W E L C O M E  TO 
 
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church!
 
 
      

JOIN US every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 am!

 
 

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

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

Read more

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!

Invitation

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

Read more

Christmas Caroling Etiquette

One of the things most people like about the holiday season is the music. And what better way to share it than by going door to door with a group of friends and singing your heart out. Just remember to bring your manners with you. Not doing so can ruin the holiday for others.
 

Know the Words

If possible, practice before singing for others before going caroling with a group. For anyone who doesn’t know the words, provide printed lyrics. It’s never a good idea to fake it because your audience will get the wrong message and possibly think you are making fun of something they hold dear to their hearts.

Dress Appropriately

Make sure you wear something that is appropriate for the weather, your audience, and your fellow carolers. You may choose to go in costume, but it’s a good idea if your entire group goes along with it. Otherwise, you will stick out and call undue attention to yourself. It’s fun to see carolers dressed in Victorian era outfits that set the mood yet show respect for what they are doing.

Be Safe

If you are caroling at night, bring flashlights. Avoid candles with real flames because they can ignite someone’s hair, mittens, or sleeves. Wear reflective clothing and try to use sidewalks when they are available. Use the buddy system to make sure everyone is accounted for.
Be observant of time and avoid going during mealtimes or after most people go to bed. You are much more likely to be greeted with smiles if your audience is relaxed and not stressed about dinner getting cold.
Some people won’t want to listen to your caroling, even if you do sound better than Bing Crosby. If someone asks you to leave or refuses to stick around, accept it and move on. There are plenty of other people who will enjoy the holiday cheer.

Smile

No one wants to listen to a grumpy caroler. If you look happy, you’ll accomplish your mission of bringing joy to others, even if your music isn’t perfect and hit a few sour notes.

Bring Cheer to the Infirm

Take your group to the local hospital and sing to sick children. Or stop by the local nursing home where grandmas and grandpas will be able to sing along because most of them probably know the words. Before going to any hospital or health care facility, get permission from the administration.

Be Thankful

When someone takes the time to listen to your song, offers a treat, or contributes to your charity, thank him afterward. The person is doing out of the kindness of his or her heart.

Don’t Expect a Reward or Donation

Singing Christmas carols should be an act of goodwill. Never expect anything in return. After all, you’re there to spread goodwill, not beg.

Don’t Overstay Your Welcome

Sing a couple of songs and then move on. Otherwise, the audience may get fidgety and annoyed.

Don’t Stay Out Late

Most communities and cities have noise ordinances. Learn what they are and obey them. You don’t want your good intentions of spreading Christmas cheer to get you into trouble with the law.

Be Welcoming

If a group comes to your door singing Christmas carols, and you aren’t busy, take some time to listen to them. Call for your children to join you and use it as a teaching opportunity to show them how nice others can be.

Give Carolers Some Applause

Applaud the carolers after they finish singing and offer something small. Even passing around a bag of store-bought cookies is a nice gesture. If for some reason you’re not able to listen to the carolers, wish them a Merry Christmas and be kind. Perhaps you can invite them to return later, after dinner or when you have a few minutes to spare.

If You Must Decline, Do So Politely

If you are against Christmas carols for any reason, be kind and politely decline before closing your door. You don’t have to state your reason unless you want to. If you do, keep your comments appropriate for the season and never insult the carolers.

Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE GOSPEL IN ACTION
Make a
   impact
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click for video

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Here?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why Church?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connect
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C H U R C H   M E D I A

Recent Teachings

February 2019

Get Engaged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQlc1gxeook&t=0s&list=PLFYwOaChj3yBc22QzJX5cRRy19-vYrZtb&index=7
 


December 2018

Fresh Eyes of Mary



November 2018

Fresh Eyes of Joseph

 



Choose Trust

 



October 2018

2018 Trunk or Treat



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





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F R O M   T H E   B L O G

Recent Articles

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Cost of Following Jesus

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Uncover Something About Life

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women’s Bible Study

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay Tuned with Updates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C O N T A C T   F O R M

Send us a Message

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
L O C A T I O N

Contact Info

Address: 62 Turkeyfoot Road, PO Box 37, Mineral Wells, WV 26150

Phone: (304) 489-1965