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May 6, 2022
I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the Power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness by faith. —Romans 1:16-17
 
Paul begins the book of Romans with the usual greetings and welcomes and accolades. He follows the basic letter writing technique of his day. Then out of nowhere he makes one of the most declarative, clear, and concise statements in the whole Bible.
 
Paul helps us to see that there is a battle going on: 

On one side is the way of the world as understood by philosophers and economists. The way of the world is the human understanding of things. Rome, Paul knows, is the epicenter for trying to understand all we can by human striving and reason.

On the other side is the way of faith. Faith looks at the world through a different lens. Faith doesn’t start with humanity. Faith starts with God. Faith looks at the world as God-breathed and God-created. 
 
You would think that Paul is going to discount the world and human attainment and espouse the virtues of the church, but in fact, Paul is going to discuss the trappings of both. Following human achievement and becoming slaves to our own ego is just as dangerous as trying draw close to God by our strict vows to religious piety. Paul says the world is sick, but in Chapter 3 he says the same thing about the church.
 
Paul will paint a picture in the first three chapters about the dangers of our flesh, our humanity. We are so easily enslaved. We are either slaves to sin or slaves to the law. Neither of them lead to freedom, peace, joy, and grace.
 
This is exactly what he means in Chapter 1:16-17. “I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the Power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness by faith.”
 
God has given us a path to follow that is a free and unmerited gift.
 
People spend their lives searching for meaning, purpose, health, happiness, and community. They run from this thing to that thing, hoping it will give them that feeling they are looking for.
 
Paul is not saying all of this to throw stones or to condemn. Condemnation is the last thing on his mind. Paul knows better than anyone the chains, errors, mistakes, calamities that one can live out in their lives. 
Paul only has to look to his own life to see how misguided a life can be. He has no place to throw the first stone. Paul speaks out of pain and a broken spirit. Not out of malice, contempt, or arrogance.
 
Paul knows that it is only the power of the Gospel that changed his life. It was nothing that he did on his own. So Paul cries out the source of hope for all of us. The source of hope that changed his life, that is the Gospel, the Good News, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
 
Seek first the Kingdom of God, it’s all good from there.

 
 We will be holding in-person worship services led by Dr. Tom Davis at 9 and 11:15 a.m. this Sunday. A digital bulletin will be available at rumc.com/sundays.

You can also join us online at
rumc.com/live, on our Facebook Pageor at chapelroswell.com/live.
We are accepting gifts for the Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering throughout the month of May. For more than 60 years, Wesley Woods has addressed benevolence assistance, pastoral care, and wellness programming to older adults across North Georgia. It’s only with continued generosity to the annual Mother’s Day Offering that 75% of Wesley Woods’ seniors can stay in what has become their home. Now more than ever, the seniors who have cared for us need us to care for them. We pray that with your help in 2022, we can provide appropriate care for all in need. For checks and cash, please mention Wesley Woods in the memo line or on the envelope. To give online, go to our giving page and select Wesley Woods from the dropdown menu.
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Mother's Day Brunch
 
Come celebrate all the moms and women of RUMC with a special Mother’s Day Brunch after the 11:15 a.m. Services in the Fellowship Hall! Please RSVP to let us know you are coming. Brunch is free for all, and $5 donations are welcome.
Job Networking
 
Job Networking meets live on Monday, May 9. Whether you’re looking to change careers, start from scratch, or just want to build your interviewing skills, join us for informative workshops, speakers, and 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. The next meeting is Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Please contact Toni Fagan, 770.261.1767 for more information or to receive a link to the meeting.
Hospitality
 
Wednesday Night Supper is 4:30-6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, and the last Wednesday Night Supper of the season is May 18. It’s not too late to let the RUMC Kitchen handle the cooking for a couple more weeks! Affordable Meals To-Go are available for pick-up on Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 p.m. outside the Fellowship Hall, Chapel building. For more information, go to our website or contact Jacob Crane, 770.261.1713.
RUMCK 50th Anniversary Celebration
 
Join us on Friday, May 13 from 4-6 p.m., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roswell United Methodist Preschool and Kindergarten (RUMCK)! It will be a festive occasion with inflatables, face painting, a clown, balloon animals, photo booth, temporary tattoo station, DJ, music, food, and more! Wednesday For more information, contact Sally Newkirk.
The Commons Project
 
At a Called Church Conference on March 30, church membership voted and approved the funding and construction of The Commons Project. This vote allows the Building Committee to secure a contractor, as well as to begin a capital campaign to raise the necessary funding. For more information, go to our website.
Vacation Bible School
 
Join RUMC Kids for Vacation Bible School, where kids will learn that it is possible to create a ripple effect that can impact the world around them in ways they will never forget—to Make Waves. VBS will run June 13-16, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 4-year-olds (as of September 1, 2022) through rising 5th graders. The cost per child will be $15 until May 15 and $20 per child after May 15. Check out our website for more information.
RUMC Musical Beginnings Preschool Summer Camps
 
Join us for two fun weeks of singing, playing instruments, creative movement, art, games, and more. These preschool camps are designed especially for our youngest songbirds, ages 3 to 6 years old. Camp is offered Monday-Thursday, June 27-30 and July 18-21, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp size is limited, so make sure to register online. For more information, contact Nicole Norgaard.
Music and Missions Week
 
Join RUMC Kids for Music and Missions Week July 11-15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for community mission opportunities and learning fun songs! This week will be free for all 1st-5th graders. To register, go to our website, and for more information, contact Crisla Paynter.
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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