July 8, 2022

Romans 3:21-26

In the movie Papillon, Steve McQueen plays a career prisoner. When he is lying in a jail cell, he dreams he is walking in the desert and is confronted by a judge. The judge condemns him for “the most terrible crime a human being can commit." McQueen asks, “What is that?” The reply is simple. Living a wasted life.
Where do you feel the pressure to be good enough? To not “waste” your life away?
  • Perhaps in school—making grades, getting a good education, getting a good start in life, not disappointing your parents. Did you do your best? Could you do more?
  • Or maybe in your marriage. Are you making your spouse happy, satisfied, fulfilled, and complete? Have you done and been your best? Could you do more?
  • Are you successful in your career? Making the most of your opportunities, education, talents, and abilities? Making someone proud? Who or what is driving you in your career? Have you done your best? Could you do more?
  • Have you been the perfect parent? Are you doing all that you can? Have you been there for your children? Is there any chance someone would nominate you for parent of the year? Could you do more?
We ask ourselves:
  • Am I lovable?
  • Am I worthy?
  • Am I valued?
  • Is there any hope?
  • Does God even care?
And at this moment, right at this point Satan has us right where he wants us to be. We are putty in his hands. We are on the verge of giving up, cashing it in, and wallowing in our own despair. We fear we will never measure up to the good we aspire to.
Romans 3:23 reminds us that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But don’t stop there: read on.

Max Lucado writes: “For 61 verses, we have sat with Paul in a darkened room as he described the fatality of sin. Every candle is down to the wick. Every lamp is empty of oil. There is a hearth, but it has no wood. There is a lantern, but it has no flame. We have groped in every corner and found no light. Unable to see even our hand before our faces, all we can do is stare into the night. We are unaware that Paul has crept next to a window and placed his hand on the latch. Just when we wonder if there is any light to be found, Paul throws open the shutters and announces: ‘But God has a way!’” 

We are justified, made righteous, accepted, redeemed, but not by our works, not by our effort, not by anything that we have done. It is through the grace of God in the work of Jesus Christ.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and see how it all starts to come together.

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Second Fridays on The Commons
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and gather on The Commons from 5:30-8 p.m. today, July 8 for live music, friends, and fun. This month, Second Fridays will be hosting a vintage car show, featuring cars from the 1940s through the 70s. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Jeff Ross.
Job Networking
Whether you’re looking for a new job, career change, or just new connections, join us on Monday, July 11 starting at 3 p.m. for dinner with speaker Bob Fletcher, informative workshops, and much more. For the full agenda and registration, visit our website.
Caregivers Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets via Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 13. Please contact Toni Fagan for more information or to receive a link to the meeting. 
ActingUP is excited to bring us a delightful, family-friendly production of The Sound of Music. We will be performing in the Fellowship Hall, Chapel building on July 28-31. Tickets will be available for purchase starting on Tuesday, July 5 from the ActingUP Box Office at 678.871.7766 or visit the ActingUP website.
Charis Gallery
The Visual Arts Committee is pleased to announce the fifth annual awarded exhibit in the Charis Gallery with the theme entitled Passages. Entries will be accepted through Monday, August 29. For details about the exhibit and instructions to enter your art, visit our website.
Summer Grocery Program
MUST Summer Lunch/My Neighbor’s Pantry will resume on Monday, July 11 at The Porch (846 Mimosa). Donations of non-perishable items can be dropped off at The Porch on Sundays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Mondays 12-4 p.m. Our biggest needs for Monday, July 11 are cereal, 1 lb. dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and laundry detergent. For more information or to sign up for the volunteer e-mail list, contact Scotty Brewington.
5K Run with Kenya
Join us on August 13 for the first annual Run with Kenya, supporting Divine Providence Training Center! To learn more or register, visit the Run with Kenya website.
Mighty Mentes/Mentors
Roswell UMC is supporting Vickery Mill Elementary and Centennial High School by mentoring at-risk students through Mighty Mentes (Vickery Mill Elementary School) and Mighty Mentors (Centennial High School). Only a small weekly or biweekly commitment is required to make a big difference. For more information or to volunteer, contact Gilma Cantu.
Explore Story Hour
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to join us on Tuesdays in July at 9:30 a.m. in room 169, Sanctuary building for a story, craft, and a snack. (On July 19, we will meet in the Dining Room, Chapel building.) Information, go to our website or email Bailey Farmer, 770.261.1710
Parents' Morning Out
Parents’ Morning Out has openings available for the upcoming school year for children ages three months through 18 months old. Additional days are available for children under the age of three who are currently enrolled or on a waitlist for RUMCK. More information can be found on our website. Email Danna Coffey or call 770.261.1714 with any questions.
New App Experience
Our new app is available now! Download it in the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Roswell UMC."
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