Celebration of Palm Sunday

This is the day when we celebrate Jesus triumphant entrance into Jerusalem along with his disciples.  We remember the event as we celebrate the beginning of  holy week by the waving of the palms as part of our processional.

 

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World Water Day is March 22, 2016

UMCOR provides access to safe water sources and trains vulnerable communities on health, hygiene, and the importance of sanitation to reduce the risk of water-related diseases such as diarrhea or cholera. Communities take ownership of UMCOR projects by elaborating their own solutions and strategies for well maintenance, creating an environment of sustained health benefits.

To participate in this important project, provide a gift to UMCOR Advance #3020600

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is March 6, 2016

By Ed Luckman

Most of us, United Methodists as well as many others, are aware of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and all the good works they do both domestically and globally. Through the “Advance” help is provided to help alleviate human suffering by assisting in recovery efforts from a wide variety of disasters and situations where those in need may have become homeless, or are in need of assistance in many other ways. One of the special aspects of UMCOR is that all of the funds donated (100%) by so many individuals and groups for a identified response through an “Advance” go where intended with none used for overhead or administrative expenses.
Once a year a special Sunday is dedicated to provide funding for the administrative costs of UMCOR and any monies in excess of these costs go to to the general funding to aid in disasters. This effort is one of the six special offering Sundays in the church year and is referred to as One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). In 2016 this takes place on March 6th.
In 2012, over $2,000,000 was provided for OGHS as folks opened up their hearts to provide funding for the continuing work of this special relief program whose history is deeply rooted in the generosity of Methodists related to the refugees of World War II.
You are encouraged to participate in this United Methodist wide effort. However, if you cannot be in church on March 6th, you can still participate by providing a special gift for OGHS at your earliest convenience.

A Mountain Home UMC Christmas

On December 13, 2015, our traditional Christmas program took place.  Children, youth and adults participated in this wonderful holiday event that was written and planned by our church organist, Linda Walker with the assistance by a host of other church folks.  This event, that celebrates the birth of our Savior Jesus, who came to earth in human form as a little baby born to the Virgin Mary in a stable in Bethlehem is one of the cornerstones of our Christian Faith.  It was wonderful to see so many participate in this event and in so many ways.  Through song by music solo’s, duets and by our choir, by the spoken word (including a narrator), and by so many actors of many ages the story and meaning of Jesus birth was retold to all.

This event was followed by our traditional Christmas Eve service on December 24th which retold the story of Jesus birth through scripture and song.

Following are some photos of these events with additional photos found on our church Facebook page (Mountain Home United Methodist Church).  Please enjoy!

The Manger is Ready

The Manger is Ready

Celebrating Jesus Birth

Celebrating Jesus Birth

Sharing Jesus Birth in Song

Sharing Jesus Birth in Song

Lighting the Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve

Lighting the Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve

Our Choir on Christmas Eve

Our Choir on Christmas Eve

The Pastor’s Message

The church doors of Mt. Home United Methodist church are open every Sunday morning at 10:00 for worship at 10:30.  We at Mt. Home UMC hope you will come through those doors and experience a warm welcome as you come to worship during this Advent Season.  It is a time of great anticipation as we eagerly wait to hear of the birth of Jesus and think about what that means to us and to our world today.  With so much going on in the world that makes us grieve for humanity, we invite you to church to hear the good news that we have to share.

I am going to focus my thoughts on the good news of our faith throughout this Advent season.  I look forward to preparing worship and sermons for this very special time in the church calendar year.  We will sing Advent hymns and Christmas carols.  We will light the Advent candles and hear the good news about the light that came into the world in Jesus.  We will have the Christmas Play to enjoy.  And on Christmas Eve we will stand in awe of what Christmas means as we lift our candles on high.  I hope that you will be able to join us!

If you are traveling, may traveling mercies be yours.  I look forward to celebrating with you.  May you have an Advent Season that is full of blessings and a real “Happy Birthday Jesus”

Christmas.  In Christ’s Love, 

Pastor Peggy

                                                       

Thanksgiving Dinner

The United Methodist Women of Mountain Home UMC hosted a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner for the church and local community.  A total of about 85 people attended the dinner where a good time was had by all including great food and fellowship. Carol McComis and Richard Schneiderman prepared the turkey and all the traditional thanksgiving items while others brought the trimmings and desserts. A special thank you to Carol and Richard for the great meal!  Below are a few photos from the event. For more photos go the Church’s Facebook page at: Mountain Home United Methodist Church.

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Harvest Festival

Our annual Fall Festival took place on October 24, 2015.  It the time of year when we remember and cherish the bounty that the Lord has provided.  It is also a time of celebration, fellowship and fun for all ages.  The hosts for the event, the United Methodist Men (UMM) made sure there was plenty of food available in the pot luck including about 10 entries in the “chili” contest.  In addition to the pot luck and the chili there was a cake walk for all, bobbing for apples and of course the making of apple cider.

A total of 60 quarts of apple juice/cider were prepared with many individuals helping with the preparation of the apples, squeezing the juice, filling the containers and of course placing on the steps of the church for aging.  All of the prepared cider was sold with funds donated.

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All those present were involved in the chili contest as each person had a chance to vote on which chili recipe was the best.  The one voted best was named “Annie and Netties Recipe” which was prepared by a first time entrant dethroning the perennial champion.  There was even one entry by proxy who tried to sneak in “canned and store bought” product but was unsuccessful.

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Probably the fun highlight of the day was “bobbing for apples” with both old and young participating with their individualized technique.

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Finally the cake walk took place and the winner of the chili contest was announced.  In all it was a fun day involving both the church and the local community to once again come together in food and fellowship.

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We Are Called!

October 18, 2015 was Confirmation Sunday at Mt. Home UMC.  The Sunday when youth at the church reaffirm their baptism by accepting God’s grace for themselves, professing their faith before the people of the church and promising to lead a Christian life.

Each of us are initiated into Christ’s holy church through the Sacrament of Baptism and given new  life through water and the spirit.  When a certain age is reached we affirm for ourselves the covenant that was made at our baptism and declare our promise to nurture each other in the faith, agree to support the mission of Christ’s holy church and are welcomed into full membership of the church.

On this Confirmation Sunday five of our youth reaffirmed their baptism, were presented and supported by their parents in professing their faith before the people of the church and became full members of Mt. Home UMC.

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Spaghetti Dinner Fun!

Mt Home UMC held its annual Spaghetti Dinner on the evening of September 12th and a great time was had by all.  About 45 individuals from the church, surrounding community as well as other visitors attended the event which was hosted by the United Methodist Women.  A special thank you goes out to Richard Schneiderman  and Carol McComis who once again prepared the feast using their special talents as a way of sharing their gift with others.

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Celebration of Robbie

On the evening of August 23rd the church had the opportunity to celebrate and wish farewell to youth leader Robbie Frederikson.  Robbie, who has been one of our youth leaders for some time is moving to California for the next chapter in his career and life helping others.

Many of Mt. Home UMC, both youth and adults came together for a potluck followed by a worship service (put together by the youth) to express their appreciation for all he has done.  During the worship portion of the event each of the youth was given the opportunity responding to specific questions to let Robbie know how much he meant to each of them and how he helped them in their faith journey.

A Happy Group for Robbie's Send Off

A Happy Group for Robbie’s Send Off

Having Some Fun  Prior to the Potluck

Having Some Fun Prior to the Potluck

Robbie and Youth

Robbie and Youth