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- MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy NEW YEAR to every one of you
A message from Ben Nelson, NEJ UMM President Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!” ― Henry Van Dyke Benjamin Nelson, Jr. NEJ UMM President www.NEJUMM.org
- An Advent Message from the Pen-Del Conference UMMen
by James Turner, Peninsula-Delaware UMM President The Peninsula- Delaware Conference Board of United Methodist Men pray that you will experience the fullness of the Advent season. May the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of the season be found in you and your families as you celebrate the birthday of Christ. John 1: 4-5 "In Him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light that shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." May we proclaim the Love and Light of Christ together in this Season of Advent. We look forward to serving Christ with you the Men Ministry of the Pen-Del Conference in 2022. Together we can transform the world for Christ. All of us have gifts and talents that we can bring to the table. Christ is counting on us. By forming new friendships and relationships we can grow men’s ministries and by establishing clear lines of communication our mission of bringing men closer to Christ is possible. We need you and want to hear your ideas. We are planning to meet with you soon. Pray for us as we are praying for you. Prayer is our only line of defense. When we pray together, we can grow together. Again, may you and your families find Hope, Peace, Joy and Love through Christ in this season of Advent by James Tuner, Pen-Del Conference UMM President & Bill Paxton, Pen-Del Conference UMM Prayer Advocate December 13, 2021
- Leadership and Prayer: A lesson for us from Nehemiah
Nehemiah Chapter 1 Words from Ben Nelson, NEJ UMM President I hope that you, your family, and your friends are doing well in these critical times. “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” A lesson from Nehemiah Separating life into distinct categories of “sacred” and “secular” damages any attempt to live a whole and satisfying life, a life lived to the glory of God. The damage to life is most obvious when the separation applies to our daily work. It is common for us to refer to the work of pastors, priests, and missionaries as “sacred”, and that of lawyers, tradesmen, and engineers as “secular”. Work, by its very nature, is holy. This biblical story is dominated by people who have jobs in gardening, shepherding, the military, politics, carpentry, tent making, homemaking, fishing, and more. God called Nehemiah to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the city using ALL the citizens to help him. With the help of EVERYONE, the city was rebuilt in an amazingly short amount of time. All lent their Labors to the cause. They praised God when the job was done! Nehemiah couldn’t have done the job by himself, but EVERYONE working with him made the job a success. Brothers, United Methodist Men, are facing the same problems as Nehemiah. Our structure is badly damaged through apathy, COVID-19, and a lack of training about our job to further the kingdom of God here on earth. We have neglected the “sacred” side of our lives in hopes that we will be satisfied by focusing on the “secular” side to achieve wholeness in our lives. Brothers in Christ, we give you thanks for the opportunity to work, learn, and to help each of you and others who faithfully give in their roles and provide work for this ministry. We bless all that has helped us to learn what is good, true, and beautiful, distinguish between right and wrong and contribute to the needs of our society. I hope that God gives each of you the strength and growth for the challenges ahead. May we both pray and praise you for your abundance this harvest time. We pray that this harvest is not just shared but shared justly. This harvest time, may we both pray and praise to you for the wealth of the harvest and pray that this harvest is not just a promise but is full of promise for all.