Beyond at Spencer new series

The Beyond Worship service at Spencer will focus on the Max Lucado dvd series” He Chose the Nails.”

In this 5 session video Bible study; Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion.

The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were Gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our Salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more.

So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”

Please join us Thursdays for a light supper at 6:15pm /casual service following  at 7pm.

New BEYOND Topic

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These words from Psalm 46 are so beautiful, but are they realistic?

In our world of busyness, chaos, and noise, is it really possible to take time to be still and rest in God? Regardless of how they challenge us, the Bible is clear that there’s no growing in love of God unless we take time each day for stillness and prayer.

That’s why, over the next four weeks at Beyond, we’re going to look at strategies for making intentional time in our lives for stillness before God.

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday evenings for a light supper at 6:15 and worship at 7.

After the craziness of the holidays, don’t we all need time simply to rest in the One who came to be our Emmanuel, God With Us?”

New BEYOND Topic for Advent

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love Christmas, there’s only so many times I can listen to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” without going crazy!

Unfortunately, so much of what passes as Christmas music these days simply misses the point of what this time of year is about for Christians: celebrating the birth of our Emmanuel, God With Us, Jesus our Lord!

That’s why, this Advent for our Beyond services on Thursday evenings, we’re going to focus on some of the great Christmas hymns and carols that you might not hear as much on the radio, but which have so much to teach us.

From “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” to “Joy to the World,” we’ll look at the biblical foundations of these songs and consider why understanding their messages might lead us to a deeper appreciation of Christmas than ever before.

Oh yes, and we just might do a little bit of singing, too!

So please consider joining us, beginning Thursday, December 1st at Spencer UMC, as we celebrate the Songs of Christmas that have been passed down to us.

As always, there will be a time for sharing light supper and Christian fellowship together starting at 6:15 pm, with worship at 7.

In the midst of a season that’s so hectic and busy for our society, why not make remembering the reason for the season a priority?

I look forward to seeing you there!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Matt

BEYOND Topic for September 2016

“True or false?
1.   Everything happens for a reason.
2.   God helps those who help themselves.
3.   God won’t give you more than you can handle.
4.   God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
5.   Love the sinner, hate the sin.

All true? Not so fast. They are simple phrases.  They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible.  We’ve all heard these words.  Maybe we’ve even said them.  They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.

This September at Beyond, join us as we use Adam Hamilton’s book Half Truths to compare these common clichés with the message of Jesus.

We’ll begin our new series on Thursday, September 8th at 7 pm. As always, there will be a light dinner at 6:15 before worship.

We hope you’ll join us as we kick off this great fall study!

Beyond Service at Spencer UMC

On Thursday evenings, we are combining our study of the seven last words with Spencer UMC’s Beyond Service, with a light supper beginning at 6:15 pm and worship/study beginning at 7 pm. 

A companion reader for this class, Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book on the Final Words from the Cross, will be available for $13. 

Also, please contact Past Matt (pricemf11@gmail.com or 412-532-6157) if you are interested in participating in this study via Facebook, with weekly discussion questions and conversation. 

We hope you will prayerfully consider being part of this study as we journey along the path of discipleship together this Lent!