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What We Do…

Kingdom First

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
 

Unleash Compassion

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
 

Build Community

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.” Ps 126:2
 
 
Weekly Blog

Father’s Impact is HUGE

According to LifeWay Research Group, Fathers Day is the holiday with the single lowest average church attendance – statistically lower than Labor Day, Memorial Day and even the Fourth of July.

This is interesting, especially when you consider that Mothers Day tends to be the day with the third highest church service attendance, after Easter and Christmas.

So, Mothers Day is one of the most highly attended Sundays of the year, and Fathers Day is one of the lowest. What does this tell us?

Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, gives this assessment:

“Clearly, mothers want to be present for the affirmation that is typically offered in most churches, but families also are present knowing their attendance will honor their mother.

The attendance difference between Mothers Day and Fathers Day is telling,” said McConnell. “Either churches are less effective in affirming fathers, or families believe Christian fathers don’t value their participation in worship services.”

Surely there are other factors involved, including travel and the time of year. On Mothers Day school is still in session, on Fathers Day it isn’t – so families travel to visit relatives, or go on vacation.

But all these factors and statistics aside, here’s what’s really striking: when you see the research on the impact of a dad’s faith and practice on their families.

According to data collected by Promise Keepers and Baptist Press, if a father does not go to church, even if his wife does, only 1 child in 50 will become a regular worshiper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of what the mother does, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will attend church as adults. If a father attends church irregularly, between half and two-thirds of their kids will attend church with some regularity as adults.

If a mother does not go to church, but a father does, a minimum of two-thirds of their children will end up attending church. In contrast, if a father does not go to church, but the mother does, on average two-thirds of their children will not attend church. 

Another study, focused on Sunday School, found similar results on the impact of fathers:

  • When both parents attend Bible study in addition to the Sunday service, 72% of their children attend Sunday school when grown.
  • When only the father attends Sunday school, 55% of the children attend when grown.
  • When only the mother attends Sunday school, 15% of the children attend when grown.
  • When neither parent attends Sunday school, only 6% of the children attend when grown.

Another survey found that if a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a 3.5% probability everyone else in the household will follow. If the mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a 17% probability everyone else in the household will follow. However, when the father is first, there is a 93% probability everyone else in the household will follow. 

Here’s the point of all these statistics: Dad’s impact on the kids’ faith and practice is HUGE.

Dads, let me encourage you with these words which Moses spoke by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the dads of the new generation in Deuteronomy:

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)


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A Cultural Storm

A Cultural Storm

We are in the midst of a massive cultural storm…

 

We are seeing things that have never been witnessed before and at a speed never imaged. It is far deeper than random acts of violence and the opioid epidemic, horrific though they are; there is a seismic shift in our cultural identity. Our culture, those ideals and values that define civilized people, are being rewritten before our eyes.

There is a loss of truth. In 2017, Webster’s word of the year was “post-truth.”  Webster defined it as circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.Our culture has lost its connection to Truth and has drifted into a free-for-all of opinions where truth is being replaced by the loudest voices.

As Christians, what can we do to find our way out of the storm? As every mariner knows, being properly oriented to True North is essential if we are to find your destination. Thankfully, God has given us several compasses to help us find our way despite the storms that rages all around us.

The first one is the Word of God, the Bible. This is the compass handed down to us as God’s self-revelation of the meaning of life (Jer 29:11). As a church, we use this compass to guide our lives not because it easy or convenient, but because it is true, tested and certain. It is the solid rock on which we build our lives. It is not our opinions, of which there are millions, that matter the most in a storm, but the clarity and authority of the compass you use.

What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. Hebrews 4:12 (CEV)

The greatest compass of all, of course, is Jesus Christ. The Word made flesh. He is the embodiment of truth, and all truth is found in Him. Jesus said “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. Without me, you can go no farther.” (John 14:6) If we want to know what God is like and find our way in a noisy culture, then we need to know Jesus, not just about Jesus. How well can you discern the Shepherd’s voice in a noisy world?

When Jesus was in the midst of a storm on the Sea of Galilee, he was not afraid. Nor is Jesus afraid today. He has no fear of the Church’s demise. He knows that we belong to him and therefore, we are indestructible. The culture might be in a post-truth spiral, but we are not.

Church is not about where you go, it’s about who you become.

