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June 10, 2022
Several years ago, I read a column in the Chicago Tribune by Mary Schmich featuring her thoughts on what she might say in a commencement speech. It started, “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.” She then proceeds to share more advice. In the same spirit of this column, I want to share some things that have been useful along the way.  

First, some trustworthy words from scripture. Advice that is perhaps some of the most important for a Christian community to remember. Words that are found in 1 Peter 4. The chapter opens with a reminder that Christians are to have the mindset of Christ. It then moves to a call for a deepening love, and in verse 8, it says, “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.”  
  • Love. The most reliable advice I can share with you is to love. There may be times when you don’t agree with someone, when you are impatient, or possibly even (gasp) a little irritated: do not let it distract you from loving them. God sent Jesus because He loved us, and Jesus lived among us so that we might better understand God’s love. We are created to love God and people. We cannot lose sight of this fact. 
  • Stop. We live in a world that encourages us to be constantly in motion. Somehow, motion seems to equate with being useful. Not so. Psalm 46 reminds us, “Be still and know that I am God.” If we are always busy, we cannot rest in God’s presence. Yet resting is one thing that helps us prepare to do the work of Christ in the world.  
  • Look. Consider what God is showing you. Where do you see someone in need, someone who is sitting alone, someone who needs a hug? These people are all around us, we just need to be attentive to the Spirit guiding us to them. 
  • Listen. When you pray, don’t just talk to God but practice listening for God’s voice. When someone has a different idea than you, engage in conversation and ask them to say more.  
  • Stretch. I do not mean stretching your muscles (albeit a good thing to do); instead, I mean stretching your faith. Read the Gospels over and over and envision how what you see there might impact how you live out your faith.  
Throughout scripture this advice is exemplified in people’s lives. Whether it is Moses at the burning bush, the disciples leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar, or Paul putting his faith in Jesus and carrying the Good News to people he once despised, they all stopped, looked, listened, and stretched themselves in service to God. More so, regardless of the circumstances, they loved people no matter what. This is the love that we encounter through faith in Jesus. Love that is unconditional, constant, forgiving, and grace-filled. It is the love that I have seen you share with others over the past four years, and the love I believe you will continue to walk in daily. It is the love that I trust will surround you when it seems things are falling apart. It is the love that will win again and again.  

 

 
 We will be holding in-person worship services led by Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall 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.
Second Fridays on The Commons
 
Second Fridays on The Commons is back! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and gather on The Commons from 5:30-8 p.m. today, June 10 for live music, friends, and fun. This month, we welcome Giggle Monkey Toys from Dahlonega, Georgia as they share some of their newest outdoor games for families. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Jeff Ross.
Thank You, Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall
 
We thank Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall for her four years of ministry at RUMC and celebrate with her as she goes to her next assignment. Join us on Sunday for a church-wide reception, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Cards and gifts can be dropped off at the reception. You are encouraged to share your best wishes by participating in a love offering by June 19 online or label cash and check donations as “Love Offering.”
Patriotic Celebration Concerts
 
The Annual Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts are Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m. with complimentary tickets available in the main office, Worship Arts office, online at itickets.com, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to RUMC Patriotic Tickets, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. For more information, visit our website.
Job Networking
 
Job Networking meets in person on Monday, June 13 starting at 3 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a new job, career change, or just new connections, join us for informative professional workshops, dinner featuring speaker Andy Kalajian, evening workshops, and other activities. For the full agenda and registration, visit our website.
RUMC Book Club
 
The RUMC Book Club extends an open invitation to its next meeting in the Roswell UMC library on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. Come join in the discussion of this month’s selection, The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson. For more information, contact Betty Hunt
The Commons Project
 
After the Church Conference vote to proceed with The Commons Project, the Building Committee has been finalizing an agreement with a contractor and planning a capital campaign. In the coming weeks, there will be additional activity on The Commons that is necessary for construction documents. The Building Committee welcomes any questions about the project. Please call the church office at 770.993.6218 for a list of the committee members.
Emergency Response Team
 
Volunteers with medical training as RN, BSM, PA, EMT, or MD are needed for the Sunday Emergency Response Team. Flexible assignments for Sunday morning worship services are available and based on weekly availability. For more information, email JoAn Hobbs or call 770.261.1731.
Summer Grocery Program
 
MUST Summer Lunch/My Neighbor’s Pantry is back on Mondays with a new location—The Porch at 846 Mimosa! Donations can be dropped off on Sundays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Mondays 12-4 p.m. Needed supplies include cereal, blocks of cheese, shredded cheese, 1 lb. yellow rice, 1 lb. black beans, 1 lb. dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products (pads especially), and fresh produce. For more information or to sign up for the volunteer e-mail list, contact Scotty Brewington.
RUMCK 2022-23
 
RUMCK has limited openings for the 2022-23 school year. Classes range in age from 18-24 months through kindergarten. For more information, email Sally Newkirk or call 770.998.8699.
School is out for the summer! If you're looking for a welcoming and FUN space for your kids or grandkids to build community and experience God's love, we have you covered! Visit our website for information on VBS, camps, and more. We can't wait to learn, play, and grow with you!
Explore Story Hour
 
Attention preschoolers and parents! Join us on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. this summer for a story, craft, and a snack. We will meet beginning on Tuesday, June 21 in room 169, Sanctuary building. Please note, on June 28 and July 19, we will meet in the Dining Room, Chapel building, and we will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 5. Information, go to our website or email Bailey Farmer, 770.261.1710
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.
Serving Through Worship Arts Camp
 
Register your rising 1st - 5th grader for a week of learning and fun at Serving through Worship Arts Camp on July 11-15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is free, and snacks will be provided. Kids will enjoy working on art projects and rehearsing for a short musical or taking a ‘behind the scenes’ production class. A live performance will be given at the Historic Roswell Place for Seniors on Friday, July 15. 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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