Reading United Methodist Church
All meetings and events are discontinued
until further notice. Church is OPEN for Sunday Services!
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.
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!
During this time of year, we see something remarkable happen as the trees and shrubs that were various shades of green are transformed to new colors. Plants that can look very much the same turn to bright golds, deep reds, oranges, and various shades from green. This season always enlivens my heart as I see God at work seemingly painting across this canvas, we call earth. There is often quite a bit of excitement as temperatures being to drop and we turn to the things that comfort us and warm our hearts. When we had that little cold snap a few weeks ago everyone was talking about making soup, cuddling under a blanket, and watching a movie or reading a book. I went to the store to get the ingredients for chili and the shelves were almost empty and it was only going to be colder for a day or so, fortunately I didn’t use my ingredients then so, I’m prepared for this longer season of cooler temperatures that are about to arrive.
Not only do leaves and the temperatures change, but God changes us. Each season we go through, whether it is one we all share or our own personal season, God is with us ready to provide for us and helping us through. In the autumn season we are reminded that as God works to transform us, we let somethings go that no longer suits us as we seek to live the life of Christ. God invites us to come into God’s living room and sit with a warm cup of tea, to cuddle under a blanket, and let God hold us as we face the uncertainty that comes in times of transition, whether communal or personal.
Jesus shares this with his disciples as he teaches them that he is the vine and they are the branches (John 15:1-15), always being transformed to bear more fruit as we allow God to prune or remove those things that distract us for having the full heart and mind of Christ. Jesus uses various metaphors to help us to understand our need for this transformation, though this is one of the best known. The fullness of our transformation is found in the final verse when Jesus says, “I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends.” These words of Jesus make me grateful for God’s grace and mercy that make our transformation to the mind of Christ possible. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Grace and Peace, Pastor Libby
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UMC Sponsored Back to School Picnic at the park.