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What is your Next Step?
Welcome to Next Steps, a time to talk about how we can connect and take our next steps together in faith.
Jesus was clear in his call for us to do good and do not judge. But, man, it is hard sometimes. We often judge without even thinking about it or noticing. Thoughts that flicker through our minds, sometimes they come out as words without a second thought. How can we take these thoughts and actions captive and take to heart Jesus’ teaching and not judge?
How can we keep the love and lose the judgment? We have a few next steps this week that we would like you to join us.
First, you all received a bracelet when you walked in. Wear it as a reminder, a physical object to keep this idea first and foremost in our minds. If you catch yourself making a judgment, maybe even switch the bracelet from one arm to the other.
A second step is practicing the verse we spoke about today: Matthew 22:37-39
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,[a] and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.
So wrestle with these questions this week when we catch ourselves in those moments of judgment:
How has God demonstrated His love in your own life?
What are ways we can extend the same love, patience, and grace God has given?
How can we respond in a way that builds a person up rather than tears them down?
As always, looking forward to seeing you on Webster Hills online this week for more discussion and continuing the conversation.
A Note from Webster Hills Leadership Board:
Please join the Leadership Board of Webster Hills UMC at their upcoming board meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to normal review of the church’s finances and other business matters during this time, the board will be holding a discussion regarding diversity, inclusion and certain LGBTQ+ issues. Inspired by the youth of our church who recently affirmed their own intent to celebrate diversity of all kinds, the board feels it is time to make a bold statement about where it hopes all people involved in the life of Webster Hills UMC will stand regarding these important topics:
“The WHUMC Leadership Board looks to affirm the position that WHUMC becomes a fully inclusive church which includes allowing same gender weddings, accepting an LGBTQ+ individual as pastor and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals exploring calls to ministry.”
Leadership board meetings are always open to the greater WHUMC community (including members, attendees and youth), but this meeting is particularly important. After discussion, we will take a vote on whether or not we, as a board, will officially adopt the above statement, thus resuming the entire church’s involvement with the Reconciling Ministry Network membership process. We hope all who are interested will take part in the discussion of this significant decision in the life of our church.
Please reserve your seat at this meeting HERE. All who attend will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but still have comments or suggestions to make, please feel free to email any member of the leadership board or the general email account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Baker: email@example.com
Marti Bates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Grimes: email@example.com
Lauren Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Hitner: email@example.com
Susan Krieg, Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Perrin Marchionne: email@example.com
Chloe McClanahan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Ruzicka: email@example.com
Barrett Schroeder: firstname.lastname@example.org
May Webster: email@example.com