February 2015

Volume 58, Issue 5
February, 2015
Welcome to Lent.
No kidding.
I say "no kidding" because not everyone thinks of Lent as a welcome experience.
This is probably because for years, the focus of Lent was on self-denial, on "giving
something up." Imagine, if you will, a person who normally drinks about five cups
of coffee a day. But each year she gives up coffee for the days of Lent. The first few
days of Lent are miserable for her as she goes through caffeine withdrawal. Why
would she say welcome to Lent?
She does, though, because her devotion to God is real, and for her, giving up coffee
helps her examine her commitment to Christ and meditate on the suffering and death
of her Lord.
Acts of self-denial are appropriate when the sacrifice connects with Christian
commitment. But there is another view of Lent: a time to prepare to celebrate the
Resurrection. When we prepare to celebrate something, we often do housekeeping
chores. If we are going to have a party at our house, we first spend some time
cleaning the house. We lay in a supply of refreshments. We decorate. And when all
is ready and the guests arrive, we celebrate. Preparing is never quite as much fun as
celebrating, but it takes the preparation to make the celebration possible.
Published by
THE FIRST
UNITED
METHODIST
CHURCH
of
Wayne
To promote
Christian
discipleship and
fellowship in the
congregation and
community.
Pastor
Carter Cortelyou
3 Town Square
Lent is like that -- a time for spiritual housecleaning, a time to dust off our faith, Wayne, MI 48184
shine up our commitment, lay in a supply of thanks and decorate our lives with the
joy of the Christian life. Then, when Easter comes, we know in our hearts what the
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celebrating is all about.
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At First Church, our Lenten traditional opportunities for spiritual housecleaning will
include:
* Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday worship with First Congregational Church
* Weekly Lenten Dinners on Wednesday evenings.
* Friday night fish frys
* Good Friday worship
Details about time are on the calendar found elsewhere in The Lantern. Please plan to worship with us
during this holy season.
And welcome to Lent. No kidding.
With you in Christ,
Pastor Carter
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February 2015
REJOICE!
There are days when we wake up in the
morning and the last thing we want to do
is rejoice, especially this time of year
when the days are short but seem long.
Many days are without sunshine and the
weather keeps us inside. Our mood is
down and we simply grow weary and our
situation is overwhelming. We can relate
to the writers of the psalms who often felt
this way. But no matter how low the writers felt, they were always honest with
God. And as they talked to God, their
prayers ended in praise.
When we don't feel like rejoicing, we can
tell God how we truly feel. Then we will
find that God will give us a reason to rejoice. One reason to rejoice is because of our Christian fellowship.
God does not intend for us to walk through life alone. Life is designed for companionship, not isolation, for intimacy, not loneliness. God demonstrates love for us through the
Christian friends in our lives. God gives us one another to lean on, to support each other,
to teach each other, and most importantly to love each other.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if
they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and
does not have another to help. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy!
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February 2015
Coffee Hour
Altar Flowers
February
February
1st
Sally & Larry Nitzel
8th
15th
Vince & Linda Maylone
Louie & Wallene Poteau
1st
Doug & Irene Schoonover
In Memory of Ruth Schoonover
and Emmie Weber
8th
Cindy Joseph
In Honor of her Parents
Helen & Homer Cloud
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22nd Is a Methodist Service Truly Complete
Without Coffee and Treats?
THANKS SO MUCH!
Thank you for supporting the Boutique. What a
great team effort!
● Some people contribute crafts.
● Some people set up crafts and other items to
display in the parlor.
● Some people assist during the selling times
● Many People browse and buy items for themselves or as gifts.
Whatever group - or groups you are in Thank You!
United Methodist Women will prayerfully use
the $942 profit to carry out our purpose of supporting missions locally, nationally, and internationally.
15th Shirleen Curtis & Barbara Wilbanks
In Memory of Shirleen’s Mother
In Honor of Frances Lange 90th Birthday
22nd
Lenora Krieger
In Honor of her Birthday Feb. 27
Pumpkin Roll Thank You
Gale Wilbur and I would like to thank everyone
who bought a pumpkin roll this last holiday season. We made 55 pumpkin rolls and made $965
to go to the general fund. We hope everyone
enjoyed them as much as Gale and I did making
them.
Again, Thank You
Sandy Ofiara and Gale Wilbur
In God’s Service
United Methodist Women
THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION CHRISTMAS CARD:
DEE ALMAS
SHIRLEEN CURTIS
DAVE, GLORIA & DOUG DILLINGHAM
PAUL & KATHY JAHN
ROY & JEANNINE KLAY
DOTTIE LeSUER
MARTY, ERIKA, DORIS & JOY
CURTIS MATHISON
DOROTHY NESLER
LARRY & SALLY NITZEL
TERI, RANDY & THE ZOO
SANDY & JOHN OFIARA
PASTOR BENETEAU
LOUIS & WALLENE POTEAU
HAZEL RANDALL
ILENE SAUNDERS
VEORA SCHULTZ
GALE WILBUR & GEORGE
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February 2015
United Methodist Women Detroit Renaissance District
Presents an Invitation to
“Welcomed By God Prayer Breakfast”
Detroit Renaissance District Superintendent
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Wayne First United Methodist Church
3 Town Square, Wayne, MI 48184
734-721-4801
Registration 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. (Book Room open during registration)
Breakfast: 8:45 to 9:45 Program to start at 10:00
Reservations Deadline - February 6, 2015
Please register with Lucille Farmer before or after church
or call her at 734-272-6647 by the deadline (Feb. 6)
Price is $12.00 per person
Please let us know if you have a need for child care
or any special dietary needs
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
EXECUTIVE MEETING: Tuesday, February 4,- 6:30 PM - Parlor
CIRCLE MEETINGS
CHARIS CIRCLE
Monday, February 2, 7:00 PM - Parlor
We are beginning a new study: “John’s Letters” by Ron
Blakey “Discovering Genuine Christianity” Chapter 1 Fellowship and Forgiveness - 1 John:1
Leader Shirlene Curtis
YOU ARE INVITED
ESTHER-MARTHA CIRCLE
Tuesday, February 10 - 7:00 PM - Parlor
Leader: Lucille Farmer
Part 2: The power pf a Whisper by Bill Hybels
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DISTRICT PRAYER BREAKFAST
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Wayne-Westland United Methodist Church
SPEAKER
Rev. Melanie Carey - District Superintendent
$12.00 Reservations due to Lucille Farmer by February 8
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Much help is needed: See Linda Maylone for general assignment, and Jeannine Klay
for kitchen help.
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COMING UP:
February 18 - Ash Wednesday - Congregational Church Dinner 6:30 Reservations to
Linda in the office - Worship 7:30
February 20 - First Fish Dinner
February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 Lenten Dinners
March 29 - Palm Sunday
April 5 - Easter
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Happy
February 2015
Anniversary
9th
Paul & Katy Jahn
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February 2015
FELLOWSHIP LANTERN
is published monthly except August
DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES
is the 15th of the month
REV. CARTER CORTELYOU
LINDA OWULETTE
VINCE MAYLONE
PASTOR
SECRETARY
EDITOR
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Mission Statement
We are the Congregation of First United Methodist Church of Wayne-Westland and are a
committed, loving, Christian community of Jesus Christ, in ministry, witnessing to the love
of God as experienced in our lives, and expressed by: worship together, Christian nurture,
education evangelism, Christian fellowship and support of one another, invitation to others
to share our faith, social awareness, involvement and support of world wide Methodism. Our
witness embraces all people.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:00 A.M.
YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:00 A.M.
First United Methodist Church
3 Town Square
Wayne, MI 48184-1637