June 8, 2016: God Will Unfold the Next Chapter

  “Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch... Read More

June 1, 2016: Eggstravaganza

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always,... Read More

May 25, 216: The Gift of Joy

  “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” [Ephesians 3: 20, 21 NRSV] In 2009, First United Methodist Church in... Read More

May 18, 2016: Giving and Receiving

    “ Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2 NIV) One of the joys of volunteering regularly at Mission Central is learning where items go and how they are used.  One of our largest resource contributors is... Read More

May 11, 2016: Grace for Gracie

  “We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift.  We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving.  This endless knowing and understanding—all this came through Jesus, the  Messiah.” (John 1:16-17 MSG)     I had the privilege of sharing the story of Mission Central during each of... Read More

May 4, 2016: Healing Tears

  “ (God) comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”   (II Corinthians 1:3b-4 MSG)    It was one of those... Read More

April 27, 2016: Youth Power

    “ Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”  (I Timothy 4:12 GNT) Youth groups love a challenge and that is especially true for the youth of the Leesburg Charge (near Shippensburg, PA),... Read More

April 20, 2016: God’s Perfect Timing

  “ In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”         (Hebrews 1:1-2 NIV)   The staff at Mission Central is privileged to witness... Read More

April 13, 2016: Helping Those Who Help

17 But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy.   (James 3:17 GNT)  It was the new pastor’s first year in his appointment.  He quickly discovered that the poverty... Read More

April 6, 2016: It All Begins With Prayer

    “Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”        (Matthew 18:19-20 NRSV) The request came at Annual Conference in June... Read More

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