“PROPHECY IS A GIFT OF LOVE.” Spiritual conversations provide the foundation for the prophecies God is speaking through women and men of faith.
Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 by Rev. Bill Lawson at @Briensburg UMC on Feb 3, 2019.
Christ invites us to support his cause for unity, liberation and empowerment in contrast to opposing definitions of religion.
The free 2019 Revised Common Lectionary Calendar from UMC Discipleship provides the Bible readings, liturgical colors and events, and other observances.
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.
Visit the Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts section of The United Methodist website for a Spiritual Gifts Assessment tool, descriptions of the various gifts, and other information pertaining to your gifts.
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.
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; 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.”
The article contains several resources including:
- Council of Bishops statement on Family Separation
- Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
- West Kentucky United Methodist Family Services
- List of Resources from Rio Texas Conference of the UMC
Read the entire article on Bishop McAlilly’s blog
“Greater Things Are Yet to be Done,”
Free, ongoing, self-paced online course from UM Communications. Certificate of Completion and .5 ALLLM CEU awarded. Facilitated by Bill Lawson
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:
What We Believe
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