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On this Inauguration Day....

In the early years of the Church, Emperor Nero ruled the Roman Empire. Nero's infamous persecution of the Church resulted in widespread oppression and the martyrdom of many Christian leaders, including the probable beheading of the Apostle Paul. And yet, the Church grew and flourished. And, Paul instructed and urged his mentee Timothy to pray for Nero and his leaders - the very leaders who would eventually kill him. 

Today our country experienced the peaceful transfer of power as Biden and Harris were inaugurated as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States. In the years ahead, their leadership will sometimes align with God's Kingdom values, and sometimes they won't. Regardless, Jesus' commands to "go and make disciples" and "love your neighbors" remains. And Paul's words to Timothy, and us, persist.

Political persuasions aside, let us ask the Lord for strength to be faithful to our commitment to the Kingdom and to pray for our leaders. 

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Join our West Morris Kids for stories, crafts, games and fun every Sunday night at 6:30 PM on zoom!

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Hey all 6-12th graders!
Join Pastor Sarah in the Youth Zoom Room every Sunday at 7:30 PM. You won't want to miss out. 

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Be on the lookout for your Bible and Scripture Reflection Journal that are being delivered to you this week! We can't wait to get these Scripture engagement tools into your hands, and are praying that God uses them powerfully in each of our journeys - individually and communally - throughout 2021.

If you'd like to be part of our Bible-and-Journal Delivery Team, we'd love for you to help! It will be a great way to share love and greet West Morris family members - all while staying socially distanced. Deliveries will be happening Thursday-Saturday, so you can pick your preferred day, time, and delivery zip code!

Email or call/text (317-464-7360) Pastor Kristen to sign up for the Delivery Team!

Here's a sneak peak at the Bibles for our Youth and Children!
We are so excited that four individuals from West Morris - all of whom are discerning a call to ministry - are taking ordination classes this winter from the newly-reestablished Wabash Institute of the Wabash Conference! Please be in prayer for Kevin Watson, TJ Curtis, Pastor Sarah Schumske and Rachel Mohlman who are all taking Free Methodist History & Polity. Rachel is also taking Inductive Bible Study: A Study of Acts. 

West Morris also has two teachers teaching with Wabash Institute. Pastor Brett is teaching a Spiritual Formation class and Pastor Kristen will be teaching Wesleyan Theology after Easter. Pray also for a fifth West Morris member, Mara Vetters, who continues to take ordination classes while pursuing her MDiv at Asbury Seminary.
Thank you for your prayers for Pastor Chet Martin of Avon Light & Life. He continues to need prayers, specifically for his lungs to be strengthened. However, we are thankful for small improvements, little by little, that the doctors are reporting!

We also pray for others in our congregation who are dealing with COVID, including Robin Black and all our front-line medical workers.
Our deep dive into Luke's Gospel continues this Sunday as we study Luke 5:1-11 - the story in which Jesus tells Simon Peter, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people” (Lk 5:10b).

Remember that Sunday worship is at 9:30 AM. Join at westmorrisfm.org/worship or call 844-756-1591 to listen.

Our in-depth discipleship gathering is Sunday at 10:30 AM on zoom. Click here to join zoom or call 312-626-6799 and enter 323 968 7750 to join by phone. At the 10:30 gathering, we will share, engage, discuss and pray together. We will also learn how to use our new Scripture Engagement Journals.
If you're missing community, feeling lonely, or longing for a Sunday School class - don't miss out on our zoom gathering!
Bible & Journal Intro Class

Want to learn how to use your Scripture Engagement Journal? Curious what "Lectio Divina" is all about? Join Pastor Kristen for an interactive class on zoom. Pick the day & time that works best for your schedule.

Monday, Jan 25 at 10 AM
Wednesday, Jan 27 at 1 PM
Thursday, Jan 28 at 7 PM
Worship with West Morris every Sunday at 9:30 AM at one easy-to-find location. Simply go to westmorrisfm.org/worship every Sunday to join in our worship gathering. 

Did you sleep in or miss Sunday's service? You can always watch services after their live broadcast at any time at the same link.

Don't have internet? Call 844-756-1591 with any phone to join the service via phone. You can listen live on Sundays at 9:30 AM or listen anytime later.
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