As members of Mt Pleasant, we are all responsible for shaping our culture. We have been given these powerful tools and we need to use them wisely, otherwise we are part of the problem.  We have provided some excellent opportunities for you to develop the skills necessary to navigate these storms. I implore you, take advantage of them for your welfare and for the world’s.

 
                                                                                                                                Blessings, Pastor Steve

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2019 Annual Report

Annual Report 2019 Annual Report Newsletter

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

February 2019

 

Each year, every United Methodist church submits a report summarizing the health of the church through a few key metrics such as membership, finances, attendance and small groups.  Of course, numbers themselves do not capture the intangibles, the enthusiasm, hospitality and spiritual depth of a community.  It’s easy to fall for the numbers game as the sole criteria for assessing the spiritual maturity of a congregation. Yet behind each number there lies a much bigger story, the story of families, children, widows and singles all longing for a better tomorrow.  Each number is a real person God loves, who has come to our doors looking for hope, help and healing. They’re looking for God and asking us to show them the way.

Let us take a look at some of the truly amazing ways we’ve helped point people to Christ in 2018 before we jump full-steam into 2019!

Celebrations

  • Dedication of Resources to Children’s Ministry
  • Continued Expansion and Upgrade of Facilities
  • Development of a Discipleship Strategy
  • Growing Emmaus Community
  • Creation of a Learning and Leading Mission Team
  • Stronger financial health

Challenges

  • Integration of Visitors and new members
  • Small Group Development
  • Ministry and Vision Alignment
  • Bold, Compelling Vision

Creativity

  • Website Presence Upgrade
  • RightNow Ministries
  • On-line Giving thru Church App
  • Live Streaming of Worship Services

 

By the Numbers

4

 

New Members

 

Michael and Carlee Squires

Jessie and Wesley Riffle

 

3

 

Baptisms

Andrea Maryann Hanes – 09.23.18

Lenen Squires– 12.09.17

Jocelyn Riffle – 10.22.17

 

6

 

Marriages

Sean and Maria Francisco – 09.24.18

Stephanie and Levi Hill – 07.22.18

Andy and Cherie Overmiller – 05.06.18

Teresa and Ryan Ozanick – 09.08.19

Casey and Jane Stinespring – 07.14.18

Ethan and Shannon Elswick – 03.17.18

5

 

Deaths

Julia Taylor – 01.17.18

Barbara Wilson – 06.26.18

Evelyn Hart – 08.28.18

Helen Ruble – 09.07.18

Joyce Ann Brown – 12.31.18

Financial (Wkly undesignated giving)

2018                           $7,068

2017                           $7,065

2016                           $6,563

2015                           $6,486

Attendance

2018 Avg Wkly Attendance       208

2017 Avg Wkly Attendance        210

2016 Avg Wkly Attendance       212

2015 Avg Wkly Attendance       205

Benevolence

Roger Hodges                         $3,351

Jessie Enoch                           $4,806

Johnson Family                      $988

Ministry Impact

 

Faith Development

8 Emmaus Spiritual Retreat

            “The Case for Christ” Movie and Lent Study

            3 Adult Sunday School Classes, 1 Sunday Evening Bible Study

            15 enrolled in Women’s Thursday Bible Study

            Greeter Training

Trustees

            Building Extension- $25,000

            Children’s Room Renovations

            Fire Alarm System Upgrade

Children’s Ministry ($3,861)

            102 Vacation Bible School

            12 Students to Summer Camp

Youth Ministry (($7,699)

            Winter Jam & Cedar Point

Family Ministry ($2,073)

            Family Fest (new)

            Back-to-School Reception

            Trunk-or-Treat

KidsHope Ministry

            25 Mentors/Students/Prayer Partners

SakPak Ministry

            97 Children / 57 families

Learning Center

            38 children enrolled, from 37 different families

Missions

Local

            Food Pantry              $5,730

International

            Haiti                           $4.905

            Zimbabwe                $1,600

United Methodist Women

            Clothing Give-Away

            Yard Sale

Nurture & Outreach

            ‘It’s a Boy’ Christmas Yard Signs

            Welcome Bags for Visitors

            Blessing Bags for Shut-ins

            Baby Caps & Prayer Shawls

WV Annual Conference

            100% Fair Share Payout $74,482

            100% District Fund, $1,550

 

 

Each year it’s important to take stock of how far we’ve come, the challenges we’ve faced, the dreams we’ve worked toward and the ways we’ve grown closer through it all. It is in these precious moments when a community become a church.

