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Dec 22 2013 “A Child This Day”

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Dec 222013

The First United Methodist Church of Berthoud, Colorado presents "A Child This Day," a Christmas cantata by Benjamin Harlan.

Scripture Luke 2: 1-7
Message "A Child This Day" - Benjamin Harlan
Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Readings by Stu Boyd, Lesley Jones, and the Doyle family. Solos performed by Emily Hagan, Janie Patterson, Logan Rees, and Drew Towles. Our choir members are Eila Green, Emily Hagan, Connie Mechem, Janie Patterson, Sue Radway, Joy Read, Maris Westrum, Linda Wrenn, Joyce Patterson, Dolores Robb, Anne Smith, Shirley Wilsey, Betsy Haskins, Leanna Konechne, Scott Rees, Drew Towles, Robert Towles, Tim Patterson, Brad Pickert, Sr., Logan Rees, and Jason Smith. Our music director is Bob Latchaw.

Dec 15 2013 The Children’s Christmas Pageant

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Dec 152013

Scripture Luke 1: 39-45
Message The Children's Christmas Pageant
Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

Dec 8 2013 God Reboots

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Dec 082013

Scripture Matthew 3: 1-12
Message God Reboots
District Superintendent Skip Strickland, Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight.” ’

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

‘I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

The Banner – December 2013

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Dec 042013

Newsletter for December 2013

Nov 24 2013 Why?

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Nov 242013

Scripture 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22
Message Why?
Pastor Emily Hagan, Logan Rees, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

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Nov 172013

Newsletter for November 2013

Nov 17 2013 What Do You Tell?

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Nov 172013

Get well soon, Pastor. We hope you enjoy the sermon from the other direction.

Scripture Luke 7: 18-23
Message What Do You Tell?
Stu Boyd, Rick Haskins, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ When the men had come to him, they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” ’ Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

Nov 3 2013 Awareness of the Unseen

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Nov 032013

All Saints Day.

Scripture Hebrews 11: 1-3
Colossians 1: 11-16
Message Awareness of the Unseen
Pastor Emily Hagan, Rick Haskins, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.

Oct 27 2013 Service

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Oct 272013

You can’t do everything, but you can do something. And if everyone does a little something, it makes the whole world better. Service is most often a little thing, and it’s a great thing.

This is “Reformation Sunday.” For more information on Martin Luther, probably far more than you ever wanted to know, check out the Wikipedia page.

Scripture John 6: 1-14
Message Service
Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

Oct 20 2013 Paying Attention

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Oct 202013

Stewardship and bear-awareness.

Scripture Luke 16: 19-31
Message Paying Attention
Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw, Tara Hancock
Anthem Poor Man Lazrus

‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’