Reading United Methodist Church
In person worship has resumed at Reading.
All other meetings and events are discontinued
until further notice.
Adult Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m.
Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Libby Oberdorf
United Methodist Women meet the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm in the Upper Room at the Church.
8a.m. Wednesday walks join us if interested. We park at the church and usually do 2-3 laps around town.
In case of inclement weather walking is done in the community building.
Do you enjoy crafting? Like to get together with other crafters?
UMC is hosting this Community gathering on the 2nd
and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 4 PM.
Meeting in the upstairs fellowship area of the church.
Follow us on FaceBook for more information and online services.
Worship online using link on our FaceBook page at 9:15am Sunday mornings or on YouTube on the Osage City United Methodist Church channel.
The RES group and a few others volunteered by helping put together the church's playground this weekend. They put the swing set back up, mulched, and put up the timbers. They donated several hours of their Saturday morning to do it and it looks awesome thank you all!
Reading United Methodist Church offers scholarships for those attending post-secondary or trade schools who are members of the local community and for those who participate at or are members of Reading UMC. Scholarships are not only offered for graduating seniors, but for those who are interested in continuing their education at another point in life. Applications are due by May 1, 2021. You can request and an application for this scholarship to or you can reach out to Pastor Libby at 785-564-1977. Requests should be made no later than April 24 to insure it is received and can be returned on time.
As I write to you today, it is a cold rainy day, not anything like the nice warm days of last week. I am thankful for this for two reasons, we need the moisture, and I was on vacation last week. I went to Colorado to do some hiking and to enjoy God’s amazing creation. My time away started off with learning that our Bishop, Ruben Saenz, Jr., and the Great Plains Cabinet (area superintendents that work for the bishop had discerned a new appointment for me to go to Church of the Cross in Salina, KS. This was a great shock and joy for me as I never expected I would be able to live in the same town as my daughter and her family. Along with the joy came a sense of doubt wondering, “God, is it really me that you want to serve in this place?” Ah, good ole doubt, stepping in and trying to turn me away.
Doubt is such a stinker! Yes! That is right a “stinker.” It makes us want to keep our distance, kind of like a skunk. I recently had an encounter with a skunk as I was jogging on the Flint Hills Trail. I was heading out and listening to a book, not too focused on anything other than what I was listening to. All the sudden, I saw a skunk on the road although it was on the other side of the road it was directly across from me and I began to panic. What if it turns and sprays me! OMG! So, I started saying in my head, “Don’t spray me!” “Please!” I realized that the skunk was not even concerned about me, so I kept going as if I hadn’t seen it. And I was safe!
I went on down the trail and eventually turned around to come back. When I got to about the same spot. I saw a skunk again, though this time before I was not next to it, instead it was in front of me with its tail toward me and we were on the same side of the road! Immediately, I thought of going another way but that would have been miles around. So, I moved to the other side of the road because that had worked before. This time I just stood back and watched that little black and white ball of fur waddle down the road. Every 5-10 feet it would turn down into the tall grass on the edge of the road like it was going to move off the road. Each time I felt relief thinking I would be safe to pass, but then it would come back on the road. I quietly kept my distance and waited until finally it went into the grass and did not return to the road. With great relief and probably greater speed than I had all day I quickly moved past where the skunk exited the road.
Yep, doubt is a stinker! It can stop us in our tracks, make us turn around, it can hold us back from moving on and doing what is important for us to have the life God desires for us. We all have doubts at one time or another and they can be about almost anything. We doubt answers on homework or a test. We can doubt someone loves us or wants to be in relationship like they once did. We can have doubts about almost everything when we face a crisis, even our faith. Yet we are to encourage one another as Jude encourages the disciples of Jesus, “. . . have mercy on those who doubt.” (Jude 1:22) Because Jesus already assured us, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1) No doubt we will have doubts, it is human nature. But we are to have mercy on one another when doubts separate us from each other, our mission, or our future. For God will find a way for us, even if we thought it would never happen. Blessings, Pastor Libby Oberdorf
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UMC Sponsored Back to School Picnic at the park.