. Vanderbilt has a solid reputation and we count ourselves fortunate that this happened here in Nashville while I was here and not next week when he was to be in Africa. Myron faces this event with courage and good faith. Yesterday, one of the housekeepers came in and asked if we needed anything. She and Myron talked about what they cook for Thanksgiving and exchanged cranberry sauce recipes. As she left, she said, "I wish you the Lord's best and the Lord's best follow behind you." That meant a lot and we are holding on to that.
 
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and know I hold our church in my prayers all the time.

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield


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2016.11.09 15:47:59

 

When Love Comes to Town

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Dear Friends,
 
I will be on vacation this week and have invited Kim Ports to preach this Sunday.  Kim serves capably and lovingly as our Children and Family Ministries Director.  She divides her time between this job and her studies at Claremont School of Theology. As a candidate for ministry from this congregation, we celebrate Kim's gifts and graces and are so delighted to see her fulfill her sense of calling to serve Christ as an ordained minister.  It will be a wonderful worship service this Sunday.
 
Three cheers for Jeff McConnell and the San Carlos Concert Band!  They outdid themselves at their "Music a' la Mode" performance last Saturday afternoon.  They were fantastic and have inspired me to learn the polka!
 
In Christ, 
 
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 

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2016.11.02 16:09:24

 Reality Check

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Dear Friends,

The saints are standing row on row
engulfed in light and peace,
stand face to face with God their King
whose love will never cease.
 
King David sings with harp and lyre
he's cantor of the town,
and Mary sings Magnificat
before her lowborn son.
 
Now Simeon begins his song
with tambourine and drum 
while Miriam and Hannah
sing ta-rum, ta-rum, ta-rum.
 
And Luther sings just like a swan,
while John Sebastian Bach,
the great, great Bach directs the choir . . .
 
There's Louis Armstrong with his horn
and Israel with it's psalms. 
The pious take their usual place
and gravely wave their palms.
 
From every nation they have come
to sing in this great choir,
their music raises up to God 
whose face is like a fire. 
 
- Author Unknown
                                        Translated from the Dutch by Gracia Grindal
 
All Saints Day is the church's Memorial Day. Traditionally, All Saints Day began as a day to honor Christians who were martyred in the Roman persecutions. Over time, it has been transformed into an opportunity to honor all departed Christians. However, when you study the Bible you will see that saints are not just those who have died but those who aspire to lead a holy life. A saint is someone whose life reflects the goodness and joy of God. Their lives are not characterized by perfection and purity but by fidelity to God and compassion to others.
 
In worship, we will name those whom we have lost this year and celebrate that they reside now, in a place of peace and wholeness and joy in the company of God. The scriptures for this week are Jeremiah 17:5-8, Luke 6:17-23 and the title of the sermon is "Reality Check."

In Christ, 
 
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 

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2016.10.26 15:27:43

Return & Give Thanks

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Dear Friends,

Martin Luther was once asked to describe the nature of true worship. His reply was "the tenth leper turning back."  Luther makes the point that this man was not just saying thank you.  He was worshiping Jesus.  He recognized his blessings and allowed himself not just to be healed, but to be saved.  In other words, the tenth leper didn't act as if he deserved this healing.  Rather, in humility, he recognized that something this miraculous and wonderful could only come from God.  This healing changed this man, opened his eyes, and allowed him to see Jesus as the one he was called to worship.

This week culminates our Return & Give Thanks Stewardship Campaign. During our season of gratitude, we have looked at this wonderful story in Luke 17:11-19 in several ways.  We asked, "Where are the nine" who accepted their healing and went on with their lives, never acknowledging the source of their blessings?  We have recognized the power of gratitude not only to shape our lives into experiences of joy and meaning but examined the power of thanks to heal and revitalize our souls and bodies.  This week we will focus on the one and only leper who returned to Jesus and gave him thanks and praise.

Following the sermon, we will dedicate our pledges of support for the ministry of our church.  If you have not done so already, I invite you to prayerfully consider over the next few days how you will participate in the ministry of our church through your financial giving.  Please bring your pledge card with you to worship and together we will return our cards in gratitude and excitement for the ministry that God is inspiring among us.  I am grateful for your generous support over the past two years which has strengthened our ministries of outreach, worship, fellowship and education of our children, youth and adults. Sunday's worship will be a celebration and we will have a special coffee hour following each service.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry,
 
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 

 

 



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2016.10.20 14:48:53

 Thanks A Lot!

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Dear Friends,

 

We are halfway through our Season of Gratitude and the Return & Give Thanks stewardship campaign. We have several more surprises to reveal as we look forward to Celebration Sunday on October 30th.

 

Theologians define gratitude as the basic human response to the goodness and mercy of God. The heart of the Christian experience and teaching is not guilt nor obligation, as we have sometimes been taught, but gratitude. If nothing else, a Christian is one who has reason to give thanks.

 

Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion shared these thoughts about gratitude:

 

"Gratitude is where spiritual life begins. So, thank you, Lord, for this amazing and bountiful life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for this computer and for this kitchen table and for the clock on the wall and the cup of coffee and glasses on my nose. Thank you for the wonderful son and the amazing little daughter and the smart, sexy wife and the grandkids. Thank you that I haven't had alcohol in these many months and thank you that it isn't a big struggle to do without, as I had so feared it might be. Thank you for the odd delight of being 60, part of which is the sheer relief of not being 50...I could go on and on. One should enumerate one's blessings and set them before the Lord. Begin every day with this exercise."

 

I look forward with gratitude to seeing you in worship on Sunday when we will look at Ephesians 5:15-20.

  

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield 


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2016.10.13 14:42:13

Whatever You Do...Give Thanks

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Dear Friends,


Our text for this week, Colossians 3:12-17, overlaps a passage that we looked at a couple of months ago. That week, we focused on how being a follower of Jesus determines our ethical, moral and relational behavior. It admonished us to put on - like clothing - compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. In other words, "to clothe ourselves in love." This week's passage picks up at that point and declares that such faithfulness invariably leads one to experience a life of gratitude and thankfulness. Gratitude becomes the context out of which, as it says in Acts 17, "we live and breathe and have our being."


See you Sunday,  

 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield


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2016.10.05 20:27:14

Where are the Nine?

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Dear Friends,
 
This week we kick off our season of gratitude with a stewardship campaign called Return & Give Thanks. For the month of October, we will focus on the story of Jesus and the healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19.

On Sunday, our campaign leader, Lois DeKock, will talk about the theme of this year's campaign and invite you to participate fully in all of the planned events. Return & Give Thanks celebrates the experience of gratitude that is such a big part of our faith journey here at San Carlos UMC.
 
The scripture that will direct our campaign is the story of the 10 lepers who all received healing from Jesus. After they met him and asked for mercy, Jesus lovingly told them to go to the Temple and show themselves to the priests. Receiving this approval and certification of healing was required by law before the healed men could return to their families and homes. Excited and delighted by the new lease on life given to them by Jesus, the ten men hurry down the road toward the Temple. But on the way, one of the ten, who happened to be a Samaritan, stopped in his tracks and recognized that he was headed the wrong way. The one who had healed them was Jesus and he was still back on the road. He turned around and went back to offer his thanks and praise.
 
This Sunday, we are going to look at the difference between the Samaritan who returned and the nine who kept going. The title of the sermon comes from Jesus' own words to the one grateful man who returned - "Where are the nine?"
 
With gratitude for our shared ministry,
  
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 



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