January 23, 2019

KIDS AGE 3 to HIGH SCHOOL!  Please joins us for Sunday School at 9:00 am during the School Year!     A great time of learning, fellowship, singing, and meeting new friends.....we look forward to seeing you! 

 Adult Sunday School will be starting a new Sunday School class on Sunday, January 6, with th book, Set Apart.   All are welcome.   Come and join us at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.   

 Reading Through the Bible in a Year:   The completion of our year of reading the entire Bible is near! I hope your habit of having the Bible open most every day has been rewarding for you. I know that God is blessed whenever his people have his word in front of them.

My personal experience in the Bible this year has far exceeded my expectations. The added incentives of reading to discuss the current days’ readings and write a summary of some of the weeks' passages has pushed my appreciation for The One-Year Bible to a higher level than I thought possible. Having read through the Bible in a year before, I was pleasantly surprised by the newness and freshness many of the passages took on. There were a fair number that I felt like I never read before (see Nahum). I hope you feel a closer relationship with the word of God for your efforts in RTTBIAY.

I will be reading the Bible again in 2019 (I hope you will, too). A discussion group is planned for Tuesday evenings. Pastor Geri will lead the discussion at that meeting. I hope you will consider being part of that group. All are welcome.  Thank you for being part of this year's Bible-reading project! --Jack Noyce

Let the Little Children Come     I had the opportunity to spend time with our Sunday School children when the Praise Team debuted. The children were taking a break before they were going to sing Christmas songs for the congregation. Lea Varda, myself, and the children enjoyed playing a memory game to relax. The children were bright, inquisitive, innocent, and most of all, free from negative thoughts and emotions.

We as adults sometimes forget the carefree childhood we all had before growing up. The children learned a lot playing ‘My Grandmother’s Trunk.’ I hope I learned the next time I want to say an unkind word or get angry when someone cuts me off in traffic, or I get impatient with a loved one, that I remember the simple lesson the Junior Worship children shared with me. Good job, kids and parents.  –Patty Ronan 


Reading through the Bible in a Year, July 8In the Old Testament this week we are transitioning from the books of Kings & all of the issues there, & moving into Chronicles with all the genealogy & lineage & review of some of the history in our previous readings.

The New Testament book of Acts keeps us informed of Paul’s travels & the various travel companions & those he meets along the way. As complicated as Paul’s life has become, his claim of Roman citizenship only serves to add to his unique circumstance.

We have had a celebration of the completion of reading the first half of the Bible (July 1). Verses to encourage you in the second half: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, & you will know the truth, & the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 ESV

Reading through the Bible in a year has begun! NIV version Bibles with 365 separate readings have been distributed. The good habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis has begun for many people.

The Old Testament reading March 18 completes the book of Numbers and begins Deuteronomy. The Israelites are approaching the end of their wanderings (40 years’ worth) and are anticipating taking possession of the lands God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Leadership changes impact the people as Aaron dies on Mount Horeb and Joshua is his replacement. The history of the Jews' desert experience is reviewed and documented.

The New Testament book of Luke lets us follow Jesus in his early earthly ministry. There is some genealogy, some teaching with parables, miracles of healing, and the upsetting of the status quo with the Sadducees and the Pharisees.

The opportunity to talk about your reading through the Bible is a great chance to make the readings real for your Biblical experience. If those around you know you have undertaken this reading discipline, they may be likely to ask you about it, and you would have the opportunity to remember what you have read and share it with them. The discussion groups are also great chances to verbalize your Bible experience. I encourage you to share your readings with your family and friends. It is part of our Christian walk to share the Word of God with others.

Only good can come from having the Bible open and reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. We are nearing the one-quarter mark in our goal to read the entire Bible in 2018. Discussion groups are available Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays at noon, and

Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour at 9:15 a.m. We would love to have you join us in our journey through the Bible this year.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

--Jack Noyce (715)528-2084



 The Adult Sunday school    Meets during the School year on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. to talk with each other about God and the church and how it is that we can best serve as disciples of Jesus.   You are welcome to join us!  Please call the office, 774-2545, if you would like a book and more information about the class.  Between now and May 20, the group will study Paul's letter tot he Ephesians.  Everyone is welcome.  Adult SS will take a summer break after that.  

Did You Know?...Our TUMC library is available to you! Located in the church office, the library contains many authors, titles, and selections.   Come check it out!