Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed their study on “A Way Forward” and made their recommendation.  As your pastor, I fully support their recommendation, and will be asking the Church Council to approve a “Resolution of Support for the Recommendation of the Council of Bishops on The Way Forward.”

Please read more about the proposal and prayerfully discuss your thoughts and feelings with family, friends, me, and others.  Here is an excerpt from the article, “Bishops propose plan for Way Forward” on the denominational website.

The plan would remove the restrictive language against the practice of homosexuality in the Book Discipline, the denomination’s policy book. The plan also adds assurances to pastors and conferences who in good conscience cannot perform same-sex weddings or ordain “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy that they don’t have to do so. Central conferences — church regions in Africa, Asia and Europe — could maintain current restrictions.

The plan “encourages a generous unity by giving United Methodists the ability to address different missional contexts in ways that reflect their theological convictions,” said the bishops’ press release.

Prayerfully yours,

Rev. Bill Lawson, Pastor


2nd Sunday of Lent – February 25

Our observance of Lent will begin with the Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary.


Changes to be made (Repentance)

Everyone is invited to identify and write down changes we need to make in our personal lives each day during Lent.  Then, after the Good Friday service March 30, we will offer copies to God and then burn them ceremoniously after the service to represent our commitment to make those changes.


A Different Kind of Fast

Everyone is invited to join in fasting from bad attitudes, thoughts, feelings and actions during this Lenten season. The fasts (things to withdraw from) for each day this week are:

† Monday, Day 11: Religious Profiling

† Tuesday, Day 12: Isolation

† Wednesday, Day 13: Singiness

† Thursday, Day 14: Spectatorship

† Friday, Day 15: Spiritual Self-Protection

† Saturday, Day 16: Halos

This fasting schedule comes from the book 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast, by Alicia Britt Chole.  Faith Book Club is studying this book (Thursdays, Lunch at 11:30 am and Study at 12:30 pm). It’s available in paperback and Kindle versions. Everyone is invited to share in the fast, and to join the book study with the book club or privately.


Lenten Hunger Offering

For 35 years faithful United Methodists across the Memphis Conference have given sacrificially to the Lenten Hunger Offering. It is phenomenal what we can do together for the cause of Christ.  This is one of the hallmarks of our connection–that together we are better and can do more to address the needs of the world through our giving. It is my prayer that every congregation in the Memphis Conference make a gift to the Lenten Hunger Offering. See Memphis Conference Website for details.


40 Days of Prayer for the New Conference
See the information and sign up for the daily reminders

Worship & Praise

We continue to pray for Marshall County students, staff, families and community.

Join us this Sunday for Worship & Praise
9:30 am at Oakview Rehab Center
11:00 am at Briensburg Sanctuary

Everyone is invited & welcome, no exceptions.

Each Sunday worship celebration is a blend of contemporary and traditional spirituality and includes praise band and testimonies, prayers, creed, Bible readings, sermon, hymns and invitation to Christian discipleship. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday each month and on other holy days. Our worship experiences are very personal, incorporating everyone present into the warm feeling of loving and accepting each other as the family of God. We offer a shared community potluck fellowship meal at noon on the third Sunday of each month.

Free Online Course: “What it Means to be United Methodist”

“What it Means to be United Methodist.”

Free, ongoing, self-paced online course from UM Communications. Certificate of Completion and .5 ALLLM CEU awarded. Facilitated by Bill Lawson

Course Description

This online course is designed for new United Methodists and anyone wanting to know more about the denomination. Are you a lifelong or long-term Methodist? You may be surprised at what you can learn about our denomination. The course includes 4 modules that contain many interactive features. Each module takes about 1 hour to complete. You can move through the modules at your own pace.

What will I learn?

This course is divided into 4 parts. In the course, you’ll explore the following areas of interest:

Modern Methodism
What We Believe
Our Roots
Church Structure

3rd Place Ministries

We are 1/13 partners in the 3rd Place Ministries of Marshall County.

Also known as Marshall County United Methodist Cooperative Ministry, Inc., 3rd Place Ministries is shared by the 13 UM churches of the county under the direction of the Purchase District of The United Methodist Church.  Services include

  • New to You Thrift Shop
  • Crisis Ministry
  • Marshall County Youth Group
  • Day 1 Follow Up Radio Program