Let’s take a look at three key Characteristics that makes MPUMC unique among all others!

1.     IT’S PERSONAL!

There’s a BIG Reason why…

some volunteers have a deeper commitment

some parents are engaged at a more practical level

some ministries make a greater impact

some churches have wider influence

some leaders leave a lasting impression on us.

It all happens when they make it personal.

Think about it! Things really change when Jesus…

called Zacchaeus by name

addressed the Samaritan woman and her past

spent time in Mary and Martha’s home

invited each individual disciple to follow Him

intercepted Saul on the road to Damascus!

Mt Pleasant makes a huge difference, because we make it personal! We are the church, the Body of Christ others see. When the church gathers to comfort and pray for one another, we’re there. When the church needs volunteers and support, we’re there. When God speaks, we’re listening!

2.   IT’S COUNTER CULTURAL!

Generous churches believe that when God gives a vision and passion, resources will follow. They are willing to endure the discomfort of the time between identifying what they have and receiving what God provides. Like the children of Israel in the desert, we would prefer to have all the resources we need up front, but we are content to pick up the manna day by day, learning to trust that God has not forgotten our needs as we faithfully follow God’s plan.

The Kingdom of God is the pursuit of a different kind of life, one based on reckless generosity, courage, and community. But like any Kingdom, its ways are foreign to us, its culture distinct, and its values rather shocking. It’s what we call, Counter Cultural. To live here and feel at home among its people, we must be willing to give up our old routines and embrace a different kind of life. The process of learning Kingdom values is called discipleship and it’s what makes a attenders into an army. And yes, it’s very Counter Cultural.

Generosity begins with deep, heart-felt gratitude. We give without reservation or hesitation because of all that God has done for us. We easily give up things we love for things we love even more. Giving up small trinkets, bobbles and toys is nothing compared to living God’s noble purpose. We also give intelligently to bring the kind of change the world needs. We give to please and honor God gift to us in Christ.

“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth

if you lost all your money.”  Anonymous

 

Financial Support (Wkly Average)

 

 

  1. THINK BIG!

Many churches are currently in a siege mentality, hunkering down and riding out the storm of cultural chaos threatening their existence. Such fearmongering, however, strips us of our creativity, enthusiasm and limits our ability to see what God is up to so we can join Him.

People here are continually pushing the boundaries, reaching out and doing more than conventional wisdom would suggest. That’s how we know we’re on the right track. If everyone here looks like you, acts like you, votes like you, believes like you and thinks like you, you’re probably not the church.

We are constantly finding new creative ways to make things better. We’re never satisfied with mediocrity. We can’t think small, safe or simple, there’s too much at stake. We must take bold steps, abandon the easy path, embrace the challenges and watch God in action.

You’ll never read where Jesus said, “Ah, that’s good enough.” We are a creative bunch, finding new innovative way to make strangers feel welcome and make our praise and worship the absolute best it can be. We always enjoy bring our best so others can experience what we already know. Excellence honors God, builds trust and reflects Christ.

On-Line Giving

2018 — $18,005

2017 — $14,555

Live Streaming of Services

Christmas Music Service – 692 views

Learning Center Christmas – 752 views

Church App Usage

Downloads  1305

Sessions  3674

Total Giving $39,868*

People    170

*includes Wednesday Nite dinner purchases

Conclusion

I suppose I could continue to overwhelm you with more numbers and all the gory details, but I think you get the point. These alone tell an impressive story. At this point in time, Mt Pleasant is growing stronger because more people are making faith personal, we’re reaching farther and doing more because more people are giving generously and we’re dreaming big because our God is big.  I don’t think we’ll ever be satisfied or content with mediocrity, and I kinda like that. I’ve always wanted to belong to a faith community like that and I hope you do to!

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If you are not currently part of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church family, and would like be, please contact us!
304.489.1965

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February 2019

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Fresh Eyes of Mary



November 2018

Fresh Eyes of Joseph

 



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October 2018

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Battle Mediocrity

Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. He taught in their meeting places to everyone’s acclaim and pleasure.

He came to Nazareth where he





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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