Scout Sunday

Scouts and Leaders of Briensburg UMC Pack, Troop & Crew #484 celebrated United Methodist Scouting Sunday by participating in the worship service and sharing in a fellowship meal on Feb. 17, 2019.  Each youth and leader in attendance will be awarded the Scout Sunday Patch at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet next month.

Pack, Troop & Crew #484

The Cub Scout Pack meets monthly with weekly den meetings and includes both boys and girls in the program.  The Boy Scout Troop meets weekly, and has seven who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  The Venturing Crew is a coed Scouting program for high school youth and meets weekly.  The Girl Scouts will also be celebrating Girl Scout Sunday in worship next month.

Council of Bishops’ Letter to the LGBTQ Community

The Council of Bishops sends this Pastoral Letter to all the church, reminding us that we are all one body in Christ and addressing the serious harm being done by “demeaning and dehumanizing comments and attacks on LGBTQ persons.”

We are a diverse group of leaders—conservative, centrist, progressive—however, we are unified in our commitment to work together in ways that will give you and all God’s children strength, comfort and hope for better and more merciful tomorrows.

Council of Bishops’ Letter to the LGBTQ Community

Briensburg UMC Emphasizes Inclusivity

The Briensburg United Methodist Church Council voted unanimously July 15 to support the “Recommendation of the Council of Bishops on The Way Forward,” and also voted unanimously to adopt an “Inclusiveness Statement.”

Resolution of Support for the
Recommendation of the Council of Bishops on The Way Forward

WHEREAS, the Council of Bishops has recommended the “One Church Plan” for adoption by the Special Session of General Conference called for February 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri, and

WHEREAS, “The plan would remove the restrictive language against the practice of homosexuality in the Book Discipline, the denomination’s policy book,” and “encourages a generous unity by giving United Methodists the ability to address different missional contexts in ways that reflect their theological convictions”
(Council of Bishops Press Release of May 4, 2018 on umc.org),

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Briensburg United Methodist Church Council supports the recommendation of the Council of Bishops on the Way Forward.

Inclusiveness Statement:

We invite everyone to share fully in the worship services, life, ministry, and leadership of Briensburg United Methodist Church inclusive of age, race, nationality, gender, LGBTQ, theology, politics, and legal status.

Do not oppress a foreigner

Bishop Bill McAlilly, Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church

“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)

Our bishop, Bishop Bill McAlilly, has posted the article, “Do not oppress a foreigner,” a guest post by Morgan Stafford, Cross-Cultural Strategist and Ministry Intern for the Nashville Episcopal Area.

 

 

Along with Holy Scripture, our Social Principles provide a clear response for us. The United Methodist Church “recognizes, embraces, and affirms all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We urge society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all.”

Morgan Stafford – Cross Cultural Strategist & Ministry Intern, Nashville Episcopal Area

The article contains several resources including:

 

 

Read the entire article on Bishop McAlilly’s blog
“Greater Things Are Yet to be Done,”
at https://bishopbillmcalilly.com