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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."

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor

rests. Luke 2:14 (NIV)

 

 

Pastor Lyne

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.

 

 
 
 In Christ's Care,
Pastor Lyne

Pastor’s Pondering

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,

Word From The Pastor
You have heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for”.
This past Advent season I had the opportunity to experience this in
the guise of “Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam”. That was
the title of the small group study on Monday nights at Joe’s. During
the study I found myself experiencing bedlam over and over again.
Always having the opportunity to find Bethlehem within it.
I had the flu for the first time in decades. I felt overwhelmed
at not being able to lead worship on Sunday. I have never missed a
service due to illness before. God called people from the congregation
to lead and gave me the time I needed to recover. While I was
sick, I found out my older brother was dying. He passed away two
days before Christmas. Again, I felt the presence of bedlam but God
brought comfort.
I finally made it to Christmas Eve. Recovered from the flu,
still mourning, but back where I belong; leading worship. Bedlam,
yes, but in the middle of it, a peace that only Christ can provide.
This is why I love Christmas. Not because of the presents, the food,
or gatherings with friends and family. Even though all these things
are wonderful. I love Christmas because every year Christ comes
again bringing love and peace. Christ’s presence becomes more apparent.
The light becomes brighter and the darkness is diminished.
Every Christmas I can feel less of me and more of Christ at the center
of my life.
Every Christmas Eve I feel like the Grinch as his heart grew.
Every Christmas I am more overwhelmed by love. I am reminded of
the depth of God’s love. I am reminded that Christ grew and experienced
all I have experienced in life. When I remember that Jesus
left his place in glory for me, love expands within me until there is
no room for regret, fear, anger or malice. I enter the New Year with
a superabundance of love. I hope that you have had the same experience
this Christmas. As we enter the New Year, may our love be
magnified, love for our Lord, love for one another, and love for the
community we serve.
Welcome to 2015.
Pastor Lyne.

 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. 

 

 
 

 

 

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Potterville United Methodist Church
105 North Church St.
P.O.Box 458
Potterville, Michigan 48876
Telephone: (517)645-7701
Fax: (517)645-7764
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Sunday
  • Worship schedule is 9 and 11 AM. With Sunday School at 10 AM. 9 am service is a traditional one while 11 am is more contemporary.
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Cake Auction and luncheon

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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Office Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10 am until 2 pm and Wednesday 10 am to 1 pm.

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