Please join use on Sunday, 12/24 at 5:00pm for a Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Elks Lodge, 44 Maynard St. Middletown! Bring your friends and family to celebrate and share the love and joy of Christmas. We look forward to seeing you there!
When [the man possessed by demons] saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?" ~ Luke 8:28
Good people can be possessed by powers greater than themselves that drive them to insanity, and death. In Jesus' time, people saw these powers as demons. Today, we are afraid to call out the demons that affect our loved ones - until, sometimes, it is too late. Addiction to prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, is sweeping through our community like wildfire, and leading people to cheaper and more dangerous "street drugs" such as impure heroin.
What does Jesus have to do with opioid abuse? It is up to us to answer the Gerasene demonaic's question to Jesus through faith, for today's people in need. On Wednesday, June 14th, at 6.30PM in the Elks Lodge Crystal Ballroom, First United Methodist Church Middletown is hosting Ginger Katz, a renowned national speaker on the effects of drug overdoses on everyday families like hers.
The death of her son by drug overdose is repeated again and again in our community, and has touched families in our church. Our hospitals, schools, social programs and law enforcement can do only so much to help these people in need. We can help through letting people who we know hear Ginger Katz' words of love and hope, to refer people who hear her to appropriate support, and to pray with them for healing and hope.
HOW TO HELP
Please join our Brighter Visions ministry team in spreading the word about this event. You can print the poster below to give to friends and family, or email it to them. You can pray for the success of this event. You can attend the event, and let people know that you're attending on Facebook. You can share this link to the event summary/
The power of God in Jesus released the Gerasene demonaic from his demons. Though faith and devoted service to our community, we can help God do the same, today.
Our much appreciated pianist Catherine "Cassie" Wilson will be performing in a reading/performance of a new musical that she was written for her Wesleyan music program with a collaborator. Titled "If Sand Were Stone," the performance should run around an hour and a half. No tickets!
Saturday, April 8th at 7pm in Beckham Hall (in the building Fayerweather) at Wesleyan. 55 Wyllys Ave.
To express your interest in attending, please visit the event page on Facebook for this performance at:
What comes to mind when you hear the word mess? Your home? Your schedule during a particularly busy week at work? Your family? Messes are a part of being human and a part of living in a messy and broken world. The good news is that God is in the mess – not making the mess but working to redeem and restore it.
In Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of key Christian thinkers, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.
This book and DVD study will begin Sunday, February 26th, at our 221 Ridge Road parsonage after worship, and Thursday, February 23rd, 7 PM, at the parsonage, and will continue for six weeks. Please sign up below and don’t miss out…..video and table of contents after signup form.
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A joyful Christmas Concert from "A Wrinkle in Time" will warm the First UMC Middletown 221 Ridge Road parsonage on December 11th, at 3pm. The concert will be the trio of Marsha Judson, Jerry Jacques and Nancy Fightlin. Please come and join in this festive time of year. Please see Marsha Judson for more information.
Our thanks to everyone who made our Fall Harvest Fair a great success! We had many friends of First UMC Middletown helping and stopping by to look at beautiful hand-crafted gifts and foods, as well as many neighbors and old acquaintances from the community. We are grateful for everyone's contributions, and for all of the joy that warmed up our parsonage on a cool November day.
Looking for great gifts and treats for your holidays? You and your friends can enjoy a wonderful visit to our Fall Harvest Fair, at our 221 Ridge Road parsonage on Saturday, Saturday November 12, 9am-2pm. You will find:
It's an open-house tradition at First UMC Middletown that we hope that you and your friends will enjoy. Stop on by, enjoy the fellowship, and celebrate with us our joy for the fullness of the season that God has brought us!
When disaster strikes one of our communities, how can the church help to respond to people's needs? Physical help is critical, but so is emotional and spiritual support. The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is holding training for interested and able people to help church members and staffs to be able to provide this kind of essential presence.
The event will be held at the Simsbury, CT UMC on Saturday, September 24th, 9AM to 4PM. Church members with backgrounds in nursing, mental health, mission team members, and other caring people are encouraged to attend. You will be taught specific skills and procedures that churches can use in disaster response situations, to provide "ministries of presence."
For more information, please refer to this month's District newletter, or contact John Blossom. Details will also be available at the welcoming table at worship this week.
We have a good assortment of items already at the parsonage, but we could use more to make this event a big success! Help your items ready for a new home to find their new owners. Please contact Jill Bennett or the church office for dropoff. The tag sale will be at the parsonage 8.30AM-2.30PM.