Worship Service times
~Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m.
~Worship Services starts at 10:30 a.m.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE THE GUIDELINES NECESSARY TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONOVIRUS.
You and your family’s safety and well-being are extremely important
as we come together at Quitman First United Methodist Church.
Dear Church Family;
Greetings in the Wonderful and Mighty name of Jesus! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall season. I want to thank you once again for all the ways each one of you serve the Lord with such commitment and passion. We are indeed so blessed to be here at Quitman First United Methodist Church.
I recently read about a pastor that was experimenting with new and different ways to connect with his community. He told about how when the newest iPhone was released, his church decided to have an iPhone blessing at their local Apple store. At first, I kind of laughed because who has ever heard of such a thing. Then I began to think about it. We have blessings of a new home, blessings of the back packs, blessings of the pets…the list could go on and on. Their church recognized how important cell phones have become in our culture. We use them to stay in touch with important relationships in our lives; we use them to share our lives with others; they connect us to our communities and people far and near. If God cares about our relationships and cares about our connection to community, then maybe it’s not such a bad idea.
Quitman First does not have any plans (as of yet) to host a cell phone blessing, but we are all aware of the important role these small devices play in our lives. As a matter of fact, just recently at our Zoom Charge Conference, if it weren’t for my cell phone we wouldn’t have been able to complete the work of the Charge Conference because the church’s laptop and desktop had glitches that prevented them from working properly. We could see and hear our District Superintendent, but she could not see or hear us. Thankfully, I was able to connect with her through my cell phone. Also, it’s through the cellphone on Facebook that our services are aired virtually.
I realize some of us spend a little too much time on our cell phones…I am guilty of this, as well. Some of us have cell phones but never use them, leaving people baffled about how to get in contact with them. For many of us, our cell phones are vital tools of connection in our lives. Most of the time mine is within arm’s length of me. But is that really the most beneficial thing for me?
Take some time this month to think about how you use your cell phone. How do you use it in ways that enhance your relationship? How do you use it in ways that harm your relationships? And what would it look like for your cell phone use to be blessed – for you to use it in a way that brings good for you and for others? Habits are difficult to break and none of us will use our time or our devices perfectly. But I believe it is worth the effort to remember that a tool is just that, a tool, and that God wants us to use all the tools in our hands in ways that do good. ~Pastor Pam~
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.