Dec 3, 2017
Coming Home: Come Down Home
In the United States, Christmastime and thoughts of home just go together. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” are two of the most popular holiday songs, year after year. Christmas movies and television shows regularly feature stories of people going to their family home or extended family home over the holidays. Among the rituals we create for this darkest time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, perhaps the majority of them are associated with either going home or doing special things at home-- whether lighting candles and having a time of family prayer during Advent, or decorating a Christmas tree, or caroling through a neighborhood, or hosting festive “open house” parties for friends, neighbors, and colleagues. It’s all about home.
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  • Dec 3, 2017Coming Home: Come Down Home
    Dec 3, 2017
    Coming Home: Come Down Home
    In the United States, Christmastime and thoughts of home just go together. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” are two of the most popular holiday songs, year after year. Christmas movies and television shows regularly feature stories of people going to their family home or extended family home over the holidays. Among the rituals we create for this darkest time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, perhaps the majority of them are associated with either going home or doing special things at home-- whether lighting candles and having a time of family prayer during Advent, or decorating a Christmas tree, or caroling through a neighborhood, or hosting festive “open house” parties for friends, neighbors, and colleagues. It’s all about home.
  • Nov 12, 2017Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints
    Nov 12, 2017
    Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints
    Pastor David kicks off a short series in which we explore our heritage as Christians. This morning he asks what is the primary distinguishing mark of the stories saints tell? They are stories of deliverance, stories of salvation, and never stories merely of personal or family accomplishment. How will God help you tell your story the way the saints do?
  • Nov 5, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Sharing Our Authentic Selves
    Nov 5, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Sharing Our Authentic Selves
    Pastor David concludes the short 3-message sermon series on creating an atmosphere of hospitality in whcih we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through building relationships with others.
  • Oct 29, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Welcoming All The People
    Oct 29, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Welcoming All The People
    This week, Pastor David help us tackle these questions:
    What does it mean to become “imitators of us and of the Lord” and to receive “the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit” so that we may become examples to other believers?
    What does it mean to be truly welcoming, receiving all people and their gifts, even as we serve a living and true God and wait for the coming again of Christ in final glory?
  • Oct 22, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Offering Peace
    Oct 22, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Offering Peace
    Hospitality is a means for people to explore a relationship with Jesus. Through hospitality, we encounter and respond to the call of God and find a sense of belonging among the church body. This happens through relationship, when laity in partnership with the clergy live out Jesus’ mandate to “go,” to offer and receive hospitality, building relationships, listening and responding to needs, creating that sense of belonging and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. It is how we begin to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • Oct 15, 2017Celebration of Wheeler UMC Ministries
    Oct 15, 2017
    Celebration of Wheeler UMC Ministries
    This morning, Wheeler United Methidist Church celebrates our ministies in Wheeler, Indiana through two special events. First, we are dedicating new Sanctuary windows. Also, we celebrate how even doing the administrative tasks of being a church can be done as an act of worship.
  • Oct 8, 2017Discipleship: The Cost of Non-Discipleship
    Oct 8, 2017
    Discipleship: The Cost of Non-Discipleship
    Pastor David concludes his sermon series exploring what it means to be a disciple.  This morning, he challenges the congregation to consider the cost of not following Jesus against the rewards of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • Sep 24, 2017Discipleship: The Discipine of Discipleship
    Sep 24, 2017
    Discipleship: The Discipine of Discipleship
    Pastor David continues his sermon series exploring what Jesus has to say about what being a Disciple means.  This morning, he raises the question of the kind of discipline it takes to be a Disciple.
  • Sep 17, 2017Discipleship: What Is Discipleship
    Sep 17, 2017
    Discipleship: What Is Discipleship
    Pastor David continues his sermon series exploring what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • Sep 10, 2017Discipleship: What Makes A Disciple
    Sep 10, 2017
    Discipleship: What Makes A Disciple
    Jesus commanded us to 'Go and Make Disciples of all Nations'. As United Methodists, we believe that our calling is to 'Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World'. Pastor David begins a series this morning on what it means to be a Disciple.