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A6 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, June 28, 2012 Church N /./ Perkins First United Methodist Church By Pastor Kip Heatley I read online somewhere the other day that a pastor in an extreme fundamentalist church that handles rattlesnakes as part of its worship was bitten by one of the "liturgical" snakes and died. Whether this sect is right or wrong in this practice I'll not comment upon, except to say that I will never be a part of such a sect. With that said, I have to admit that sects like these fascinate me in an odd way, as I am sure they do other believers. These people keep a supply of real, live, poisonous rattlesnakes on hand and use them regularly in their worship experience, han- dling them as an act of faith. During worship, the leadership of the church (and members?) pick up these deadly reptiles and can'y them around the sanctuary, dancing with them, waving them, and shouting biblical promises in their faces, as a testi- mony to their faith in God. This is no secret to anyone who attends or visits these churches; everyone who comes to the services of these churches knows that venomous snakes will be handled during the services. Indeed, this may be the biggest reason most of the parishioners come. The congregations may be small and the churches few in number, but they are there and their members presumably look forward to handling potentially life-threatening reptiles as part of their service to God. Still, I have to wonder: do these believers ever share their faith outside of their sanctuaries? Do they ever verbally relay to anyone what God is doing in their life, or what their worship means to them? I will wager that they don't, that they would rather handle rattlesnakes than talk about their faith, for if there is anything the majority of believers seem loathe to do these days, it is to talk to anyone about our faith in Jesus Christ or even invite anyone to share in worship with us. I'll bet those snake-handlers clam up just like the rest of us when it comes to actually speaking about what is going on in our inner life or the life of our church. And no matter how you look at it, silence is bad news for any church. Ultimately, it means a slow and wasting death - like the one many churches are facing today. It is a well-known fact that the major US denominations (such as United Methodists and Southem Baptists) have lost millions and millions of members. Of course, a large percentage has been lost through death. But the point is: there is no influx of new believers to even begin to overcome the outflow. And the main reason for that is silence. I heard a wonderful story this week from a fellow pastor about a woman in his church who asked her housekeeper of several years if she would like to attend worship with her. The woman replied that ever since she had been living in that community she had been waiting for someone to invite herto worship. And she had lived there for sixteen years! Sixteen years, without a single invitation to worship. Can you believe it? If you can't, then perhaps you need to think about when it was you last invited someone to worship. However, the story has a happy ending. That woman said yes to her employer's invitation, ended up joining the church, and' within a year six other people had joined that same congrega- tion because of this woman's invitations to worship. All she did was invite people, and God did the rest. Regardless of what you may feel about inviting others to worship, it really is easier than handling rattlesnakes. Lost Creek United Methodist Church June is a great ILrne to be part of Lost Creek! So far this month, we've sent 23 youth and adults to work in Oklahoma City. As soon as the Youth Force team returned, the Alaska Mission team took off for Soldotna and Kenai Alaska. While there, the 25 person team did repair work at the Soldotna United Method- ist Church and parsonage and continued work at the Friendship Mission in Kenai. Lost Creek has worked in this area for the past 5 years. The Friendship Mission is a homeless shelter and halfway house for men in the Kenai area. A tent revival was also held by the team for four evenings of the mission. Meanwhile, back at home, Vacation Bible School drew a large number of children. Donations from the offering each evening went to buy a water well in Peru as we have done the last several years. For the first time, we have a member traveling to Venezuela on a mission trip. Kees Preston, student at Ohio State University and one of Lost Creek's own is spending in month in mission there with Campus Crusade for Christ. With only a couple days to regroup, Youth Force Perkins took off Sunday evening. Nearly 150 youth and adults fi'om Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas joined forces to work at 13 different work sites around Perkins, in Cushing, Ripley and Slillwater: You may have noticed an influx of United Methodist vans around town. These young people ate breakfast and supper at Lost Creek each day, and ended their day with worship together there each evening. They were housed at Eden Chapel United Methodist Church and at Oak Park Retreat Center. What a joy to host and work along with these young people! As you can see, Lost Creek is a place to put your faith into action! You are welcome to join us for any of these activities. Worship services are 8:30 and 11:00 on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School time is 9:45 with classes for everyone. You can find out more about Lost Creek by looking at our website--lostcreekumc.org, calling the church office at 405- 377-0927 or "like" us on Facebook. Lost Creek is located between Perkins and Stillwater on 80th Street. We'd love to have you join us! in the Sanctuary, 10:30am Gathering in the Fellowship Hall, 1 l:00am Sunday School and Special Classes. , This is the 5TH Sunday after Pentecost and it is Communiorl Sunday at Eden Chapel. The scripture this Sunday comes from. the New Testament Book of 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 with the title of the sermon being "Generosity: A Fair Balance". A quote from Bob Hope "Laughter is an instant vacation. Giving to God is like a two-week cruise- WITH PAY !" Yes, God loves, a cheerful giver and as Christians we are called to give. Not because your church needs the money, but because it is part"f, ii"' of being a Christian. It is that simple, give because God gives! Generosity is the unselfish willingness to give in order to make, a positive difference for the purpose of God's kingdom. Let'S i face it we should give because it makes us feel good knowing that God likes it when we do give, just like a two-week cruise - WITH PAY! Please remember you are always welcome to come and ii experience avery unique way of learning more about God and' "". church family. Again weekly Communion is at 9am; Wor- ship Service starts at 9:30am; Gathering Time is 10:30am with :" classes at 11:00am. Eden Chapel United Methodist Church is, located at the comer of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. We are the little church under the big sign. Come see us, we" think you will find a home with us! Immanuel Baptist Church Eden Chapel United Methodist Church the juice, as the church remembers together what Christ has tt nt J'~l By Claudia Andrews "Amazing Wonders Aviation" Vacation Bible School is on' ' until Fri June 29! Children who have completed Kindergarten ', thru Grade 6 are invited to join us these last 3 days for exciting,i, i, Bible lessons, music, crafts, and recreation! We continue to worship at Oak Park Relxeat Center, 805 E' Kirk, on Sundays. Reva Anderson and Lynn Davis played a duet viola and violin offertory "Grace Greater Than our Sin" and Lynn Davis sang "Amazing Grace" at their conclusiom, - , The IBC choir sang the special "God Be Praise (with Our God[," : Reigns)" before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord on Sunday. i~ Brother Robin Foster's message "The Lord's Supper: A Symbol of Sanctification and Unity was taken from Luke 22i , 14- 23, I Corinthians 11:17-34, plus others. The Passover was the background/foreshadow when Christ shared the Lord's Supper (last supper) with His disciples. The significance of '. the Lord's Supper is a partaking of the elements: the bread i'i)f / Welcome to Eden Chapel United Methodist Church a very unique experience in worship. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and we believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday morning with a very personal Communion Experience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we pre- pare for our Sunday Morning Worship which leads us into our Gathering Time; after that we are off to Sunday School to share our lives and experiences with each other. We have children, youth, adult and inter-generational groups, so we just know that we have one for you. Our Sundays are as follows: 9:00am Weekly Communion in the Prayer Chapel, 9:30am Worship done for each one through His sacrifice on Calvary for those U. who believe. It's a remembrance that we have been sanctified '" or set apart for holy use, having been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and shows the love and unity within the church. It is not tobe taken, lightly, "just because" or with a special group, but whenthe church comes together' each examining themselves and collectively, realizing that it is not what we have done, bur :" !' what He has done and is doing in our lives. We are to do thi on a regular basis until Jesus comes again to drink the final restoration "cup" ! . 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