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The mission statement of the Potterville United Methodist Church is: "As part of the family of GOD, we live, share and teach the Love and grace of JESUS CHRIST."
rests. Luke 2:14 (NIV)
Potterville United Methodist Church is a warm and welcoming congregation. We seek to live out our mission statement through worship where we are able to love and honor God. Our worship services contain both traditional and contemporary elements, and we offer a unique children's worship experience.
As followers of Jesus we continue to grow by studying God's word both individually and in small groups. Our children and youth participate in Sunday school, bell choir and other special events. We encourage and support one another through prayer and times of fellowship and fun.
We put our faith and love into action in many ways as we reach out in our community through our food bank, Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, Vacation Bible School and other programs. Our congregation is mission minded and involved in many projects that impact the world. We support missionaries here and abroad, participate in Crop Walk, Nothing but Nets, Operation Christmas Child, Heifer International and other projects. Since 1878, Potterville United Methodist Church has been a place of hope, a family blessed by God's grace and a witness of God's love. If you are looking for a church home, we would love to welcome you into our congregation. May God bless us as we continue to be a community of faith and love in action.
What is your vision?
Vision and Mission have been buzz words for decades now, not only in churches but in business and personal life. Many times the first part of Proverbs 29:18 is referenced. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I have quoted this verse myself.
But this is only half of the verse. The second half says, “ But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The full verse clarifies vision. It is related to fulfilling the law.
Newer translations clarify vision even more. In the NIV we read.
“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” Vision is revelation. Revelation is not something we make up on our own. It is revealed to us and vision is directly related to wisdom.
Lastly consider the same verse from The Message. “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
So vision is not what we do. It is perceiving what God is doing. Vision is not something we choose or invent it is something we surrender too. It would be much easier if we could just invent what we want our vision to be.
Surrender is more difficult. We spend much of our lives developing our power of self-determination. Surrender is frightening. What might happen in our lives if we really surrender to God? Will God change us, require that we give up something we love, move us to another location? Above all else, surrender requires trust, fully trusting that God’s vision will create the best lives we could possibly live. This proverb promises that living a life of vision will lead to being blessed.
Where do you see God moving? His revelation is taking place every day. This summer take time to see, really see, and ponder, ALL that God is doing. May you be blessed!
In Christ’s Circle,
History of the Potterville United Methodist Church. Taken from a book written by Pat Walsh
"The early christians were ministered to by men who were known as circut riders. This was the beginning of sharing the Word of God with fellow christians. It was soon established that a house of worship was greatly needed. "if God be for us who can be against us?"--This was the text of the sermon presented by Rev. Knapp who was the first minister sent by the conference. With the aid of the official board, who pushed the completion of the church building, this Methodist church was dedicated on February 3, 1878.
The church bell was purchased in Battle Creek for a cost of two hundred sixteen dollards by an official committee representing the church. Perhaps it should be rung often as in those early days, to remind man of the seventh day. The day set apart for man to rest from his labors. a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
The church in the pure English Gothic style was designed by Mr Sloan of Philadelphia, PA. What majestic beauty with its stained glass windows and ornate walnut beams!"
To read more about the history of PUMC, this book can be found on the book rack in the Narthax.
The Cake and Silent Auction for Camp is March 8, 1:30 The theme is "Ocean" After the second service on March 8 there will be soup, chili, and salad bar. Following the lunch the cake auction will start. Sign up to bring salad fixings will be in fellowship hall. Volunteers needed to help decorate the fellowship hall on Saturday, March 7, at 12:00 Donations for silent auction are needed. My Contact information is Laurie Schmiedeknecht 645-2127. Important information for Camp is on the bulletin board inside the entrance of fellowship hall. Registration, Scholarship Application, and Deposit need to be in by February 20.
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